Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fanning the flames of the fuel duty freeze | Simon Hoggart’s sketch

While Osborne was browsing and sluicing at a Downing Street dinner, Chloe Smith was put up against Paxman Prime minister’s questions was largely about the freezing of fuel duty, and about Chloe Smith, the demure 30-year-old Norwich MP who is … Continue reading

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Kipper Williams cartoon: RBS cancels corporate hospitality

Royal Bank of Scotland staff to focus on the ongoing computer glitch rather than entertaining clients View full post on Free Secured Loans Advice

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Fuel duty U-turn: Ed Miliband accuses George Osborne of hiding away

Labour leader joins criticism of chancellor, who left junior minister Chloe Smith to defend policy change on Newsnight Ed Miliband has accused George Osborne of “hiding away” over the decision to axe a planned 3p hike in fuel duty – … Continue reading

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Is gift of parents’ home liable for tax?

Q My parents gifted me their house nine years ago. After their deaths will I be subject to any tax if I decide to sell the house? I own my own house as well. PD A The two possible taxes … Continue reading

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George Osborne branded a coward after Tory minister’s Newsnight disaster

Chloe Smith struggles to explain how fuel duty freeze will be funded during questioning by Jeremy Paxman The political damage from George Osborne’s U-turn on plans to increase fuel duty deepened on Tuesday night when he was accused of leaving … Continue reading

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Jersey threatens to break with UK over tax backlash

Island should be ready to become independent, says senior minister after political attacks on finance industry A barrage of regulatory clampdowns and political attacks on the Channel Islands’ controversial financial industry has prompted one of Jersey’s most senior politicians to … Continue reading

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Non-RBS customers face credit report worries

Non-RBS customers who incur late payment or unauthorised overdraft fees if expected payments from RBS are delayed face black marks on their credit records Royal Bank of Scotland Group has promised that its account holders whose transactions were frozen by … Continue reading

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What next, George?

Charities understand that giving is a social phenomenon, but public policy needs to reflect this further All of the brouhaha about the proposed cap on tax relief for charitable contributions is over, government’s hands are washed of the proposal and … Continue reading

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RBS boss says outsourcing not to blame for computer glitch

Stephen Hester rejects union claims that 30,000 job cuts and outsourcing have led to the six-day computer problems Royal Bank of Scotland is continuing to keep thousands of branches open for longer than usual in an effort to contain the … Continue reading

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NatWest glitch: sympathetic staff try to mollify doubting customers

‘It’s not a huge crisis,’ says one customer at Headingley branch, ‘but it makes you realise how vulnerable you can be’ While NatWest’s technical people worked overtime on their glitched computers, the bank’s branches fell back on something machines had … Continue reading

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