Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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ADVICE ON TAX POWERS

'Gettingpolicy right' is aim

Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt has announced the creation of a tax advisory group to provide input and support as Wales develops its devolved tax policy. As well as tax professionals and experts, it includes representatives from the CBI, Law Society and the Wales TUC. 'As we gain more financial powers it is essential that we get it right,' said Hutt.

WELCOME CUT

Consultancy costs down 18%

Northern Ireland's Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed as 'encouraging' an 18% drop in consultancy costs. He said the figure, in the finance department's annual compliance report on the use of external consultants, showed the commitment of the Northern Ireland Executive to critically examine its need for external services.

'NO EVICTIONS' PLEDGE

Extra cash for hardship funds

A Budget deal between Labour and the Scottish National Party Government means no Scottish tenant will face eviction as a result of the so-called bedroom tax. …

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