Life and Style

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.

What The Sunday Papers Said

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.

Sport
Thiago Silva pulls Arjen Robben back to concede a penalty
world cup 2014Brazil 0 Netherlands 3: More misery for hosts as Dutch take third place
Sport
Robin van Persie hands his third-place medal to a supporter
Van Persie gives bronze medal to eccentric fan moments after being handed it by Blatter
News
Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights
people
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
scienceScientists have developed a material so dark you can't see it...
News
Monkey business: Serkis is the king of the non-human character performance
peopleFirst Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Arts and Entertainment
Blackman: Landscape of children’s literature does not reflect the cultural diversity of young people
booksMalorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Voices
Mrs Brown's Boy: D'Movie has been a huge commercial success
voicesWhen it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel Shop See all offers »
India and Nepal
14 nights from £2,159pp Find out more
Dutch Masters
five nights from £679pp Find out more
La Robla and Rioja
nine nights from £1599pp Find out more
Classical Spain
six nights from £539pp Find out more
California and the Golden West
14 nights from £1,599pp Find out more
Bruges
three nights from £259pp Find out more
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?