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BUDGET 2008: Darling reveals Stamp Duty change

Borrowers on shared equity schemes wont have to pay Stamp Duty until they own 80% of the equity of their home.

Chancellor Alistair Darling revealed the change in today’s Budget speech.

But still no change to the wider Stamp Duty threshold.

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BUDGET 2008: Darling confirms Capital Gains Tax changes

Chancellor Alistair Darling has confirmed that the Capital Gains Tax rate has been slashed to a flat fee of 18%.In today’s Budget speech, he says the entrepreneur relief rate of 9% for small business owners and burgeoning entrepreneurs will kick in at the beginning of April.

Leadbay launches debt leads service

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The politics of healthcare

Healthcare is already one of the key battlefields in May’s general election, with each of the main parties committing to deliver improvements to the NHS and public health.

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