Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • Hamish McRae | Our sanctions will not cripple Russia. It is doing a lot of the dirty work itsel...

    • source icon
    • 05:50
  • Editorial | Office politics

    • source icon
    • 05:03
  • Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Ugly Tide Washing Across Europe

    • source icon
    • 23:47
  • Editorial | The Guardian view on Labour and the health service | Editorial

    • source icon
    • 20:30
  • George Monbiot | The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all | GeorgeMonbiot

    • source icon
    • 20:30
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

Story Tracker

Select Story:

Stamp duty hike hint

Stamp duty hike hint
George Osborne could introduce a new stamp duty hike for expensive properties in next month's Autumn Statement.

Downing Street today ruled out new council tax bands or a mansion tax being part of the package set to be unveiled on 5 December.

But Number 10 is not ruling out another stamp duty rise.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said today: “The Government has made it clear that people shouldn’t be hit with a mansion tax... We've got no plans to introduce new council tax bands."

But when asked about a stamp duty hike for more expensive properties, the spokeswoman would not rule it out. She said: “These are all matters for the Chancellor.”

Mr Osborne and Nick Clegg have held talks about how to tax properties worth more than £1m, despite David Cameron's opposition to the idea, according to the Daily Mail. .

The Chancellor is reportedly not opposed to the plan in principle, viewing it as a way to justify another £10bn of cuts in welfare.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson called on the Chancellor to consider reducing stamp duty on newly-built properties to encourage housebuilding.

“I think it would be a good idea if the Chancellor thought about cutting stamp duty on new-build homes, and I hope he thinks about that in the Autumn Statement,” he told the CBI conference.

Green Box: Stamp duty hike hintClick to open

+ Expand all - Collapse all

Recommended External Links

Full access for £22 a month...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more

Related PRO Content