Spring Budget 2017 (UK)

Finance and Legal
Changes to the National Insurance Contributions scheme, which would have imposed extra costs from April 2018 on self-employed people earning profits of more than £16,250 pa, have dominated the headlines on three occasions for three different reasons this month. 10/3/2017
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Final Deadline for PPI Complaints (UK).

Consumer Law
10/03/2017. The final deadline for making claims relating to mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) has been set by the Financial Conduct Authority at 29 August 2019.  ‘PS17/3: Payment protection insurance complaints: feedback on CP16/20 and final rules and guidance’ also
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Locally-Administered Business Rates Relief (E)

Business
Views on the design and implementation of the locally-administered discretionary small business rates relief scheme announced in Spring Budget 2017 are being sought by the Dept for Communities and Local Government.  10/3/2017 ‘Business Rates: Consultation on proposals on the design
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Rules for Conducting Insolvency Proceedings (E, W)

Finance and Legal
It will be legally permissible to use modern electronic technologies to replace paper communications and physical meetings in insolvency procedures after 6 April, when ‘The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016’ will implement changes made to the Insolvency Act 1986
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Double Penalties for Motorists using Mobiles While Driving (E, S, W)

Finance and Legal
The penalties awaiting motorists who use their mobiles when driving doubled on 1 March, when a tough new regime was launched with a week’s co-ordinated enforcement that involved police forces across the country sending out extra patrols to crack down
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