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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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Charging phones at work costs businesses £1.5 billion

Consumers are saving a collective £1.5 billion on energy bills by charging up their phones and gadgets at work.

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Working from home

Some people work at home; others see the home base as the perfect solution to a noisy office, endless interruptions, or a long and expensive commute. But if you are thinking of leaving the office on a permanent basis, there are a number of questions you must first consider.

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Working from home

Some people work at home; others see the home base as the perfect solution to a noisy office, endless interruptions, or a long and expensive commute. But if you are thinking of leaving the office on a permanent basis, there are a number of questions you must first consider.

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