'Plug in' grant to end this year

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The government’s plug-in car grant, worth up to £5,000, will end this year, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed and be replaced with a revised structure.
 
Available for vehicles emitting less than 75 g/km of carbon dioxide (CO2), the official end date of the scheme has yet to be announced. 
 
Until that date, OLEV has said that it will honour any deal placed on its system for a qualifying car, provided that the vehicle has been allocated to a customer and is delivered and registered within nine months.
 
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) had sought the confirmation from OLEV to combat growing uncertainty within the leasing sector, which, it said, had led a number of companies to remove the £5,000 grant from their quotation systems.
 
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Warning on salary sacrifice rule change

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A former pensions minister claims the Government could target salary sacrifice in an effort to claw back lost tax revenues.
 
Millions of employees choose to sacrifice part of their gross salary in exchange for a wide range of services and goods, including pensions, childcare vouchers, bikes and cars.  However, Steve Webb has warned that the Conservative Government may be tempted to look at recouping some of the £15 billion avoided in national insurance contributions (NIC) in its first budget.
 
 
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Road casualties in Britain rise for first time in 18 years

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Fleets as well as the Government and carmakers are being called on to take action as new figures show the first increase in road casualties in Britain in 18 years. 
 
Latest Department for Transport figures show there were 1,775 reported road deaths in 2014, an increase of 4% compared with 2013. The number of those killed or seriously injured in Britain increased by 5% to 24,582. There were a total of 194,477 casualties of all severities, an increase of 6%, the first increase in overall casualties since 1997. 
 
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