Smallprint in documentation given out with Budget press releases said the government would add IT workers to 'the list of work permit shortage occupations'. It said new rules would help skilled foreign workers in key areas come and work in the UK, where they have the skills and attitudes to help generate and enterprise economy.'Ernst & Young's tax director Alastair Kendrick said: 'It seems ironic that at a time when we seem to be exporting personal services companies we are importing labour.'
The chancellor has also launched an inquiry into the government's tax and business support regime for small businesses. Gordon Brown has asked Lord Trotman to review the policy environment that the government has put in place for small businesses in the areas of tax and business support.'Lord Trotman will be reporting in time for his recommendations to be considered in the run up to Budget 2000,' according to the Treasury's pre-Budget report.
The Inland Revnue is to be given more powers to offer payroll support to new employers. The DTI and the Revenue will confirm further details of the scheme shortly while the Revenue will also publish a new national standard for payroll software early next year. Making entrepreneurship the head in his budget speech brown said Lord Trotman would investigate Charity finance directors pledged to continue the battle
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