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Osborne promises 'Budget for growth'

Chancellor George Osborne is promising this afternoon's Budget will be a strategy for growth when set against big cuts in public spending, which seem likely to push the UK in the opposite direction. An increase in personal tax allowance, the amount you can earn without paying tax, is widely expected. The Beeb reckons this will …
John Oates, 23 Mar 2011
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Capita to get fat on govt cuts

Outsourcing giant Capita turned in "robust" results for 2010, despite a challenging business environment and a tightening of the government spending tap. Overall revenues were £1.7bn, up 2 per cent on the year. It reported "underlying profit before tax" of £364.2m, up 12 per cent on the year. This excludes items such as …
Joe Fay, 24 Feb 2011
The Register breaking news 'to drop' überdatabase from snoop Bill

Exclusive The government will drop plans for a massive central database to track private communications from the forthcoming Communications Data Bill, but officials will proceed with the multi-billion project in the background instead. Senior civil servants will discreetly run the project to swerve potential political opposition to a …

MPs demand US spooks' guarantees on census data

An influential group of MPs has urged the government to seek assurances from Washington that the Patriot Act would not be used to access personal data contained in the UK census, if it is outsourced to US defence contractor Lockheed Martin. The cross-party Treasury Select Committee is making the call today as part of the …

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