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Politicians may ramp up VAT to pay off debt

Labour and the Conservatives are both reported to be drawing up plans to hike VAT to 20% in a bid to tackle the country’s £178bn deficit.

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HBS to pay enhanced conveyancing proc fee

Home Buyer Systems, a supplier of sales and compliance systems for mortgages and general insurance, will pay its users enhanced fees for conveyancing referrals made via Home Buyer, under a new scheme entitled “Quid Pro Quo”.

Platform unveils range of two-year fixed deals

Platform has launched a range of two-year fixed rates starting at 3.44%. It has also doubled the number of brokers the deals are available to from five to 10.

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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