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Don’t go that way

INTERVENTIONS by former prime ministers less than six months or so before a general election tend to be couched in hints and insinuations, rather …

Petrol to drop to £1 a litre, says Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs says falling oil prices will give hard-pressed households a much-needed boost<p>The price of a litre of petrol will drop to almost £1 in the coming months if oil prices remain low, putting more money in people's pockets and encouraging consumers to spend.<p>Kevin Daly, senior economist at …

London will follow Paris and ban diesel cars, campaigners warn

Pollution is so high in the capital, and diesel fumes so damaging, experts believe Boris Johnson will follow Paris' lead and ban the cars from London's roads within the decade<p>London will follow Paris and introduce an outright ban on diesel cars which are causing "serious health damage" in the …

Ukip announce mansion tax break for historic home owners

William Cash, who lives in Grade 1 listed manor house, reveals Ukip plan to cut taxes on historic properties<p>While Labour demand a mansion tax, Ukip have unveiled a mansion tax-break.<p>The UK Independence Party has pledged to cut the tax bills of the owners of listed buildings, in a move that could …

Oil price drops: Don't panic, really

The recent drop in crude prices won’t kill off the US shale oil industry. It’ll just make it more efficient.<p>Profit margins and break-even points are …

The Ten Reasons Why There Will Be Another Systemic Financial Crisis

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has “a healthy fear of the unknown,” as in the “unknown” financial crisis that will happen sooner or later in our future. Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, reckons there will be a “discontinuance,” a financial crisis in the form of …

Householders offered £5,600 for home improvements

Cash giveaways part of Government efforts to cut carbon emissions and generate interest in energy efficiency<p>Home owners are to be offered up to £5,600 each to install new boilers, insulation or double glazing, under the latest Government cash giveaway for energy efficiency work.<p>Up to £30m of …

Scots to be charged double English rate for buying house

John Swinney is under pressure to rethink his planned Scottish property purchase tax after George Osborne announces large cuts to Stamp Duty.<p>John Swinney is under pressure to scrap an “aggressive” 10 per cent tax on middle-class Scots moving home after it emerged the rate is double what will apply …

UK House Prices Could Soar Up To 8% Without Fresh Supply

The recovery in the UK housing market has continued to gain momentum in December and home prices are expected to skyrocket in 2014 unless more …

Confidence Booming Among Small UK Firms

Britain's small firms have been buoyed by talk of an emerging economic recovery and are increasingly confident as they enter 2014, according to the …

UK Government's Flagship Pension Reform Steams Ahead as Two Million Workers Enrol

The UK government's flagship pension reform is steaming ahead and has now enrolled more than two million workers.<p>The Pensions Regulator (TPR), the …

China to Crack The Whip on Price Fixing of Commodities

China's top economic planning agency said it would crack down on price manipulation in agricultural products in a bid to shield low-income …

Cost of Living Crisis? Elderly and Disabled Pay '£740 a Year More' for Services

Elderly and disabled people are paying almost £740 a year more for vital home care services under the government, according to the Labour Party.<p>Liz …

Ed Miliband Spells out 'Use it or Lose it' Policy to Boost Housing

There were two policies in Labour leader Ed Miliband's autumn speech which saw him accused by opponents of embracing Marxism. One was freezing energy …

Fracking Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects and Infertility

Scientists have linked fracking to birth defects and even infertility, claiming it can disrupt human hormones.<p>A team of researchers claimed fracking, …

Cohousing: A Social Living Alternative For Retirees?

Alice Alexander is getting ready to move into her new home, and she can hardly wait. At 55, she isn’t moving into any ordinary apartment or condominium; rather, it’s a cohousing community in downtown Durham, North Carolina, that offers both privacy and a sense of community, all in one place.<p>The …

A Currency War With Japan Won't Help China Reform Its Economy

China was well into an intended transformation toward a consumer-driven economy when Japan, fittingly enough, threw a wrench into the works. The latest iteration of the “Abenomics” stimulus measures, on top of news of recurring recession, drove down the value of the Japanese yen against the Chinese …