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Housing associations put forward their own voluntary proposals to David Cameron's flagship policy that would see no need for legislation.Read the full story ›
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Over 9,000 staff at supermarket chain Lidl are being given a pay rise worth £1,200 a year.Read the full story ›
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Labour's new shadow chancellor John McDonnell has promised the party will vote against George Osborne's "disgraceful" cuts to tax credits in a House of Commons vote later today.
The plans announced in the Budget - which include a cap on child tax credit to a maximum of two children per family - are projected to save £4.4 billion in 2016-17.
Also included are proposals to cut from £6,420 to £3,850 the earnings level above which tax credits are withdrawn.
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that the plans will "impact over three million families across Britain facing an average loss of over £1,000" per year.
And today McDonnell - a left-wing MP whose appointment has been controversial among some in the Labour ranks - said his party would "bring down the welfare bill".
He also claimed it was an "outrage" that the tax credit cuts wee being introduced "without an impact assessment", claiming that he Social Security Advisory Committee had been denied the evidence it needs "in order to properly scrutinise the changes".
The rate of Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation returned to 0% in August, official figures showed today.
The rate - which calculates the changing cost of a basket of goods - decreased from 0.1% in July, and meant prices were the same as the equivalent month.
It was last at 0% in June, with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) mainly attributing the dip to falls in the cost of clothing and motor fuel.
Inflation has been close to zero for several months amid a supermarket price war and the falling cost of oil, meaning the Bank of England has faced less pressure to raise interest rates.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure - which includes housing costs - rose to 1.1% from 1% the previous month, the ONS said.
Nearly one million people could have their homes repossessed because they do not have a plan to pay off their interest-only mortgages.Read the full story ›