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Support for charity tax rethink

George Osborne has had opposition to his proposed relief tax cap Credit: Reuters

More than half (55%) of voters want the Government to rethink its planned cap on tax relief for charitable donations, according to a poll released today.

And fewer than a quarter (24%) of those surveyed by ComRes for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) said that the Government should resist pressure to back down on Chancellor George Osborne's Budget proposal, which would cap tax relief at £50,000 or 25% of income.

Prime Minister David Cameron this week appeared to hint that he was prepared to compromise on the issue, saying he wanted to listen to critics and take time to make sure the Government "get it right".

Rise in adult minimum wage

Business Secretary Vince Cable Credit: Reuters

The adult rate of the minimum wage is to rise by 11p to £6.19 an hour from October, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced today.

But the rates for younger workers will be frozen at £4.98 for 18 to 20-year-olds and £3.68 for 16 to 17-year-olds. Apprentices will enjoy a 5p increase in their minimum wage to £2.65 an hour.

Clegg: Lib Dems must 'move on'

Nick Clegg with NUS tuition fees pledge Credit: NUS

Nick Clegg will appeal for frustrated Liberal Democrat activists to "move on" from damaging rows over the NHS and tuition fees.

The Deputy Prime Minister insisted there could be "no more looking back" and party members should be "shouting our achievements from the rooftops."

The exhortation comes as the Lib Dems kick off what could be another fractious spring conference in Gateshead. Last year's event was dominated by dissent over the coalition's controversial health shake-up.

he legislation was "paused" as a result of the outcry and opposition from NHS workers, and has since been amended more than a thousand times.The conference is expected to vote to consider a topical motion on the NHS on Sunday, which could prove embarrassing for Mr Clegg.


Violence against women pact signed

Men in Britain accused of raping or assaulting women abroad could be put on trial in the UK courts, under plans announced today by the Government.

In a joint statement to mark International Women's Day, Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg declared their intention to sign up to the Council of Europe's Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.

Once the treaty is ratified into UK law, offenders who cannot be brought to trial in the country where the alleged crime was committed will be able to be prosecuted in the UK.

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