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DBS Twitter account

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launched a Twitter account on 4 November 2019. DBS checks workers and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults. The Twitter account can be followed on @dbsgovuk. [19.11]
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Ivory Act upheld

On 5 November 2019, the High Court upheld the Ivory Act 2018. The Act generally bans the sale of ivory with some exceptions for pianos, antiques and other items. Some antique dealers unsuccessfully argued that the ban breached EU law by disproportionately affecting their business. [19.11]
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Additional funeral benefit

From spring 2020, the maximum amount that may be claimed as a funeral expenses payment increases from £700 to £1,000. This is the first increase since 2003. The payment may be made to someone receiving means-tested benefits and who bears the cost of a funeral. It is used to cover such expenses as burial or cremation fees, funeral director's fees, coffin and flowers. About 800 such claims are...
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Tax simplification accepted

On 5 November 2019, the government accepted most of the recommendations from the Office of Tax Simplication to simplify tax for small businesses. The proposals are basically designed to assist small businesses to meet existing obligations, rather than changing those obligations. The only significant change is possibly allowing a new business to report corporation tax for an initial period of...
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Dominic Chappell disqualified

Dominic Chappell was disqualified as a director for ten years on 5 November 2019. Chappell bough BHS stores for £1. His father, Joseph Chappell, was disqualified for five years. Dominic was found to have diverted £1.5 million of funds from BHS Ltd to a company based in Sweden. The transaction took place one day after the potential appointment of an administrator for BHS Limited had been d...
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House prices

The average house price in September 2019 was £250,677. By region, the average prices are: Price change by region for England Region Average price September 2019 Monthly change % since August 2019 East Midlands £194,219 -1.2 East of England £291,993 -0.4 London £474,601 -0.1 North East £132,769 0.0 North West £167,683 -0.3 South East £329,1...
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Council tax relief for flooded properties

Home and business owners affected by floods will get immediate relief from council tax or business rates, it was announced on 15 November 2019. Those "intensely affected" by flooding qualify for 100% relief for at least three months. This should save an average £400 for a band D property in Doncaster. In addition: under the Bellwin scheme, local authorities can claim 100% of the costs f...
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