A Labour government will give councils new powers to stop pay day lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband pledged.
Businesses that do well out of hard times are springing up in place of shops, restaurants and banks but town halls are almost powerless to act, the party leader warned.
He set out Labour proposals to change planning laws so councils could refuse permission for certain businesses, including payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt.
More top news
A company in the US says it has developed a hoverboard that you can ride while floating an inch above the ground.
The term 'photobomb' has been named the Word of the Year 2014 by lexicographers at Collins English Dictionary.
A Swiss supermarket has apologised for its "unforgivable blunder" after selling coffee cream with pictures of Hitler and Mussolini on.