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Alistair Darling today defended putting off difficult decisions about the deficit and denied hiding a tax hike for millions with his Budget speech.

Opposition parties rage at 'pickpocketing' Chancellor

It is not often that the Leader of the Opposition applauds a government's Budget as "genius". Yet as he sat across from Alistair Darling and listened to the Chancellor deliver his main sweetener, stamp duty relief for first-time buyers, it was the word an exasperated David Cameron chose to describe the measure. The mocking praise, delivered as he threw his hands up in incredulity, barely masked his frustration at the Government's decision to cherrypick a policy he said his party had backed three years ago.

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The Chancellor highlighted his help for families in yesterday's Budget, but few will end up better off as a result of the changes. In fact, a new freeze on inheritance tax increases could end up costing some families a lot more than they may make through the more popular moves such as increasing tax credits and the stamp duty holiday.

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Outlook Be careful what you wish for. Alistair Darling will be delighted that government borrowing now looks set to come in well below the forecasts he made three months ago in his pre-Budget report – such revisions have generally been the other way round with this Government in recent times. Still, now the Chancellor has a tricky decision to make: does he spend his windfall next week on Budget sweeteners for swing voters, or leave it in the bank as a downpayment on deficit reduction?

Clegg could support Tories in a minority government

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Lengthen school day to help latchkey kids, charity urges

The school day should be lengthened to help "latchkey kids" who are left alone after school while parents work, a study on deprivation recommends.

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