News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

George Osborne has defended the Government's involvement in plans for the Co-operative Bank

George Osborne defends Government's role in Co-op Bank's Lloyds takeover plans

George Osborne has defended the Government's involvement in plans for the Co-operative Bank to take over branches of Lloyds, insisting the collapse of the deal showed the "system worked".

Sports clubs to get tax breaks on bars’ profit

More than 40,000 sports clubs are set to benefit from new  tax breaks as the Government tries to secure the legacy of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jim Armitage: Neat wriggle, and megaprofits for megawatts can continue

Outlook Didn't they do well? Energy companies have long loathed the green levies, mostly put on them by the previous government.

'Treasury gave green light for Co-op mergers'

The Treasury supported the ill-fated merger between the Co-op Bank and the Britannia Building Society in 2009, the Co-op's former chairman claimed yesterday.

Caffè Nero bypasses the taxman again

The coffee chain Caffè Nero paid no corporation tax for the third year in a row despite making a pre-tax profit of £21.1m, up 11 per cent on last year, according to its latest accounts.

Simon Read: Government should give more time to Equitable victims

It seems inconceivable that the Treasury has been unable to track down more than 400,000 Equitable Life policyholders to hand them the compensation due to them after the collapse of the life company.

Hamish McRae: Short-term fix over US debts could undermine long-term solutions

Economic View: Americans are paying for a government that is only about four-fifths the size of the present one

Jim Armitage: Reshuffle puts the Treasury in charge

Outlook The Coalition's view that clever financing is the way to solve our housing problems, rather than planned housebuilding programmes, was given flesh in the disappointed form of Mark Prisk, axed as housing minister in the reshuffle this week.

Espanyol club president Joan Collet alongside manager Javier Aguirre

La Liga sides could go on strike in an effort to force a fairer distribution of television funding

Espanyol president Joan Collet has claimed that the 18 clubs outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona could strike to try and force through a fairer deal with the Primera Division

John Randall, left, and Chloe Smith, who have both resigned

Deputy chief whip John Randall and Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith quit Government posts

Deputy chief whip John Randall announced his resignation from Government last night, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Republican house speaker, John Boehner, has sought put the blame on President Barack Obama

No end in sight to US shutdown as John Boehner blames President Barack Obama for stand-off

Almost a week into America’s government shutdown, positions seemed only to harden on Sunday as the Republican house speaker, John Boehner, refused to rule out the stand-off over the federal budget spilling over into negotiations on the debt ceiling, again raising the spectre of America defaulting on its debt.

Pubs and restaurants drop prices in tax protest

Prices at 15,000 establishments across the country fall by 7.5 per for one day

James Moore: Lloyds sale could stand alone without these silly accounting tricks

Outlook On the face of it, yesterday's sale of Lloyds shares was an unalloyed success, perhaps beginning the final chapter of the financial crisis.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, on The Andrew Marr show

How to keep your money 'out of the Chancellor's grubby mits': Government expert resigns after being secretly filmed giving tax avoidance advice

A government tax adviser has stepped down from his post after he was secretly filmed offering tips on how to keep money “out of the Chancellor's grubby mits”, according to reports.

Scottish independence: George Osborne warns on oil fund

Scotland would have to make large cuts to public services if it wanted to create an oil fund after independence, according to Chancellor George Osborne.

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