News Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

Ed Balls has vowed to increase the top tax rate for high earners to 50p

David Cameron backs George Osborne in Philpott welfare row

Prime Minister insists death of six children raises 'wider questions' about the benefits system

Barclays 'must revamp overly generous pay policies,' report finds

Lawyer Anthony Salz calls for Barclays to bolster its board, strengthen its human resources function and ensure pay is linked to the 'long-term success of the institution'

The Highways Agency’s South-east base in Godstone, Surrey

George Osborne takes first step on road to privatising Britain's highways

The Government risks angering trades unions with plans to commercialise the running and repair of Britain's core roads network, a move likely to lead to full privatisation.

Simon English: Carney’s on a high and on a hiding to nothing

Outlook If it were possible to buy and sell stock in Mark Carney I'd be shorter than Warwick Davis.

Financial Policy Committee signs up London Stock Exchange's Dame Clara Furse

Dame Clara Furse has joined the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee. The former head of the London Stock Exchange will be alongside Richard Sharp and Martin Taylor on the influential committee, which oversees the UK's financial system.

Boris looks human among Westminster waxworks

The Mayor took his grilling by Eddie Mair with the kind of grace few MPs possess

Overseas firms steal a march on UK in 'patent box' tax break hunt

The number of foreign firms applying for patents in the UK shot up last year, when tax cuts made it a favoured destination for pharmaceuticals and research and development industries – but British companies are missing out.

Lord Heseltine has been consulting with George Osborne on
regenerating British cities

Exclusive: Michael Heseltine fears British people are 'too rich to push' for economic recovery

Lord Heseltine believes Britain lacks drive but senior government adviser points to rising employment and house prices as signs the economy was recovering

In a bitter blow for George Osborne in the week of his Budget, another credit rating agency has signalled that it is likely to strip the UK of its AAA credit rating

New blow for George Osborne as Fitch warns it may also cut UK's AAA credit rating

Rival agency, Moody’s, stripped the UK of its top notch rating status last month

Lights out warning as SSE cuts its power generation

Embarrassment for Osborne after energy giant attacks Government's 'lack of clarity'

Budget 2013: Research - Scientists upset by cash snub

Science supporters were disappointed that the Budget failed to address what they see as long-standing problems with under-funded research facilities crippled by rising running costs.

James Ashton: A change of mindset (and another miracle) would really help the economy

An extra £3bn a year from 2015 to kickstart infrastructure is a drop in the ocean

Budget 2013: Motoring - Firms to benefit from ultra-low emission cars

Companies which buy ultra-low emissions cars will benefit from an extension to the 100 per cent first year tax allowance, as well as new company car tax rates for the lowest emitting cars.

Sarah Brockwell, 42, runs her own marketing company. She lives in Great Dunmow, Essex, with her husband Roger, 45. Their children, Edward and Florence, are aged 4 and 2

Budget 2013: Childcare - Poorer working families 'will miss out' on Osborne's family support

The majority of low-paid working families will not qualify for the full amount of state help towards their childcare costs promised in the Budget, according to the first study of its impact.

Budget 2013: Personal Finance - Government will 'name and shame' tax avoidance advisers

Financial advisers who devise tax avoidance schemes, like the one previously used by the comedian Jimmy Carr, are going to be "named and shamed" as part of a drive to claw back nearly £5bn a year in tax that at present vanishes down loopholes.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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