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GDPR legislation takes effect

A set of new data protection rules have come into force as of 25 May 2018, placing greater obligations on businesses that handle personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to "harmonise" data protection across the EU, and to give individuals more rights regarding their personal data.

This includes the right to:

  • receive information about...
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Lack of financial protection puts households at risk

Many UK households are under-protected in the event of serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows.

A survey of 5,022 UK adults found that more than a fifth (21%) of households wouldn't survive financially if they unexpectedly lost their main income.

Only 9% of people have a critical illness policy to protect their household should they or their partner be unable to...

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Opperman hints at auto-enrolment via tax returns

The government may be able to use digital tax returns to extend auto-enrolment to the self-employed, according to pensions minister Guy Opperman.

Speaking in a Treasury Committee meeting, Opperman hinted at using Making Tax Digital (MTD) to introduce pension savings options for the self-employed in the future.

Opperman said:

"MTD is a massive project that is on an ongoing...

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Calls for apprenticeship levy reform get louder

Pressure is mounting for the government to reform the apprenticeships system, following recent apprenticeship levy statistics.

Business groups, including the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), are urging the government to address ongoing problems with the levy.

Apprenticeship starts were down 25% for the 7 months to February 2018 compared...

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Government consults on IR35 for private sector reform

The government has launched a consultation on off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, for the private sector.

It follows the reforms to IR35 in the public sector, which were introduced in April 2017 and intended to stop work that HMRC regarded as "disguised employment".

The rules are designed to make sure that people who work through their own company, but are in practice...

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