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The Scottish government was accused of “covering up” its private fears that it would struggle to pay its bills if next year’s referendum produces a vote in favour of breaking away from the United Kingdom.

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Calamitous result for Conservatives as Lib Dems win Eastleigh

The confidence boost for Clegg will lead to more stability at the top of the Coalition

Department of Education workers vote in favour of strike action over cuts and job losses

Civil servants in Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department have voted for strike action over plans to axe 1,000 jobs. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) backed walkouts by a two-to-one majority – with nine out of ten of those who voted giving the green light for industrial action short of strike.

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Families face further tax rises as think tank predicts more job losses

Families face further tax rises or more cuts to welfare spending because of the continuing weakness of the economy, a respected think tank warned today.

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Customers will no longer be left hanging on premium rate numbers when they contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the tax collection agency has promised.

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