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

Budget 2013: Monetary Policy - 2 per cent inflation target remains as Osborne steers clear of radical change

The Chancellor avoided radical changes to the Bank of England's mandate, leaving the 2 per cent inflation target at the centre of monetary policy.

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Budget 2013: 'a penny off a pint' beer tax cut by George Osborne could be challenged in court

Moves to cut duty on beer, but to increase the tax take from wine and spirits may be illegal

Budget 2013: low-paid working families 'will not qualify for full childcare support'

Think tank finds only four in 10 low-paid families will see 85 per cent of their childcare bill met by the Government

Chancellor George Osborne details this year's Budget

Who says reggae music has no place in the House of Commons?

The Chancellor riffed on an "aspir-ay-shan nay-shan"

Andy McSmith's Diary: Lindsay Hoyle proves a plain-speaking stand-in at the Budget

One person who emerged from the Budget presentation with his reputation enhanced was the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle. People liked the plain-speaking way that he battled to keep the braying and barracking to a minimum. His presence also prompted a question that is asked almost every year – why the Deputy Speaker, not the Speaker?

Budget 2013: Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year as rise in personal allowance brought forward

Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year - 12 months earlier than planned.

The Government’s long-awaited proposals to bring down the cost of some the highest childcare bills in Europe will provide 20 per cent tax relief on the charges up to a maximum of £1,200 for each child annually

Families will receive up to £1,200 towards cost of childcare under new plan

George Osborne is due to announce a tax relief package to help parents as part of latest Budget

No sick pay, no maternity pay: Chancellor targets employers' tax loophole that damages teachers' and nurses' rights

A tax loophole which allows firms to dodge around £100 million a year in National Insurance will be closed in the Budget, it was announced.

George Osborne and Ed Balls

We don't mind austerity - when it's not George Osborne's idea (or Ed Balls's for that matter)

Voters accept austerity – except when they’re told its George Osborne’s idea, an intriguing poll has found.

The move comes after two of the other indicted men, Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, won last week’s elections

ICC drops case against Kenya violence suspect due to stand trial alongside Uhuru Kenyatta

ICC withdraws charges against former head of civil service as fellow accused wins elections

24-hour strike will be held on 20 March

Civil servants plan Budget day strike in pay dispute

Civil servants are to stage a strike on Budget day to launch three months of industrial action in a worsening row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Philip Hammond denied being in “conflict” with George Osborne

Danny Alexander rebukes Defence Secretary Philip Hammond in Cabinet over opposition to MoD cuts

Cabinet divisions over public spending surfaced today when Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, was slapped down for opposing more cuts in his department.

National Express feels loss of pensioners' subsidy

The Government's decision to axe half-price coach fares for the over-sixties saw 1 million fewer pensioners travel with National Express last year, as the transport group's annual pre-tax profit fell 9 per cent to £164.1m.

Mobile World Congress: Smartphone industry must go back to the future

As the world's top players, minus Apple, gather in Barcelona, Gideon Spanier assesses the mood

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The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker