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As from 1 April 2009, new legislation will affect the way that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) conducts enquiries, visits and inspections.

The government should look at postponing the introduction of new business laws that could cost small firms up to £800 million.

An employers’ group has claimed that there is no need for the government to create new laws which would add to the health and safety duties of company directors as the present system is working well.

Inflation, like interest rates, the instrument used by the Bank of England to control rises in the cost of living, is on the way down.

On Friday 23 January 2009, the Office for National Statistics produced the figures confirming what everyone knew: that the UK economy was in technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

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