Category: Political

Governments have neglected rural economy

Political

Successive governments have pursued policy agendas designed for urban and suburban economies, to the disadvantage of rural communities, a cross-party parliamentary report has found. The report, by the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee, identified unaffordable housing, poor broadband and mobile connections, social isolation, a lack of support for...

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Government launches £2m funding competition

Political

The Government has launched a new £2m funding competition for productivity-boosting tech and management practices. The money comes from the Business Basics Fund which is part of the modern Industrial Strategy. The strategy aims to boost UK national productivity and is being delivered alongside Innovate UK and Nesta. Geoff...

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Retailers fail to convince MPs over trade practices

Finance, Political

Major clothes retailers in the UK yesterday faced MPs demanding to know how selling low-cost items was sustainable. Boohoo, Misguided, Asos, Burberry and Marks & Spencer defended themselves against suggestions the consumption of “fast fashion” fuelled a throwaway culture, harmed the planet and risked the exploitation of workers. Labour...

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Is austerity finally coming to an end?

Economy, Political, Tax

Here is the Mark Holt & Co Budget Briefing note which summarises the notable tax changes unveiled by the Chancellor Philip Hammond on Monday. With Brexit on the horizon one would expect minimal surprises, but the Government has provided 281 pages of proposed tax changes (not including the underlying...

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Hammond eyes Budget raid on freelancers

Economy, Political

  The Sunday Times reports that Philip Hammond is considering a £1bn raid on freelance workers in a new blitz against “disguised employment” in the private sector. The mooted crackdown, which could be unveiled by the chancellor in next month’s Budget, could force businesses to add tens of thousands of self-employed...

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