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Figures show 10% increase in energy use compared with last year

Fewer Britons to lose homes in recession

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Our attachment to the place in which we live is – for the most part – guided by just two factors: the architecture of the built environment, and the sociability, or otherwise, of the people we call our neighbours.

'Postcode lottery' remains for couples seeking help on IVF

One in 70 babies born in the UK are conceived artificially but NHS services cannot keep up

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Four new eco-towns, designed to meet housing needs while using the highest green standards, were given the go-ahead by the Government today after a two-year selection process which has been mired in controversy and opposition.

'Mr and Mrs Expenses' face having house repossessed

Council claims house has been empty since last November

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When the world's most powerful leaders descended on London last month to tackle the economic crisis, they left Gordon Brown basking in the glory of brokering a deal to pump billions into the world's economy.

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