Energy bills to soar AGAIN: As big freeze bites, warning of more pain for every familyWith power firms reporting record profits, a 5 per cent rise in tariffs loomsConsumer groups said prices could rise by even more – possibly by 15% Average household energy bill has risen 94 or 7 per cent this year | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 11 December 2012 Families already struggling to make ends meet were yesterday warned they face another huge rise in power bills next year. Many pensioners and less well-off households are having to choose between heating and eating this winter after electricity and gas charges reached an all-time high. But, as the cold weather bites and power firms report record profits, customers were told there is likely to be more pain to come – with a further 5 per cent rise in tariffs.
We're not going soft on drugs, says Cameron as he dismisses calls for a Royal commission on drugs policy | UPDATED: 01:11 GMT, 11 December 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron has said he does not support the decriminalisation of drugs in the UK David Cameron last night dismissed calls for a Royal Commission into drugs policy – and insisted the Government would not go soft on banned substances. A report by MPs published yesterday called on ministers to consider adopting the Portuguese system, under which possession of small amounts of drugs – even Class As such as heroin and cocaine – is not a criminal offence
Outrage over off licences that are selling bottles of alcohol for less than the price of a bar of chocolate A 275ml bottle of Turbo costs just 39p The Government are currently consulting on plans to introduce a minimum price per unit | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 30 November 2012 Campaign groups have hit out at alcohol sold 'for pocket money' as one of the UK’s largest off licence chains sell bottles of booze for just 39p. As debate rages over the Government’s plan to introduce a minimum price on an alcohol unit, top chain Rhythm and Booze is selling Turbo, a heady four per cent mix of lager and lemonade, for the tiny sum. With a Crunchie costing 69p and a packet of Munchies 82p, drinkers are able to pick up a 275 ml bottle of the alcoholic beverage for a fraction of the price
China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai WeiweiDedicated Beijing concert to controversial artist this weekend Elton John posed with Ai Weiwei for a Twitter photo before his show | UPDATED: 20:32 GMT, 28 November 2012 China has attacked Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A state-owned newspaper accused the veteran British singer of being ‘disrespectful’ and said his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China