The Chancellor has suggested that after the next election, the Tories would make further welfare cuts rather than raising taxes

Spending Review: Chancellor George Osborne hints Tories would make further welfare cuts rather than increase taxes after next election

While respected fiscal think tank criticises George Osborne's decision to continue the freeze on council tax

Campaign to reward homeless man who returned diamond engagement ring hits $175,000 - and that total is still rising with 72 days to go

Billy Ray Harris had a hunch Sarah Darling would return for her valuable ring, so decided to take care of it rather than pawn it

The wrong reform - at the worst possible time

Britain’s poorest households - already struggling to cope with falling wages, rising living costs, and a series of cuts to tax credits and benefits - are about to receive another blow. And very few of them know it’s coming.

Questions of Cash: I moved out but it didn't stop flow of water bills

Q. I rented a house from August 2008 to August 2009, paying rent and all bills to the end of August 2009. The house was rented from Real Properties (Doncaster) Ltd, whose registered office was in Retford, Nottinghamshire. This company has since gone into liquidation.

The actor Gérard Depardieu is the latest Frenchman to look
for shelter in Belgium François Hollande imposed a series of tax increases by on the wealthy

Tax exile? Gerard Depardieu to leave France for Belgium

Actor is the latest high profile figure to leave France after a series of wealth tax hikes

Wealthy LA residents ask wealthier neighbours to help fix potholes

Residents of the staggeringly wealthy Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles are so tired of driving over potholes that they have asked the city council of the equally plush Beverly Hills next door to annex their community in an effort to get them fixed.

City becomes largest to declare bankruptcy

Stockton, California, has now filed for Chapter 9 protection, making it the largest US city to declare bankruptcy.

Government urged to take "aggressive steps" to increase home-ownership or face huge housing benefit costs

By 2060, the state will need to spend an extra £8.13 billion on Housing Benefit for older people, says new report

Cornwall Terrace, in London, where every home sold has reportedly gone to an offshore company, reducing the tax burden for buyers

Figures show rich homeowners avoiding billions in stamp duty

Unpublished estimates show 5,000 homes may be registered in ways to avoid property taxes

Lib Dems may still get mansion tax in return for 40p top tax rate

George Osborne, who will cut the 50p top rate of tax to 45p in tomorrow's Budget, will leave the door open to a further cut to 40p before the next general election.

The‘Quad’: David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander

Osborne: Budget is for 'working people' (but 50p tax is set to go)

Chancellor reveals he will crack down on tax dodgers as 'Quad' meets for final time to thrash out details

Pope Benedict XVI presides over a gathering of bishops within the opulent marble interior of the Vatican

Vatican told to pay taxes as Italy tackles budget crisis

End of controversial property tax breaks leaves the Pope facing €600m-a-year bill

Nick Clegg: The deputy PM's name probably received a spike of search queries last April in wake of the first televised pre-general election debates

Clegg courts public support with call for a 'tax the rich' Budget

Nick Clegg is demanding a "tax the rich" Budget in March to head off growing fears that the Coalition will lose public support because its deficit-reduction programme is seen as unfair on ordinary families.

Nick Clegg is demanding a 'tax the rich' Budget in March

Clegg wants Budget to target the rich

Lib Dems call for rich to pay mansion tax.

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