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Stamp prices to increase by nearly 40%

The cost of first and second class stamps is to rise after the regulator Ofcom granted Royal Mail greater freedom to set its own prices.

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Government's solar panel appeal rejected

The Government has failed to get permission to appeal to the Supreme Court over the cutting of solar panel subsidies.

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Concerns child benefit reforms will cause complications

Changes to the child benefit system announced in the Budget will cause a 'high degree of complexity' in take up and HMRC administration, says the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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Budget 2012: 50p tax rate cut while income tax threshold is raised

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the 50p top rate of tax will be reduced to 45p in April, and a further £1,100 increase in the personal allowance by 2013, in the Budget made earlier this afternoon.

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Osborne: Budget to tackle stamp duty avoidance

New 'aggressive' measures to deal with stamp duty tax avoidance will form part of Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

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Billions in unprotected cash left in UK homes

New research from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has found that more than £5.6 billion in cash is left unsecured in people's homes in the UK.

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Rush to beat stamp duty holiday boosts housing market

House sales were up in January as an increased number of first-time buyers made the most of the stamp duty holiday which is to end in March, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says.

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Car insurance premiums up 15% in a year

Car insurance premiums increased by more than 15 per cent over 2011, the latest figures from the AA have revealed.

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Gas and electricity prices fall

The UK's largest energy providers have all announced a drop in energy bills this week.

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Latest mortgage market reforms revealed

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has revealed the latest proposals of its Mortgage Market Review in a bid to prevent a return to the risky mortgage lending seen during the boom.

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