LONDON - Scotland would have to make "substantial" spending cuts or increase taxes if the Scottish National Party (SNP) gained full control of the country's finances after next month's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said on Tuesday.
LONDON - Last weekend, London couple Vicki Clayton and James Renhard left behind cramped bedrooms that smelt of smoke, housemates who stole their food and a landlord who kept his deposit, and moved into a rented flat of their own.
LONDON - As Britain heads to national elections in May, high prices have reshaped the housing market, doubling the proportion of people who rent privately and dissuading many young people from saving for a home. Britain's main political parties have different policies to fix the problem:
LONDON - British car insurance premiums fell by 1 percent in the first quarter due to discounts on offer early in the year, roadside recovery service the AA said on Tuesday, following two quarters of price rises.
LONDON - Asking prices for homes on sale in England and Wales hit an all-time in the month to early April, pushed up by a fall in the number of properties on the market, property website Rightmove said on Monday.
LONDON - Woodford Investment Management has raised gross proceeds of 800 million pounds ($1.2 billion) in its new investment trust, the money manager said on Monday, achieving the largest launch in Britain in more than two decades.
LONDON - Lloyds Banking Group said it would support plans by the Conservative Party to sell some of the government's remaining 22 percent stake in the bank to retail investors.
LONDON - Chancellor George Osborne said on Sunday that he intends to sell billions of pounds of government shares in Lloyds Banking Group to small investors if the Conservative Party wins the May 7 election.
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday that he would appoint a well-known pensions expert, Ros Altmann, as a financial services minister if he returns to power after next month's election.
LONDON - Britain's economy created the largest number of new jobs in nearly a year and unemployment hit its lowest rate since mid-2008, official labour market data showed on Friday, the last such report before a closely fought election on May 7.
LONDON - British house prices grew at their fastest pace in five months in March, fuelled by a shortage of properties, a survey showed on Thursday, adding to other signs that a cooling of the market may be ending.
LONDON - A lack of specialist advice to all but the well-off leaves a plethora of pitfalls lying in wait for the millions of British pensioners looking forward to their impending freedom to choose where to invest their retirement savings.
LONDON - Osper, a British company that provides pre-paid debit cards for children, is looking for partners and plans to offer new services and expand into Europe and the United States, its founder and chief executive told Reuters.