Family finances

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‘The fruit bowl is emptier and petrol is shocking’: one family’s experience of soaring cost of living
From running a car, to food bills and pet products, UK household expenditure is stacking up

Hilary Osborne and Ashley Kirk

03, Dec, 2021 @11:47 AM

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UK energy watchdog promises tougher stress tests for suppliers
Regulation will need to ‘go much further’ following string of provider collapses, says Ofgem

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent

30, Nov, 2021 @2:02 PM

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Social care plan ‘still in peril’ say MPs as peers vow to amend bill
MPs report discontent over lack of information about changes amid predictions that ministers will compromise

Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent

23, Nov, 2021 @5:49 PM

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Are the 2020s really like living back in the 1970s? I wish …
With queues for petrol, inflation and Abba on the radio, it’s easy to compare the two decades. But you wouldn’t if you were there, says Polly Toynbee, as she revisits the styles of her youth

Polly Toynbee

20, Nov, 2021 @9:45 AM

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Inflation surge and labour market boom may spur UK rate hike, warns economist
Bank of England’s Huw Pill says ‘burden of proof’ now in favour of December interest rate rise

Phillip Inman

19, Nov, 2021 @5:16 PM

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Average pay deal in Britain worth just 2%, data shows
Median basic pay rose 2% in three months to end of October, unchanged for seventh month in a row

Phillip Inman

18, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Levelling up? If anything, things are getting worse for the lowest paid in the UK | Polly Toynbee
Rising job vacancies do not translate into a better lot for workers when the cost of living is so high, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

16, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Real living wage rise puts pressure on UK government to raise minimum wage
Living Wage Foundation’s minimum rate rises by 40p to £9.90 an hour, largely due to higher fuel costs and rents

Joanna Partridge

15, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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UK firms offer up to £2,000 sign-on bonuses amid Christmas labour shortage
Number of vacancies now 25% higher than pre-Covid figure as companies struggle to recruit workers for festive season

Richard Partington

10, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Debt advice shake-up in England could reduce face-to-face help
Funding is increasing but most of it will go to call centres, with cash for local services halved

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

08, Nov, 2021 @11:45 AM

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How to tackle debt: from mortgages to credit cards
There is help out there to ease your worries and put your finances on the right path

Shane Hickey

08, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Homebuyers welcome extra months to lock into record low mortgages
Bank of England’s decision to hold interest rates offers reprieve, but house price growth forecast to slow

Hilary Osborne

05, Nov, 2021 @6:25 AM

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