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Examining the government's personal finance plans

David Cameron and Nick Clegg Hold Their First Joint News Conference
BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 15 May 2010 at 1204 BST on Radio 4 and Onlinee

Paul Lewis examines the new government's move to raise capital gains tax.

The tax is currently a flat rate of 18% but the coalition say they are seeking further agreement on "taxing non-business capital gains, at rates similar or close to those applied to income."

Paul Lewis is joined by a panel of guests to discuss the other tax, pensions and benefits plans laid out in the coalition agreement.

In the studio are:

• Mike Warburton, senior tax partner, Grant Thornton

• Malcolm McLean, pensions consultant, Barnett Waddingham

• Rachel Hadwen, welfare rights consultant

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Volcanic costs

Money Box listeners stranded abroad at the height of the volcanic ash crisis have been telling us that in some cases they face bills of thousands of pounds for using the internet.

Regular listener, Tom Burton, was shocked to receive a bill of more than £7,000 from his mobile broadband provider O2.

Tom downloaded a massive amount of data to allow him to listen to his favourite Radio 4 programmes - including Money Box.

O2 insists it did send him warnings about his rapidly mounting bill and has now offered to reduce it to just under £3,000.

The programme hears from Tom Burton and also from Matthew Wheeler from the comparison website uSwitch about how those mobile broadband bills can easily mount up.

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



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