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Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

Petrol prices 'heading for record high'

Petrol prices will reach record levels this year, according to research by the AA.

Government's Moneymadeclear service offers financial advice for free

A free financial advice service has been launched by the Government. Called Moneymadeclear, it offers a telephone helpline, website and face-to-face sessions with independent financial experts. The service will cost around £20m in the first year and is being jointly funded by the Government and the Financial Services Authority. In future years it will be paid for by taking up to £100m from dormant bank accounts, as announced in last year's pre-Budget report.

I would sack Osborne if I had to, says Cameron

David Cameron would be prepared to sack George Osborne from his government despite the close friendship between the men, the Tory leader insists in an interview tomorrow.

David Prosser: The battle for fiscal credibility

Outlook: Governments should retain their duty to set spending priorities and raise taxation

'Lay foundations for growth,' BCC tells Alistair Darling

British growth will stall in 2011 as the economy struggles to overcome a series of obstacles this year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned in its latest forecast released today.

Inheritance tax would be 'all but abolished'

Conservative plans to slash inheritance tax would effectively abolish the tax "for practical purposes", shows research by the leading accountants, Grant Thornton, for The Independent. In the proposals by the shadow chancellor George Osborne, unveiled in 2007, the threshold would be raised from the present £325,000 to £1m.

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George Osborne finds favour in business poll as Alistair Darling's credibility sinks

Shadow Chancellor 'has the right ideas' on the economy despite his lack of experience

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After Chancellor's attack on Downing Street briefing, new divisions emerge over pre-election sweeteners

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Mr Darling's defence is also an attack on leadership at Number 10

David Cameron taunts PM over 'war' with Darling

Conservatives today claimed that Gordon Brown was "at war" with his Chancellor after Alistair Darling complained that "the forces of hell" were unleashed against him by Downing Street aides.

Darling 'faced forces of hell' from No 10

Chancellor reveals how Brown's aides briefed against him over recession

Andy McSmith: I don't recognise this portrait of Brown

Tales of the Prime Minister's temper are in the news again. Andy McSmith, who used to work with Gordon Brown, says his old colleague is getting an unfair press

Veteran of the MPC leaves after turbulent decade

The longest serving external member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is to step down.

Economists back Alistair Darling over cuts delay

More than 60 leading economists backed Chancellor Alistair Darling today over his decision to delay spending cuts until next year.

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