From April 1 2012 major changes will be made to the benefits system. And 2 million people will face a 25% cut in housing support.
The new 'bedroom tax' comes into force in April 2013. Here we explain how it will work and who will be affected.
Pub owners and drivers will benefit from duty cuts and freezes, but not everyone will like the support for fracking and nuclear energy.
The board of Equality South West has announced that the company will cease trading as at 31 October 2013.
A statement on the company's website read:
The Board of Equality South West is announcing with great regret that Equality South West will cease trading as at 31 October 2013. Despite every effort on the part of our trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters, we have been unable to secure resources sufficient to allow Equality South West to continue.
The Board has noted with sadness that in the current economic and political climate, grant funding and contractual work are very difficult to obtain either for the promotion of equality and diversity or for challenging discrimination. In these circumstances the Board has decided that it has no option but to close Equality South West.
We are determined to celebrate everything we have achieved and to leave a lasting legacy to enable individuals, organisations and communities in the South West to continue championing equality and working towards a fairer and more inclusive society for everyone.
Regulated rail fares in England are set to rise by an average 4.1% from January after the headline rate of retail price index inflation fell to 3.1% in July from 3.3% in June.
The Government has defended its track record on rail fares and promised to announce further measures to ensure "greater fairness" for travellers.
A Department for Transport spokesman said the Coalition were investing "record amounts" in the railways and recognised current prices were "tough".
– Department of Transport spokesman
The Government is investing record amounts into our railways, which will help deliver economic growth, improve performance and significantly boost passenger capacity.
However, we also recognise it is tough for passengers. That is why we are already limiting these rises by capping the average regulated fares increase at 1% in real terms and will be announcing further measures to ensure greater fairness on fares for passengers later this year.
Train fares are set to rise yet again on the back of the release of July's inflation figures, forcing rail passengers to fork out more for travel in 2014.
Inflation as measured by the retail prices index (RPI) is expected to remain at 3.3 percent for July, giving train companies the opportunity to push through a price rise of 4.3 percent at the beginning of next year.
The Government determines rail price rises by allowing fares to rise one percentage point above July's RPI measure.
Rail passengers were already dealt a blow with 2013 prices. This year the cost of a season ticket rose by 4.2 percent and overall train fares increased by around 3.9 percent.
Rail passengers are not getting value for money despite numerous hikes in ticket prices, the TUC has said.
Kevin Rowan, head of public services, told Daybreak rises are unjustified when taxpayers were not "seeing the kind of investment we want in the rail industry".
Bristol has been named one of the 10 cheapest cities in the UK for a city break, according to new research.
The study looked at August 2013 average prices for an overnight break including a hotel stay, pre-dinner Martinis, an evening meal out and taxi rides. In Bristol this costs £180.32 per person.
In contrast, Bath was found to be one of the 10 most expensive cities, with an average cost of £251.28 per person.
Author Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England said today.
Campaigners trying to re-open the country's oldest outdoor swimming pool have today started an appeal for £3million.
They're hoping to bring the Cleveland Lido in Bath back into use for its 200th anniversary.
Bob Constantine reports.
Petrol pump prices could soar by 5p a litre, burning a hole in the pockets of holiday motorists, the AA has warned.
A surge in the wholesale cost of petrol across Europe has already led to a rise in UK petrol and diesel prices, with more misery possibly to come, the AA said.
On average, UK petrol prices have risen from 134.61p a litre in mid-June to 135.78p now, while diesel has gone up from 139.16p a month ago to 140.24p now.
The AA said: "A $100-a-tonne increase in the cost of petrol across north west Europe, combined with a weaker pound, heralds a potential 5p increase in pump petrol costs."
It added that should petrol go up 5p a litre then a family from Hounslow in west London, for example, heading off on holiday in a typical family car to Cornwall will pay £2.90 more for the return trip than it would have done in June.
A bid for £40 million of government cash to build a new concert arena in Bristol has been rejected by the Regional Growth Fund.
The venue on land at Temple Meads is a key promise of city mayor George Ferguson. The project has already secured £11 million for roads and other infrastructure. A further bid for £35 million to refurbish the Colston Hall was also turned down.