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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Construction lays foundation for fastest growth quarter since 2010

The UK’s builders and manufacturers could hand Chancellor George Osborne yet more good news this week with figures poised to show the quickest advance for the economy since the Coalition took office.

Ed Miliband addresses a crowd in Brighton

Labour Party conference: Ed Miliband pledges to increase minimum wage as Rachel Reeves says people on £60,000 'aren’t rich'

Shadow Treasury ministers says only 'privileged few' on salaries of more than £150,000 would be expected to contribute more

Nick Clegg says Lib Dems will push to raise personal tax-free allowance to £12,500 if re-elected

Nick Clegg: Tax fairness will provide Lib Dem's 'signature tune' at next election

The Deputy Prime Minister outlines policy to exempt minimum wage workers from paying income tax

Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico lines up tax reform with leftist lean: President Enrique Peña Nieto raises income tax but not VAT in latest shake-up

Plan aims to broaden the abysmally low tax base and root out corruption in public spending

Upping the base wage ‘would bring in billions’ says TUV secretary

Britain is losing out on billions of pounds in revenues by keeping the minimum wage low, TUC secretary general Frances O’Grady said yesterday ahead of the opening of the union body’s annual congress.

Nick Clegg is under pressure to set out a more distinctive economic policy

Nick Clegg under pressure from activists to distance Lib Dems from 'Osbornomics' pursued by the Coalition

Pressure group want leadership to differentiate from Conservatives

Am image issued by the Department for Works and Pensions from a video shown to the jury during the trial of Mark Hawthorn, 49 - better known on the entertainment circuit as part of duet act Glitterlips - who was jailed for six months for making fraudulent benefit claims between November 2003 and March 2012

'Glitterlips' drag queen jailed for benefits fraud

Mark Hawthorn wrongly claimed £88,000 over nine years

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Our MPs were made of sterner stuff in the 17th century

The ‘closest thing’ to a CEO, supposed Mr Nye, was the ‘Secretary and Keeper of the Records’

The Prince of Wales greets wellwishers in the Cornish resort of Bude yesterday as he and the Duchess of Cornwall start their annual three-day tour of Devon and Cornwall

Senior aide William Nye defends Prince Charles over tax-exempt status for Duchy of Cornwall estate

William Nye claims Duchy of Cornwall’s £847m property empire is a ‘force for social good’

Ed Miliband seeks voters’ trust on economy, as Osborne is told deficit has risen year-on-year

Ed Miliband admits: We won’t reverse cuts if we win in 2015

Labour leader seeks voters’ trust on economy, as Osborne is told deficit has risen year-on-year

Elton John, Cliff Richard, Ringo Starr and Jenson Button all live in Elmbridge, a small, leafy enclave to the south-west of London

The ‘Beverly Hills’ of Surrey pays more income tax than big cities of the North

Tiny Elmbridge shows growing disparity between London and rest of the country

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Embarrassment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after it is revealed he asked for bedroom to be specially fitted on plane he used to travel to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, is facing embarrassment after it was revealed that he asked for a bedroom to be specially fitted to the plane he used to travel to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last month.

Double whammy of bad news wings its way to the Chancellor

Fears grow that ONS data will show Britain in the dreaded grip of a triple-dip recession

Budget 2013: Income Tax - Allowance rise introduced a year early

Workers will pay no tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year – 12 months earlier than originally planned. Bringing forward the personal allowance rise will mean a cumulative benefit for typical basic-rate taxpayers of £705 since the coalition took power, according to Treasury figures.

Budget 2013: At a glance

* Fuel duty rise scrapped.

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