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Disposable income: First rise for two years on horizon

Household disposable incomes are expected to rise next year for the first time since 2010, a report by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) has said.

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Wet weather to push insurance premiums up

The cost of vehicle and home insurance will continue to rise following the wettest April to June on record, the AA has said.

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Postage on second class parcels capped by Ofcom

Charges for sending second class large letters and small parcels will be capped, the regulator Ofcom has confirmed.

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Network upgrades to push energy bills up £11 a year

Plans to upgrade Britain's gas and electricity networks could push household energy bills up by £11 a year, the energy regulator Ofgem has said.

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New Universal Credit regulations could hamper self-employed

The self-employed could face difficulties accessing state benefits from next year if draft regulations regarding the new Universal Credit system go ahead, tax advisers have warned.

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Cap on mobile tariffs within EU to benefit businesses and consumers

The costs of using a mobile phone when abroad have now become significantly cheaper, under new EU regulations.

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Biggest fall in household incomes since 1981

UK households saw their average incomes fall by 3.1 per cent in 2010/11, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

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Scotland: End of stamp duty tax gains momentum

Stamp duty tax could be scrapped in Scotland, after the Scottish Government announced its intentions to overhaul the taxation system.

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Office of Fair Trading labels private motor insurance market dysfunctional

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has provisionally referred the private motor insurance market to the Competition Commission after finding evidence that its conduct pushes driver's premiums up by £225 million a year.

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End of stamp duty holiday encourages higher value property purchases in Scotland

First time buyers in Scotland purchased higher priced property in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of taking advantage of the stamp duty concession, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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