Self-employed population nears 5m

The number of self-employed people in the UK is inching ever closer to the five million milestone, official statistics show. The Office for National Statistics' final labour market survey of the decade showed a record 4.96m people were registered as self-employed....

Pension saving levels among women hit 15-year high

Pension saving levels among women have hit a 15-year high, according to research from Scottish Widows. YouGov polled 5,036 adults on behalf of Scottish Widows earlier this year and found that 57% are saving enough for retirement. Average savings among women have...

Warning bells as rental numbers plunge

The UK's housing crisis could be deepening following a report which shows a shortage of new private rental properties on the market. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) latest residential market survey reported a decline in the number or rental...

Businesses issue lukewarm election response

Business groups have called for clarity and direction, following the Conservatives' resounding general election victory. Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a 78-seat majority in the 12 December 2019 election. And business leaders have cautiously welcomed the clear...

Main parties pledge February Budget

Both the Conservatives and Labour intend to hold a Budget within 100 days of forming a new government after today's general election. Setting out plans on 4 December for the eventuality of a Conservative victory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised "a post-Brexit...