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

Rescue package 'helps one home in three months'

the Government's £200m mortgage rescue scheme has helped just one household stave off repossession in its first three months of operation, official figures have revealed.

Doubts cast over Darling's promise to find £15bn of savings

Alistair Darling's pledge to slim down Whitehall to help plug the gap in the public finances has been labelled as "smoke and mirrors" after economists and MPs warned the savings would be very hard to achieve and measure.

Every large city should have its own Boris, say the Tories

Voters would be given chance to elect powerful supremo based on London mayor

'Utterly pointless'. Are HIPs breaking the back of the housing market?

As the rules are tightened for home information packs, Julian Knight asks if they can help sellers and buyers

Home repossessions almost double

The number of people who lost their homes nearly doubled during the third quarter of last year, the City watchdog said today.

The new shadow cabinet in full

This is the full membership of the new shadow cabinet announced by the Conservative Party today:

39,000 innocent children on national DNA database

The national DNA database contains the profiles of almost 40,000 innocent children, the Home Office said today.

'Shocking' rise in homelessness among women

Conservative statistics show threefold increase in five years but charities warn the true picture is worse still

Senior Shadow Cabinet figures in row over 'cash for influence'

Senior members of the Shadow Cabinet have been accused of potential conflicts of interest after their offices were shown to be funded by companies that have direct interests in their policy portfolios.

Repossessions hit 16-year high as lenders 'turn to courts first'

The number of home repossessions in England and Wales leapt by 17 per cent during the first three months of 2008, providing further evidence of the depth of the crisis in Britain's housing market.

Stillbirth: Life after loss

Their first baby, Jake, was stillborn. Now Andrew and Rachel Canter want to prevent other parents from suffering the same agonising grief. Esther Walker reports

Ministers come under pressure from Tories over plight of England's 130,000 homeless children

A shortage of affordable housing has left 130,000 children homeless in England this Christmas an increase of 128 per cent in the past decade, according to research by the shadow housing minister Grant Shapps.

More For Your Money: Suffolk

Aldeburgh's literary and musical connections set it apart from other seaside towns

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.

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