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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 24 April 2010 at 1204 BST On Radio 4 and Online

The disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano has cleared but as the dust - or ash - settles Money Box reporter Wesley Stephenson hears from people who were caught up in the travel chaos.

Many of them have spent hundreds of pounds and now face weeks of uncertainty about exactly how much they will get back from their airline or insurance company.

The programme also hears from Nick Harris, head of International travel law at Simpsonmillar.

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Rising Inflation

The UK Inflation rate has risen sharply to 3.4% in March from 3 % the month before, according to official figures released this week. Although according to the Retail Price Index it's hit 4.4%

It seems to have taken economists and the Bank of England by surprise. Higher petrol prices are partly to blame, the Office For National Statistics (ONS) has said.

It's a long way from the heady days last year when the Retail Price Index was actually negative for eight months.

So should we be worried or will inflation head back down towards its target of 2%, as the Bank Of England believes?

Independent economist Rosemary Radcliffe and Liam Halligan, Chief Economist, Prosperity Capital Management debate the issue.

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Interview with George Osborne

In the second of three interviews with the men who each hope to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next Parliament, Paul Lewis questions Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

He talks to Paul about what we can expect for our taxes, pensions and spending, if the Conservative Party wins the general election.


Investing in China?

China's economy is growing at a rapid rate, and as an 'emerging market' it could be seen as a good place to put your money.

Money Box talks to Tom Elliott from JP Morgan Asset Management about whether or not China makes for an ideal investment, which investors would it suit and what to expect over the next five years.


BBC Radio 4's Money Box is broadcast on Saturday at 1204 BST and repeated on Sunday at 2102 BST.



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