Middle income couples, recently identified by the Conservatives as the “struggling middle” are increasingly unable to afford to separate when their relationships end, according to a new study by charity Relate. They say an increasing proportion of the 150,000 clients they see each year are being forced to remain living together despite having decided to split up. Fuel Bills – government pledges to shake up gas and electricity charges may result in people paying more for tariffs.
CBRE have bought West End property agent EA Shaw just two months after buying Franc Warwick. EA Shaw will become part of CBRE’s central London business but continue to operate from its office in Covent Garden, City AM p 10
Banks have been urged to cut the length of their terms and conditions leaflets after it took savers up to one hour and 40 minutes to read them, Tel p 8
CML figures out show Mortgage lending reached an 11 month high last month – raising hopes that the housing market is finally picking up after a lull in recent months, Guardian p 26
Vince Cable is to announce ‘earn or learn’ scheme. The scheme will make it more difficult for 18 – 21 year olds to go straight on to benefits after school, and instead require them to work or study. Government figures show 18.5% of boys aged 18 and 15.3% of girls are Neets – not in education, employment or training, Guardian p 8