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House prices grow slowly in March

House prices grow slowly in March

Higher mortgage rates affect affordability as the cost of buying a home strains budgets. Nationwide has reported a mixed picture of the housing market. On average, property prices increased 1.6% from March 2023, marking the quickest pace of growth since December 2022. However, a slight dip of 0.2% was observed in March compared to February, … Continued

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UK house prices rise as interest rates fall

UK house prices rise as interest rates fall

The average house price increased by 1.2% compared to last year, climbing to an average of £260,420. The last growth was seen in January 2023. In February, UK house prices experienced their first annual increase in over a year, signalling a rejuvenation in the housing market spurred by reduced borrowing costs. Nationwide has reported that … Continued

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House prices begin to fall at a slower rate

House prices begin to fall at a slower rate

House price declines are gradually easing as sales volumes increase across the UK. In October 2023, prices dropped by -1.4%, slowing to -0.8% by December. The East of England (-2.5%) and the South West of England (-2.2%) experienced the most significant declines in 2023. In contrast, house prices in Northern Ireland increased by 3.2%. Despite … Continued

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UK accountants demand HMRC service improvements

UK accountants demand HMRC service improvements

A recent survey from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has shed light on the challenges UK accountants face when dealing with HMRC services. Over 90% of respondents expressed the urgent need for HMRC to improve its service across several key areas. The survey, which involved 207 ACCA members, uncovered significant concerns within the … Continued

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UK economy recovery slows in August

UK economy recovery slows in August

Britain’s economy partially recovered in August, with a marginal growth of 0.2% following a sharp fall in July. This slow growth has fuelled expectations that the Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee will vote to maintain its base interest rate at 5.25% next month. The BoE halted its run of interest rate increases in … Continued

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Chancellor announces date for Autumn Statement 2023

Chancellor announces date for Autumn Statement 2023

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has announced that he will present the Autumn Statement to Parliament on 22 November. Hunt will use the Statement to set out future tax plans and departmental spending plans, although he may hold back on serious plans amid inflationary pressures. The Chancellor may also decide against favourable announcements … Continued

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Bank of England predicts the UK to enter recession this year

Bank of England predicts the UK to enter recession this year

The Bank of England (BoE) has predicted that the UK will enter a recession before the end of the year. The prediction, backed up by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), follows consecutive rises in interest rates, with inflation reaching a 40-year high of 10.1% in July. Although the BoE expects the economy to contract … Continued

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Energy bill support to be split over six payments

Energy bill support to be split over six payments

The Government has announced a £400 energy bill grant will be paid to customers over six payments to help households cope with the cost of living crisis. As part of an £11.7 billion energy support package, some 29 million households will receive grants to help pay for their energy bills this winter, starting in October. … Continued

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Government overhauls audit regime

Government overhauls audit regime

The Government has published a response to its consultation on strengthening audits, corporate reporting and corporate governance systems. The long-awaited response outlines the Government’s plans to tackle dominance of large auditors, ban failing ones and bring unlisted companies under the scope of the regulator. The current Financial Reporting Council will also be replaced by a … Continued

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Bank of England raises interest rate to 1%

Bank of England raises interest rate to 1%

The Bank of England (BoE) has raised its base interest rate to 1%, marking the fourth rise in a row and the highest base rate in 13 years. The Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) voted 6-3 to increase the base rate of interest by 0.25% percentage points from 0.75% on 5 May 2022. The current … Continued