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Chancellor raises inheritance tax threshold

The inheritance tax threshhold has been raised to almost a quarter of a million pounds. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown told the House of Commons this afternoon the new ceiling will be £242,000. Brown says the move means 96 per cent of estates will now be exempt.

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Three questions for employers…

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has been widely reported in the media and the two headline figures were these: the average cost of a nursery place for a child under two has risen by 33 per cent since 2010; and the costs have risen by five per cent in a single year.

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