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Third 'have creative work sideline'

An increasing number of workers are turning hobbies and skills such as photography into money-earning ventures, research has found

A third of workers are earning money from cooking, gardening, photography or other creative pursuits outside of their main job, according to a new study.

Cameron defends benefit freeze plan

David Cameron insisted that the rich are 'paying their share' of tax

David Cameron has defended the decision to slash the welfare bill by £3.2 billion with a two-year benefit freeze which will hit 10 million of the unemployed and working poor.

Economy 'bigger than early 2008'

The economy is growing faster than estimated, according to new figures

The UK economy is now 2.7% bigger than at its pre-recession peak and also grew more strongly in the second quarter of the year than thought, official figures showed.

House prices fell back this month

House prices have fallen back from a record high with the first month-on-month decrease in more than a year in September, according to the Nationwide.

House prices fell back from a record high in September with the first month-on-month decrease in more than a year, building society Nationwide has reported.

Wonga profit hit by £18m letter row

Payday lender Wonga has reported a slump in profits as it counts the cost of a drive to clean up the image of the business.

Profits at payday lender Wonga more than halved last year after it racked up £18.8 million in costs relating to a scandal over fake legal letters.

Mortgage approval rate falls

Higher property prices may be cooling demand, figures indicate

The number of mortgages approved for house purchase dropped again in August amid signs that higher property prices are cooling demand.

'White Dee' hints at Ukip support

Deirdre Kelly, known as White Dee, hit out at Iain Duncan Smith's policies

Benefits Street star Deirdre Kelly has condemned Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for being "out of touch with the real world" and revealed she might vote Ukip at next year's general election.

Base divorce deals on contribution

Judges should not try to gauge the value of new relationships in dicorce settlements, says a lawyer

Judges asked to divide money after couples break up should compensate wives for their "contribution" to marriages and assess their needs - not try to gauge the value of new relationships, according to a leading family lawyer.

PM pledges GP cover 7 days a week

Chancellor George Osborne makes his keynote address to the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham

Every NHS patient in England will be guaranteed access to a GP seven days a week by 2020 if Conservatives win power in next year's election, David Cameron has said.

Spending power squeeze 'continuing'

A new report warns that the squeeze on spending power will continue until 2017

A squeeze on spending power is set to last another three years and result in a "lost decade" for real take home pay, an influential report said.

Young workers embrace pensions move

Nest found that the highest opt-out rates were among older workers

Young workers are leading the way in the Government's pension savings revolution, with people aged under 30 more likely to embrace automatic enrolment than any other age group, figures released by a major retirement scheme show.

Pension inheritance tax to be axed

Chancellor George Osborne has been carrying out a wholesale reform of pensions

Savers will be able to pass on money in their pension pot tax-free to their children and grandchildren after their death, after Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to abolish a punitive 55% penalty tax.

'We'll abolish youth unemployment'

David Cameron has said the Tory pledge to lower the benefits cap will help remove youth unemployment in Britain

The next Conservative government will "abolish" youth unemployment and stop young people slipping into a life of dependency when they leave school, David Cameron pledged today.

Weekend spend 'behind Monday blues'

People are checking the damage they have done to their bank balances over the weekend, research suggests

Workers' Monday morning blues may have as much to do with them discovering the full extent of their weekend spending as being back in the office, research suggests.

Tories plan fresh cap on benefits

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced plans for a fresh cap on benefits

The Conservatives have set out plans for a fresh cap on benefits in order to fund millions of new apprenticeships if they win next year's general election.

Farage rejects 'luxury goods tax'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has rejected a proposal for a 'luxury goods tax'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has shot down proposals for the party to levy a "luxury goods tax" on items such as designer shoes and handbags.

Minister quits and Tory MP defects

Mark Reckless delivers his speech during the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire

David Cameron has been dealt a double blow after a Government minister quit in a sex scandal and another Tory MP announced he was defecting to Ukip.