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

The artwork has been permanently allocated to the National Gallery for public exhibition by the estate of Lucian Freud

Family's thanks for Freudian slip

The family of painter Lucian Freud donated a 19th-century masterpiece to the National Gallery – to thank Britain for offering him refuge from the Nazis in 1933.

Queen Fabiola had planned to move funds to Spain

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Hard-pressed drivers were given some respite as Osborne scrapped the fuel duty rise

Maria Miller: The Culture Secretary says philanthropic support is so important

Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

Government backs plans encouraging hundreds of thousands to bequeath to arts and culture

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The Duke and Duchess were both in TV ads, she for hair gel, he for Flash and Jaffa Cakes

Soak the rich, Vince? There aren't enough of them to tax

How can we crank more money out of the tax system? Can we make the the rich pay more? And what other options are there to increase revenues?

Simon English: It's odds-on that this tax dodge bet can't be legal

Outlook I admit it was a long night and that the nuances may have escaped me, but here's what I recall: the stockbroker/entrepreneur type has had a brilliant idea and it's already up and running. He's coining it, he reckons.

Byzantine sardonyx bowl becomes National Museum of Scotland's greatest donation

A Byzantine sardonyx bowl mounted on a 16th-century gold stand has become the most valuable single object given to the National Museum of Scotland.

John Simpson and his wife, Dee Kruger, owned their house through an offshore company

John Simpson reveals he was a tax avoider – but he's not any more

Multi-million-pound London home of BBC World Affairs Editor was owned through a company in the Bahamas

Tax shake-up urged to empower consumers and kickstart growth

Britain should scrap eight different taxes, set a single rate of income tax at 30 per cent and move the personal allowance up to £10,000, according to the TaxPayers' Alliance and Institute of Directors.

John Rentoul: Osborne is not Brown, but the faultline is showing

The Chancellor is the pole around which disaffection organises itself

Brits are paying almost £13bn in unnecessary tax

We'll hand over around £12.6bn unnecessarily to the tax authorities this year, writes Simon Read.

Call for more charitable bequests

A campaign for people to leave 10 per cent of their estate to charities and cultural organisations on their death claimed the backing of all three political parties yesterday.

Leading article: Legacy 10 - a philanthropic incentive that is long overdue

The idea that we need incentives to make us less selfish sounds like an oxymoron. But that is the sense at the heart of the new Legacy 10 scheme, which encourages people to make the most of the inheritance tax breaks in the last Budget.

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