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18 May 2022

Inflation hits 40-year high of 9%

Inflation has hit its highest level in 40 years amid the deteriorating cost-of-living crisis, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

17 May 2022

Charity warns lowest income households will wait longest for council tax rebate

National Energy Action (NEA) has warned that the poorest households in the UK will wait the longest for the government's £150 council tax rebate.

16 May 2022

Almost 66,500 filed self assessment returns on 6 April

Nearly 66,500 taxpayers filed their 2021/22 self assessment return on the first day of the new tax year, according to figures from HMRC.

13 May 2022

Pension regulator running spot checks on UK employers

Employers suspected of failing to meet their workplace pensions duties are being targeted with spot check inspections by the Pensions Regulator (TPR).

12 May 2022

Inflation takes its toll as UK economy contracts in March

The UK economy contracted by 0.1% in March as surging inflation took a toll on demand, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

11 May 2022

New law to protect access to cash announced in Queen's Speech

New laws to protect access to cash and help victims of financial scams were announced in the Queen's Speech at the state opening of parliament on 10 May.

10 May 2022

Shoppers slow spending as consumer confidence dips

The soaring cost of living has seen consumers slowdown spending, according to the latest retail monitoring report from BRC-KPMG.

09 May 2022

FSB finds one in three business owners suffered COVID-related mental health decline

Research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that 34% of small business owners had their mental health adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

06 May 2022

Bank of England warns UK economy to shrink as interest rates rise

The Bank of England has warned that the UK economy will shrink this year as it raised interest rates to try to stem the pace of rising prices.

05 May 2022

Drop online passwords to foil hackers

Both business and personal users need to 'drop passwords altogether' and move to other technology to protect private information from hackers, a cybersecurity expert has said.

04 May 2022

Number of firms in critical financial distress rises sharply

A growing number of UK businesses are at risk of going under as costs spiral and COVID loan repayments become due, according to a report from insolvency firm Begbies Traynor.

03 May 2022

MPs consider changes to help tackle increasing cost of living

With inflation increasing energy and food prices, ministers have pitched ideas to help tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

29 Apr 2022

Government inaction on long COVID could cost billions

There are now more than a million workers missing from the workforce compared to pre-pandemic, according to a report published by the IPPR think tank.

28 Apr 2022

Government borrowing more than halves, data reveals

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that government borrowing in the last financial year more than halved when compared to a year earlier.

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