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Brown&#39s pre-budget boost

Chancellor Gordon Brown has been given a pre-Budget boost with the public finances showing a £2.7 billion surplus last month.

The Office for National Statistics says the surplus on the public sector net cash requirement was the highest February repayment on record.

The Government&#39s third measure of the state of the public finances, the less volatile public sector net borrowing, also showed a surplus of 1.3 bn.


Taper relief should prompt business asset review

The change to business taper relief whereby business assets will attract 75% relief once they have been held for four years compared to the mere 40% relief available after ten years of ownership for non-business assets is a boost for business owners who are contemplating the sale of their businesses. However, the change means that […]

Isa investors boosted with £7,000 extension

Thousands of investors could be hundreds of pounds better off thanks to the Chancellor&#39s decision to maintain the £7,000 Isa limit for another year.But while fund managers and IFAs welcome the news, some are frustrated they were not made aware of the changessooner, having already prepared and received Isa applicationsfor next year.The £7,000 limit was […]

Tax changes prompt new business opportunities

A combination of proposals made in this year&#39s and last year&#39s Budget speeches which will come into effect on April 6 give advisers a tremendous opportunity to communicate with business clients and, where appropriate, other professional advisers.Of the changes in this year&#39s Budget, the new reduced taper relief for business assets and the new share […]

B&B probes consumer opinion

Bradford and Bingley has commissioned a poll of its customers to find out their views on its conversion plans.The poll comes at a time when predicted windfalls have fallen from £1,000 to £600 and has sparked claims that the poll was designed to whip up members support for conversion ahead of the vote on its […]


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