News Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Andy McSmith's Diary: Happy birthday, Lord Tebbit: you’re now free to marry another man

The first gay couples will be able to marry on 29 March 2014, which is also the day that the former Conservative Party chairman, Norman Tebbit, will turn 83.

George Osborne fails to win over corporate critics on business rates

Package of reliefs and cap on rises not strong enough to boost companies’  cash flows and investment, the Chancellor is warned

Autumn Statement 2013: Income tax relief for investors participating in social SMEs

Investors buying shares or providing loans to firms carrying work for the social good are expected receive income tax relief when they invest and capital gains tax relief when they sell.

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners

Tories and Lib Dems bicker over rise in tax allowance

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners.

Belgian King Albert II addresses the nation from the Royal Palace in Brussels

€1m a year? Belgium's former King Albert struggles to cope with new 'pay'

Admittedly it's a step down from €11.5m annual salary he received before his abdication

Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has accused the Tories of claiming that raising the personal allowance to £10,000 was 'their idea all along'

Danny Alexander claims Tories 'trying to steal' flagship Lib Dem tax policy

The Treasury Secretary hits out at Tories' attempts to appropriate raise in income tax threshold

Nick Clegg leaves the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow with wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Clegg speech: We saved UK from 'snooper's charter,' ID cards and tax breaks for the rich... Lib Dem leader launches bid for 2015 election

Deputy Prime Minister says Lib Dems are 'only party' that will build a stronger economy and a fairer society

‘I am old and sick’: Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of son Prince Philippe

Belgium’s 79-year-old King Albert has announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Philippe, in a surprise address to the nation that comes weeks after a woman claiming to be his daughter launched court proceedings to prove her paternity.

Small Talk: George Osborne's Aim lifelines may not be a help to UK small firms

Aim's decline has damaged the once-buoyant broking sector in the City

Vast collection of gold coins worth millions discovered in dead man's Nevada home

Even though he lived in the same quiet neighborhood for decades, no one seemed to know Walter Samaszko Jr. He was so reclusive that weeks passed before authorities discovered he had died in his modest home in Nevada.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Hampshire Cricket Club, Eastleigh

Nick Clegg suggests retirees could defer mansion tax payments

Older people affected by the Liberal Democrats’ proposed “mansion tax” could have payments deferred until after death if they are unwilling to pay up during their retirement, Nick Clegg has suggested.

Editorial: Inheritance tax freeze proves Osborne is not a master strategist after all

Amid the commotion over the Government's stab at solving the vexed question of social care for the elderly, one detail received less prominence than it might have. In order to fund the reforms, the inheritance tax threshold will be frozen at £325,000 until at least 2019.

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Cap on lifetime care costs only tinkers around edges, say critics

Pensioners’ leaders tonight condemned the Government’s plans to limit care home bills for the elderly as “tinkering around the edges” of much-needed change.

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Public urged to buy insurance to pay for £75,000 care bills

Millions of working Britons will need to take out insurance to pay for their care in old age in addition to saving for a pension, under government plans.

Coalition’s £1bn-a-year elderly care plans have angered campaigners

Inheritance Tax freeze: Hunt to defend watered-down help for elderly as critics claim changes amount to 'dementia tax'

Minister to claim £75,000 social care cap and new means test limit will benefit thousands

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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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