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12 Oct 2019, 12:00pm Migrant labour has saved Britain from a post-referendum recession
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In the fog of Brexit uncertainty, UK GDP growth has been undermined by lack of business investmentOne of the confusing trends since the Brexit referendum vote can be found in the official measure of national income or GDP. A glance at the data since 2016 reveals a series of ups and downs from quarter to quarter, and very little in the way of a trend. The low points conform to the argument that Brexit was a disaster for the economy, while the mini-recoveries play to the Brexiters’ charge that “
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12 Oct 2019, 11:00am Georgieva’s brave new agenda at IMF threatened by economic storm clouds
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Trade wars are likely to dominate discussions in Washington despite new leader’s passion on inequality and climate crisis The world’s finance ministers and central bankers will be in Washington this week for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank amid growing concerns that the global economy is
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12 Oct 2019, 3:01am Average UK earners gained just 2p per hour in two years, TUC reveals
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Minimal real terms rise compares with £7 an hour for top 1% of earners The top 1% of high earners in the UK have enjoyed a 7.6% real terms pay increase over the last two years, while the average worker’s pay rose by just 2p an hour. A TUC analysis of government hourly pay data between 2016 and 2018 shows thatpay among the very top earners increased at a faster rate than any other group.
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12 Oct 2019, 2:00am How can I throw a Halloween party on a budget?
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My partner has volunteered me to host a bash – what should I do to make it go with a bang?
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12 Oct 2019, 2:00am Hearing aids: is going private really better than the NHS?
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A hi-tech device could set you back £5,000, while NHS models are good and free When Alan Wright* decided to take the plunge and spend £2,800 on new hearing aids, he thought he was buying a significant upgrade on his old NHS-provided models. The 70-year-old, who had largely given up going to the theatre and other similar activities due to being quite deaf in one ear, hoped that by spending the money he would be able to start going out again.
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12 Oct 2019, 2:00am Flat owners get £31,000 bill for balconies ‘left to rot’
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Residents are furious at a massive bill for fixing structures they say are the landlord’s responsibility The owners of six flats have been left reeling after being hit with a bill for £31,000 from their landlord – for repairing two small wooden balconies which the residents claim had been left to rot through lack of maintenance. They also say the demand is almost seven times the £4,500 figure for tackling the problem quoted in a report commissioned by the landlord.
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12 Oct 2019, 2:00am ‘I set up a funeral firm to help people, not to make money’
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Lucy Coulbert, 37, on her finances – and how boats and motorbikes have played a role in her services
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