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The Government has pledged £30 million in funding for actress Joanna Lumley’s vision, as it plans to sell off £20 billion state assets

Leading article: Tax clampdown must start at home

Every so often, observers of our body politic have to pinch themselves. Did they really hear that? Did the minister say that? So it proved yesterday, when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury was dragged to the Commons Chamber to answer an urgent question from Labour on the revelation that the head of the Student Loans Company had his salary paid gross to a private company, enabling him to reduce his tax and national insurance payments.

The special tax deal he agreed with the Government will be rescinded immediately, it has been announced

Revenue gave green light to student loans boss's tax arrangement

Britain's most senior civil servant personally signed off on a deal that allowed the head of the Student Loans Company to avoid paying thousands of pounds in tax and national insurance.

Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem Treasury Secretary, says he wants tax to be fairer for those on low incomes

Rich should pay more tax, says leading Lib Dem

The Government plans to force the very rich to pay higher taxes in an attempt to allay public fears that its spending cuts are hurting people on low and middle incomes the most.

Pension legislation to go ahead

The Government is pressing ahead with legislation to enact its controversial public sector pension reform in the new year, even though an agreement has not been reached with unions to end the bitter dispute.

Protesters in London yesterday

New pension deal is a 'very realistic possibility'

The Government believes there is a "very realistic possibility" of reaching a broad deal on public sector pensions by the end of the year despite Wednesday's huge strike by workers and threats of further industrial action.

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