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  • Insight Tax & regulation

    Business tax contribution - 2017/18

    24 April 2018 - 

    Businesses in the UK paid £186 billion in taxes in 2017/18, accounting for 27% of all tax revenue in the UK. See how the business tax contribution is broken down.

  • Insight People & skills

    'Immigration should put people first, not numbers'

    23 April 2018 - 

    Writing in the Financial Times, CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, says the UK needs a controlled but open immigration system to attract investment and address shortages.

  • Insight Energy

    CBI's response to the BEIS Cost of Energy review call for evidence

    12 April 2018 - 

    Commissioned by the government in 2017, Professor Dieter Helm’s Cost of Energy Review considered how to keep electricity costs as low as possible. The CBI’s response, published in January, to the government’s subsequent call for evidence welcomed the review, and urged a sustained period of policy consistency to maintain business confidence. 

  • Insight Brexit & EU negotiations

    What are industry trade associations saying about EU rules and regulations?

    11 April 2018 - 

    As part of its six-month long evidence gathering efforts, the CBI spoke with dozens of trade associations to get their views on the future of the rules that will govern the UK economy. The CBI would like to thank all those who contributed to its new report, Smooth operations, and has published a selection of the trade associations’ responses to our new report below:

  • Report Brexit & EU negotiations

    Smooth operations

    11 April 2018 - 

    An A-Z of the EU rules that matter for the economy

  • Report Financial services

    Engaging with saving

    27 March 2018 - 

    Engaging with saving, the CBI/Aegon guide to pension engagement explains how and why UK employers should be seeking to engage their staff with their workplace pensions.

  • Podcast Brexit & EU negotiations

    Podcast: Political update

    27 March 2018 - 

    With the government striking a transition deal in the Brexit negotiations, we hear from Polly Haydn-Jones and Pete McManus from the CBI campaigns team to get the low-down on what the deal means for business, and any resulting political fallout.

  • Report Brexit & EU negotiations

    The business view on the European Council (March 2018)

    26 March 2018 - 

    Read what happened on the 23rd March when the EU27 rubberstamped the agreed legal framework for transition in the Withdrawal Agreement reached between the UK and EU negotiators earlier that week, and adopted guidelines on the framework for the future UK-EU relationship.

  • Insight Tax & regulation

    Tax reliefs: if done right an important tool for delivering the UK's economic ambitions

    21 March 2018 - 

    It is often assumed that ‘tax relief’ relates to giveaways for big business. But, let’s be clear about the facts. According to HMRC’s own statistics only 3% of tax expenditures (reliefs designed to promote particular activities rather than structural elements of the tax system) result from reliefs from corporation tax. The remaining 97% are mainly made up of reliefs from personal taxes (e.g. income tax relief for pension contributions, 0% VAT on things like food and children’s clothing).