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Graduate Tax Would Undermine UK’s Tax Competitiveness, Says IOD


In a new paper contributing to the debate about higher education funding, the Institute of Directors (IOD) argues that a graduate tax is the wrong policy solution and would damage the UK’s tax competitiveness. Nor would it solve the problem of widening participation.


Bank Of England Analysis On The Price Of Lending - CML Comment


The Council of Mortgage Lenders welcomes today's analysis by the Bank of England of the influences on the pricing of new lending. In contrast to some of the media coverage of it, the article itself clearly makes the point that the factors influencing pricing are many and complex - a point that the CML has been making consistently.


SMEs Can Still Raise Vital Finance Despite Recession Fears


Small businesses need not miss out on valuable orders due to their inability to access finance.


More Competition Needed In The Banking Sector To Avoid A Double-dip Recession


The Government must encourage more competition in the banking sector if the UK is to fully recover from recession, said the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in its response to the consultation 'Financing a private sector recovery', which closes today.


New National Research Shows North Misses Out On Small Business Funding


New research amongst managing directors of 155 companies across the UK into the financial habits of small businesses in the UK has highlighted that those in the North (North East, North West and Yorkshire) are more worried about their finances and have less access to funds than companies in the South of England.


Gross Mortgage Lending Declines In August


Gross mortgage lending declined to an estimated £11.4 billion in August, down 14% from £13.3 billion in July and 6% from £12.1 billion in August 2009, according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.


Leading Brewer Entered Into Late Payment ‘Hall Of Shame’


The company behind leading beer brands Carling, Grolsch and Cobra has been exposed for extending its supplier payment terms to well over three months.


The cheap money era is over


A bank is like any other business - if its fixed operating costs go up then so does the price of its product


Tax advisers criticise 'short-sighted' cuts in tax paperwork


HM Revenue and Customs have announced that as part of the drive to save costs they plan to stop issuing copies to tax agents of some mail which is sent to their clients.


PAYE - the system can no longer be trusted, says ACCA


Taxpayers should be given a sympathetic hearing