Rishi’s Budget

Rishi Sunak has delivered his second budget, which includes a lowered taper rate for Universal Credit, and a lower rate of tax on draught beer and cider to give a boost to pubs. There is also £5.9 billion allocated to the NHS to tackle the backlog caused by the pandemic. Interestingly, Liverpool will directly benefit from the 850 million set aside to protect museums, libraries and local culture, with Rishi announcing a new Beatles attraction on the waterfront. 

MANNgo app launched

Since the launch of the ConnectVILLAGES bus service, getting around the north of the island has been a doddle. They’ve managed to make it even easier and modern, with the launch of the MANNgo mobile app. Passengers now have the option to make bookings through the app, as well as track the bus, both for pick-ups and changes in arrival times. There’s even a promotion involved: a free trip for those who use MANNgo for the first time, until the end of November. 

New member of the DQ Advocates Tax Team

Paul Cawley has joined DQ Advocates in a consultancy role as Head of Indirect Tax, following more than a decade with the accountancy firm KPMG, where he was a director. Discussing his move, he said: ‘It really is a pleasure to be joining a practice with such professional strength and depth of knowledge, as well as a modern approach to the landscape of legal and advisory services.

‘The team has comprehensive expertise of Isle of Man and UK tax law and an excellent client base. I look forward to working with the whole team and continuing to build on its success.’

Japanese Princess leaves Royal Family

After marrying her commoner fiancé, Princess Mako, now known as Mako Komuru, has had to forfeit her royal status. It is thought that she will be moving to New York with her husband, Kei Komuro, where he works as a lawyer. A royal family member leaving to move to America with their commoner spouse? Sounds familiar…

Keir Starmer tests positive for Covid

The Labour leader has tested positive for Covid-19. Starmer is now in isolation, with Ed Miliband taking his place in the Commons. 

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