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

Wealthy urged to leave more to good causes

Chancellor George Osborne will be the keynote speaker at the launch this week of a new campaign, Legacy10, to encourage individuals to leave more of their wealth for charitable and cultural causes.

Virginia Ironside: The old dear has calmed down at last

So Michael Winner has finally set a wedding date. But why wait so long? I imagine the main reason is financial. He isn't going to live for ever, and he must be particularly aware of his mortality after a dreadful health scare four years ago, which he suffered after eating a dodgy oyster in Barbados.

The Timeline: Gay marriage

Consumer rights: 'The bicycle part I bought online has not arrived. What should I do?'

How to make a claim if an eBay purchase goes sour ... And what happens when someone dies intestate?

Inheritance tax valuations targeted by HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs launched 9,368 investigations into inheritance tax valuations last year and is targeting estates and beneficiaries, warns UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy firm.

Hero to zero: The dizzy rise and dramatic fall of Nick Clegg

Is the Deputy Prime Minister's current status as the most hated man in Britain justified? Matt Chorley thinks the country a better place for his efforts, while John Rentoul says he has little to show for the compromises coalition politics have required

Tax changes may not be enough to help charities

Changes to the inheritance tax rules aimed at raising an extra £300m a year for charities announced in Wednesday's Budget, may not achieve the desired effect, a tax expert has warned.

Charities: The Big Society gets a £540m kick-start

Charities are to receive a £540m boost in a move by George Osborne to give fresh impetus to David Cameron's vision of creating a "big society".

£550 million boost for charities

Charities are in line for a £550 million boost from improved tax breaks on wills and small gifts, according to the Chancellor.

2011 Budget at a glance

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2011 Budget statement today. Here are its major points:

Le Carré gifts entire archive to Bodleian

George Smiley, John le Carré's fictional Cold War spymaster, is returning to his spiritual home. The University of Oxford's Bodleian Library is to take charge of le Carré's vast literary archive, including early drafts of the Oxford-educated Smiley's famous rise through MI6.

Joan Smith: When is a house not a home? When it's a council house

We know how strongly the Conservative Party feels about where people live. Home is very important to Tory politicians, so much so that their ambition is to lift the inheritance tax threshold so that families can more easily stay there. The proposal delighted Middle England when it was announced in 2007, and it's only the annoying circumstance of a financial crisis that's persuaded the present government to postpone it. Clearly it's unfair for families to be faced with selling much-loved homes after 20 years or more just to pay death duties. Stable communities where people know their neighbours and support each other are central to the Big Society.

Steve Richards: The truth about Osborne and Balls

Osborne will insist there is no Plan B until he has to implement one. He changed policy so often in opposition he will do so again
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