[CITY A.M.] - GEORGE Osborne is pushing for sweeping changes to Britain's planning regime as part of a package of low-cost measures designed to kick-start growth, City AM has learned. He wants to make it much easier for companies to obtain planning consent for new
[Telegraph.co.uk] - Chancellor George Osborne has signalled that he plans to tackle the shortage of private investment in small businesses by making a flagship tax incentive more attractive. Speaking at an event in Cheshire last week, George Osborne said that stimulating
[Daily Mail] - A report from the Office of Tax Simplification, established by George Osborne last year, yesterday called for an overhaul of what it described as 'unfair' inheritance tax laws. The proposal will shock families who have worked hard and sought to protect
[Telegraph.co.uk] - Now the Chancellor must pick up the baton in his Budget. It is time to stop talking and act. Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Richard Fletcher, City Editor 6:20AM GMT 04 Mar Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, used his Mansion House speech last night to
[DailyIndia.com] - The Libyan dictator's spy chiefs and Defence Minister Major General Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr were among those targeted by Chancellor George Osborne, the Daily Mail reports. The other person who has been targeted is Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi's brother-in-law
[Daily Mail] - 'First, Chancellor George Osborne blamed the weather for the fall in economic growth, now it seems “making the visitor economy more resilient to bad weather” is their big plan to boost tourism. 'It's not the British weather that's putting a strain on
[Daily Mail] - Chancellor George Osborne is expected to change VAT rules in a move that will cost shoppers at least £130million a year. Currently, high street retailers like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Boots and Specsavers use internet stores based in the Channel
[The Economist] - IN MAY George Osborne, the new chancellor of the exchequer, announced a modest wheeze for boosting private-sector employment: a tax break for the first ten employees of new businesses set up in Britain's poorer regions. The scheme was a “nudge”
[The Guardian] - George Osborne, a 'signed up, card-carrying Bush fan', told the Commons he was persuaded of the 'excellent neoconservative case' for war with Iraq. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian David Cameron's recent offer to intervene in Libya
[Telegraph.co.uk] - George Osborne gazes like an 18th-century French aristocrat at the rabble who presume to question his sanity. Labour has had the effrontery to suggest, not merely that he is dippy, but that he is double dippy. With what invincible disdain Mr Osborne
[BBC News] - The Scottish Parliament voted 75 votes to 3 with 43 abstentions to urge George Osborne to cancel next month's planned increase in fuel duty. It also called for the benefits of higher oil prices to be passed onto motorists. It came as average petrol
[This is Somerset] - Chancellor George Osborne is coming under growing pressure to cancel a 1p duty rise in April. Yesterday South Swindon Tory MP Robert Buckland, who has signed up to the Fair Fuel UK campaign, raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions.
[Financial Times] - That is why our chancellor George Osborne said that we will be seeking new disclosures standards at the EU level.” Both Mr Osborne and Vince Cable, business secretary, are backing the adoption at the European level of rules that would have the same
[BBC News] - The announcement on Sunday by George Osborne, the Chancellor, to block the assets of the Gaddafi family and about 20 of their inner circle follows a European Union decision to impose sanctions. This decision for a Europe-wide crackdown came, in turn
[The Guardian] - Labour claims efficiencies in Whitehall are now a test of George Osborne's competency as chancellor. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA The government is failing to get a grip on Whitehall spending and its financial scrutiny is so poor that parts of the
[The Guardian] - The chancellor, George Osborne, has hinted he may look favourably on the proposals. Ceding to the calls for a fuel price stabiliser would cost £6bn in lost taxation, the Green Alliance thinktank has calculated. Taxpayers would effectively have to
[Journal Live] - Tyneside and other parts of the North East could become a target for big business and thousands of jobs if Chancellor George Osborne re-introduces the financial incentives used in the 1980s. North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley is leading lobbying efforts
[New Statesman] - The Tory right might be aggrieved by George Osborne's failure to scrap the 50p rate of income tax but it can take some comfort from his plans for the UK's corporation tax. The Chancellor's pledge to reduce the headline rate to 27 per cent this April
[Rentman Software] - "This means incentivising renovation, improving options for sustainable refurbishment and introducing regulation to stamp out bad practice." Mr Potter added that the chancellor George Osborne should announce plans for the rental sector in his Budget
[Morning Advertiser] - However the agents, like many licensees, are not looking forward to what Chancellor George Osborne will reveal on 23 March. “We have been seeing some very encouraging signs, so I don't want anything to hamper that,” said Stephen Taylor
[Independent (blog)] - George Osborne says the latter. The Chancellor's Guardian article yesterday rips into Labour for running a deficit at what turned out to be the top of the economic cycle, but doesn't mention the banking meltdown once.
[New Statesman (blog)] - George Osborne. The Chancellor is exploring the possibility of a "fair fuel stabiliser". Photograph: Getty Images. The only time that William Hague led Tony Blair in the polls was during the fuel protests of Mindful of the damage that high petrol
[Inside Housing] - It has been reported that George Osborne is considering a stamp duty rebate for householders who join the government's green deal programme, which provides private sector loans to finance energy efficiency improvements in domestic properties.
[New Statesman] - As Melbourne debates the merits of the myki travel card and New Zealand recovers from disaster, some thoughts on George Osborne's UK growth strategy. Another week, another continent. I have been awake since 3.30am, having arrived in Melbourne
[Norfolk Eastern Daily Press] - Chancellor George Osborne is facing grassroots pressure to do more to kickstart growth in the economy amid fears that hundreds of public sector workers facing the axe could be left
[The Guardian] - Photograph: Disney/Pixar George Osborne is expected to use this month's budget to announce a crackdown on a ballooning internet VAT dodge on the sale of CDs, DVDs, memory cards, vitamin pills and contact lenses, involving some of the biggest names in
[Daily Mail] - A secret plot by the Gaddafi family to grab nearly £900million in new Libyan banknotes was thwarted after George Osborne intervened. It came as Britain last night froze the assets of the tyrant and his family and
[Insider Media] - Chancellor George Osborne has told Insider that improvements to transport bring better benefits to regional economies than regional development agencies and other business support initiatives. He said: “The high speed rail link has the opportunity to
[The Guardian] - George Osborne admits British families are facing 'difficult times' as incomes are being hit by rising costs. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Labour and the Tories are squaring up for a pre-budget battle over Britain's "squeezed middle" after
[Financial Times] - Business is piling pressure on the coalition to deliver a convincing growth strategy in George Osborne's Budget next month as fears increase that the recovery may be losing momentum.