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Small businesses 'to get Budget help' on credit risk

The Chancellor will use next week’s Budget to announce plans to help smaller firms deal with the problems of credit risk, it has been reported.

Final salary pension schemes in deepening deficit

The collective shortfall in the UK’s defined-benefit pension schemes has reached £242 billion.

Small business lending needs greater 'scrutiny'

The government has been urged to clarify the levels of lending that banks are making to small businesses.

Chance to file earlier self assessment returns online

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that, as from 6 April 2009, it is possible to submit self assessment tax returns online that cover earlier years.

VAT cut has 'boosted' spending

Last December’s reduction in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent has had a measurable effect on consumer spending, a think tank has claimed.

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