Monthly Archives: May 2012

VAT: what, how much and why?

VAT is in the headlines again thanks to the government’s pasty tax U-turn. Here’s the lowdown on this most confusing of taxes The ongoing confusion arising from the government’s retreat on the so-called ‘pasty’ tax highlights the many anomalies, and … Continue reading

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Richer pensioners should lose some benefits, says thinktank

Nuffield Trust says rethink on winter fuel allowances, bus passes and TV licences would help pay for rising social care costs Better-off pensioners should lose some of their benefits, such as winter fuel allowances and free bus passes, and face … Continue reading

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Night shifts raise risk of breast cancer, says Danish research

Breast tumour risk increased 40% among night workers, shows study triggering HSE investigation into impact on UK workers The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has commissioned research into reported links between working night shifts and breast cancer in women in … Continue reading

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Your daddy’s rich … inherited wealth may date back to dawn of agriculture

Having well-heeled, privileged parents mattered even in the Neolithic, according to a study of 5,000-year-old skeletons Hereditary wealth and privilege date back to the earliest days of farming in the Neolithic, according to researchers who have studied hundreds of ancient … Continue reading

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Co-op to hire 3,000 lawyers in challenge to high street solicitors

Co-op becomes first major brand to offer range of legal services previously only available through private solicitors The Co-operative is planning to hire nearly 3,000 lawyers over the next five years in a rapid expansion programme that will challenge the … Continue reading

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Changing the face of our high streets

As the economy stutters, payday loan shops and pawnbrokers are reaping the rewards For the high streets which best typify Britain’s economic gloom, look no further than the main shopping strips in Chatham in Kent and Walthamstow in east London. … Continue reading

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CBI urges state to kickstart private sector investment

Treasury could bring about investment spree by pension funds without adding to nation’s debts, says CBI report Britain’s largest business lobby group has urged the government to act as a financial backstop for multibillion-pound infrastructure projects in order to unlock … Continue reading

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Irish dodge debts through UK ‘bankruptcy tourism’

Bankrupt clients from Ireland have used a Leicester solicitor and UK courts to wipe out over €1bn debts taken out in the republic A solicitor in Leicester has helped Irish clients escape more than €1bn (£798m) of debt by taking … Continue reading

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Payday lenders and pawn shops change the face of Britain’s high streets

As the economy stutters, payday loan shops and pawnbrokers are reaping the rewards For the high streets which best typify Britain’s economic gloom, look no further than the main shopping strips in Chatham in Kent and Walthamstow in east London. … Continue reading

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Inequality wasn’t the answer: in fact, it was our downfall | Heather Stewart

The widening gap between rich and poor was supposed to have been the price worth paying for economic stability. In fact, it led to debts that could stunt growth for years At last week’s OECD forum in Paris – a … Continue reading

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