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George Osborne re-appointed as Chancellor

George Osborne is to retain his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Osborne has held the role since the Conservatives returned to power in coalition in 2010, and his appointment is the first word from Cameron on the make up of a Conservative government since his […]

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First year-on-year deflation since records began

The consumer prices index has fallen year-on-year for first time since official records began in 1996. Office for National Statistics data show CPI fell by 0.1 per cent in the year to April 2015, compared to no change in the year to March 2015. It is the first year-on-year fall since 1960 based on comparable […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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