All Alastair Darling articles

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    Budget figures confirm the urgent need for new sources of investment in construction

    2010-03-25T12:16:00Z

    As if in compensation for all the anticipation before and excitement during the Budget announcement, we are left with the dull thud back to reality afterwards. Certainly, for construction the Budget itself changed little of substance. Alright the first-time buyer stamp duty holiday was an eye-catching cheeky move. But ...

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    Stamp duty - a tax rise that looks set to win votes

    2010-03-24T17:14:00Z

    There is obvious glee within the housing market about the prospects of a two-year period free of stamp duty for those first-time buyers who purchase properties worth less than £250,000. The £250,000 threshold captures practically all of them, with significantly less than 10% of exceptions that will be mainly resident ...