The economy

Taxpayers reclaim £493m from HMRC

Revenue accused of 'tax first, ask questions later' approach.

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Stamp duty break would ‘kickstart the market’

Chancellor considers stamp duty holiday ahead of Budget.

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Simplified VAT system outlined

Business group welcomes report as ‘long overdue’.

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Interest rates climb to 0.5%

Bank of England raises interest rates for first time in more than a decade.

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Inflation rate rises to 2.9%

UK inflation rose to its joint highest rate in more than 5 years.

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Employers fret over future of economy

Businesses are growing more concerned about the state of the UK economy.

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Unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

The jobless total fell to its lowest rate since 1975 in Q2 2017.

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