British Gas bosses pocket 16m while your gas and electricity bills go through the roof

16m pay bonanza for five British Gas bosses: Windfall came just weeks after inflation-busting price increases Chief executive Sam Laidlaw is handed 5million Figures emerge in Centrica's annual report showing British Gas made 606million profitOfgem predict the average gas and electricity bill will rise to 1,420 by end of next year was 1,188 and customers have seen their prices double over the last seven years. A total of 2.5million families are estimated to live in ‘fuel poverty’, which means they have to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on their energy bill

Christmas shopping: High Street pins hopes on biggest festive bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend

High Street pins hopes on biggest Christmas bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend Almost a quarter of a million head to Bluewater in KentExtra trading weekend coming up has raised hopes of record sales Retailers offer discounts of up to 50% nine days before ChristmasSavvy shoppers ditching brand loyalty in hunt for bargainsSupermarket price hikes mean an expensive Christmas dinnerNearly 12.75m British men still haven't started their present buyingFirst time December has four retail weekends before Christmas since 2007London's West End saw 200m spent during bumper weekend | UPDATED: 18:09 GMT, 17 December 2012 Christmas shoppers spent up to 2billion on Saturday and Sunday in a crucial two days for present buying – with the upcoming extra December trading weekend promising record sales. London's Oxford Street was jam-packed with people while almost a quarter of a million headed to Bluewater in Kent and the Bullring Centre in Birmingham had a million visitors in a week