The problem with tax soundbites

8 February 2012

Historically, those outside the tax world talk about tax in relation to rates – but rarely in relation to tax policy. However, some tax policies do excite public interest. The best recent example is inheritance tax, where George Osborne’s announcement in opposition that he’d raise the exempt amount to £1m killed the idea of a snap general election and forced the government to introduce its own reforms, almost overnight. Tax experts may wonder how on earth a tax paid (at the time) by just 5% of estates could have such a large impact.

Air quality, London and the Olympics

8 February 2012

With the 2012 Olympic countdown well under way, and all eyes focused on London, the city’s and the Games’ environmental policies are coming under increasing scrutiny. Flemmich Web reports on the capital’s air quality in the run-up to the greatest show on Earth.

Mapping the talent matrix

8 February 2012

Identifying skill gaps and creating a talent map are critical to ensure effective investment in staff training, says Fiona Hotston Moore

Climate change without change

8 February 2012

Jon Herbert looks at how the Met Office is plotting real world climate change as UK renewable energy use increases, but the future of electric cars hangs in the balance.

The interface between REACH, CHIP/CLP and COSHH/DSEAR

8 February 2012

The introduction of REACH and its requirements have led to some uncertainty as to the relative roles of REACH, CHIP/CLP and COSHH/DSEAR, so in this article, Desmond Waight attempts to clarify and show that in some circumstances, the single process of assessing risk will meet both the REACH and COSHH/DSEAR requirements.

Economic Trends: February 2012

6 February 2012

Chris Wales has a rude awakening to the New Year when he is disturbed by some perceptive commentators

International Reporting: February 2012

6 February 2012

IFRS expert David Cairns provides a round-up of the key changes in international accounting standards and developments at the International Accounting Standards Board

ISI inspections: what impact will the changes have?

6 February 2012

In this article, a former Head with considerable experience of inspections looks at the likely impact of the ISI’s new inspection regime on schools. He suggests that the changes are nothing about which they need be concerned and that, in several ways, the new procedures actually make things easier.

IFAC consultation: Minority report

6 February 2012

A major IFAC consultation on financial reporting has seen scant comment from investors despite widespread dissatisfaction with audit quality, says Robin Litjens