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The Prime Minister calls for academy roll-out at all schools - 10 September 2015

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that he wants all schools to convert to academies. During a speech to mark the first 100-days of the Conservative Government, the Prime Minister (PM) announced that they would begin recruiting more academy

Invoice finance freedom on way - 8 September 2015

Businesses are to be freed from a ban on using invoice finance in contracts, the government has confirmed. Invoice financing – in which a third party agrees to buy unpaid invoices for a fee – can provide a valuable source

Dividend Allowance a ‘back door’ tax rise, say experts - 8 September 2015

The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) says guidance on the new Dividend Allowance will come as a “shock” to taxpayers. Under current arrangements, basic rate taxpayers pay no tax on dividends received. Higher and additional rate taxpayers pay tax at

New tax task force launched - 8 September 2015

A new HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) task force is to target people in Scotland who appear to be living beyond their means. HMRC said on 3 August that the team of specialist officers expected to recover an extra £4.5

Views sought on Sunday trading devolution - 8 September 2015

The government is seeking views on whether decision-making on Sunday trading should be devolved to local authorities and elected mayors. In a consultation launched on 5 August and running until 16 September, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said:

Illegal worker rules getting tougher - 8 September 2015

Legislation is to be introduced making it easier to prosecute employers who know or suspect that someone they employ has no right to work in the UK. The Home Office announced on 25 August that measures to be included in

Pension top-ups ‘window’ opening soon - 8 September 2015

The government has issued a reminder that for a limited period starting in October, certain people will be able to make extra national insurance contributions to top up their state pension. Between 12 October 2015 and 5 April 2017, men