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Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers

27 Mar 2020

On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

Pensions at increased risk of being targeted by scammers

26 Mar 2020

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has warned that pensions are at 'increased risk of being targeted by scammers' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government and financial regulators tell banks to keep lending

26 Mar 2020

British banks must keep lending to businesses through the coronavirus crisis to ensure viable companies do not fail, the government and financial regulators have urged.

Contactless card payment limit set to rise from April

25 Mar 2020

Trade association UK Finance has announced that from 1 April the spending limit for contactless card payments will rise from its current level of £30 to £45.

UK facing 'worst recession in modern history'

25 Mar 2020

The UK economy is facing its worst recession in modern history after the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused a 'sharp slowdown', according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey from data provider IHS Markit.

Regulators request delay in corporate reporting

24 Mar 2020

Financial regulators have requested a moratorium on corporate financial reports for at least two weeks.

Increase in home working raises risk of cyber-attacks

24 Mar 2020

The significant increase in home working caused by the coronavirus pandemic has increased the risk of firms being hit by cyber-attacks, according to insurers Beazley.

Government unveils wage bailout scheme

23 Mar 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a major wage bailout scheme to cover the salaries of British workers hit by the UK coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus crisis sees UK interest rates cut to lowest level ever

20 Mar 2020

The Bank of England has cut interest rates in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

HMRC delays introduction of off-payroll rules to private sector

19 Mar 2020

HMRC has delayed the introduction of off-payroll rules to the private sector as part of its measures to support businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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18 Mar 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary, targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Chancellor unveils £330 billion support package for coronavirus pandemic

18 Mar 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a package of support for the UK economy as it combats the coronavirus pandemic.

HMRC to stop sending automatic paper returns for self assessment

17 Mar 2020

HMRC is stepping up its efforts to encourage digital returns by no longer sending automatic paper returns to self assessment taxpayers.

Economists warn of global coronavirus recession

16 Mar 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will cause a global recession as action from governments around the world fails to halt sliding stock markets, warn economists at Barclays.

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