Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped

Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escapeFour years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a…

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Energy watchdog accused of stalling action to tackle climate crisis

Scottish Power boss says UK regulator needs reform after refusing investment for electric vehicle chargingThe energy regulator has been accused by Scottish Power of hindering the UK’s electric vehicle rollout due to its “colossal disconnect” with Brita…

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Nottingham-based energy supplier fails to pay £9.5m in subsidies

Robin Hood Energy may have licence revoked if it fails to pay total sum to OfgemRobin Hood Energy, the energy supplier owned by Nottingham city council, has failed to pass on £9.5m in renewable energy subsidies after collecting them from customers thro…

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Centrica to use customers’ hot water tanks to stop blackouts

British Gas owner to harness smart appliances to help balance National GridCentrica, the owner of British Gas, plans to use its customers’ hot water tanks to create a virtual power plant which could help National Grid prevent future blackouts.The UK’s …

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Inflation falls to 1.7%, its lowest level for nearly three years

Companies taking a wait-and-see approach to raising prices before Brexit, say economistsUK inflation fell to its lowest level in almost three years after the end of summer sales kept clothing prices down, easing pressure on consumers before the Brexit …

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Smart energy meter rollout deadline pushed back to 2024

Government decision follows critics saying 2020 deadline had no chance of being metThe government has pushed back the deadline for its £13bn smart energy meter rollout by four years to 2024 after critics said the project had “no realistic prospect” of …

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Boiler cover plans: are they worth buying?

As winter beckons, you may be tempted to take out a policy. We evaluate the options Millions of homes across the UK will soon be firing up their central heating for the first time in months – and some will find that their boiler decides not to work. Sh…

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