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It’s that time of year again

It’s that time of year again... The end of the tax year. So don’t forget to have a look at your unused investment and savings tax allowances as in most cases if you miss them they are gone for good. I know I have rambled on about pensions in many

Imminent changes to repossession laws

From Oct 1st 2018 if you wish to repossess a property, all tenancies new and old should be treated in the same way… The introduction of the Deregulation Act on 1st October 2015 ‘The Act’ brought with it some substantial changes that landlords and property managing agents should already be aware of

Bailiffs and the law

Common questions we get asked about bailiffs their powers What are bailiffs not allowed to take? Exempt goods and anything not belonging to the debtor. Items necessary in your employment, education or business to a maximum allowance of £1350 combined value. Items necessary to the basic needs of the debtor and his

Budget 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to Parliament on Monday 29 October 2018 with a somewhat rosier forecast as to the financial position of UK plc. From a personal tax perspective, individuals will benefit from increases in both the personal allowance, to £12,500, and the higher rate PAYE threshold,

Brexit and Employment Law

With the possibility of Brexit growing ever closer, concerns are growing over what the impact will be on employment law in the UK if and when we leave the European Union. Whilst at this stage nothing is set in stone, the government has published a White Paper which provides some

News in Brief – Spring 2019

Ryanair reports €20m third quarter loss. Ryanair flew 32.7m passengers in the quarter, an increase of 8%, while revenue flew to €1.53bn, a 10% increase, the loss did not consider the €46.5m the airline spent buying Austrian airline, Laudamotion. Chief executive Michael O’Leary said, “While a €20m loss in

Recruitment challenges reinforces need for Skills Strategy

The urgent need for a sustained focus on securing the skills required by industry has been highlighted by a survey produced by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The findings of BCC’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey have led to concern and calls for greater backing for skills and training from

Improving Southend’s roads and pavements

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be investing over £26m into improving its roads and pavements over the next 3 years. This includes an extra £3m proposed as part of the council’s draft 2019/20 budget, and the investment will see a number of roads resurfaced, potholes filled and pavements replaced throughout the

Creative thinking

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has committed to an ambitious long-term project that will make the Thames Estuary the world’s largest creative corridor; a world leader for the creative and cultural industries. The award of £4.3m funding into a £6.7m programme to the University of Kent, on behalf

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