British Gas under fire for raking in 50 profit per household just months after hiking bills… and the boss looks forward to walking away with 10m Company profits for 2012 have soared to 606million But price rises for 12million customers could come as early as next winterShadow Energy Secretary says market too dominated by 'big six' firmsCaroline Flint called for tough regulation so public don't feel 'manipulated'Campaigners say consumers feel 'resentment and dread' as bills still rise will be used to help fund a 10million package in pay, shares and pension pot for departing boss Phil Bentley, who will leave the business in June.
75,000 cap on cost of care will lose thousands of pensioners their homes By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:02 GMT, 9 February 2013 Criticised: Lord Warner warned that setting the cost of long-term care cap so high could mean thousands of pensioners will have to sell their homes A chief architect of plans to limit the cost of long-term care has criticised ministers for setting the cap so high that thousands of pensioners will have to sell their homes. Lord Warner is warning that if a husband and wife both move into care, they could have to pay 150,000 before the state steps in – wiping out almost the entire value of an average house
Future generations of pensioners should get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warnsWork and Pensions Secretary insists handouts like winter fuel allowance and TV licence are safe for current pensionersBut 'next generation' will be encouraged to save to remove 'any extra dependence on the state'Coalition plans single-tier pension of around 155-a-weekLinking state pension age to life expectancy 'will mean working until 70' By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 8 January 2013 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pictured arriving at Number 10 yesterday, said coalition reforms mean future generations would only need the state pension The next generation of pensioners should not need to receive extra benefits like free TV licences and help with heating bills, Iain Duncan Smith suggested today.
Unique 2,000-year-old Roman theatre discovered in back garden of archaeological school Roman remains reveal first British example of ancient cockpit-style theatreHad a large nearly circular orchestra pit with a narrow stage set much further back than in traditional theatresFound at site where Kent Archaeological Field School is basedArchaeologist Dr Paul Wilkinson said: 'It really is an amazing find, the first one in Britain, and it is just beyond my garden' | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 25 December 2012 Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Bronze Age Roman theatre – dating back 2,000 years. Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the Kent Archaeological Field School, believes it is the first of its kind to be found in Britain.
'There'll be no triple dip recession': Danny Alexander dismisses dire warnings made by economic expertsChief Secretary to the Treasury predicted steady growth would returnDanny Alexander was positive despite predictions of a third recession | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 10 December 2012 The Chancellor’s second in command yesterday dismissed fears that Britain was heading for a triple dip recession, despite dire warnings from economic experts. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, predicted ‘steady growth’ would slowly return next year and the year after.
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One in seven couples aged over 40 have never talked about money fearing rows, embarrassment and awkwardness | UPDATED: 07:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 As many as one in seven British couples over the age of 40 admit they have never discussed their finances with each other, a new survey has found. Fears of sparking an argument, embarrassment and awkwardness are the main reasons why men and women in relationships shy away from talking about money with their partners, researchers said