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Over 200,000 people have contacted their council for help following the last cut to benefits, however councils cannot keep up with the demand

'Bedroom tax' and benefits cuts draining councils’ emergency funds

Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander; Treasury ministers have come under fire from economists after insisting that living standards were finally beginning to rise

Treasury accused of resorting to 'dodgy statistics' to claim raise in living standards

Treasury ministers came under fire from economists today after they insisted that living standards were finally beginning to rise for the vast majority of workers.

Interest rates: ‘No immediate need for rise’, says Carney, as he seeks to reassure over cost of borrowing

Mark Carney sought to dampen expectations of an imminent interest rate rise on Thursday night, despite the unemployment rate falling to within a whisker of the level at which the Bank of England said it would consider raising the cost of borrowing.

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Paul Fisher warns Bank of England must avoid 'pouring oil on fire' over house prices

The Bank of England must avoid "pouring oil on the fire" of rising house prices, rate-setter Paul Fisher has warned.

SSE set for huge profit jump after hiking energy bills

Big Six energy supplier SSE has admitted that its customers have been leaving in droves after the hike in household price last year.

Iain Duncan Smith opposes plans for £12bn of further cuts from next year

IDS: 'Conservatives are winning the argument on welfare'

The Conservatives are winning the argument against Labour on welfare because the debate is no longer about how much money is spent, Iain Duncan Smith will claim today.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney may decide to increase interest rates if unemployment continues to drop

Bank of England seeks to ease rate hike fears as the pound soars

City traders sent the pound soaring following a shock fall in unemployment and the first explicit signal from the Bank of England on how it would handle a hike in interest rates.

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Is Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata right for Manchester United? The case for and against a £40m move

Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has said Mata does not fit into United's 'philosophy', however The Independent's Kevin Garside says the Spaniard is a good fit for David Moyes' side

Comment: Osborne glee- but questions remain

The IMF's upgrade for the UK economy will be greeted with glee in 11 Downing Street.

IMF raises UK growth forecast to 2.4%

Mark Carney free to keep rates low as IMF warns against withdrawing stimulus too soon

Andy McSmith's Diary: The think-tank accused of a unique disappearing act strikes again

Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

Vince Cable faces political battering as Royal Mail mulls Moya Greene pay rise

Vince Cable was potentially heading towards another political battering over the flotation of Royal Mail today as the chairman said it should give its chief executive a pay rise beyond her present £1.25 million package.

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Simon Calder: Pack extra pounds if you're off to the sun

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