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Two out of five parents are worried about how they will manage in the new year because of the financial hangover from Christmas.

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People will be able to take pictures of cheques on their smartphones and send them to their bank to receive the money early, under a Treasury plan announced today.

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Around 12 pence in every £1 of consumers' Christmas shopping this year will be spent online, according to forecasts by the body which oversees payments in the UK.

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Michelle Young claims her husband has squirrelled away 'a few billion at least' in offshore tax havens around the world

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Announcement marks a significant change of policy

Robert Devereux is permanent secretary at the DWP

Civil servant who presided over Universal Credit programme accused of a 'litany of failures' by MPs

Robert Devereux admitted it had taken him more than a year to realise that there were problems

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

US Open: Serena Williams claims 17th Grand Slam with victory over Victoria Azarenka

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

Ed Miliband wants union members to opt in to joining Labour rather than being automatically affiliated

GMB union fear for Labour role under Ed Miliband's reforms

The Labour leader is due to meet GMB general secretary Paul Kenny later today

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X Factor judge Gary Barlow has offered to step in and perform at the turning on of the Blackpool Illuminations after The Voice star Danny O'Donoghue and his band pulled out.

The estimated cost of the HS2 rail link continues to rise

HS2 is a 'giant folly' and should be scrapped, warns influential Institute of Directors

The influential Institute of Directors today became the latest voice to join growing calls for the Government to scrap the high-speed rail project HS2.

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