Pocket money used to be a token gesture. Now it’s serious business | Sam Wolfson

Rising costs of living are not only affecting adults. Perhaps it’s time we thought about the next generation of teenage jobsResearch published this week found that the amount of pocket money children receive is on the up. I was surprised they were still given any at all. Even the phrase “pocket money” sounds painfully anachronistic, […]
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Tenants turned down for property let – and not allowed to see their references

Estate agent won’t let tenants see the references they paid for When my wife and I agreed to rent a property, the landlord’s agents, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH) requested that we complete reference checks at a cost of £96. Four days before we were due to move in, the agent informed us that the […]
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Unthinkable? Not privatising Royal Mail | Editorial

The traditional reason for flogging the service was that it was a financial basket case. Not any moreIf ministers get their way, our postal services will be sold off within a year. Details of the privatisation are taking shape: Goldman Sachs and UBS will be in charge of a consortium of investment banks providing advice […]
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How to get started – and survive – in the fashion industry: Q&A roundup

Last week a panel of experts answered questions about starting up a fashion business. Here are the highlightsLisa Keir is brand communications manager at Cruise, a luxury designer clothes retailerHow to get your name out there: Paid advertising and affiliates can be effective but when you are starting off and have a limited budget you […]
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Muslim groups urge consultation over government plans to combat extremism

Muslim Council of Britain says immediate focus after Woolwich attack should be preventing future atrocities not muddle policiesLeading British Islamic groups have urged the government to consult Muslims over plans for combating extremism, warning that knee-jerk policies risk exacerbating the problem and damaging social cohesion.The home secretary, Theresa May, has proposed a series of measures […]
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Rent your home to pay for your holiday

Renting out your home when you go away can be profitable – but make sure you check the rules firstFancy making money from your home while you’re on holiday? Increasing numbers of websites are springing up which allow people to rent out their properties for short periods. But homeowners who take advantage of them need […]
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After the McAlpine libel case, maybe we need a time limit on damages

Perhaps it’s time to impose a rule that the more quickly allegations are withdrawn, the lower the damages should beNo libel victim in memory has been cleared more comprehensively or swiftly than Lord McAlpine. A Newsnight bungle at the start of a single week was turned to overwhelming apologies by its end.McAlpine had a very […]
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Syria needs Britain’s help, but it does not need our weapons

Government outrage does not provide a sound basis for such a material policy change as vetoing the EU arms embargoThe most seductive fallacy in foreign affairs is “something must be done”. It now appears that the UK government is ready to veto any extension of the EU arms embargo on Syria when it comes up […]
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Falling investment poses another problem for Osborne

UK economy does need to rebalance towards investment, manufacturing and exports; thus far there is precious little sign of it happeningEd Balls and Chuka Umunna chose their moment well. On the day that official figures showed that capital spending fell by 0.8% in the first three months of 2013, Labour released figures showing that Britain […]
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