Current Affairs

Fastest annual economic growth since 2007

The UK economy grew by an annual rate of 2.6% across 2014, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

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Costs of raising a child up two-thirds

The cost of raising a child has increased by almost two-thirds since 2003, according to research by LV and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

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Employers urged to increase sick leave flexibility

Employers should make their sick leave policies more flexible, according to a report by The Work Foundation.

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Involve employers in university studies, says education body

Employers should have more input into the design of university courses, according to a report by a higher education body.

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Older workers choosing later retirement

Almost half of over-50s plan to continue working between age 65 and 70, a survey commissioned by the government has found.

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SMEs enjoy strong 2014

Three-quarters of SMEs maintained or increased their turnover in 2014, research by LV has revealed.

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Northern Ireland could set corporation tax from 2017

The bill that would permit corporation tax powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland has been published by the government.

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Employees skip lunch breaks

Almost two thirds of employees say they are unable to take their daily statutory lunch break, according to research by healthcare specialists Bupa.

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Shop prices fall for 20th consecutive month

Shop price deflation slowed to 1.7% in December 2014, down from 1.9% the previous month, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

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First time house buyers highest in 7 years

The number of first time house buyers in 2014 increased to its highest level since the financial crisis, according to a report by Halifax.

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