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Where dwellings are to be built on bare land, it is common practice for completion to take place once a meaningful start has been made on the construction.

Small firms are failing to secure finance because banks are not being consistent in their lending policies.

The VAT extra statutory concession 3.29, which allows charities to ignore small amounts of non-qualifying use (up to 10 per cent) when deciding whether the construction of a new building qualifies for zero-rating, is being phased out.

The government’s announcement that it is to bring forward a planned review of the default retirement age could mean that employers may lose the right to force staff to retire at 65.

Many thousands of smaller businesses could see an increase in their administrative burdens if new accounting rules on leasing come into effect, it has been claimed.

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