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Mandelson backs 'people's bank' plans



Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is backing plans to create a "people's bank" using the 12,000-strong post office network, it was revealed today.

Chain apologies for double-charging error

Retail giant H&M apologised today after thousands of shoppers were overcharged following a computer error.

Land of Leather is latest victim of credit crisis

Land of Leather, the 109-store furniture specialist, yesterday became the latest retailer to fall victim to the retail crisis after a dire start to the new year sales, as data revealed that the industry endured its worst December since the early 1990s.

Beginner's guide to: Cedit/debit card fraud

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NHS staff regularly breach security rules, says survey

NHS staff are regularly breaching security rules by sharing "smartcards" to access patient records, according to a poll out today.

Questions of Cash: 'I had to pay delivery costs for a sofa I don't want'

Q. I ordered a leather sofa from English Sofas, which was ripped during delivery. This was spotted by the delivery workers, who took the goods directly back to the suppliers. I cancelled the order because if the sofa is so easily ripped in transit, it will not cope with my grandchildren playing on it. I paid in advance by credit card and the cost of the sofa was credited to my account. But English Sofas refuses to refund the £85 delivery charge. SM, Gwynedd.

Four firms shortlisted for South Central train franchise

Four travel companies are in the running to operate the new South Central railway franchise, with the successful bidder to be named next summer.

Online contraceptive pill service launched

Women will be able to get the Pill online without having to visit their doctor under a new service being launched today.

Going on holiday? Don't let your cash get blown away

Currency exchange, debit and credit cards, traveller's cheques ... Esther Shaw sees how to curb fees and ensure your foreign funds go the distance

Food stamps are a continuing reminder of widespread poverty

In one form or another, food stamps have been around in the US since 1939, before taking their current form in the 1964 Food Stamp Act, one of the earliest pieces of major legislation in the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty".

USA 2008: The Great Depression

Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive – a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis

Planning a trip? Then plan your money first

If you're buying foreign currency, be wary; charges can add a lot to the cost of a holiday.

Spending abroad: Tourists warned against foreign exchange fees

Bad decisions on overseas spending could leave up to four million Britons £180m out of pocket this Easter, according to price-comparison site Moneysupermarket.

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James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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How to dress with authority

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

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