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Ed Balls, left, and Chancellor George Osborne, right, share a lighter moment on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’. Warning Mr Osborne not to boast about the recovery, Mr Balls said he would run a budget surplus in the next parliament if Labour wins the election

800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it

David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’

Wolves in Winter, By Lisa Hilton - Paperback review

The year is 1492, the city is Toledo. Four-year-old Mura, child of an Icelandic mother and Spanish father, has an odd appearance: golden-brown skin, silver hair, green eyes.

Julian Knight: Morally speaking, IVA firms are just as bad as payday lenders

The annual Independent on Sunday brass neck award is heading the way to something called the Debt Advisory Centre. The firm, which states that it is “currently helping 70,000 clients get out of debt”, used the Government’s announcement of a cap on payday lending rates to rail against high-cost credit. It stated that the number of its clients taking out payday loans and then falling into debt difficulty has doubled in the last two years.

Lloyd Cowan (right) speaks with Toni Minichiello, coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill

Ashling O'Connor: Behind every great athlete is a great coach, but these unsung heroes seldom get the recognition – or the cash support – they deserve

Volunteer coaches provide time worth £7.9bn a year, based on the minimum wage

Our debt problems are close to an epidemic

The nation's debt problems have become an epidemic that needs solving with a national campaign to bring the issue into the open, similar to that undertaken by the Government in the 1980s with AIDS awareness.

Downing Street is on the back foot over Ed Miliband's energy price freeze policy

Tories deny seeking Big Six energy price freeze

Downing Street is on the back foot over Ed Miliband's energy price freeze policy

Switched at birth, but it took 60 years to discover mistake

Two Japanese men have been told of a life-changing error

Thames Water defends tax liability as first half profits surge

Thames Water has announced a 19 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to £132.4 million for the first half-year.

Mortgage approvals near 6-year high amid fears of a new housing bubble

Approximately 67,701 mortgages worth £10.5 billion were approved for house purchase in October

Charles Saatchi arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in London, where his former personal assistants Elisabetta 'Lisa' and Francesca Grillo, are accused of using credit cards loaned to them by the family to spend more than £685,000 on themselves

Credit cards were Nigella's idea, Charles Saatchi tells assistants' trial

He told jurors bills were paid by his company before he reimbursed it from his personal account

Ed Miliband will unveil Labour's new green paper in Manchester, with the focus on lowering energy bills

Ed Miliband outlines plan to break up Big Six gas and electricity companies and abolish energy regulator

Labour Government to impose biggest shake-up of the energy industry since it was privatised in the 1980s

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

Thousands of families reliant on food banks this Christmas

One in four people skip meals to provide enough food for their family

Britain's debt problems 'epidemic', warns think tank

One in four British households has a negative cash position

John Bercow will talk to bosses from Facebook and other internet companies

Vote online – the Speaker’s plan to revive politics

John Bercow calls on internet giants to lead digital revolution in British politics  as Commission is set to draw up blueprint for ‘Parliament 2.0’ before 2015 general election

Homebuilders under pressure after Bank of England announces plans to cool down house market

Persimmon, Britain’s largest builder by market value, plunges to the bottom of the FTSE 100 index

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