Osborne statement: Now we ARE all in it together: Osborne puts 400,000 middle-class workers into 40% tax band, squeezes benefits and orders 1bn raid…

Now we ARE all in it together: Osborne puts 400,000 middle-class workers into 40% tax band, squeezes benefits and orders 1bn raid on higher earners' pensions Mr Osborne targeted workers at top, middle and bottom of financial heapHardest hit by measures will be top 10% and bottom 10% of earnersEconomy predicted to shrink by 0.1% in 2012 according to statementSchools given discretion to raise teachers' pay if they perform wellExtra 5bn to be used for infrastructure projects including 100 new schools | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 5 December 2012 George Osborne targeted workers at the top, middle and bottom of the financial heap yesterday with a raft of money-saving measures. He ordered a tax raid on higher earners’ pensions, warning that Britain is only a third of the way through its age of austerity. He dragged 400,000 more workers into the 40p tax rate by raising the earnings threshold by just one per cent – below the rate of inflation

Neighbours boundary disputes could be settled out of court to save those involved thousands

Neighbours’ boundary disputes could be settled out of court to save those involved thousandsA bill to end 'daft and unnecessary' court battles over inches of land will be debated by ministers todayTory MP Charlie Elphicke will try to end legal fights which have seen one set of warring neighbours pay 400,000 for a 60cm wide strip of land | UPDATED: 02:45 GMT, 30 November 2012 Neighbours could be forced to settle their boundary disputes outside the court-room, saving themselves six-figure fees in the process. A bill to end the ‘daft and unnecessary’ court battles over just inches of land will be considered by ministers today