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23 Apr 2021

HMRC contacting claimants for fourth self-employed grant

The online service for applications for the fourth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is now open for claims, HMRC has confirmed.

22 Apr 2021

Pension fraud increased to £1.8 million in first quarter of 2021, data reveals

Losses from pension fraud rose to £1.8 million in the first three months of this year, according to figures from Action Fraud.

21 Apr 2021

CBI calls for extension of Kickstart Scheme as jobs market remains subdued

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to extend the Kickstart Scheme to help young people who are bearing the brunt of the subdued job market.

20 Apr 2021

Cyber-attacks on the rise for businesses

The proportion of businesses targeted by cyber criminals in the past year increased from 38% to 43%, according to the insurer Hiscox.

19 Apr 2021

New 95% mortgage scheme launched

A new government-backed mortgage scheme to help people with 5% deposits get on to the housing ladder is available to lenders from 19 April 2021.

16 Apr 2021

Recent changes to IR35 'undermine the self-employed', says IPSE

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has stated that the recent changes to the rules relating to off-payroll workers, commonly known as IR35, 'undermine the self-employed at the worst possible time'.

15 Apr 2021

FSB urges government to provide greater support for UK exports

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to act in order to support small businesses exporting to the EU.

14 Apr 2021

HMRC contacting claimants for fourth self-employed grant

HMRC has confirmed it will be contacting potential claimants for the fourth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant this month.

13 Apr 2021

UK economy improved in February despite lockdown

The UK economy returned to modest growth in February despite the country being under lockdown but remains sharply below its pre-pandemic peak, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

12 Apr 2021

UK cuts electric vehicle grants by £500

The government has cut the Plug-in Car Grant and Van & Truck Grant by £500 and lowered the pricing cap on qualifying electric vehicles.

09 Apr 2021

New claims required for home working tax relief

Employees who are working from home will need to make new claims for tax relief for the 2021/22 tax year, HMRC has stated.

08 Apr 2021

Business confidence boosted by plans to re-open UK economy

A survey carried out by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed that confidence amongst UK businesses has been boosted by plans to re-open the UK economy.

07 Apr 2021

IMF upgrades UK economic forecasts for 2021 and 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its UK economic forecasts for 2021 and 2022.

06 Apr 2021

Start of new tax year ushers in raft of fiscal changes

The 6 April start of the new tax year sees important fiscal and business changes come into effect, including the introduction of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).

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