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The UK’s smallest businesses are losing out on government-backed training schemes and should have a dedicated skills body that more effectively represents their needs.

The government has unveiled the introduction of a new ‘fit note’ scheme aimed at encouraging employees to stay in work rather than join the long-term sick.

Government plans for funding workplace skills programmes need urgent clarification, a leading business organisation has said.

The vast majority of employers filed their annual returns online this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

The CBI has urged a change to the pension system in order to allow businesses extra breathing space in which to make good the shortfalls in their final salary schemes.

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