Enjoy your retirement, Meryvn King – just don’t call it a ‘grey gap year’

The Bank of England boss is about to step down, and has said he’s going to give himself a gap year. He probably deserves a break – but lose the backpacker lingo, eh Merv? Mervyn King is retiring as governor of the Bank of England. I’m sure we’ll all get over it. It’s not like […]
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Middled-aged people will have to work until 70 to save a retirement pot

Research by pensions firm shows less than half of workers over 30 are saving enough to guarantee a comfortable incomeWorkers in their 40s and 50s are trapped in a “perfect storm” of economic downturn and property debt that could force them to delay retirement until their 70s, it was claimed on Monday, as research showed […]
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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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Women’s Institute votes to launch a campaign to rescue local shops

Call to action over disappearing high streets is carried at annual meeting despite criticism of ‘vague’ wording The Women’s Institute yesterday voted to make retail regeneration its next major campaigning issue to end the “crisis” of the continuing decline of the UK’s high streets. More than 4.000 members representing the 212,000 strong national membership agreed […]
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Catwalk to workforce: graduate fashion week gets practical

This year’s event aims to prepare young people for work in the industry with advice on job interviews and business plansWith graduate fashion week opening in London on Sunday, expect the usual front-page grabbing designs – voluminous neon trousers, fur gimp masks and tents worn as dresses – from the latest generation of young talent. […]
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Lee Rigby’s family call for calm as far-right groups plan day of protest

Relatives say murdered soldier had friends of different cultures and would not want his death used as excuse for violenceThe family of Lee Rigby have urged people to “show their respect”, saying the murdered soldier would not want anyone to exploit the event to cause division.Their call came as far-right groups prepared for what could […]
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Dreams of a new Elizabethan age faded into the end of empire

Sixty years after her coronation in Westminster abbey, Elizabeth II can look back on an era of profound and awesome change’A coronation is a nation’s birthday,” wrote the great patriot historian Arthur Bryant in the official guide to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, “a nation is a union in both space and time. We are as […]
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Turf wars escalate in the battle for Britain’s allotments

For the past century, councils have prided themselves on giving people small patches of land to cultivate. But now, with money and land in short supply, many want to take them awayIt’s a long way from Potenza in southern Italy to the west side of Watford. Vincenzo Santarsiero, 78, made the journey in 1970, and began working […]
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Suicide and the unspoken side of welfare ‘reform’ | Wayne Blackburn

I personally know how cuts can push someone to thoughts of suicide, but there are people and organisations who can helpIt has always been difficult for everyone, regardless of their experiences or expertise, to be able to discuss publicly the motivations or reasons for a person to decide to take their own life. It is, […]
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Louise Mensch, take a lesson on privilege from the internet | Laurie Penny

No wonder Mensch finds privilege-checking uncomfortable – the Tory conception of ‘reality’ has never been inclusiveLouise Mensch is confused. The erstwhile MP and professional gadfly has published a blogpost decrying “privilege checking”, and longing to return to a species of “reality-based” feminism where everyone would stop bothering her about class, race and money. That’s the […]
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