Npower"s profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises

Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply

Now workers face waiting until 70s for a state pension: But new flat rate means mothers won"t lose out in most radical reforms for a century

Now workers face waiting until 70s for a state pension: But new flat rate means mothers won't lose out in most radical reforms for a century David Cameron and Nick Clegg will announce plans for new flat-rate pension New rate will be more generous and is expected to be worth 155 a weekBut the state pension age will increase further in years aheadIain Duncan Smith said the changes will be 'brilliant for women' By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 00:47 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 5 January 2013 Women will benefit from the most radical pension reforms for a century – but younger workers will have to delay their retirement into their 70s and beyond, it emerged last night. David Cameron and Nick Clegg will next week outline plans for a new, more generous flat-rate pension, expected to be worth 155 a week. But the sting in the tail is that the state pension age – already set to rise to 67 for both men and women between 2026 and 2028 – will increase further in the years ahead