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Now the real economic pain starts: yes, it's 'worse-off Wednesday'

The longest squeeze in British living standards in almost a century intensifies today – which has been dubbed 'worse-off Wednesday' because it marks the beginning of a tax year in which tax increases and benefits and public-sector cuts will add to the misery already experienced by the millions struggling to cope with high inflation and minimal pay rises. Put simply, the 2011-12 fiscal year will be the first full year of Coalition cuts, and the one when the pain begins in earnest.

Bullard's smiles to help lift England

Fabio Capello goes into England's first two World Cup qualifiers extremely concerned about the fragile confidence of his squad. Despite the achievements of players such as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, the Italian is worried that England do not have enough strength of character. It is one reason why he called up Jimmy Bullard.

Fan vote to make final history

Ebbsfleet United will make Wembley history in May when they face Torquay United in the FA Trophy final with a team picked via the internet by the thousands of members of the MyFootballClub group that now owns the club.