The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.
With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...
A major competition inquiry into the 'Big Six' energy firms will be "bad for jobs in the UK, bad for investment and it will do nothing for consumers apart from maybe delay the relentless rise in energy bills until after an election", a union has warned.
The warning from GMB comes after SSE announced yesterday it will cut 500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme.
This is designed to kick the issue down the road until after the next election.
The country is in the midst of an energy crisis. Energy bills are going to keep going up. Households will struggle to pay their bills and British industry is losing competitiveness.
The market is being propped up by huge subsidies. Electricity wholesale prices across Europe are dropping. Desperately needed investment has been slashed.
Thousands of schools across England and Wales forced to close as teachers strike and threaten further action.Read the full story ›
After thousands of teachers walked out on strike today - over pay, pensions and conditions - the schools minister David Laws says he is "disappointed" the action was taken.
Mr Laws described the strikes as "unreasonable" as "constructive" talks are continuing between Department for Education and unions.
A schoolchild has told ITV News the teachers' strike has affected her because she is "not getting enough education" ahead of her SATs exams.
Lauren Scobie said the walkout was both "good and bad" because teachers were "getting the attention" of Education Secretary Michael Gove but they were also adversely affecting her education.
Teachers and campaigners taking part in the national strike have been rallying outside Brighthelm Centre in Brighton & Hove. Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw sent these pictures from the demonstration.
Teachers have been holding a number of rallies across the North West as part of their industrial action, forcing the closure of many schools.
The NUT are boycotting classes as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pension cuts and working conditions.
Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.
The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).
Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.
There are "no winners" in the teachers' strike with schools running as if it was "a snow day", head teacher Vic Goddard told Daybreak.
Mr Goddard, the principal on Channel 4's hit documentary series "Educating Essex" described his love for teaching but admitted there was no pleasing everyone with today's strike.
"I am sure I haven't pleased the union today by not having a partial closure. Heads have to make that decision - can I keep all children safe in my school?"
A teacher striking over pay, pensions and conditions told Daybreak she was walking out "to stand up to the erosion of standards and conditions".
Speaking from a school in East Yorkshire, teacher Lynne said it was "incredibly frustrating" teachers were forced to go on strike to be heard.