Payday loan companies are bleeding an already indebted Britain dry | Stella Creasy

The government’s failure to regulate loan companies is leading to the exploitation of vulnerable, cash-strapped peopleNeither a borrower nor a lender be – but for many staying out of debt is becoming nigh on impossible. Who knows this the best? The legal loan sharks profiting from the austerity that Britain is currently experiencing. The Consumer […]
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Special traffic courts to deal with motoring cases under ministers’ plans

Ministry of Justice says move will free up magistrates courts, where half a million motoring cases a year are heardTraffic-light jumpers and speeding motorists are to be dealt with in special traffic courts in a bid to free up time for more serious cases, the government has announced.About half a million motoring cases are heard […]
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Google Play Music All Access: search giant launches rival to Spotify

Tech giant’s new service, unveiled at Google I/O developer conference, will be available for $9.99 a month in USGoogle outstripped its arch-rival, Apple, with the launch of a subscription music streaming service on Wednesday while simultaneously mounting a threat to other providers such as Spotify.The service, labouring under the full name of Google Play Music […]
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National Employment Savings Trust to wrangle boardroom excess

Government-backed body reveals new measures and could control assets of £130bn by 2030Britain’s biggest companies are being put on notice that complex pay structures, male-only boards and high fees to auditors will not be tolerated by the new government-backed investment body that aims to run the savings of up to 5 million pensioners.The National Employment […]
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BT wants a broadband bounce from sport, but may have scored an own goal

The complex relationship between BT and BSkyB rests on gaining new customers for the former, rather than advertisingBT and BSkyB are at loggerheads. BSkyB is refusing to allow BT to advertise its new sports channels on Sky Sports, and BT has complained to Ofcom. Now leaving aside the fact that BT can (and does) advertise […]
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Number of children taught in academies reaches 2 million

More than one in four of England’s 7.3 million state pupils attend a school with academy status, figures showThe total number of pupils taught at academy schools – a key policy of the coalition government’s education reforms – has reached the two million mark, according to new figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) […]
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Rising number of households in debt to energy supplier, finds survey

One in five households are now in debt to their energy supplier, according to comparison website uSwitchSoaring energy costs and an exceptionally cold winter have squeezed family finances to the extent that 20% of households are now in debt to their energy supplier, according to comparison website uSwitch.USwitch said that if the figures from its […]
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Offshore secrets: unravelling a complex package of data

How the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists made sense of the 260 gigabytes of informationThe ICIJ’s exploration of offshore secrets began when a computer hard drive packed with corporate data arrived in the post. Gerard Ryle, ICIJ’s director, obtained the small black box as a result of his three-year investigation of Australia’s Firepower scandal, a […]
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Ministers want low-paid workers to put in more hours

Workers on tax credits face frequent interviews and may have to change jobs to boost their pay to claim less from the sateA new frontier of the battle over the welfare state is being opened up as employment ministers look for ways to target the working poor by asking 1 million in-work recipients of tax […]
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The £10,000 tax-free sop patronises the low-paid | Lynsey Hanley

The new income tax threshold will be presented as a no-strings-attached freebie, but it disenfranchises 3 million peopleThe idea of earning £10,000 of income tax, as anyone who’s working will do from next April, sounds utopian in its generosity. For HMRC it’s the public relations opportunity of a lifetime. Imagine the adverts: your first £10,000 […]
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