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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

In the 1990s negative equity was mostly in the South but now northern regions have been hit hard

Up to 630,000 borrowers are stuck in negative equity as the housing market stagnates

New consumer finance watchdog warns further pain could be on the way despite Budget pledges

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Consumer Rights: With due care, Britons can avoid the same plight as the Cypriots

The plan for the Nicosia government to seize its citizens' money should act as a spur to check all your cash is fully protected
Packaged accounts often include travel insurance

Money Insider: Rules tightened on paid-for bank accounts

Last summer the Financial Services Authority (FSA) published a new set rules designed to give greater protection to customers with a packaged or “added value” current account.

Bagged supermarket mixed leaf salads blamed for bug that hit 300 people

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that affected around 300 people probably originated in ready-to-eat bagged salads, an investigation has found.

Watchdog bares teeth with £2.4m fine for oil group Lamprell

The City regulator bared its teeth yesterday, showing that companies listed on the London stock market can expect much larger fines for breaking its rules.

Jargon-free accounts can simplify savings

Finance firms told to cut complexity in savings and insurance

Anthony Hilton: FSA's clampdown will shake up Sipps sector

Though you may never have heard of it, Dentons is one of the leaders among administrators of Self Invested Personal Pensions. And on Tuesday it put forward enough smart ideas to show that it remains several notches above most of the competition.

Watchdog knew banks were fixing Libor for three years

The City watchdog yesterday admitted that staff had been aware of Libor fixing for nearly three years before it finally launched an investigation into what has rapidly turned into banking's biggest scandal.

James Moore: Have lessons been learnt? Regulators have failed again and again and again

Outlook Something up with Libor, you say? Sorry guv, not my problem, speak to the British Bankers' Association. This, in a nutshell, was the attitude of the Financial Services Authority when the issue was raised with it on 26 separate occasions, and perhaps as many as 74 where there were oblique or indirect references to the problem in FSA communications.

Three held in insider dealing investigation

Three men have been arrested and are being held in connection with an inquiry into insider dealing and market abuse, the City watchdog has said.

Ben Chu: Grand Theft Libor

Outlook It's a pity Lord Turner didn't get the Bank of England job, because he would probably have produced better soundbites than Mark Carney will.

Rule on bank capital was a 50-year giant mistake, says Lord Turner

Lord Turner, the outgoing chairman of the Financial Services Authority, has declared that the amount of capital banks were required to hold before the 2008 financial crisis had been a "50-year giant mistake".

James Moore: A crop of problems if AgriBank were to go pop

Outlook On to high-yield savings and AgriBank, which has generated a flurry of excitement by offering a bond that might allow your money at least to keep pace with inflation.

PPI mis-selling complaints at Lloyds total 1.4 million

Lloyds Banking Group received almost 1.4 million complaints about mis-sold payment protection insurance in 2012, it has admitted. The bank was fined £4.3m last week after it failed to pay compensation quickly enough to tens of thousands of PPI victims, yet it declared it has made "significant progress" on dealing with customer complaints.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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