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  • Universal Credit system is 'bad value for money' and took too long to roll out, damning report finds

    June 15, 2018 11:24 AM 11

    The centrepiece of the sweeping Tory reforms to the benefit system is bad value for money and may never pay off for the taxpayer, the Whitehall spending watchdog said yesterday. The introduction of Universal Credit has taken years longer than it should have done, it may cost more than the old system of handouts it is replacing, and it has caused hardship

  • Half of councils now charge families for respite care with the average cost up to £740-a-week, figures show

    June 10, 2018 11:47 PM 12

    Many local authorities are charging family carers for respite breaks when they desperately need time off, figures have revealed. More than six million people in the UK care for relatives, and councils can fund cover for them if they are deemed eligible. But statistics obtained by Labour from 88 councils show that 52 now charge fees for respite care. Local

  • Revealed: The most viewed overseas homes for sale on Zoopla including a Majorcan villa once featured on hit TV show Love Island

    June 6, 2018 11:06 AM 18 1

    The most viewed homes for sale overseas have been revealed, with one location repeatedly featuring in the list compiled by property website Zoopla. Spain dominates the top 10 list of most viewed homes overseas for sale suggesting that buyers are keen on a home in the sun within easy reach of Britain. The list also includes properties in France, Italy

  • Samsung ordered to pay $539m for copying iPhone features

    May 25, 2018 5:03 AM 17

    Samsung believes it should only need to pay $28m for the parts it has used and not damages equivalent to iPhone profits. A jury, which deliberated for almost five days, backed Apple's claim that Samsung had copied some of its technology used to power the iPhone. It's the latest verdict in a legal battle that began in 2011. Initially, Apple was seeking

  • Can you guess the price of these two-bed flats? Take our quiz to see how many you get right from ten apartments costing between £26,000 and £3.25m

    May 15, 2018 11:43 AM 14 1

    Choosing a two-bedroom flat is often a compromise made by buyers who cannot afford to stretch to a house. But some two-bed apartments in the most sought-after locations can have values that fall firmly into the money-no-object camp - and far exceed the average house price. The latest figures by Halifax found that the average value of a home in Britain

  • Almost one million Scottish Power customers to see bills rise

    April 20, 2018 9:37 AM 18

    The Glasgow-based company said it would contact customers and help them to switch to lower tariffs. The Glasgow-based company becomes the third of the 'big six' energy providers to hike prices this month. It blamed the increase on rising wholesale energy costs, delivering greener electricity and upgrading meters. About 960,000 homes, one-third of the customers

  • Final sum for Brexit divorce bill 'shrouded in uncertainty'

    April 19, 2018 7:28 PM 18

    The Government has put forward £35-£39bn as the likely sum, but a watchdog says it is based on "assumptions about future events". The Government has put forward £35-£39bn as the likely sum, an estimate the National Audit Office (NAO) has described as "reasonable". But the financial watchdog has warned "relatively small changes to some assumptions about

  • Revealed: The average compensation paid out by the Property Ombudsman (and why it might make you think twice about making a claim)

    April 19, 2018 11:35 AM 16

    It acts on behalf of consumers and can win back money they've lost during a dispute with their estate agent. But the Property Ombudsman's average compensation may not be as much as aggrieved homeowners had been holding out for. Head of the Property Ombudsman Katrine Sporle says: 'A serious case would be £1,000 compensation but it could go higher than that. In addition

  • Why Blue Flag beaches can be an added bonus when it comes to choosing your holiday home

    April 14, 2018 11:08 AM 15

    When David Taylor and his wife Maureen bought a home at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset two years ago, they had no idea they would be buying another just a year later. The couple, both aged 66, visit most weekends, making the one and-a-half-hour drive from their home in Wiltshire. ‘It’s close enough for day trips and weekends with the family,’ says Mr Taylor

  • Klepierre walks away from bid for Hammerson

    April 13, 2018 7:17 AM 13

    The French firm had been pursuing Britain's shopping centre giant Hammerson, which owns Birmingham's Bullring, among others. Klepierre said in March that it had made a takeover approach to Hammerson, valuing it at £4.9bn. But Hammerson had rejected the approach, calling it "wholly inadequate and entirely opportunistic". Klepierre said that its chairman