Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the government is forcing families to "outsource…

Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the Government is forcing families to 'outsource childcare' Number of stay-at-home mums has fallen by 850,000 in the past 20 yearsBetween December 2011 and now, the number dropped by 500 per day , when the number in work hit an all-time high of nearly 30million. The British Chambers of Commerce said unemployment was likely to rise to 2.6million by next year

A&E waiting times “at their worst for 10 years”: Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise

A&E waiting times 'at their worst for 10 years': Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise The report was compiled by the health think-tank The King’s FundIt also included a poll of 48 NHS finance directors A third said quality of care had deteriorated over the past 12 months By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:40 GMT, 14 February 2013 The number of patients made to wait four hours or longer in A&E has reached its highest level for a decade, a report claims. For the last three months of last year, the figure was 232,000 – an increase of 38 per cent over the previous quarter. Experts said the proportion of patients waiting more than four hours to be seen was the highest since 2003.

Average London house "to cost 500,000 by 2020"

Average London house 'to cost 500,000 by 2020': Welcomed by home owners but 'grim news' for first-time buyers Economic growth is expected to be stronger in the capitalThere is evidence of a growing 'North-South' divide in the housing market outside London By James Salmon PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 February 2013 The price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade, according to leading economists. The average house in the capital will cost 383,000 this year and then rise more than 30 per cent by 2020, the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank said. Experts last night said the figures would be welcomed by home owners in the capital but said it was ‘grim news’ for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

Chocolate, the treat we can"t do without: Sales stay at same level despite recession

Chocolate, the treat we can't do without: Sales stay at same level despite recessionMarket research firm Mintel believes that low cost treats will help fuel consumer spendingChocolate is recession proof because we turn to it as a treat By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 23:41 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:47 GMT, 15 January 2013 We may be cutting back in all sorts of ways to survive the economic downturn but it seems there is one thing we can’t do without – chocolate. Sales have held up throughout the hard times of the last few years and will continue to do so in coming years, experts say

Welcome to Zombie Britain? Flatlining economy leads to paralysis in jobs market, housing and youths leaving home

Welcome to Zombie Britain Flatlining economy leads to paralysis in jobs market, housing and youths leaving home | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 7 December 2012 The number of workers in jobs for less than one year is at its lowest point since figures began in 1985 The flatlining economy may be in a worst state than it looks, according to a new method of assessing the nation’s fortunes. Jobless figures, house prices and government debt do not show the whole picture, say creators of the so-called zombie index. What matters instead are such issues as how often people change job, leave the shelter of their family home or move up the property ladder

Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world (and Britain is 27th!)

Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world (and Britain is 27th!) Quality-of-life index links results of who is happiest and who has best quality of life in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions | UPDATED: 21:16 GMT, 28 November 2012 The where-to-be-born index of 2013 which shows Switzerland at the top Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world in 2013 – and Britain is just 27th – behind South Korea, the US and Israel, new research shows. People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest and have the best quality of life judged in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions