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Warning over boom in pension texts and cold calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office has raised concerns over the increase in the number of people receiving cold calls or texts about their pensions. It says it has received over 1,000 complaints since last Christmas. Of these, 434 complaints were about live calls, 445 were about automated calls and 67 on spam texts. In addition, Which? […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

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Hugh Young: Why Japan deserves another look

Spring is special in Japan. The blossom of cherry and plum trees invites viewings – or “hanami” – across the country. The tradition speaks to the country’s appreciation of nature and the passing of seasons. But as the Japanese economy picks up momentum, will this rebound prove as ephemeral as the spring cherry blossom? For […]

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