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UK losing ground on renewable power investments June 5, 2014

Ernst and Young (EY) have released their Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, which now ranks the UK lower than the US, China, Germany, Japan and Canada. Ben Warren, EY’s Environmental Finance leader said: ‘The UK has slipped to sixth place for the first time in more than a year. Policy tinkering and conflicting signals once
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European Commission tells UK to rein in housing boom June 5, 2014

The Help to Buy scheme, council tax and house building all require reform, says the European Commission (EC), as average UK house prices reach an all-time high. The EC called for Chancellor George Osborne to ‘deploy appropriate measures’, adding: ‘The authorities should continue to monitor house prices and mortgage indebtedness and stand ready to deploy
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2014 Queen’s Speech: coalition heralds ‘bold measures’ June 5, 2014

The Coalition Government has unveiled its final Queen’s Speech before next year’s General Election, highlighting ‘bold measures’ on pension reform and introducing a new bill for small businesses. Keen to quash Labour’s accusations that it was offering ‘more of the same’, the Government heralded the Speech as ‘unashamedly pro-work, pro-business and pro-aspiration’. Landmark reform of
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Tax investigators collect record amount this year May 29, 2014

£23.9 billion was collected through tax investigations over the past twelve months, claims HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). This is an increase of £3.2 billion on the previous twelve-month period, and £9 billion on the period before that. HMRC said it was almost £1 billion above the target set by Chancellor George Osborne. According to
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New act strengthens intellectual property rights May 29, 2014

The new Intellectual Property Act received Royal Assent on 15 May, better protecting the rights of UK businesses. New powers now allow the UK to implement the Unified Patent Court Agreement, which is the central part of introducing a single patent across most EU countries. It is thought this could lead to collective business savings
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