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Half of businesses set to grant pay rises

Firms to increase pay despite “rising cost-burden”.

Inheritance tax receipts rise to £5.2bn

Receipts have increased 10% a year since 2009.

Bank of England raises interest rate to 0.75%

Homeowners on variable mortgages could face higher costs.

Stamp duty break saves first-time buyers £284m

Around 121,500 buyers benefitted from the tax break.

MPs call for end to Lifetime ISA

Treasury committee criticises “complex” savings product.

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