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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