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Tories pledge 5-year ‘tax lock’

The Conservatives will introduce a five-year “tax lock” on income tax, VAT and national insurance if they win the general election. Prime minister David Cameron is to pledge legislation within 100 days of assuming office to ensure the taxes do not rise in the next Parliament, the BBC reports. Cameron will say: “This is the clearest choice […]

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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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Robert Sinclair: The great mortgage robbery

The proposed fee increases from the FCA should shock and anger firms. They should also worry consumers. These costs have to be passed on. With inflation running at 0 per cent and wages increasing at less than 2 per cent, it takes a special type of organisation to propose increasing its costs by 8.5 per […]

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UK unemployment falls to 7-year low

UK unemployment has fallen in March, bringing in the best rate since mid-2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the first quarter employment for those aged 16 to 64 rose to 73.5 per cent, up from 72.5 per cent a year earlier. Employment was up by 202,000 in the three months to […]

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