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Government crackdown on pension scams

Cold-callers who attempt to scam people out of their retirement savings face fines of up to £500,000 under new legislation.

The crackdown will prevent fraudsters making unauthorised contact with savers over the phone, email and text as the government bids to end millions of cold calls made each year.

Ministers announced the move after revealing retirement savers lost almost £5...

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Failure to pay minimum wage costs firms

Businesses that failed to pay staff the national minimum wage have been forced to pay back more than £2 million in unpaid salary.

In addition to paying workers back money they owed, 233 employers on the government's 'named and shamed' list were fined £1.9 million.

The national living wage is currently £7.50 an hour for employees over the age of 25, and £7.05 an hour for those...

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Unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

Unemployment fell to 4.4% in the 3 months to June 2017 – down from 4.9% to its lowest rate since 1975.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show unemployment fell by 57,000 between April and June 2017, while 338,000 more people were in employment than the same period last year.

However, with inflation remaining at 2.6%, real wage earnings fell by 0.5% (including...

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SMEs seek accountants’ funding advice

Most business owners turn to accountants to provide advice on potential funding options, a study has found. 

Peer-to-peer finance firm MarketInvoice polled 3,874 businesses and found 56% went to their accountant for ways to boost their cashflow. 

A further 23% asked said accountants were twice as important as commercial finance brokers, while just 6% would speak to a...

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Most adults have no inheritance strategy

87% of adults looking to distribute their estate to loved ones have no inheritance tax (IHT) strategy in place, according to research.

Financial adviser Drewberry polled 3,000 people and found 39% plan to leave assets to their families, while only 13% tried to find out if they had any inheritance tax liability.

42% said leaving assets to loved ones ”would be nice” but not a...

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