News George Osborne during a visit to AW Hainsworth and Sons textile manufacturer in October.

Official figures show UK economy grew 0.7% in the fourth quarter bringing the annual growth rate to 1.9%

The number claiming jobseeker's allowance fell in August by 32,600 from July to 1.4 million

Jobseeker's allowance claimants drop as jobless rate falls to 7.7%

But unions not happy as yet more public sector jobs lost and more forced into part-time work

'I was right on austerity': George Osborne claims decisive victory for his economic policy

Chancellor tells Labour it has ‘lost the argument’ and predicts Britain is ‘turning a corner’

Overseas takeovers of UK firms jump to six-year high

Glencore's multi-billion-pound tie-up with Xstrata pushed foreign takeovers of UK businesses to a six-year high during the second quarter, it emerged yesterday.

The big question: How many of us will really miss the census?

The 2011 roll call of Great Britain cost £500m. Its supporters claim the information it gathered was invaluable and plans to abandon the process could cause untold damage

House prices are booming again but the bust that’s bound to follow will cost us dear

A rise in rates would inevitably cause an immediate and deep house price crash

A net flow of 176,000 migrants came to the UK in the year to December 2012

Increase in net UK migration causes headache for David Cameron and Theresa May

Increase in net flow recorded as 30,000 fewer migrants left Britain

Cautious welcome to decline in families without a wage earner

The Office for National Statistics warns drop has not occurred solely from people finding jobs

Group of new drugs, including mephedrone, GHB and BZP, were involved in 52 deaths

Fresh fears over ecstasy substitute PMA after rise in deaths

Significant increase in the number of deaths from 'legal highs'

Andy Burnham: The shadow health minister wants to ban zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts not only affecting low-paid workers, reveals report

Thousands of workers are on zero-hours contracts without realising it  because they are not familiar with the phrase – and they are not all at the low end of the salary scale – according to a new report.

Two out of five marriages end in divorce but filling in the paperwork wrong can prove very costly

You could find trouble in store later on if you end things cheaply with a DIY-divorce

It may seem enticing – and cost-effective – to avoid paying lawyers’ fees and do it yourself, but there are drawbacks

UK rallying faster than thought as exports leap boosts GDP

Hopes are boosted for rebalancing of economy towards trade and investment

Luskentyre beach, in the Outer Hebrides, is among the popular destinations

Population boom as thousands flock to Scottish islands

They’re some of the most remote parts of the British Isles, presenting challenges to simple everyday life posed by nowhere else in the UK – just as George Orwell learnt in Jura 60 years ago.

The sun rises over the City of London

Boost for George Osborne as economic growth upgrade points to recovery

...but at least there is some City news to brighten up your day

Margate is one of Britain’s most deprived seaside towns

Deprived seaside towns to get funding boost

Ailing seaside towns are to receive almost £30m to boost growth, the Treasury has announced today, following statistics showing they suffer from above-average levels of deprivation.

Official statistics to track controversial 'zero hours' employment contracts

The Office for National Statistics is to start asking employers how many people they employ on "zero-hours contracts" following criticism that it has failed to capture this new and controversial hiring trend.

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