BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after 'failed promise' to meet band turned into 'disappointment of a lifetime' Hannah Hastings and Louisa Marsden won a BBC radio competition Then spent 350 to travel to Belfast to meet One DirectionOn arrival were told there was a mistake and they wouldn't meet them The girls then found that their seats were a 'long way from the front PUBLISHED: 11:43 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:26 GMT, 21 March 2013 Two fans of One Direction experienced the 'disappointment of a lifetime' when they won a Radio 1 competition to meet the band but were told at the last minute that they wouldn't. The BBC was forced to apologise after friends Hannah Hastings, 20, and Louisa Marsden, 21, claim they were left disappointed by Radio 1.
David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate in move that could put 250 in pockets of every British taxpayer By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 February 2013 Change: David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown. The Treasury is thought to be considering plans that have been drawn up by Conservative MPs for a chunk of taxable income – probably the first 2,500 – to be taxed at 10p in the pound rather than the current rate of 20p.
Labour hits supporters with credit card charge of 18.9% – two-and-a-half times that of market's most competitive option | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Costly: Labour supporters will be paying through the nose in interest charges on their party's credit cards All three major political parties are profiting from credit cards that charge their supporters exorbitant rates of interest. Both Labour and the Lib Dems offer a card charging interest at nearly 38 times the Bank of England’s 0.5 per cent base rate – and more than two-and-a-half times that of the market’s most competitive card. The card, provided by the Co-operative Bank, charges a standard APR of 18.9 per cent – although richer supporters can have a premium card with a fixed rate of 11.9 per cent for five years.
Is this the end of paper banknotes Plastic version could be in your pocket in just three yearsOverhaul could see environmentally-friendly notes introduced from 2015Have proved a success since being introduced in Australia in 1988Plastic lasts much longer and are more hygienic but more expensive to make | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 17 December 2012 Plastic banknotes are set to be introduced in Britain, replacing the paper money used for more than 300 years. The radical overhaul could see the more durable, waterproof and harder-to-counterfeit polymer sterling notes in circulation within three years.
Sitting on a small fortune: Guitarist finds 85 down the back of his sofa while looking for his plectrumIT worker found hundreds of coins down the crevices of his couchSaid he had never noticed the hole in the sofa where his money was goingCoins ranged from 1ps to 2 – but there were no bank notes hidden away | UPDATED: 17:34 GMT, 14 December 2012 A man who searched down the back of his sofa for a missing guitar plectrum began finding coins – which eventually totalled a whopping 85. Norman Hore, 65, was at home with friends when he dropped his instrument's pick and began rummaging in the crevices of his couch
More misery for renters frozen off the housing ladder as average monthly payments are expected to jump by another 4% Rents expected to rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013Cost of the average home will rise by a modest two per cent | UPDATED: 09:12 GMT, 14 December 2012 Rents will rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013 as Britain’s embattled housing market endures another tough year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will say today.