"Be more lenient to help boost trade": Pickles wages war on traffic wardens

Pickles wages war on 'over-zealous' traffic wardens as he orders them to stop fining people who have popped into the local shop to boost tradeCommunities Secretary said wardens can be 'overzealous'Drivers should be able to 'pop into a local shop', without fear of a ticket By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:05 GMT, 18 March 2013 Ease up: Pickles demanded that 'officious' wardens should be more lenient to help boost local businesses Drivers should no longer me hit with parking fines just for stopping at the local shop for 10 minutes, Eric Pickles has said. The Communities Secretary said he wanted to put an end to the 'over-zealous culture of parking enforcement'. He demanded that 'officious' wardens should be more lenient in a bid to help boost local firms

Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest rates

Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest ratesDeputy governor Paul Tucker says Bank has discussed radical moveHigh street lenders would have to pay the central bank to hold their moneyMove could wipe out savings rates and inflation would ravage deposits By Rachel Rickard Straus PUBLISHED: 16:22 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 26 February 2013 Negative interest rates should be considered as an option to encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized firms, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for financial stability said today. Paul Tucker said the dramatic move had been discussed at this month’s rate-setting meeting as an option to help fuel economic growth

Labour and Lib Dems accused of "not trusting the people" to decide the future of Britain"s place in Europe

Labour and Lib Dems accused of 'not trusting the people' to decide the future of Britain's place in EuropeGeorge Osborne reveals Tory plan to portray rival parties as undemocraticHe dismisses warnings from Nick Clegg that years of uncertainty ahead of 2017 EU referendum will undermine growth by deterring investorsBoris Johnson attacks Labour's Ed Miliband for ruling out a vote Warns Britain cannot 'run away' from tough choices on the economyDavid Cameron promise of a say on EU gave Tories a poll boost .

Mortgage repayments: The home loan rate that"s hit a four year high

Homeowners stung as mortgages rates hit four-year high despite Bank of England base rate remaining at historic low By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mortgage worries: Homeowners are having to face rising costs Homeowners are being stung by the highest variable mortgage rates for nearly four years despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low. Official figures show the average standard variable rate mortgage deal, known as the SVR, from a bank or building society charges an interest rate of 4.35 per cent.

Town hall staff pay in only a QUARTER of the cost of their pensions while taxpayers fork out 6billion a year

Town hall staff pay in only a QUARTER of the cost of their pensions while taxpayers fork out 6billion a year Council workers paid in 1 for every 4 paid out last year, new figures show Local Government Pensions Scheme put just 1.84billion awayDetails emerge as Eric Pickles finalises pensions deal with the unions By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 00:16 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:22 GMT, 1 January 2013 Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is finalising a deal with unions to rein in pensions spending Council workers paid in only 1 for every 4 paid out in town hall pensions last year. Nearly 6billion of the 8billion cost of the scheme came from taxpayers, an official report has found.

Hilarious hoax video of rude signs hidden in Brighton"s Christmas lights… but what would Santa say!

What would Santa say! Hilarious hoax video of rude images and angry messages hidden in city's Christmas lights Footage from Brighton city centre appears to show images of lewd actsBut satirical website was responsible for putting together creative spoofGroup of local businesses put lights up every Christmas at cost of 100k | UPDATED: 21:46 GMT, 13 December 2012 This is the hilarious video showing rude images and angry messages hidden in a city’s Christmas lights that has gone viral online. But it turns out that the footage of Brighton city centre – which appears to show pictures of lewd acts and messages such as ‘I Hate My Job’ – is a creative spoof posted by satirical website The Poke

Nearly half of all Britain"s smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping

Nearly half of all Britain's smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping New report shows music downloads are the most popular purchase using smartphones | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 12 December 2012 Nearly half of smartphone owners use it to shop online Increasing numbers of Britons are switching from shopping by computer to shopping on their smartphone, a new survey has revealed. Nearly two-thirds of Britons now use a smartphone – with nearly half of them using theirs for online shopping or purchasing. Music downloads top the list of purchases made through smartphones, the report from consumer analysts Mintel found.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 2 December 2012 At a time when hard-pressed families struggle desperately against soaring petrol, food and energy bills, the cynical avoidance by major corporations and the super-rich of an estimated 32billion in tax is nothing short of immoral.

Osborne targets big business as Britain is robbed of 32billion tax

Osborne targets big business as Britain is robbed of 32billion taxChancellor George Osborne will try to bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the richThe Commons Public Accounts Committee has accused HM Revenue and Customs of being 'way too lenient' on big companies | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 3 December 2012 Front foot: Chancellor George Osborne will bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the rich Ministers must ‘get a grip’ on the immoral behaviour of corporate giants contributing to Britain’s astonishing 32billion tax shortfall, MPs warn today.

Online dating, Britain"s 170m boom industry

Online dating, Britain's boom industry: Businesses contribute 170m to the economy as nine million Brits log on to look for love Country has highest internet dating turnover of any European nationMore than nine million Britons have logged on to a dating site | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 28 November 2012 Love is all you need, the Beatles said. But these days it helps if you have a computer too. Online dating is becoming one of the most popular ways to find a partner