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UK house prices: First-time buyers £27,000 better off than renters – and more than £50,000 more privileged in London

Britons are pouring thousands of pounds in the pockets of landlords each year by renting their home rather than buying it.<p>UK first-time buyers are an …

Housing

From funeral plans to over-50s life insurance: 10 financial services that are a waste of money

The financial services industry can be a nightmare: from extended warranties to credit reports, everyone is trying to sell you something they claim is "essential".<p>Must-have offers flood our inboxes, come through the door and are pitched over the phone during unwanted calls.<p>But how do you spot the …

Finance

The 25 richest, healthiest and happiest countries in the world

The Legatum Institute, a London based research institute released on Thursday its 10th annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks the …

European Travel

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year? Top chefs reveal their favourite restaurants

Once upon a time, eating Chinese was likely to mean either MSG-laden take-away of sweet-and-sour pork, spring rolls and egg-fried rice, or a waistline-expanding trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet.<p>The first recorded Chinese restaurant in Britain opened in 1907, though it wasn't until the 1950s that …

Food & Dining

The eight questions causing learner drivers to fail their theory test

Want to pass your driving test? Then you might want to avoid the South Yardley test centre and head for Bromsgrove.<p>Figures released by the DVLA show …

Birmingham, UK

The 20 best countries to live in around the world

Switzerland is the best country in the world for the second year running, according to the third annual ranking of the world's nations released by U.S. News & World Report.<p>The list compiles the results of surveys from 21,000 people around the world who scored their homelands based on 65 attributes …

Cost of Living

Theresa May is preparing for another election with the same old education policies I Laura McInerney

Damian Hinds’ appointment shows the prime minister has not given up on more grammar schools despite lack of enthusiasm by experts or voters<p>The new education secretary, Damian Hinds, is an unknown quantity for most teachers and parents, but we do know he is a grammar-educated former strategy …

United Kingdom

Property market braces for shockwaves from landmark leasehold case

Appeal court ruling could halve the cost of extending leases or buying freeholds for 2.1m households in England and Wales<p>One of Britain’s richest men, the Duke of Westminster, could see the value of his estates plummet this week if a landmark legal challenge is successful. The case could also …

Jeremy Corbyn now clear bookies' favourite to be the next Prime Minister

With Theresa May on the back foot over the NHS at today's PMQs the latest odds show the Labour leader is highly fancied to be the next politician …

Where to Go and What to See in Italy

Italy is a popular travel destination with many historic monuments and cities, beautiful scenery, and fabulous food and wine. To help you plan your …

Italy

Winter Day Trips from London

Dramatic coastal towns, castles and historic churches are an easy trip from London—whatever the weather.<p><b>Rye, Sussex</b><p>Just 6km inland, Rye has just two …

17 Beautiful Towns To Visit In The UK

Okay, just putting it out there, us Brits have some great places to visit. Including some of the most beautiful towns to visit in the UK. What’s best …

Shutterbug’s Top 10 Favorite Cameras & Lenses of 2017

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time for Shutterbug to once again pick our favorite cameras and lenses of the past 12 months. With …

This Tube map shows average salaries near each London Underground station

A new London Tube map reveals which stations have the highest paid jobs around, with Barbican the top Tube stop for average salaries.<p>Average salaries …

Our benefits system has become a racket for cheating the poor

I saw a disabled woman’s attempt to get help end in tears and humiliation, and she’s just one of many. That’s how the process works<p>When Moira gets scared, she cuts herself. “It’s my way of taking control.” Right now she’s very scared. In a few days she faces a tribunal that will judge whether she …

Student debts 'will mean lower pensions for graduates'

Graduates will face pension savings that are tens of thousands of pounds smaller as a result of their steep student loan repayments, new analysis suggests.<p>Since 2012 universities have been able to charge tuition fees of at least £9,000 a year, leaving the average student with around £50,000 of debt.<p>…

11 Hidden Places In Europe You Need To Explore

Europe is a gem of a continent to explore, with lots of smaller haunts that don’t seem to get as much attention as the likes of; Paris, London or …

European Travel

4 bets you should make on British politics in 2018

After such an eventful and historic year in British politics, betting any money on what will happen in 2018 may seem like a fool's game.<p>However, it is precisely this unpredictability and potential for chaos which means that there are so many inviting odds available at the bookies ahead of next year.<p>…

Keir Starmer

Home Office denies whistle-blower claims they are prioritising visa applications based on profit

The Home Office has denied that officials have been prioritising visa applications based on how profitable they might be to the Government, after …

Trips in Europe everyone should take according to the world's top travel experts

The Ice Hotel, Finland.Flickr/bjaglin<p>No matter how many countries you've been to, there's always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so many cultures, countries, and landscapes to explore, it's hard to prioritise one dream destination over another.<p>Business Insider UK asked top travel bloggers and …

European Travel

Oslo: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Norway's capital

With dense forest less than 30 minutes from the city centre, world-class museums, the hip Grünerløkka district and restaurants serving Nordic and …

Bristol refugee murder review accuses police of institutional racism

City council and police wrongly thought of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was killed by a neighbour, as a troublemaker, says review<p>An independent review has found evidence of institutional racism in the way a police force and a local authority dealt with a disabled Iranian refugee who was murdered by a …

17 Beautiful Places To See In Italy

There’s no beating around the bush, there are so many beautiful places to see in Italy. It’s one of my favourite countries to just hop in a car, …

The top 9 UK countryside breaks for 2018

According to the experts...<p><b>More and more people are choosing to holiday at home in the UK instead of jetting off abroad and, next year, this trend is</b> …

Britain's indebted credit card customers could save up to £1.3bn under new rules

Britain’s indebted credit card customers could save up to £1.3bn a year under new rules designed to help people who fall into persistent debt.<p>The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published revised plans that would force lenders to reduce or cancel interest charges for people struggling to …

Home Office policy of deporting EU citizens found rough sleeping is illegal, High Court rules

The Home Office policy of deporting EU citizens found sleeping on the streets is illegal, the High Court has ruled.<p>The judge said the policy breaks EU laws and discriminates "unlawfully" against European nationals and rough sleepers.<p>Mrs Justice Lang called on Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, to …

British boxing champion chosen to represent Team GB faces deportation

A boxing champion has been locked up in an immigration detention centre - despite representing England in the ring.<p>Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, 29, has boxed …

100 sensationally beautiful pictures of Italy

Italy - the best country in the entire world, according to our Readers' Travel Awards 2017. So much beauty! Romance, art and history is everywhere - …

Italy

‘I can’t eat or sleep’: the woman threatened with deportation after 50 years in Britain

Paulette Wilson moved to the UK in 1968, and worked and raised her daughter here. So why was she suddenly taken to Yarl’s Wood detention centre and almost forced on to a plane to Jamaica?<p>Paulette Wilson had been in Britain for 50 years when she received a letter informing her that she was an …

Pregnant women could be forced to show their passports at hospital before giving birth

Pregnant women will be forced to hand over passports before they give birth at NHS hospitals under controversial proposals to clamp down on health tourism.<p>A pilot scheme backed by the Home Office will see every mother-to-be told to prove their right to use the health service when their labour is …

George Osborne