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Empty office blocks could be converted to flats without planning permission under Government proposals to increase the supply of housing.

Rare profits downgrade by Pearson surprises City

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Bishop of Liverpool launches scathing attack on Government cuts programme

'Social diabetes' warning offered to cities hit hardest by budget changes

Pearson to close adult education arm with £120m loss

Pearson took a £120m hit yesterday as its new chief executive, John Fallon, announced plans to close its UK adult education arm less than three years after buying the core business, Melorio, for £99m.

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Still glowing from their plaudits and New Year's honours, the marketing and communications executives behind the London 2012 Olympics are starting to find new jobs.

Pennant-Rea steps down from Henderson chair

Rupert Pennant-Rea is stepping down as chairman of the fund manager Henderson, which is shifting its tax base back to the UK.

Mayor Bloomberg has an eye on the FT

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of New York, is considering whether to make a bid for the Financial Times, amid renewed speculation that the paper's owner, Pearson, will be ready to sell soon.

Grime pays: Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32, backstage at Koko in Camden

The Financial Times doesn't get rap, and their caricature of it is dangerous

Rap is not "loud, but lacking in Substance", Mr Guthrie

The Business Matrix: Thursday 29 November 2012

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Editorial: A new press watchdog must be independent

In the past few weeks and months, as the temperature has risen and the atmosphere become ever more febrile, this newspaper has resisted the urge to suggest to Lord Justice Leveson what he should recommend in his report. Indeed, the Editor said as much on Saturday, maintaining it was pointless at this stage to second-guess the judge, that it was better to wait and see. But over the weekend, the pressure intensified, with lobbying from all quarters.

Palace guard: The Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, filmed for a year in The Aristocrats

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