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Inflation across the single currency bloc fell to 0.7% in January moving closer to deflationary territory

Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne forces Labour into a fiscal straitjacket

George Osborne has set a political trap for Labour by challenging the party to sign up to tough fiscal rules that would mean billions of pounds of new spending cuts after the 2015 general election.

What have we learned from the Autumn Statement?

The plan is working, the Chancellor said with a smile

Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

The main points of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement:

Boost for Londoners hit by cost-of-living crisis as 'real-terms Tube and bus fares freeze' in January announced

But unions denounce news as 'politicised stunt' in wake of scandal over Boris Johnson's comments about people with low IQs

Thames Water calls for 11% price hike to pay for "super sewer"

Half-year pre-tax profits were up by nearly a fifth to £134.2 million

Fifth of spending online as the net really starts to click with customers

Nearly one in every five pounds spent on shopping in the UK is done online – the highest level recorded, according to the British Retail Consortium.

David Cameron has resisted pressure to review winter fuel allowances, free bus passes and TV licences as he promised to keep them during the 2010 election campaign

The real cost of the economic downturn to Britain's 'squeezed middle' revealed

The average income of a household has fallen from £37,900 to £32,600 ONS figures show

Nick Clegg has challenged the big energy companies to 'come clean'

Government in £300m energy bill rebate

The Government is reportedly planning a £300m rebate to help with the rising cost of energy bills.

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.

Michael Gove's A-level reforms are in danger of wrecking government plans to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university

A-level reforms threaten moves to persuade more disadvantaged students to go to university, says Ucas chief

Mary Curnock Cook cited evidence that more students in state schools were already leaning towards vocational qualifications

South West Water to freeze bills until 2015

South West Water has vowed to freeze prices for the next to two years.

United Utilities refrains from price hike as profits jump

Water supplier United Utilities has vowed to keep bills low as it scaled back plans to hike prices in a bid to save customers money.

Consumer splurge in third quarter fuels fears for "unsustainable" recovery

The Office for National Statistics maintained growth figures unchanged at 0.8% for the third quarter

Severn Trent hikes dividend despite profit drop as the company vows to keep water bills down

Severn Trent saw underlying pre-tax profits drop 5.8 per cent to £141.3 million for the six months to October

The average profit made by the companies per household has more than tripled in three years

Energy firms: Big Six profits rise from £30 to £105 per UK household - more than threefold in three years

New data demolishes companies' claims that price hikes are beyond their control

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links