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Property to stay flat

Halifax predicts the housing market will remain flat through 2010. Its index shows house prices rose by 1.4 per cent in November, the fifth consecutive monthly rise.

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation says the vast amount of detail devoted to restricting pension tax relief is disproportionate given the amount of money involved.

Carbon drivers

Lee Jones finds out about opportunities in the booming sector of carbon trading which has the growing impetus of support from governments around the globe

Over-optimistic forecast on contracting GDP

Chancellor Alistair Darling has conceded that his previous GDP forecasts were over-optimistic and UK GDP will contract by 4.75 per cent in 2009. In his April Budget, the Chancellor predicted that GDP would contract by 3.5 per cent over 2009 but in his pre-Budget report he admitted that GDP will have contracted by 4.75 per […]

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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