Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

New housing developments, such as the one at East Village near the former Olympic Stadium in east London, which will provide 2,818 apartments, are too few and far between, warn analysts

Housing double whammy: A whole generation ‘won’t be able to buy or rent a home’

Unless we build affordable housing, more and more people will be priced out, say experts

Bar staff, retail workers and waiters are amongst those who've been affected the most

The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era

The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes

Anthony Hilton: Don’t railroad the ‘nimbies’ – reward them properly for their sacrifice

You might have seen Richard Threlfall on television the other day when he was testifying before a Commons Select Committee on HS2, the proposed fast rail link from London to the North.

On climate, we need a global carbon market with its own ‘federal reserve’

Immediate action is more than ever dependent on channeling the private sector

Controversial plans to create UK's first toll road for a decade 'to be dropped'

Improvements to the A14 will instead be paid for by the Government

The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service

End of the Rail Europe brand before Christmas condemned as ‘absolutely daft’

The strongest brand in European train travel has reached the end of the line. The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service.

Sussex University promises legal action as students reoccupy campus buildings

Occupiers are protesting the "monetisation of higher education"

Job security a big worry for public sector staff

Job insecurity in the UK’s public sector has soared as hundreds of thousands of jobs fall prey to austerity, a leading think-tank revealed today.

The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, centre, will promise to underwrite the building of several new towns

Labour pledges billions to build 200,000 new homes per year if it wins next election

The  programme would also provide a stimulus for the economy and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry

Sales of Bobby bears, mugs and notebooks to provide alternative source of income for the Met

Met plans to use profits from online cuddly toy shop to fund police work

Sales of Bobby bears, mugs and notebooks to provide alternative source of income

Troll dolls

Let me introduce you to my trolls

It’s flattering to think they regard the right to follow me on Twitter as a basic civil right

Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life?

Free market capitalism is a con. The state is the backbone of modern British capitalism

Do students care about who runs their country?

Are students as apathetic as the stereotype runs? Jamie Crow finds out how engaged they are

The failure of the Co-operative Bank was one of over-ambition

Our mutual friends have lost the plot ... let's find out why

We need a full inquiry into the goings-on at the Co-op Bank

Pensions could scrap widows' rights and index-links

New Government proposals that aim to boost final-salary schemes could hit their benefits, reports Simon Read

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