Brexit uncertainty knocks SME confidence

Small business confidence has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, amid continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations. According to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), SME confidence fell to -9.9 in the last three months of 2018. This...

Quarter of over-50s don’t know state pension age

Many people who are nearing retirement are unaware of recent changes to their state pension age, according to a survey. Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Age UK found that 24% of people aged 50-64 don't know what their state pension age is, and 52% of those...

Employers to keep investing in staff benefits

Most employers plan to continue their investment in workplace benefits, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). A survey of 568 human resources practitioners found that 97% of organisations intend to maintain or increase...

Probate fee increases ‘amount to stealth tax’

A House of Lords committee has criticised the Government's plans to increase probate fees, saying they amount to a "stealth tax" and a "misuse of the fee-levying power". Probate fees in England and Wales are currently charged a flat rate of £155 if the application is...

Businesses get to grips with apprenticeship levy

Employers are becoming more confident in their knowledge of the apprenticeship levy, research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has shown. According to a survey of 1,141 employers, 51% now say they understand it perfectly - up from 36% in March 2018. Since it was...
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