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At PMQs yesterday, David Cameron said: “We have encouraged people to switch, which is one of the best ways to get energy bills down. I can announce… that we will be legislating so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their customers.” However, he quickly had to backtrack on his announcement, today […]

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In June, the government confirmed it would reinstate a planned fare rise of 3% above inflation from January – leaving commuters facing fare hikes of 6-11 per cent next year. The Guardian reported: Ministers had limited the rise to 1% rate this year to ease the financial strain on commuters but the Department of Transport […]

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In the 2012 Budget, George Osborne confirmed proposals to introduce an initial flat-rate pension of £140 per week for those with a 30-year national insurance record, starting in 2016. The Guardian reported: The government says the long-awaited change, which will see the current basic state pension and second state pension (S2P, formerly known as Serps) […]

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In the 2012 Budget, George Osborne confirmed the fair fuel stabiliser. The Mail reported: A planned rise in the price of petrol will go ahead as George Osborne refused to freeze or reduce the amount of tax motorists pay for fuel. Despite pressure from hard-pressed motorists and businesses that rely on fuel, such as hauliers, […]

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In the March budget, George Osborne announced changes to tax relief, dubbed the “charity tax” – to the anger of charities. The Charities Aid Foundation reported: Major philanthropists may be put off making substantial donations to charities because of changes unveiled in today’s Budget. Under changes to tax relief announced by the Chancellor, those wanting […]

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In the March budget, George Osborne announced a tax on caravans. The Caravan Times reported: As part of his annual budget, chancellor George Osborne announced various change in the tax system yesterday (March 21st), and several previously un-taxed goods including static caravans will now be hit with the standard 20 per cent rate of VAT. […]

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Arguably the most iconic u-turn from 2012 was the ‘pasty tax’. Before the Budget, food that was fully prepared by an outlet - which happened to be hot out of the oven but could be eaten cold - did not face a charge of VAT. The budget closed this ‘loophole’ by changing the rules so that any […]

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In October 2010, David Cameron dismissed Labour’s choice of Joint Strike Fighter jet as “more expensive, less capable” than the one he was now opting for. The prime minister told the Commons: “This is another area where the last government got it badly wrong. There’s only one thing worse than spending money you don’t have. […]

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In January, it was revealed Ofsted would carry out unannounced school inspections. The Daily Mail reported: Schools are facing no-notice spot checks from Ofsted in a move which will effectively prevent teachers from ‘hiding’ unruly pupils from inspectors. Inspectors will start making unannounced visits later this year in a bid to get a true picture […]

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At the Conservative Party Conference in October 2010, George Osborne announced the end of universal child benefit, stating that higher-rate taxpayers would become ineligible for it from 2013 onwards. The New Statesman reported: This means that all households in which at least one person earns £44,000 or more will lose out, although a family with […]

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