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IG group benefit from uncertainty

According to research the UK has spent almost £2bn in temporary housing for homeless families over the past four years

‘Travelodge families’: The new face of the housing crisis

Benefit changes, rising private rents, and depleted social housing all force councils to spend billions at Travelodge and Premier Inn in stop-gap measures to help evicted families

The mini bottles are too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Hotels call time on the minibar: they're too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Minibar, maxi-hassle: so goes the new mantra sweeping the global hotel industry, which is calling time on the small drinks with the big prices. Chains from Hilton to Starwood are removing minibars from rooms after deciding that keeping fridges stocked with drinks and snacks is more trouble than it's worth.

Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

Just call me Frank: Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

First he named himself Francis (of down-with-the-poor Assisi fame) offering an impression of humility only enhanced by his uncanny likeness to Jim Bowen.

Derek Pain: I'm ignoring sales worry at Whitbread

No Pain, No Gain
Wales's first 'five-star' hostel, the Plas Curig

Hostels: All mod cons… plus bespoke bunks

As a Welsh hostel is awarded five stars, Simon Calder reports on a reinvention

A python, a winning lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants have all been left in hotel rooms according to the Travelodge list

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants: just some of the bizarre items left in UK hotel rooms last year

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand, breast implants, a bucket of live crabs and a diamond-encrusted iPhone have topped a list of the most bizarre items people have left behind in hotel rooms.

A party on New Year's Eve? We'd all much rather be in bed by 10.38pm

Fireworks displays will entertain millions of people across the country tomorrow night but fewer than one in five Britons will take part in public New Year's Eve parties because they are exhausted and short of cash.

Travelodge to create 200 new jobs

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create almost 200 jobs before Christmas by opening nine new hotels.

A bedroom at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

Want to unwind at the 'best' hotel chain? Then leave the kids at home

Boasting Grade II-listed buildings, extensive grounds and themed activities, it appears to be a typical luxury hotel chain.

The Fashion Audit: Curiouser and curiouser, Get the look, Brolly good, Retro futures,

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

We love: Flying colours - From Hayworth to Fairclough the name Rita conjures up a lady of distinctive style. Acne's shearling flying jacket - updated in acid brights for the new season - certainly meets the criteria of the moniker. Acne, net-a-porter.com (pictured £1,400)

The Fashion Audit: Flying Colours, Get Knotted and Tees Are Green

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Travelodge avoids collapse with restructuring

Travelodge, the debt-laden budget hotel group, has staved off collapse with a radical financial restructuring that will see more than £700m of loans written off.

Travelodge agrees rescue package

One of Britain's biggest budget hotel operators is set to walk away from 49 of its hotels and write off £700 million of its debts under a controversial rescue deal.

Dubai to take a £400m hit over bailout of Travelodge

Dubai is bracing itself for a hefty £400m loss as Travelodge, the debt-laden hotel group it bought near the top of the market, finalises a bailout that would obliterate its investment in the company.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

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