The AA has said that motorists are still getting a poor deal at petrol pumps despite a big dip in the price of fuel in the last month.
Forecourts have taken the blame for being slow to pass big falls in world oil prices on to motorists.
But the AA said that higher VAT, fluctuating exchange rates and increased margins over the last four years for retailers and suppliers and for refiners and market traders have all combined to keep pump prices comparatively high.
The cost of a home in the south east of the UK or "commuter belt" could soon rise higher than the price of a home in London, a property expert has warned.
Hometrack's research director Richard Donnell said the price of a home in counties like East Sussex and Kent could rise beyond the London market, after the property analysts found the cost of a home had risen by at least 5% across 20 UK cities.
The National Audit Office examined 10 tax breaks in detail to see whether the government was monitoring them properly.
It found data was not always held on the cost of reliefs to the public purse, even when it was thought to be in the order of hundreds of millions of pounds.
HMRC rarely assessed if tax breaks were having the desired effects on behaviour, or whether they were being widely abused.
Of 46 high-value reliefs with economic or social objectives, 11 had increased by at least a quarter in real terms since 2007.
Although the department had theories as to why the costs may have shifted, "it tended to seek the most obvious explanation and did not try to definitively rule out abuse", the report said.
Here are average house prices in the UK's 20 major cities in October and the year-on-year percentage growth:
- London, £402,800, 17.3%
- Bristol, £217,300, 13.2%
- Cambridge, £331,000, 12.2%
- Portsmouth, £194,700, 9.4%
- Southampton, £189,500, 9.0%
- Oxford, £333,400, 8.9%
- Edinburgh, £194,400, 8.7%
- Belfast, £114,900, 8.3%
- Nottingham, £128,500, 8.1%
- Aberdeen, £190,000, 7.9%
- Cardiff, £176,400, 7.9%
- Bournemouth, £242,300, 7.6%
- Manchester, £137,000, 7.6%
- Leeds, £140,400, 7.3%
- Newcastle, £123,800, 6.9%
- Leicester, £143,100, 6.3%
- Birmingham, £133,700, 6.1%
- Sheffield, £125,700, 5.7%
- Liverpool, £109,700, 5.5%
- Glasgow, £110,100, 5.5%
Ukip's Mark Reckless has arrived at the Rochester and Strood by-election count.
The cost of a house has risen by at least 5% in 20 of Britain's major cities, with experts pointing to growth as a sign of the economic recovery finally trickling out of the London.
Property analyst Hometrack revealed there was still a wide discrepancy between the north and the south in terms of house prices, with the cost of a home in London rising by 17.3% or by 5.5% in Liverpool and Glasgow.
However, this was the first time in a decade that house prices have risen year-on-year by more than 5% in all 20 cities.
Bristol emerged as the second priciest place to buy a home in the UK, with the cost of a house rising by 13.2%.
Despite the dramatic growth, house price rises are starting to cool again, Hometrack found.
Growth had slowed in April after banks applied tough "stress tests" about the spending habits of those they lent to, and growth slowed sharply in cities like Oxford and Cambridge over the last few months.
A 50.67% voter turnout has been announced in the Rochester and Strood by-election, with 40,113 votes counted.
The Rochester and Strood by-election declaration is expected to come between 2-4am, according to ITV News producer Ellie Swinton.
A spending watchdog has said that billions of pounds in tax could have been dodged because the government is failing to track abuse of reliefs.
The National Audit Office (NAO) found HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had done little to investigate why Entrepreneurs' Relief introduced in 2008 was costing the public purse £2 billion a year more than expected.
Claims for share loss relief soared by more than 300% to £1.2 billion in 2006/07 after a number of aggressive avoidance schemes appeared - but the taxman did not identify the scale of the increase until 2013.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage is confident of delivering a second bloody nose to David Cameron and the Conservatives, after the polls closed in the Rochester and Strood by-election.
As tellers in Kent began the long process of counting votes, Mark Reckless appeared poised to join fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell in returning to the Commons under the Eurosceptic party's banner.