Police forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat

Has Government declared war on the police Forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat Recorded crime drops by at least 10% in 19/43 force areas as budgets fallMore than 20,000 officers supplementing income with extra work, up 20%Police spend eight minutes an hour on frontline duties; 12% of working dayMP Keith Vaz: Recent events have 'shaken public confidence in our police' | UPDATED: 17:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Police forces were tonight facing a growing attack from the Government as tensions grew over their value for money following the fallout from the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair. Recorded crime fell by at least a tenth in 19 of 43 force areas across England and Wales, official figures showed – while budgets went down by just under 10 per cent, reported The Sunday Times. And another investigation by the Mail on Sunday found that more than 20,000 officers and staff are moonlighting in their spare time – a figure that has soared by almost 20 per cent in a single year

Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget

Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 26 December 2012 Household budgets: Women admit to being less disciplined More women have sole charge of the household finances – despite being less confident than men at sticking to budgets, a survey has revealed.

Better-off families are changing eating habits and shopping for bargains as they struggle to make ends meet

Even better-off families are shopping for bargains as they struggle to make ends meet Food price rises have outpaced wage increasesHousehold budgets have been stretched to breaking pointShoppers are increasingly turning to bargain deals, multi-buy offers and vouchers to put enough food on the table | UPDATED: 08:37 GMT, 13 December 2012 Families are changing their daily diet to match the bargain food offers from supermarkets amid the longest cost of living squeeze in at least 100 years.

Mark Thompson spent thousands on travel expenses to US in months before he quit BBC for New York Times

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent thousands on expenses for travel to the US in months before he quit to join New York Times Former BBC chief spent almost 6,000 in return flight to San Francisco BBC senior managers' hotel and rail expenses doubles since 2009 Despite cutbacks to budgets, three executives received pay rises up to 20pc | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 6 December 2012 Expenses: Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, pictured, spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation. Senior managers’ hotel and rail expenses have doubled since 2009, according to new figures for the first financial quarter of the year from the BBC.