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Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol is calling for Chancellor Alistair Darling to suspend residential Stamp Duty in the April Budget. He says total suspension would cost less than £2bn per annum. Although the Chancellor has indicated that there will be no further major fiscal stimulus in the budget on April 22, John […]

HSBC’s Trojan horse plan could kill advice sector

The announcement that HSBC is to become a whole of market operator using the services of John Charcol advisers indicates the lender is once again showing its contempt for the market by wanting to have its cake and eat it.

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Company sick pay – new findings

Research by insurer LV= suggests that some 11 million employees in the UK have no company-paid sick leave entitlement. So if an employee from within the above grouping cannot work through illness or injury for any period of time, their only income would likely be that provided by state benefits alone.

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