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%
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 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.
The Royal Bank of Scotland was fined for "very serious" failings that left customers unable to access "basic banking services", said Tracey McDermott from the Financial Conduct Authority.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said the Royal Bank of Scotland's IT systems were "decades out of date" after the bank was fined £56 million for a computer failure that left customers unable to access their accounts.
This is another disastrous fine for RBS after a series of failures. RBS's priorities under Fred Goodwin meant that it neglected its IT systems, which in some cases are now decades out of date.
The new management is taking action by compensating people and investing in new IT which is right, but in many cases it's too little too late.
What matters now is that RBS can continue to overhaul its digital infrastructure to provide the modern services customers and businesses rightly expect.
A top European legal expert has recommended that the EU push ahead with plans to cap bankers’ bonuses, despite objections from Britain.
The European Union wants to limit a bonus to being no more than the banker’s annual pay in a bid to curb the excessive risk-taking in banking held responsible for the financial crisis.
Under the plans, bonuses could be extended to up to twice the banker’s salary with the express approval of shareholders.
The UK had argued that the law would impact on overall pay – but the advocate general for the European Court of Justice found the cap was valid, and would not restrict the total amount of pay.
A final decision is expected next year.
The Financial Conduct Authority said it fined the Royal Bank of Scotland for failing put in place resilient IT systems.
Tracey McDermott, director of enforcement and financial crime at the FCA, said:
Modern banking depends on effective, reliable and resilient IT systems. The banks' failures meant millions of customers were unable to carry out the banking transactions which keep businesses and people's everyday lives moving.
The problems arose due to failures at many levels within the RBS Group to identify and manage the risks which can flow from disruptive IT incidents and the result was that RBS customers were left exposed to these risks.
A computer systems failure at RBS, Natwest and Ulster Bank in 2012 affected 6.5 million customers - around 10 percent of the entire UK population.
10% of uk population was hit by the RBS/NatWest computer failure in 2012
The RBS group was today fined £56 million over the crash.
RBS chairman Philip Hampton has apologised to the bank's customers for the "unacceptable weakness" in its IT systems that left many unable to access their accounts.
Our IT failure in the summer of 2012 revealed unacceptable weaknesses in our systems and caused significant stress for many of our customers. I again want to apologise to all customers in the UK and Ireland that we let down.
I am confident that the progress we have made in increasing the resilience of our IT systems.