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Couples `worse off on tax'

FRANCIS MAUDE, the shadow Chancellor, attacked the Government's tax record, claiming that married couples with a mortgage were pounds 200-a-year worse off under Labour.

Loans claims made quicker

SOCIAL SECURITY minister Angela Eagle announced "major changes" to simplify and speed the Social Fund Budgeting Loan scheme to make it easier for people to apply.

Today's agenda

Commons: Private Members' Bills; Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill, second reading; Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill, second reading; marine rescue services debate. Lords: Not sitting.

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