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Report due out on Londoners' 'personal problem debt'

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Around half a million Londoners are in financial difficulty according to a London Assembly report out today.

It estimates the cost of London's problem debt could be as much as £1.4bn.

The report, 'Final Demand: Personal Problem Debt in London', also says that the kind of debt people are in has changed - from consumer credit card debt to debt related to everyday essentials, like utilities and Council Tax.

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London's tenants face average upfront fees of more than £2,500

When rent is added to fees, upfront costs may be close to £4,000 according to figures released today Credit: PA

Tenants in London face upfront fees averaging more than £2,500 - before they start paying rent.

The figures released by the Labour Party show that these upfront costs are the highest in London, compared to the rest of the UK.

The statistics also show that when rent is included, the average upfront cost to tenants increases to nearly £4,000.

Oblivious lottery winner should be £1.8 million richer

Someone, somewhere in London should be nearly £2 million richer. A winning lottery ticket is still unclaimed which could transform the fortunes of one player - but only if they claim the prize before the deadline.

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  • The ticket was bought on January 28 in the Barnet area
  • The winner matched five numbers 3, 4, 17, 24, 30, 34 & bonus of 36
  • The deadline to claim the life-changing prize is July 27

We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings this amazing prize could really make a difference to somebody's life.

We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery

Got the winning ticket? Call 0845 910 0000.

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Fire protest

Firefighters from across the country will descend on Westminster today to protest against what they say is a false guarantee given to MP's as part of a parliamentary debate into firefighter pensions. The protest coincides with 24 hours of strike action firefighters in England will be taking from 7am this morning. Contingency plans have been put in place to deal with emergencies.

Firefighters blame government for upcoming strike

The Government has been accused of refusing to negotiate with firefighters ahead of a fresh strike over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for 24 hours from 7am tomorrow, forcing brigades across the country to put contingency plans in place.

The union says improvements have been made in Wales, Scotland and Ireland but not England.

TUC urges government to do more to increase wages

The TUC are calling for the government to increase the minimum wage and do more to encourage businesses to pay their staff the living wage.

Geoff Tily, Senior Economist at the TUC said it was time for the government to take decisive action to help working families living in poverty due to low pay.

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