What economic crisis? Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill)

What economic crisis Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill) Average cost has risen by more than 7,000 in a decade Number of guests has fallen by seven per cent from 101 to 94More than half of couples admit they share cost of big day with parents By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 23:26 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 March 2013 Counting the cost: The average wedding bill is now almost 22,000 (file photo) Any groom will know that there are some things you just don’t mention to a stressed-out bride.

Budget 2013: Backlash grows over plan to penalise mothers who don"t work

An insult to stay at home mothers: Backlash grows over Budget plan to penalise mothers who don't workCritics described plan as a 'slap in the face' for stay at home mothersA Government briefing was inadvertently published yesterdayThe document, designed to help press officers rebuff criticism, was removed By Jason Groves and Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 23:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 20 March 2013 Mothers who stay at home to look after their children do not need as much financial help as those who work, according to the Treasury.

Roofer joins his sons on rogue trader list as he is found guilty of swindling elderly couples out of 37,000

Like father, like sons: Roofer joins his boys on rogue trader list as he is found guilty of swindling elderly couples out of 37,000 Kevin Sherwood sentenced to 12 months in prison after claiming thousands of pounds from elderly customersDrove 85-year-old man to the bank five times to withdraw cash to pay him Sons Danny and Kevin Jr also convicted of defrauding the elderly By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 12:52 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 GMT, 4 January 2013 Jailed: Kevin Sherwood has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for defrauding two elderly couples A fraudulent roofer has joined his two sons on a list of rogue traders after he was found guilty of conning 37,000 out of two elderly couples. Kevin Sherwood was sentenced to 12 months in prison and given an ASBO stopping him from taking advantage of pensioners.

An unfair policy that fails on every test

An unfair policy that fails on every test By Daily Mail Comment PUBLISHED: 23:36 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 Unfair: The new plan makes a mockery of David Cameron's oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family On Monday, the Government’s wrong-headed, fiendishly-complicated plan to strip child benefit from 1.2million families will officially come into force. The Mail has long argued this policy – which will remove the benefit altogether from couples where one person earns more than 60,000, yet leave untouched a household in which two parents earn up to 50,000 each – is grotesquely unfair on mothers who wish to stay at home to raise children. It makes a mockery of David Cameron’s oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family, punishes aspiration and, as we reveal today, will disproportionately impact on voters in the Tory heartlands.

Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishop

Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishopArchbishop of Birmingham says government can't see 'full consequences' Warns of impact for 'children involved or wider society' in letter to churchesRemarks are latest attack from senior Catholic on David Cameron's plans | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 30 December 2012 Outspoken: Archbishop Bernard Longley, writing in a letter to churches in his diocese, warns that plans to legalise gay marriage could tarnish the Christian view of family life Plans to legalise gay marriage would undermine the Christian view of the family, according to a leading Roman Catholic archbishop. The Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley warned that the Government cannot foresee the 'full consequences' of the proposals. In a letter to churches and chapels in his diocese, the Archbishop warned of the impact gay marriage would have on 'children involved or for wider society'

Kate"s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece – and polygamy is legalised…

Kate’s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece — and polygamy is legalised… | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 28 December 2012 Thought the world of politics was beyond satire Then read SIMON HEFFER’s tongue-in-cheek predictions for the coming year… Moving forward: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement January: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement.

The real priority is to keep families together

The real priority is to keep families together | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 26 December 2012 As a rule, judges should keep well clear of the political arena. But when a man sees as much as the High Court’s Sir Paul Coleridge of the devastation caused by family breakdown, it is easy to understand why he feels a duty to speak out.

Tis the season to be dumped! New trend for "Turkey Dropping" sees number of couples breaking up soar over Christmas

Tis the season to be dumped! New trend for 'Turkey Dropping' sees number of couples breaking up soar over Christmas | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 25 December 2012 It should be the season of glad tidings and goodwill to all men, but it seems there is an increasing – and most unfestive – new holiday tradition of pre-Christmas breakups. In the U.S. the phenomenon has been nicknamed the 'turkey drop', to describe a break-up that happens between Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) and 25 December.

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda | UPDATED: 00:51 GMT, 13 December 2012 Brave: Cameron believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals Let's start with the positive. The Mail unreservedly accepts that David Cameron’s brave stand on gay marriage is based on principle. He genuinely believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals.

Lionel and Tamara Harp split up six months ago but, like growing numbers of ex-couples, they can"t afford to live apart result Sheer hell

Separated but stuck under one roof: Tamara and Lionel split up six months ago but, like growing numbers of exes, they can't afford to live apart. The result Sheer hell | UPDATED: 08:28 GMT, 10 December 2012 After 20 years of marriage, Denise and Adrian White split up two years ago.