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

Labour 'has cost the rich £25,000 every year'

Institute of Fiscal Studies has laid bare the scale of redistribution since 1997. Sean O’Grady reports

Darling hits back as he denies hiding tax hike

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

Darling's strategy for power: divide and rule

Wealthy to fund stamp-duty boost for first-time buyers while inheritance tax freeze is designed to portray Tories as 'party of the rich'

Families: Inheritance tax freeze puts squeeze on the family purse

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.

Steve Richards: This was a sparse Budget with a big political message

There is a tangible divide: is government part of the problem or part of the solution?

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.

Darling soaks the rich with election budget

Alistair Darling turned the screw on the better off today as the battle lines were drawn for the General Election.

Letters: Labour's tax policy

Red tax-and-spend socialists? If only they were

David Prosser: Darling faces another row with Brown

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

'Profound' policy differences would prevent formal coalition, says liberal think-tank

Steve Richards: Truly Brown is the great survivor

No one can survive as long as the PM without having a few epic strengths

Surviving the death of a breadwinner

How can you keep your family finances alive? Julian Knight and Chiara Cavaglieri report

Labour's message: Tories would 'turn back the clock'

Cameron's plans to scrap hunting ban used to undermine his 'moderniser' credentials

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.

Inheritance tax would be 'all but abolished'

Conservative plans to slash inheritance tax would effectively abolish the tax "for practical purposes", shows research by the leading accountants, Grant Thornton, for The Independent. In the proposals by the shadow chancellor George Osborne, unveiled in 2007, the threshold would be raised from the present £325,000 to £1m.

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