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Labour attacks 'Minister for Daybreak'

He is the Government’s most prolific media operators.

Communities offered £17m cash boost

Communities in England were today offered £17 million to help them take advantage of a new scheme allowing them to build facilities like family homes, shops, children's playgrounds and community halls.

Cities give thumbs down to David Cameron's elected mayors plan

David Cameron's dream of elected mayors in all major cities looked to be in tatters today.

Widespread allegations of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets

Complaints come as a senior judge warns local elections present 'enormous opportunities' for vote rigging.

George Osborne's first Budget in 2010 began the coalition's pensions reform

Julian Knight: Give everyone earlier access to their pensions

We need more rapid action to make these products more transparent

High hopes that NewBuy will fuel market recovery

Is the Government-sponsored scheme the answer to would-be buyers struggling to find affordable mortgage deposits? Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight report

Julian Knight: Those born after 1979 could be stuck being a lifelong renter, so we need more tenant rights

Being born before or after 1979 is apparently key to whether you're able to afford to own your own home or not. Older than 33 and you're likely to be already on the ladder, having bought a few years ago and seen values rise in the main. Younger than 33 and it's a massive struggle to put enough of a deposit together and to earn enough to secure a sufficiently large mortgage to get on the ladder. I'm north of 33 and the other day I looked at the price of my first flat, which is currently on the market, and realised that if I only had say a 10 per cent deposit then I probably wouldn't get a mortgage high enough to buy it. This was no palace. It was a more akin to a shoebox backing onto a railway track, typical of so many first-time buyer properties in London.

There were 2,181 rough sleepers in England in 2011, up 413 from 1,768 on the same night the previous year

Rough sleeping in England up by 23 per cent

New data has revealed the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 23 per cent in a year.

Home scheme to help OAPs downsize announced

Elderly homeowners are to be encouraged to move into smaller properties under government-backed plans, enabling councils to rent out their homes to families.

Ban on subletting council homes

Council tenants who sublet their homes face prosecution and possible prison terms in a blitz on abuse of social housing. High earners could also be forced to pay the market rate for continuing to live in their council homes.

A study showed that homeless men are dying at an average of 47 years and homeless women at 43, in stark contrast to the average age of death for the general population, 77 years

Homeless die 30 years before the average person

Homeless people can expect to die 30 years before the average person, research has found.

Compulsory council redundancies set to increase

Compulsory redundancies in local councils are set to increase in the next few years as the spending squeeze from central government continues, a report warned today.

Minister defiant after radio spat

Enduring a live radio bust-up with John Humphrys has become a rite of passage for any ambitious minister.

Amol Rajan: A noble pledge in danger of being forgotten

Of all the injustices visited on our country's poor folk during what are now known as the boom years, none has been so grave as the rise in house prices. Today it is barely possible for the average man or woman to buy a shoebox-sized home for less than five times national median income, and in London impossible.

MPs threaten rebellion over new electoral boundaries

When MPs return to Westminster from their extended summer break today, one subject will preoccupy their thoughts. It will not be the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the plans to reform the NHS or the changes to abortion law, all of which are on this week's Commons agenda.

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