Finance News

Within the Open Access Government Finance News section, you can find a wide variety of information on the changes in the financial sector.

We often explore the development of digital banking and the future of Fintech, along with the World Bank and World Trade Organisations (WTO) stories. You can also find expert opinions on many popular topics within this category along with insights into the financial changes in other countries.

This category also covers poverty and pensions in the UK along with any legal changes to financial law. Up to date articles are available on fiscal policy and trade wars within the sector.

New pension rules come into force

New pension rules come into force

People over the age of 55 can now cash in their entire pension pot under new rules that came into play yesterday... The reform to...
UK economy grew in the first quarter

UK economy grew in the first quarter

Business group CBI has said the UK economy picked up in the first quarter and looks set to gain momentum in the current period... It...
Boosting trade growth worldwide

Boosting trade growth worldwide

In an interview with AG, Keith Rockwell from the World Trade Organization explains how they help countries to expand trade and boost economic growth worldwide… Trading...
Support for Tory-led government from UK businesses

Businesses support Tory-led government

The Daily Telegraph has released a letter showing more than 100 company leaders have declared support for a Conservative-led government... Among the names declaring support...
Watchdog investigating pension data sales

Watchdog investigating pension data sales

A new investigation has been launched following claims that pension data is being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling companies... According to an investigation by the...
Planning permission scrapped for click and collect

Planning permission scrapped for click and collect

High street shops will be able to install 'click and collect' lockers without gaining planning permission under new government measures... From the 15 April retailers...
Strong case for interest rates falling or rising

Strong case for interest rates falling or rising

According to the Chief Economist at the Bank of England interest rates are just as likely to fall further as they are to rise... In...
Help to buy ISAs will push up house prices

Help to buy ISAs will push up house prices

The Chancellor's announcement that first-time buyers will receive help to get on the housing ladder through a new Help to Buy ISA has been...
Mortgage lending slowdown may be at an end

Mortgage lending slowdown may be at an end

Industry data revealed mortgage lending dropped again in January, but economists forecast a rise in house prices may improve circumstances... The outlook for lending may...

Chancellor set to reveal pre-election Budget

Later today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is set to unveil his spending and taxation plans for the Budget... The speech, which is...
Minimum wage is set to increase by 20p

Minimum wage is set to increase by 20p

The government has announced the National Minimum Wage is set to increase by 20p from October... The National Minimum Wage is set to increase, it...
High street chains will not commit to living wage

High street chains will not commit to living wage

An investigation conducted by The Independent has revealed that the big high street stores have not signed up to the living wage... The living wage...
PMI survey reveals weakening NI economy

PMI survey reveals weakening NI economy

According to the latest PMI survey the economy in Northern Ireland has fallen for the third month in a row... Ulster Bank said its monthly...
Odeon cinema chain is set to go on sale

Odeon cinema chain is set to go on sale

It has been announced that the owner of Odeon will put the chain up for sale later this year for £1bn... Well-known cinema chain Odeon...
Increasing National Insurance will pay for NHS

Increasing National Insurance will help pay for NHS

Labour MP Frank Field has said no party had yet proposed solutions to tackle the issues facing the NHS and called for his party...
Capital allowances – boosting your bottom-line

Capital allowances – boosting your bottom-line

Steven Bone, Director at The Capital Allowances Partnership Ltd explains the tax relief on offer under the capital allowance scheme and what it can...
Northern Ireland Executive passes 2015-16 budget

Northern Ireland Executive passes 2015-16 budget

The Northern Ireland Executive has passed its 2015-16 budget, which includes an extra £150m funding. Due to increased funding set out in the Chancellor's Autumn...
What to expect in the Autumn Statement

What to expect in the Autumn Statement

As Chancellor George Osborne prepares to give the Autumn Statement at 12.30pm today , AG examines the key areas expected to be discussed... Ahead of...

Economic Development It’s about place making

For those involved at a strategic level in economic development, place making as a tool is not new but its time is certainly now...
Unlocking SME trade competitiveness

Unlocking SME trade competitiveness

Rajesh Aggarwal, Acting Director in the Division of Business and Institutional Support at the International Trade Centre (ITC) provides insight into the role of...

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