UK’s biggest banks spent £28bn on charges

S&P forecasts one-off costs will continue to drag on profits

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UK lenders forced to reveal customer data

Budget pledge to aid comparison of current accounts

What business wanted and what it got

How chancellor George Osborne responded to wishlist

Bag by Simon Baker Casemakers using buckles, locks and leather by Abbey England Ltd
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Budget offers mixed bag for small business

Their verdicts on the chancellor’s policies

Rise in bank levy is really a tax on HSBC

UK public likely to see poetic justice following Swiss evasion scandal

VAT shift levels outsourcing playing field

Chancellor reaffirms government’s commitment to privatisation

Plan to turn London into cat bond centre

Tax and regulatory changes to stimulate market

Budget rules could ease way for bitcoin in UK

New package of regulation for digital currencies

City warns on housing costs

Corporation says property market is ‘reaching crisis point’

Farmers welcome help with volatile prices

Income averaging rule brings UK in line with Irish dairies

Business welcomes late payments clampdown

Ministers pledge to extend code to crack down on poor practice

Tobacco groups breathe sigh of relief

Treasury steps back from imposing levy on profits

Banks hit by £5.3bn tax raid

Lenders say lifting levy on liabilities makes UK less competitive

Business groups resigned to lack of giveaways

Praise for fiscal discipline in absence of big changes

‘Boy George’ has grown into his prefect’s blazer

Tax cuts have made business more forgiving of a stubborn deficit

Crackdown on tax avoidance

Osborne uses final Budget of the parliament to defend record on closing loopholes

Favourable tide for hydroelectric lagoons

Talks could see Swansea scheme receive taxpayer support

Research into driverless cars boosted

Osborne offers £100m over five years to study ‘intelligent mobility’

North Sea oil to benefit from tax cuts

Chancellor responds to industry pleas after plunge in crude price

Pledge to spread ultrafast broadband

Nearly all homes in UK will have access

Regional tech hubs get funding boost

Measures include two ‘enterprise zones’ in Plymouth and Blackpool

Whisky makers drink to 2% cut in duty

Beer, wine and cider also benefit from reductions

Bookies bridle at horseracing licence

Offshore bookmakers avoid 10.75% levy

Norwich feels squeeze on jobs

Opportunities focus on low and high ends of employment market

North Sea groups set for Budget tax cuts

Alexander signals support for exploration and ageing fields

Treasury launches business rates review

Year-long study of property tax to start before Budget

BCC urges freeze on UK investment allowance

Push to halt drop in amount businesses can offset against tax

A new deal to keep North Sea oil flowing

The UK fiscal regime needs a new approach, not just a tweak

Business asks chancellor to focus on medium-sized firms

Business and the Budget: the wishlists

Lobbying groups focus on investment and taxation