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Halifax: House prices rise 5.4 per cent and will
keep increasing

House prices rose for the seventh month running in August and are set to continue increasing “gradually” for the rest of the year, Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, said yesterday.

Halifax says house prices are set to climb ‘gradually’

House prices rose for the seventh month running in August and are set to continue increasing “gradually” for the rest of the year, Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, said today.

A 3 bedroom semi detached house for sale in Beckfield Lane, York, on the market for £250,000 with Stephensons

House prices up more than 5% from a year ago

Rise represents the seventh consecutive monthly increase

96% of benefit claimants who want to downsize cannot be rehoused

UN to investigate impact of 'bedroom tax' on human rights of low-income households

Raquel Rolnik is on a two-week tour of UK cities where she will meet tenants affected by the policy

House prices are booming again but the bust that’s bound to follow will cost us dear

A rise in rates would inevitably cause an immediate and deep house price crash

Just one in six voters believe immigration is a good thing for Britain, poll suggests

Majority of voters think immigration is harming Britain

Survey shows extent of public dissatisfaction, with 60 per cent saying migrants bring more disadvantages than advantages to the UK

No stone unturned: Joanna Berryman has injected a rock'n'roll vibe into her Cotswolds cottage

The interior designer has brought fun and whimsy to the large stone 17th-century cottage in Gloucestershire

Business week in review

In profit...

House prices continue to rise in August

Average price of a house is now £170,514

Egypt: Police arrest Muslim Brotherhood chiefs Mohammed el-Beltagy and Khaled Al-Azhari

Egyptian police have arrested two top Muslim Brotherhood figures, including an outspoken former politician who has made public appeals for protests against the new military-backed government.

London's last ever home for less than £100,000? Rundown Brixton studio flat goes on the market for just £99,500

In a city where a single parking space was valued at £300,000 earlier in the month, this Brixton studio has been put on the market for less than six-figures

Indian apartment buildings collapse killing 11 and burying dozens

More than 250 rescue workers attempt to save an estimated 40 others whose homes fell apart while they slept

Forget trust, it’s results that matter

In March 2006 a BBC reporter, after spending months undercover at Foxtons, presented a damning exposé of the firm. It revealed seriously dodgy practices, like sharing private financial information on buyers with an “independent” mortgage broker, enabling Foxtons to squeeze them to the limit. The reporter also found the company forging customer signatures on legal documents and lying to suit its ends.

465 Caledonian Road, nominated for Building Design's 2013 Carbuncle Cup

New London student housing nominated for 'worst building' award

A brand new, multimillion-pound block of student flats in London has been nominated as one of the worst new buildings completed in the last year.

The Weekend’s Viewing: British detective dramas come and go, but few are as creepily compelling as What Remains

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker