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Firearms licensing service improved after criticism

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been made aware that several firearms licensing departments that had previously stopped grant applications have revised their policy after criticism from BASC, press coverage and intervention by MPs. Licensing departments in North Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Kent and Northamptonshire had all previously announced that grant applications for… Read more »

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Council tax bills 'about to hit £1,500'
Council tax bills ‘about to hit £1,500’

By Ian Dunt Council tax bills could hit £1,500 a year in some areas next April, after new accountancy rules force tax hikes of up to three per cent. The introduction of the International Financial Reporting Standard next year will reform the rules around the amount of capital councils have to put to one side… Read more »