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More than three million low-income families risk missing out on the economic recovery even if wages start to keep pace with inflation, according to an analysis for The Independent.

'Green' plastics may be worse for environment

A type of degradable plastic bag that was supposed to be better for the environment may not be completely biodegradable, a Government-commissioned study has found. The bag is made with metal salts that are supposed to accelerate degradation, but scientists found the material was not fully biodegradable and might contaminate the way plastics are recycled.

Jobs lost as drugs giant axes research centre

Drug giant AstraZeneca is to close a research centre in the UK with the loss of up to 1,200 jobs, workers were told today.

Swimming: Carlin impresses by shading Olympians over 200m and 400m

Jaz Carlin toppled Olympic and world medallist Jo Jackson for the second consecutive race when she won the 200 metres freestyle at the British Gas Great Britain v Germany meet in Swansea yesterday, which ended with a 207-109 victory for the hosts.

Undergraduates looking for work experience can find good internships on the web

Students hunting for internships face two big questions. One: how do I navigate the endless sea of Google results? And two: how do I know if the placements advertised are any good?

Ennis makes sparkling start to indoor season

Far from the madding crowd at a frozen Holyrood Park on Saturday, and the anguish of Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele, some joy for the golden girl of British athletics in the warmth of the Seb Coe Building at the UK Athletics National Performance Centre in Loughborough. While Farah was fading from first to third in the 4.2 kilometres short race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country meeting, leaving the course seeking medical tests, and the great Bekele was suffering a rare defeat, finishing fourth in the 9km main race at Holyrood, Jessica Ennis was opening her indoor season in sparkling form in the low-key Loughborough University Open meeting.

£70m funding boost for manufacturing research

The Government announced a £70m funding boost for manufacturing research today as part of plans for economic growth.

Money Insider: Regulator pushes affordability tests for loans

The Financial Services Authority this week unveiled a raft of new proposals as part of its much-anticipated Mortgage Market Review. The additional burden of red tape from the regulator has been criticised by some as too little too late; however there are elements within the 118-page review that look positive.

Spotlight: Woolwich 80% two-year mortgage

There's been more activity in the mortgage market. Woolwich, Barclays' lending arm, has cut its fixed rates by up to 0.6 percentage points.

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The minimum wage?

*David Wilshire, the latest MP devoured by the expenses scandal, was visited by journalism students just before his downfall. Echoing his fellow Tory, Alan Duncan, who spoke of MPs living on "rations", he is said to have told them: "I work 60-70 hours a week some weeks. When you look at what I earn over the year, it comes dangerously close to working out as the minimum wage."

Mary Dejevsky: Do we really need to remind the police what crime is?

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Johnson attacks police over suicide mother

As the inquest closes into the death of two women bullied by gangs, the Home Secretary says officials failed them

Gang that made mother kill 'still at large'

Inquest told how family was driven to despair by youths on their estate

Police thought suicide mother 'over-reacted' to gang attacks

"Common sense" should have led police officers to help a woman who killed herself and daughter in despair after enduring years of attacks on her family by a gang of youths, an inquest heard yesterday.

Mother killed herself and daughter in car fire

Years of abuse from gang led to death of single parent and her disabled daughter

Blaze mother killed herself after gang threats

A mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter in a blazing car had faced constant abuse and threats from a gang of youths, an inquest heard today.

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