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£7k Isa limit gets go-ahead to 2006

Chancellor Gordon Brown has gone ahead with plans to extend the £7,000 limit on Isa investments until 2006, as announced in November&#39s pre-Budget report. The £3,000 maximum limit for cash will also be retained. By 2006, Brown said savers will have gained a total of £700m in tax relief from Isas.

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