The National Insurance U-Turn Proves You Cannot Trust The Tories To Keep Their Promises

Andrew Gwynne | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Gwynne

The Tories shambolic U-turn over national insurance contributions has proved that they cannot give Britain the change we need. By breaking a manifesto promise and then backtracking, they have now lost all credibility. You cannot trust a word the Tories say... The Tories' list of broken promises is long, and set to get longer under this failing government. Rather than tackling the challenges we face, all the Tories offer is empty rhetoric and meaningless promises. One can only imagine what the next dishonest pledge and subsequent U-turn will be. With a track record this flaky, who would believe a word they say in the future?

How Poor Accounting Cost My Freelancing Business Thousands

Adam Manuel | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Adam Manuel

Like many new freelancers, I never saw the need for an accountant when I was starting out. Hiring one seemed like an unnecessary expense, a luxury tha...

8 Reasons Why A Jaffa Cake Is Definitely A Cake And Not A Biscuit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It is the debate of the twenty-first century: dividing a nation, families and tea time across the land. Now #JaffaGate has been brought back to the f...

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 108 - The Fear and Loathing of VAT

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Sometimes in a world dominated by finances one has to remember that we are in this Art World for the sake of the stuff not what the stuff is worth. Th...

We Shouldn't Be Taxed for Bleeding, Period

Ella Griffiths | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Griffiths

Anyone who has either experienced a period or knows anything about them knows that there is nothing luxurious about the feeling of menstrual cramps, or discovering your purse is empty when you've run out of tampons. Without affordable sanitary products, those women who menstruate are prevented from leading a normal life, both in public and in private.

City Expecting Big Bonuses As TUC Finds Many Will Spend Second Christmas On The Dole

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK

Hundreds of thousands of people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole, according to a new study, as it was revealed top City ...

Micro Business Owners of the EU Must Stand Together

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.

Tampons Are Not a Luxury, Period

Megan Macqueen | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Macqueen

Collectively, it seems periods are pretty pricey. With this in mind, would you believe me if I told you that tampons and sanitary towels are deemed not essential enough to be tax free? Admittedly they are taxed at a reduced rate of 5% but this still means they are thought of as luxury items, which all sane females would agree they are certainly not.

Osborne Urged To Tax Books, Food And Children's Clothes

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been urged to slap VAT on the likes of books, children's clothes and a range of food in a recommendation by the International Monet...

Labour Poster Attacks VAT Rise On Food, But You Don't Pay VAT On Food

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour Party's latest election campaign poster has been widely mocked for not making any sense. The advert, which is being driven around by van...

Welcome to Inequality Street

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Britain prides itself on its sense of justice, on fair play and sticking up for the underdog. So what's gone wrong? Increasingly, as we look around, we find we're living on Inequality Street. Take, for example, the 2010 austerity programme. In theory the cuts didn't have to target the poorest, but in reality they have. This week The Centre for Welfare Reform published a new report, Counting the Cuts, which measures, not just how large the cuts have been, but also how fair they are, and who is being targeted. The results are shocking.

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

Ned Simons

Impose VAT On Children's Clothes And Food, Says Conservative MP | Ned Simons | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have called on George Osborne to lower VAT to 15% from its current rate of 20%. However the backbenchers from the Free Enterprise Gro...

Half Of All Government Departments Should Be Shut, Say Tory MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have suggested killing off Whitehall departments, lowering the benefit cap and imposing VAT on children's clothes and food in order to pay do...

'Computers Are Against Our Religion'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A devoutly religious pair of beekeepers have won the right not to file an online tax return - because it goes against their beliefs. Seventh Day Ad...

Should Estate Agent Fees, and Indeed All Fees, for Professional Services Include VAT?

Adam Day | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Adam Day

I hate VAT. I hate it as both a business owner and a consumer. But I hate it even more when it's not 'wrapped up' within the price of the product or service that I am purchasing, as a consumer. So why do professional services, that are selling to the consumer, quote fees that are 'exclusive', or 'plus VAT'? It has never made sense to me.

Labour Are 'Pulling The Wool' Over Tax Changes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has attacked Labour for trying to "pull the wool over people's eyes" about sweeping tax changes that came into effect...

Fraudsters Faked Hollywood Blockbuster Starring Andrea McLean In Tax Scam

PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Fraudsters who pretended to be behind a Hollywood blockbuster were forced to hastily make a film called A Landscape Of Lies on a shoestring budget in ...

Minimum Wage Rises As Unions Warn That Workers Will Actually Be Worse Off

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics

A rise in the minimum wage has come into effect, leading to a bigger pay packet for some workers, but the low-paid will actually be worse off, accordi...

A Taxing Idea for the People

Hugh Salmon | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

'Ideas don't make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does'. So said Felix Dennis in his book 'How To Get Rich'. He's worth over £500 million, so I think we can believe him.

'Does VAT Apply To Humble Pie?'

Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Politics

"Does VAT apply to humble pie?," ministers were asked this afternoon after George Osborne performed a surprise U-turn on plans to increase tax on hot ...

Greggs Boss Ready For Pasty Tax Showdown

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics

The chief executive of bakery chain Greggs stepped up his fight against the "completely confusing" pasty tax on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with the ...

Stirring Up a VAT of Trouble: An Analysis of the Pasty Tax

Lindsey Suddaby | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Lindsey Suddaby

Let's not forget the humble pasty started life as a portable lunch for ordinary working fishermen and tin miners. Ken McMeikan, CEO of Greggs, summed it up well when he said: "people simply can not afford to pay 20% more for everyday food."

'Pasty Tax Has Created Quagmire Of Confusion, Says MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

The Government's plan to introduce a "pasty tax" has created "a quagmire of confusion and worry" for businesses, according to a Conservative MP who si...

Hot Cross Bun Fight After Pasty Tax Threatens To Cash In On Easter

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK

Hot cross buns could prove a costly Easter treat under the government's proposed VAT plans, with the bun the latest British snack to feel the heat ove...