Tax relief on nursery vouchers to be withdrawn

In his speech to the Labour Party Conference, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announced an extension of free nursery places, to be financed by the withdrawal of the tax and National Insurance (NIC) exemptions for childcare vouchers.

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Scrappage Scheme

The Vehicle Scrappage Scheme is a voluntary scheme for motor dealers under which participating dealers give buyers a £2,000 discount off the purchase price of a new car (or certain types of small van) in exchange for scrapping their old qualifying vehicle.

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Business rates bills

The government has confirmed that 60% of business rates will fall next year as a result of revaluation and that it will not collect a penny more of extra revenue as a result of the 2010 revaluation, which is carried out every five years. However, rates bills for some businesses will rise significantly.

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Additional Paternity Leave and Pay

The government has announced its intention to introduce Additional Paternity Leave and Pay for fathers of children due on or after 3 April 2011.

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National Minimum Wage increases

The adult rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases to £5.80 (£5.73) an hour from 1 October 2009. This is payable to those age 22 and over.

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Pay for apprentices

From 1 August 2009 the minimum wage for apprentices increased from £80 to £95 per week.

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