Jobs recovery continues despite end of furlough

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There were 160,000 more workers on payrolls in October than in September despite the end of the furlough scheme, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Job vacancies also hit a record high of 1.17 million in the three months to October as firms continued …

FSB warns tax rises ‘threaten recovery from pandemic’

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that tax rises could threaten the UK’s ongoing recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the FSB, small businesses are coming up against ‘unprecedented strain’, with the cost of doing business higher than ever. Small businesses are also being affected by …

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Chancellor warned of redundancies as furlough scheme ends

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The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ends today (30 September) after supporting millions of workers during the pandemic. The government said the wages of more than 11 million people were subsidised for at least some of the scheme’s duration at a cost of around £70 billion. There is now …

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Aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic has caused ‘significant rise in costs for businesses’

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A survey carried out by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has revealed that the aftermaths of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Brexit have caused a ‘huge rise in costs’ for UK businesses. The survey showed that 70% of companies surveyed are considering hiking prices over …

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Commercial rent moratorium extended until March 2022

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The government is to extend the ban on commercial evictions introduced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until March 2022, the Treasury has confirmed. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, said the moratorium for business tenants will not expire at the end of this month as planned and will instead …

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UK unemployment rate falls to 4.8% in March

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The UK’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8% in the three months to March despite the country still being in lockdown, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). It is a drop from the 4.9% rate recorded by the ONS in February. The number of payroll employees increased for …

Female freelancers have faced ‘disproportionate financial struggle’ during pandemic

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Research carried out by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has found that female freelancers have faced a ‘disproportionate financial struggle’ during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. IPSE said that one of the key issues facing female freelancers is late payment. 49% of freelancers reported that they experienced …

2021 Budget key changes for businesses

2021 Budget: key changes for businesses

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget speech yesterday, outlining a range of financial measures and key changes designed to boost the UK economy once the current coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown ends in England and support businesses. Mr Sunak unveiled a raft of changes for UK businesses, including a new loan …