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Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

Deal rescues home-owners at peril from floods

The insurance industry and the Government have come to an agreement to ensure that householders are able to obtain protection against flooding, it was revealed today.

Boris challenges carbon omission

London Mayor Boris Johnson, the telecoms group BT and 40 MPs have demanded that Gordon Brown introduces legislation to make big companies report their carbon emissions.

Brown offers debt advice and affordable housing

The Prime Minister is planning to extend shared equity schemes to make home-owning more affordable for first-time buyers as part of a range of measures aimed at helping those hit by the credit crunch.

Rebellion grows against abolition of 10p tax rate

Five ministerial aides have joined the Labour rebellion against Gordon Brown's decision to abolish the 10p starting rate of income tax.

Companies will have to tell all on carbon emissions

Backbenchers and green groups force Government to impose tougher climate-change reporting requirements on quoted firms

Companies will have to tell all on carbon emissions

Backbenchers and green groups force Government to impose tougher climate-change reporting requirements on quoted firms

Minister admits total failure of Sellafield 'MOX' plant

It was a deeply embarrassing moment for the Government, though it passed almost without notice.

Race row over birth defects claim

A government minister has provoked a backlash by warning about birth defects among children of first- cousin marriages in Britain's Pakistani community.

Minister puts spotlight on private landlords

Rogue landlords will be under scrutiny in an independent review of the private rental sector to be launched this week.

The Sketch: Renewable energy? More like renewable policies, it appears

For those of us who still pronounce it "nuculer", it was pretty heavy going yesterday. I thought I'd understood what John Hutton's statement meant, but then Steve Webb for the Liberals said that he hadn't understood it and so I assumed I hadn't understood it enough to realise what I hadn't understood.

Sellers' packs: MPs denounce decision to delay HIPs

The Government has been accused by a committee of MPs of "losing its nerve" when deciding to stagger the introduction of home Information packs (HIPs).

George Best's doctor warns women over binge drinking

George Best's surgeon yesterday warned that increasing numbers of young women risk premature death by drinking to excess. Professor Roger Williams said female drinkers are a third less resilient to the effects of alcohol than men.

Rooney jets back to World Cup but United say forget about group stage

Wayne Rooney was sent back to join England's World Cup squad here last night but as a nation rejoiced, a day of legal wrangling and tension between the Football Association and Manchester United ensured his availability for the tournament is still in the balance.

How the 'lottery for the unlucky' brought a curse upon everyone

For the investors in Chariot, the cash-strapped company behind the troubled lottery game Monday, this week's emergency cash call was double or quits. Having already sunk close to £15m into creating a credible rival to the National Lottery, now was no time to give up.

Yorkshire 323-8 v Hampshire: Vaughan's brief encounter proves an all-action affair

Shane Warne's visitors ensured that Michael Vaughan's return to the County Championship after seven months here yesterday was as hectic as an episode of Doctor Who.

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