Inflation index 'has cheated us for years': Annual increase in bills has been linked to inaccurate figures ONS admitted its Retail Prices Index measure was 'inadequate'RPI dictates how much Britons' household bills go up each yearThe measure has been swapped for the 'improved' RPIJ, said ONS .
Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lightingThousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the chargesThe European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test. Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive.
Luxury goods worth 11MILLION seized from Saudi Princess to help pay her extravagant shopping billsMaha Al-Sudairi helped herself to goods worth millions in French capital IOU notes handed to shopkeepers were usually acceptedJudge has now ruled contents of three storage units to be sold off By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 21:13 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 8 March 2013 Luxury goods worth more than 11 million are to be seized from a Saudi princess to pay her shopping bills, a Paris judge ordered today. Maha Al-Sudairi, who was once married to the country’s late Crown Prince, helped herself to millions of pounds worth of goods whenever she visited the French capital. As well as art works and jewellery, they included 5,500 worth of luxury chocolates, and 1.4m on the hire of two Rolls Royce Phantoms and ‘around 30 chauffers’ to take her shopping.
More than one million pensioners are just 200 away from going into debt | UPDATED: 18:49 GMT, 23 December 2012 Receiving a surprise bill of just 200 would be enough to push more than a million pensioners into debt, a charity warned last night. A study by Age UK has found that the combination of rising fuel bills and plummeting savings is taking its toll on older people.
Generation of OAPs happy to keep working: Over-65s with jobs up by 124,000 in a yearThose aged over 65 who have jobs also benefit from the 'feel-good factor'They enjoy higher standard of living, better health and longer life expectancy | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 16 December 2012 Pensioners facing higher costs of living are working in ever greater numbers, according to a report yesterday. The number of those aged 65 or over who are still in work soared by 124,000 over the past year.
300,000 will be in fuel poverty by Christmas as ministers fails to act on energy pricesFuel Poverty Advisory Group slams 'inadequate' Government initiatives Households struggling to pay bills are expected to top nine million by 2016Forcing firms to insulate homes for poorer customers will add 116 to billsMinisters are doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 The latest round of energy price rises will leave another 300,000 families struggling to pay their heating bills this Christmas, the Government's adviser on fuel poverty warns today. In a devastating report, the independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Group said Government initiatives were 'completely inadequate to tackle the scale of the problem' and warned that ministers were doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures which are forecast to send energy bills even higher. It warns that the number of households struggling to pay their bills is expected to hit more than nine million by 2016 – the date by which the last government pledged to end fuel poverty.
Neighbours’ boundary disputes could be settled out of court to save those involved thousandsA bill to end 'daft and unnecessary' court battles over inches of land will be debated by ministers todayTory MP Charlie Elphicke will try to end legal fights which have seen one set of warring neighbours pay 400,000 for a 60cm wide strip of land | UPDATED: 02:45 GMT, 30 November 2012 Neighbours could be forced to settle their boundary disputes outside the court-room, saving themselves six-figure fees in the process. A bill to end the ‘daft and unnecessary’ court battles over just inches of land will be considered by ministers today
Government insists green energy drive will SAVE households 100 on gas and electricity bills by 2020 | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 29 November 2012 The Government has set out its long-term proposals for the UK energy industry today, claiming that they will keep household energy bills lower over the next decade than would the status quo. Presenting the long-delayed Energy Bill to parliament, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said utility firms would be allowed to increase the 'green' levy from 3bn to 7.6bn a year by 2020, which according to most estimates could increase annual household bills by 100. However, Mr Davey maintained that household bills would be 7 per cent or 94 a year lower by 2020 than they would have been without the Bill's proposals