Trading Standards officers in Essex have issued a list of top tips to ensure that you are getting a real bargain in the New Year sales.
House prices in the East of England rose faster than elsewhere in England during October according to the biggest survey in the UK.
There are warnings today about a new type of telephone scam which is here in the East.
East Anglia and the East Midlands have seen house prices rise month-on-month by 0.2%. Across the country house prices have risen at their fastest rate in more than six years.
Prices recorded a 0.5% month-on-month increase in September, marking the highest monthly increase seen since May 2007, property analysts Hometrack said.
The report follows similar findings from Nationwide building society last week, which reported evidence that the market pick-up "is becoming increasingly broad-based".
Labour were wiped out at the last election in this region, with no MPs at all in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
As party members meet at its annual conference, they know they have an uphill task with less than two years to the next polling day.
Watch the latest in our series with the former actor from The Bill, Graham Cole, as he meets people from the region who have had a change in career later in life.
This time Graham's in north Norfolk, meeting a man who used to be responsible for thousands of airport passengers, but swapped it for a more peaceful, and picturesque, form of transport.
House prices are continuing to rise in East Anglia with the country enjoying the best market conditions for six years, according to a new report.
Property analyst Hometrack said the prices in the region had increased by 0.2% between July and August.
Nationally, there's been a hike of 0.4pc as the market defies the traditional summer slump.
Hometrack said the sector was now in its best shape since before the financial crisis.
Changing jobs, professions and careers can be a tough transition to make especially if it is a shift that forced by redundancy in later life.
The actor Graham Cole, who played PC Tony Stamp from ITV's The Bill, has been to a training centre in Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire, to see how some are making that leap, to change their life.
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There was a time in Britain that when you began a job at the start your working life it could be a career that took you to all the way to retirement.
These days, in hard and uncertain economic times, people are more likely to change careers.
Sometimes it's a planned shift of occupation but often it can before forced by redundancy.
Actor Graham Cole played PC Tony Stamp in the ITV drama _The Bill _for 25 years and is now presenting a series of reports for ITV News Anglia.
In his first film Graham meets Malcolm Fisher who lost his job in a bank and now works as a warden in Sheringham Park in Norfolk.
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A new report has said coastal councils in this region, could be put under financial pressure by the Government's welfare reforms.
Towns such as Great Yarmouth and Clacton on Sea, with high numbers of people living on benefits, will be hit hardest.
The Local Government Association said councils may have to cut spending in other areas, in order to support tenants suffering as a result of housing benefit changes.
Cycle routes in Cambridge and Norwich are to get millions of pounds worth of improvements.
The Government will help fund projects in 8 UK cities. Among the plans for Cambridge are Dutch-style segregated bike lanes. In Norwich work will focus on the eight-mile 'pink pedal-way', which runs through the city centre.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has projected that the number of families in fuel poverty will "increase marginally" over the course of this year.
Figures for previous years have been recalculated using the government's new definition of fuel poverty.
DECC notes that the figures could differ from the above projection, which assumes that the average price for gas an electricity will rise by seven percent in the Autumn.
The government changed the way it defines fuel poverty in July 2013 following a consultation that found that many rich households are technically fuel poor.
- Until July 2013, any household that spends more than 10 percent of income on gas and electricity was defined as being fuel poor.
- The new definition includes only households where total income is "below the poverty line" and where "energy costs are higher than typical".
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said that the old definition meant that even the Queen could be considered to be fuel poor because of the high cost of heating her estates.
But energy campaigners have accused the government of trying to mask the problem of rising fuel poverty.