Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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SCOTS ECONOMY UP

Stats reveal Q2 growth in key sectors

The Scottish economy grew by 0.6% during the second quarter of 2013, according to figures from Scotland's chief statistician. Construction grew by 2.1%, production by 1% and services by 0.3% over the quarter; GDP grew by 1.8% over the year.

CALL TO ABOLISH NI APD

NI finance chiefsays air duty is 'unfair'

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has renewed calls for the abolition of Air Passenger Duty after the Republic of Ireland announced it would be cut to zero from next April. Hamilton said APD was an 'unfair' tax on all UK regions, and Northern Ireland in particular, as transport options are more limited. He said abolishing the duty would bring benefits to the wider UK, not just Northern Ireland.

WELSH SETTLEMENT

Councils to grapple with 3.5% cut

Welsh councils will share in a finance settlement of £4. …

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