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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Cheshire East Council blocks payday loan websites from public computers

First English council to act against the lenders, following a similar move by councils in Dundee and Renfrewshire

Tough probe into payday loan firms

Commission to launch an investigation after companies fail the trading watchdog's tests
Sir Gerald Howarth has a consultancy role with payday lenders QuickQuid, which the OFT accused of 'widespread irresponsible lending'

Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth is consultant to payday lender QuickQuid

Former defence minister advising firm under fire for exorbitant interest rates

'Out of control' letting agent fees are forcing tenants to go without food, says Shelter

Housing charity discovers agencies were charging renters more than £350 on average to set up a tenancy, on top of deposits and up-front rent

Northampton, Northumbria and Swansea universities ban payday loan adverts

Three universities have banned adverts from high-cost payday lenders after fresh fears were raised that unscrupulous firms are targeting hard-up students.

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Independent on Sunday: The UK needs national talent bank

The Public Accounts Committee's chairman, Margaret Hodge, has accused the OFT of being 'ineffective and timid in the extreme'

MPs slam ‘timid’ OFT over 'predatory' payday loans companies

Regulatory body has not done enough to tackle ‘predatory’ companies, committee reports

James Moore: Regulators and politicians not ready to be courageous and set interest rate cap

Outlook There is a simple solution to the problem of payday lenders – one that has been highlighted again by Citizens Advice, whose admirable service is being swamped by the industry's victims: an interest rate cap, such as one that already exists in the Irish Republic.

Payday lenders are 'out of control'

Fresh evidence of "out of control" payday lenders failing to act responsibly and hounding people for money has emerged, according to a debt advice charity.

Ryanair's dream to be grounded: Watchdog poised to order Michael O'Leary to halve carrier's stake in Aer Lingus

Michael O'Leary, the outspoken Ryanair boss who has harboured dreams of owning Aer Lingus, will be told this week to sell around half of the budget airline's stake in Ireland's national flag carrier.

A bookmaker and a branch of The Money Shop almost cheek by jowl in a street in Newcastle

Payday loan victim set fire to himself over £1,600

A 36-year-old father set himself on fire last year after being hounded by payday lenders. An inquest heard this week how Antony Breeze died after telling passers-by who tried to help: "I've had enough."

Former bankrupt Kerry Katona in the original advert for Cash Lady

Kerry Katona back in new payday loan advert days after original was banned

Just days after an advert selling payday loans featuring reality television star Kerry Katona was branded “irresponsible” and banned, the former bankrupt is back on our screens in a new advert for the same company.

More than a quarter of kids have sneakily updated a parent’s Facebook status

In-app charges: Parents fork out estimated £30m after children use 'freemium' online games

Parents have been forced to stump up an extra £30 million after their kids have got hold of their smartphones and iPads.

Curb ads for payday loans, urges poverty minister

Britain's only poverty minister will today demand strong action to curb payday lenders who prey on vulnerable people.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee