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%

Youth unemployment figures 'shame the government'

More than 1m young people are still out of work, education and training - and numbers are barely dropping

There's a reason women get smaller bonuses - and the same goes for men who raise children

By taking time away from work and working reduced hours, you are likely to return to less remunerative roles. This is an observation, not a judgement.

'Abandoned to poverty': Skegness named most deprived seaside town

The birthplace of Butlins, which once attracted Britons from around the country to enjoy its “bracing” weather, is now the most deprived seaside resort in the country. Skegness has topped a list of the nation’s most impoverished coastal towns, in a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Rare July deficit raises doubts about the Coalition's progress in tackling the black hole in Britain's finances

Bad news for George Osborne: Surprise as deficit rises despite UK's growth momentum

Rare July deficit raises doubts about the Coalition's progress in tackling the black hole in Britain's finances

Bonuses jumped by £700m in the City of London in April

City bonuses soar as bankers profit from 45p tax

Bonuses jumped by £700m in the City of London in April, as bankers deferred taking them to avoid the 50p top rate of tax, official figures have revealed.

Sky-high energy bills see Britons switch off

Homeowners choose to cut consumption as cost of heating and lighting soars

Retail boosts confidence: Strong July for shoppers casts doubt on Bank of England strategy

A surge in retail sales in July has bolstered the City's confidence in the British recovery and cast more doubt over the credibility of the Bank of England's pledge to keep interest rates down for three years.

Temperatures in the south of England rose to over 33C as the heatwave briefly returned to the UK, yesterday. Pictured, people relax in on the beach in Hove, on the south coast during hot weather on 1 August 2013 (AFP)

Heatwave boosts high street sales

Soaring temperatures boosted sales of food, alcohol and clothing in July to fuel hopes over the recovery in consumer spending.

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by more than a quarter

Number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK jumps by over 25% in three months

New figures show a sharp increase in migrants from both countries working in the UK

Graduates miss out on employment ‘because they are job snobs’

Too many unemployed graduates are guilty of “job snobbery” by turning down work they consider menial, according to a recruitment expert.

The number of people in work increased by 69,000 in the quarter to June to 29.78 million

Unemployment rate holds steady as claimants total drops

Number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work increased by 15,000 to reach 973,000

Nick Goodway: House prices are primed to go through the roof

Outlook When is a housing bubble not a housing bubble? When both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England tell you it isn't, of course.

Falling cost of clothing and footwear helped reduce inflation

Inflation down in July: Relief for Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Easing of pressure from cost of living offers some relief for stretched household budgets

A gay former soldier has claimed that Prince Harry saved his from a homophobic attack from members of a rival regiment

Harry and Amelia top most popular baby names list for 2012

Data released by the Office for National Statistics reveal the big movers and shakers in the world of infant monikers

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