Business news

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

Fraudsters’ scams cost schools thousands - 12 August 2015

A new report, by publication Schools Week, has revealed that some schools may have been conned out of thousands of pounds last year. The information obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act showed that there were scores of frauds

EFA launches new Academy Handbook - 12 August 2015

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has launched its new handbook for academy trusts and free schools, which sets out the responsibilities and requirements relating to academy trusts’ financial governance and management for next year. The 2015 handbook comes into effect

Department for Education clarify expectations from Pupil Premium spending - 12 August 2015

Schools have been reassured by the Department for Education (DfE) top civil servant that they will not be required to meet targets over their pupil premium spending. During a Public Accounts Committee hearing looking into the funding for disadvantaged pupils,

Fears raised over tax debt ‘bank raid’ Bill - 11 August 2015

Tax campaigners have raised concerns that safeguards for taxpayers from whose bank accounts HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wishes to directly take money are not “watertight”. The Summer Finance Bill 2015, published on 15 July, includes measures to give HMRC