The wealth gap on your doorstep: Study reveals Britain"s most economically divided neighbourhoods where rich and poor live "cheek by…


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The wealth gap on your doorstep: Study reveals Britain's most economically divided neighbourhoods where rich and poor live 'cheek by jowl'Study based on income, savings, investments and property valuesNeighbouring streets in St Albans had the biggest wealth disparity By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:11 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 24 March 2013 Britain's most economically divided neighbourhoods have been revealed in a wide-ranging survey of the country's wealth gap. A study by data company CACI found streets where wealthy families in 1m homes live 'cheek by jowl' with some of the most deprived households in the country.

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


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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.

Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to…


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Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to 600,000Children should be 'targeted in the womb to stop problems', Ray Mallon said Former detective was speaking out about problem families in Middlesbrough He said one household was costing the public purse 600,000 a year By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18:17 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 12 March 2013 A mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a present for her 13th birthday, it emerged last night. The woman was reported to social services after handing over the Class A drugs as a special prize for becoming a teenager. It is understood the family, from Middlesbrough, are now being monitored by social workers – although the mother was not prosecuted.

More than 40% of town halls in council tax hike revolt as they shun Pickles"s plans for a freeze


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More than 40% of town halls in council tax hike revolt as they shun Pickles's plans for a freezeGovernment offer grants equal to 1 per cent rise to keep council tax frozenSurvey found 41 per cent of English councils plan a tax increase next year By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 28 February 2013 Brave face: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has yet again promised grants to English councils to keep tax rate More than 40 per cent of town halls plan to increase council tax this year in a major revolt against the Government’s wish to freeze local bills. For a third year, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has offered councils in England the cash equivalent of a 1 per cent rise in grants return for keeping their rates to local taxpayers the same

Decline in marriage and children growing up without fathers "is doing more harm than smoking, global warming and poor diets", says Baroness


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Conspiracy of silence on value of marriage: Politicians frightened to admit fathers are vital, says top family lawyer Supporting marriage has become a 'no go area' for our politicians says Baroness DeechShe says an absence of fathers is 'harming' the next generation of children Politicians are 'too afraid' of offending cohabiting partners or single parents By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 18:28 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:20 GMT, 16 February 2013 Marriage is as important to the future of the nation as climate change and poverty, a senior family lawyer said yesterday. Baroness Deech said the growing numbers of families without fathers was doing more harm to the next generation than other factors such as smoking, alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise. And she warned that a conspiracy of silence surrounded the issue because political leaders were afraid to say married families were better for children than cohabiting families or single parent families.

Migrants handed 1m a week for children back home as thousands of British families are stripped of THEIR child benefit


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Migrants handed 1m a week for children back home as thousands of British families are stripped of THEIR child benefitCash is awarded despite the children living in another countryCritics blast taxpayer cash going to dependents in countries like PolandSituation will worsen when Romanians and Bulgarians allowed UK jobs By James Slack PUBLISHED: 00:03 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 4 February 2013 Cash migration: The money is sent to families in Poland, Ireland, France, Slovakia and many other nations Britain is giving EU immigrants 1million a week in handouts for children who live abroad. The payments include child benefit – which was stripped from more than one million British families last month. The bill is likely to rise still further when Romanians and Bulgarians get free access to the UK jobs market on January 1.

Benefits rising twice as fast as salaries: Payments to unemployed jumped by 20% in five years


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Benefits rising twice as fast as salaries: Payments to unemployed jump by 20% in five yearsJobseeker's Allowance up 20 per cent from 59.15 a week in 2007/08 to 71In the same five-year period wages only rose by 12 per cent Iana Duncan Smith said the system is not fair on workers By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 GMT, 2 January 2013 Welfare handouts to those languishing on the dole have risen almost twice as fast as average wages over the past five years.

Pig farmers flout ban on cruel cages meaning families can"t avoid meat from factory farms


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Pig farmers flout ban on cruel cages meaning families can't avoid meat from factory farms The ban on sow stalls comes into force in EU todayOnly one third of French farms have removed cages Half of German farms also still using sow stallsEU farmers given 11 years notice of deadline British farmers banned cruel practice in 1999 By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:22 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:44 GMT, 1 January 2013 Farmers across Europe have ignored an EU ban on 'pig cages’, meaning UK families will continue to eat pork, ham and bacon from cruel factory farms. British farmers stopped using the cages or sow stalls in 1999 because they were so small the huge animals did not even have enough room to turn around. The EU finally agreed to outlaw the system across member states from today, but it has emerged that thousands across the continent have failed to meet the deadline

Obama scolds Congress for waiting until deadline to avert fiscal cliff… says he"s "modestly optimistic" a deal will be reached


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'The hour for immediate action is here:' Obama scolds Congress for waiting until deadline to avert fiscal cliff … says he's 'modestly optimistic' a deal will be reachedPresident Barack Obama met with congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner in search of a compromise to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cutsMeeting adjourned without a compromise The looming fiscal cliff would likely be triggered on Monday if a budget deal cannot be agreed upon American families could see roughly $4,603 less in their paycheck annually if the U.S. falls off the fiscal cliff | UPDATED: 01:25 GMT, 29 December 2012 President Obama said Friday that if the top two leaders of the Senate can't agree on a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff of higher taxes and severe spending cuts, then he will send his own proposal to Congress for an up-or-down vote

The dogs given a new life for Christmas: Three shih-tzus so badly neglected they couldn"t see happily rehomed after makeover


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The dogs given a new life for Christmas: Three badly neglected shih-tzus cleaned up and rehomed with loving families Dogs were rescued by RSPCA after six months of horrifying neglectLacy, Molly and Angus were unable to see or walk when found Inspector: 'I've never seen such a deeply depressing sight as these dogs'Owner Pauline Kinghorn has been banned from keeping animals for life | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 24 December 2012 Three dogs who were neglected so badly that they could not see or walk have all been re-homed with loving families in time for Christmas. The three shih-tzus had to be rescued from squalid conditions which left their coats so overgrown and matted with food and faeces that they could not see properly and had to drag their back legs when they tried to move around. Lacy, Molly and Angus, who are now healthy, have each gone to new homes after it was estimated that they had been neglected for at least six months