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Financial experts have warned the Scottish Government against introducing "less competitive rates of tax" in the wake of tax increases and spending cuts announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt this morning. In his first Autumn Statement, Mr Hunt extended the freeze on key allowances and thresholds, incl

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a £4.2 billion contract to build five new Royal Navy frigates on the Clyde and support 1,700 jobs in Govan and Scotstoun. Delivering on ambitions laid out in the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh earlier this year, the contract awarded to BAE Syste

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Analysts from the Resolution Foundation (RF) have shown that the mini-budget put forward under Liz Truss cost the country an estimated £30 billion. It resulted in a doubling of the fiscal hole the Treasury has said Jeremy Hunt will have to fill with this week's expected range of tax rises and

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The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has announced that the government's fiscal statement will be delayed from October 31 to November 17. The new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, and chancellor agreed on the new date when they will set out a detailed plan to reduce debt and put in place a growth strategy for th

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Whisky distillers have cried out against one of the government's fiscal U-turns announced on Monday reversing of the freeze on alcohol duty. Commenting on the reversal of the UK alcohol duty freeze Mark Kent, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “Business can only work on th

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has called bank chiefs to Downing Street to address issues with mortgages after uncertainty in the mortgage market led rates to soar to a 14-year high of 6%. The increase in rates also triggered a flurry of mortgage agreements being withdrawn by lenders.

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has U-turned on plans to abolish the 45p rate of income tax for higher earners in the UK. The plan to remove the 45p rate, paid by those earning more than £150,000 a year, was announced on September 23 as part of a package of tax cuts planned by the UK Government.

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has responded to the Chancellor’s announcement last week, that the UK basic rate of income tax will be reduced to 19p and the UK additional rate of income tax abolished from April 2023. These changes will not apply to Scotland, where the power to set

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The UK government has today published details of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, which will protect businesses from the worst of the current increases in international energy prices, by providing a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices. The scheme will apply to energy usage from 1st Octobe

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The new UK government has ordered the treasury to audit existing and new anti-obesity policies which were to be introduced next month. The sugar tax, officially known as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), was introduced in 2018 as a measure to deter people from consuming unhealthy drinks high in

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Last week's decision to remove Tom Scholar, the Treasury's permanent secretary - on the new government's first day - has been heavily criticised. Kwasi Kwarteng, the new chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Treasury attempted to share the news of the removal of the Treasury's top civil servant

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Accountants have given their immediate response to the announcement that Liz Truss is to be the new leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister, calling for "significant government support" to help people overcome the current financial challenges. Kirsty McGregor, founder of Th

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