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Wages have been falling since 2010 says a new report

Poorest areas 'face 10x more cuts', including Hackney and Newham

The most deprived areas in England are facing spending cuts 10 times greater than the least hard hit, it is claimed.

New figures show UK students are lagging behind the rest of the world in core subjects

Nine hour school days and holidays cut under new plans being considered by Downing Street

School days could be extended to nine hours and holidays cut drastically under new measures reportedly under consideration in Downing Street.

Latest royal news

Royal household finances criticised

The Queen's royal household could be doing more to reduce its costs and increase income, and needs to get a firmer grip on a backlog of property repairs, a Commons committee has said.

Buckingham Palace must get a grip on Royal household spending, says Commons committee

Buckingham Palace is being told to get a grip on spending and increase its income by a Commons committee as it seeks to cut costs.

Citizens Advice is launching the Big Energy Saving Week to help consumers take practical steps to make cuts to their bills

Most plan to cut spending in 2014

More than half of UK adults say they will have to cut their spending to cope with rising household bills over the next year, Citizens Advice has warned.

Buckingham Palace hiring housekeeper to run Royal baths

Buckingham Palace is hiring a housekeeping assistant - to run baths for guests of the Royal Family.

Evening Standard Comment

Evening Standard comment: The debate now is whether we feel good

Of course we cheer up if we know that unemployment is falling and wages are rising, but official figures count for less than our subjective sense of wellbeing

George Osborne defends Mark Carney on forward guidance policy

George Osborne today vigorously defended the Bank of England’s much criticised forward guidance policy, insisting that the prospect of an earlier-than-expected interest rate hike was a “mark of success” for the UK’s economic policy.

Mayor’s father on collision course with son as he demands: Axe HS2

Boris Johnson’s father was today on a collision course with his son after vowing to derail the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail link.

Mortgage loans surge to £100bn in 2013

The UK’s big banks handed out over £100 billion in mortgage loans during 2013 — the highest amount for five years, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said today.

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