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Pension decision time for those approaching 50

Changes to the rules next year will affect early access to pensions.

Pensions rule still under debate

High earners were also shocked to hear that not only would tax relief for pensions be restricted from 2011, but that the Government also intends to restrict their ability to contribute this year and next, in the run up to the new rules.

The restriction, however, is much more limiting than was expected, as it is intended to prevent those affected from increasing their pension contributions in 2009/10 and 2010/11.

But the effect of the rules as drafted mean that many taxpayers earning over £150,000 per annum could be forced to reduce their pension contributions this year.

Managing a business during a recession

Managing a business can be challenging at the best of times. Here are some tips on how to make it through the worst.

Scottish tourism industry website was badly handled, MSPs say

VisitScotland, the Government body set up to promote the Scottish tourism and hospitality industry, made significant mistakes when setting up its dedicated website, according to the Scottish Parliament's Public Audit Committee.

Inefficient scrutiny of EU regulations hurting UK firms

The lack of a proper relationship between the UK’s regulatory system and that of the EU is compromising the competitiveness of British businesses, it has been claimed.

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