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The Royal Mail to trial new hours

Postman on rounds
The Royal Mail to trial Sunday opening hours Credit: PA Images

The Royal Mail is set to trial new Sunday opening hours starting this weekend.

Around 100 delivery offices across the UK will be open this Sunday and parcel deliveries will be made within the M25 area.

The move comes as the Royal Mail is experiencing higher than ever parcel volumes attributed to the rise in online shopping across the country.

The company says extended trading hours mean many of those who aren't able to collect their parcels during the week will now have the flexibility to claim their goods.

The trial will begin with opening hours between 12pm and 4pm.

Housing market in London shows signs of cooling

Houses for sale in London
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The housing market in London is showing signs of cooling as the gap widens between asking prices and the amount buyers are prepared to pay. Figures from property analysts show just 11% of London postcodes recorded increases in values in August, compared with 19% of areas outside the capital. The typical time it takes to sell a London property has almost doubled since February, from just over two and-a-half weeks to nearly five weeks. However, this is still around a week less than the average across England and Wales, where the time it takes to sell a home has edged up to just over six weeks.


High streets in London could be boosted by £23 billion 'purple pound' by attracting disabled people and their families

High streets in London could be missing out on £23 billion worth of so-called 'purple pound' business because they are not accessible enough to disabled people. Government research revealed shopping is the most difficult experience for accessibility, followed by going to the cinema and theatre. The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, wants businesses to think more about how they can make their services more inviting for disabled people.

London's £14.8bn Crossrail scheme could be extended

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

The government is considering a major extension to Crossrail to cut journey times for commuters from Hertfordshire.

Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel
Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel Credit: PA

Trains from Tring, Hemel Hempstead and Watford would be diverted on to the new £15bn high speed commuter line due to open in 2019.


Decision to close HSBC account 'not taken lightly'

We do not discuss relationships we may or may not have with a customer, nor confirm whether an individual or business is, or has been a customer.

In general terms, decisions to end a customer relationship are not taken lightly, but are absolutely not based on the race or religion of a customer.

Discrimination against customers on grounds of race or religion is immoral, unacceptable and illegal, and HSBC has comprehensive rules and policies in place to ensure race or religion are never factors in the decisions we make.

– HSBC statement

Finsbury Park mosque condemns 'disgraceful' actions of HSBC

It is shocking, unbelievable. To send us a letter without any notice. We don't understand why they have taken this action and we are not going to be quiet. It is disgraceful. As a community organisation we are doing a good job between the communities. We have worked hard since we took over from Abu Hamza. We have changed the mosque from an atmosphere of hostility to a cohesive atmosphere. The most is open to everybody. We don't receive money from abroad, we don't send any money abroad. Our reputation and credibility is on the line now.

– Mohammed Kozbar, Mosque chairman
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