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Comparison sites 'hide best deals'

The cheapest energy deals may not show up on price comparison websites, it has been claimed

Consumers are missing out on the best energy deals because comparison sites filter out the tariffs which do not pay commission, it was claimed today.

Tax-free 'education accounts' urged

Prospective students should be encouraged to build up savings to cover the cost of going to university, a think tank said

New tax-free investment accounts should be set up to allow prospective students and their families to build up savings to cover the cost of going to university, a think tank has suggested.

Parental pay deal for Civil Service

Nick Clegg will announce male and female Civil Service employees are to be offered equal parental pay and support from 2015

All Civil Service employees - both male and female - will be offered equal parental pay and support from next year, Nick Clegg will announce this week.

'Heating myths' add to energy bills

People are needlessly turning up their central heating themostat in winter.

Householders are needlessly adding to their energy bills because of widespread myths about the most effective way to heat homes, a campaign group has warned.

South East 'to see home price boom'

Homes in the South East are expected to soar in value

House price growth in the South East is set to surge faster than in London in the coming years as buyers spread their search outside the capital, a property website predicts.

Lenders to slash mortgage rates

Barclays is preparing to offer what it says are some of its lowest ever mortgage rates

The battle to tempt mortgage customers with attractive deals will heat up again this week as major lenders put more rate cuts into action.

100,000 demand rise from Government

Demonstrators take part in the Britain Needs a Pay Rise march in central London

The Government has faced one of its biggest protests after more than 100,000 workers, including many who have been on strike this week, called for a pay rise and an end to austerity.

Economist offers interest rate hint

The Bank of England's chief economist has indicated that interest rates are unlikely to rise until the middle of 2015

The Bank of England's chief economist today gave the clearest indication yet that interest rates are unlikely to rise until the middle of next year as economic prospects have become gloomier.

DWP condemned over benefit losses

Margaret Hodge has criticised the administration of the housing benefit system

The Department for Work and Pensions has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalating" losses due to fraud and error in the housing benefit system.

Fossil fuel 'toxic triangle' plea

Oxfam says fossil fuel companies are being subsidised by governments

People around the world are trapped by a "toxic triangle" of fossil fuel companies, investors and governments which is driving climate change, Oxfam has warned.

Consumer energy spending 'up 52%'

The figures showed yearly spending on energy had rocketed by 52% over and above inflation

Consumers are paying an average of £410 more a year for energy compared to a decade ago despite using significantly less, according to a watchdog.

Private rents 'reach seasonal peak'

Average rents across England and Wales reached £768 per month, new figures revealed

Private sector rents lifted to a new all-time high in September as the busy autumn lettings period got into full swing, a major lettings network has reported.