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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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