The Spending Review – what does it mean for local government?
In his Spending Review statement, George Osborne appears to have started the process of reversing central governments’ hold over local government. Local financial accountability cannot be achieved when so much of local government’s income is determined, capped or controlled by Whitehall.
Autumn Statement 2015 - new property measures
The Autumn Statement unveiled a series of further measures affecting the real estate sector. These almost exclusively relate to residential property as the Government attempts to implement a policy to take the pressure off the London housing market, and make homes generally more affordable.
Public spending cuts less than expected, but innovative thinking required
The Spending Review, announced by the Chancellor, sets out how £4 trillion of government money will be allocated over the next five years.
Potential tax issues for shipping & offshore maritime sector in UK Autumn Statement
The government is to invest £1.3 billion to transform HMRC into ‘one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations’ in the world. Most businesses and self-employed individuals will be required to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and to update HMRC at least quarterly via their digital tax account. The Government will consult on the details in 2016.
New development in green fees VAT claim saga
Are you aware of HMRC's change of policy to widen the scope of the VAT exemption for supplies of sporting services by non-profit making bodies? The VAT claim process has changed - read our outline of the full brief, and find out what steps to take to ensure you avoid any penalties.
An Autumn Statement for “rebuilding Britain”
Five years since delivering his first spending review, George Osborne spent over an hour delivering his 2015 Autumn Statement. He repeatedly stated the Government’s intent to build public services, infrastructure, national defences and strong public finances.
Autumn Statement 2015 - video summary
Vince Wood, Mike Cooper and Gill Smith discuss the key points from the Chancellor's announcements earlier today.
Autumn Statement 2015 - as it happened
This afternoon, the Chancellor announced the government's future plans in the Autumn Statement 2015.
Moore Stephens named Audit Team of the Year 2015
Last night, Moore Stephens was announced as the 2015 winner of the Top 50 Audit Team of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards. This award, which was open to firms placed within the 2014 Accountancy Age Top 50 Survey, seeks to recognise the audit advice that has delivered greatest measurable benefit to clients over the past 12 months.
Transparency over beneficial ownership of companies, trusts and UK properties
Following the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014, and the subsequent meeting in Turkey in November 2015 where various transparency proposals were agreed, the UK Government has now published an update reiterating its commitment to implement the proposals to increase the transparency of beneficial ownership information.