Audit firms" "cosy" links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government"s relationship with "Big Four" companies


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Audit firms' 'cosy' links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government's relationship with 'Big Four' companiesCommittee says accountants have 'inside knowledge' of tax loopholes By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:44 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 26 April 2013 Margaret Hodge said accountants knew about tax loopholes Britain's biggest accountancy firms have ‘an unhealthily cosy relationship with Government’, a damning report from MPs will warn today.

Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%


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Phew! Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%… and Osborne claims economy is 'healing at last' Overall figures better than expected easing pressure on George OsborneEconomy overall grew by 0.3% but construction slumps by 2.5% Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns: 'We're not out of the woods yet'Labour blames coalition for slowest recovery for 100 years Government borrowing remains stubbornly high at 120billionTory MPs accuse coalition of being 'timid' and 'complacent' about growth IMF urged Britain to rethink pace of cuts in face of sluggish recovery .

Taxi driver headbutted and punched by drunk passenger as they travelled at 70mph along dual carriageway


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Taxi driver headbutted and punched by drunk passenger as they travelled at 70mph along dual carriageway Taxi picked Anthony Coyle, 25, up from Horden Labour Club this monthAgreed a 20 fare to take him to MiddlesboroughTaxi stopped at shop so Coyle could buy bottle of wine to drinkCoyle then started banging dashboard and attacked driver when he was asked to stop By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:25 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:53 GMT, 25 April 2013 Thug: Anthony Coyle, 25, head-butted and punched a taxi driver in the face as he drove to Middlesborough A thug head-butted a taxi driver at 70 miles an hour in a violent attack on a dual carriage way. Anthony Coyle then punched the cabbie, knocking his glasses from his face, as they travelled down the A19, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, Cleveland. Hartlepool magistrates heard the 25-year-old had booked the taxi from Peterlee firm, Red Line Taxis, to travel from the Horden Labour Club to Middlesbrough.

Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel


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Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel Labour leader Ed Miliband faces growing mutiny over his soft approachPolls reveal decisive public support for Government's benefit shake-upLiam Byrne rushes out proposals designed to harden up Labour's image By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 Labour was plunged into disarray over welfare yesterday, as its proposals for tough reforms unravelled – and Ed Miliband faced a growing mutiny over his soft approach.

Vera Baird: Former Solicitor General tells police to give up on tackling low-level drug use "to save time"


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Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.

"Turn immigrants away to save British jobs": Politicians say closing the border would bring down unemployment


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'Turn immigrants away to save British jobs': Politicians say closing the border would bring down unemploymentCross-party MPs say temporary closures would aid UK employmentThey say immigration levels are 'unsustainable''Limits on immigrants will not harm economy', MPs add By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 07:20 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 GMT, 29 March 2013 Britain’s borders should be closed to immigrants while the country’s own citizens are struggling to find jobs, a group of MPs said last night. Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, chairmen of the influential Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said the Government should be able to block immigration during periods of high unemployment.

Budget 2013: Corporation tax slashed to 20% and ALL firms to get 2,000 national insurance cut


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Budget 2013: Corporation tax slashed to 20% and ALL firms to get 2,000 National Insurance cut to boost business and encourage small companies to hire staff Chancellor has already slashed the headline tax rate from 28% to 24%Due to fall to 23% next month, 21% in April 2014 and now 20% in 2015But some bosses believe it should be cut lower than the 12.5% in Ireland Employers' NI contributions will be reduced by 2,000 for every company /13″ class=”blkBorder” /> Going down: This graph from figures on the Institute for Fiscal Studies website shows how the standard rate of corporation tax has dropped from 34 per cent in 1990/91 to 24 per cent in 2012/13 Announcing the cut to 21 per cent in the Autumn Statement last December, Mr Osborne said it was ‘the lowest rate of any major western economy’. He added: ‘It is an advert for our country that says come here, invest here, create jobs here. Britain is open for business.’ Tax experts said a further cut could be on the way in the Budget

Full shocking scale of the Holocaust revealed as researchers find Nazis created 42,500 camps and ghettos to persecute the Jews across Europe


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Full shocking scale of the Holocaust revealed as researchers find Nazis created 42,500 camps and ghettos to persecute the Jews across EuropeResearchers initially expected to find about 7,000 camps and ghettosBut they were left horrified to discover 42,500 across much of Europe They also estimate up to 20 million people died or were imprisoned at sites By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 17:36 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:12 GMT, 2 March 2013 It is one of the worst moments in history, which still horrifies to this day. During Hitler's brutal reign of Nazi Germany, more than six million Jews were killed. But now new research has discovered that the Holocaust may well be even worse than previously thought

Fury over Sandhurst"s insult to Mons heroes: Hall renamed after 3million gift from Bahrain king


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Fury over Sandhurst's insult to Mons heroes: Hall renamed after 3million gift from Bahrain king The Mons Hall will now be called the King Hamad Hall after the 3million gift Was originally named to honour thousands of soldiers that died in the battleCritics say the king is 'buying our silence' over alleged human rights abuses By Sam Greenhill PUBLISHED: 01:48 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:03 GMT, 18 February 2013 Sandhurst is renaming a hall which commemorates the fallen of a major First World War battle following a 3million donation from the king of Bahrain. The Mons Hall was named to honour thousands of British soldiers who died during the battle in Belgium in 1914. But despite the 100th anniversary of the battle next year, military chiefs are changing its name to King Hamad Hall after the Bahraini ruler, who has given millions to Sandhurst.

David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate


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David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate in move that could put 250 in pockets of every British taxpayer By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 February 2013 Change: David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown. The Treasury is thought to be considering plans that have been drawn up by Conservative MPs for a chunk of taxable income – probably the first 2,500 – to be taxed at 10p in the pound rather than the current rate of 20p.