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Issue No. 2088

  • £1,284 – The increase in annual average household bills in the last year as food and fuel prices rose
  • 21% – Rise in the number of home repossessions. Some 27,100 homes were repossesed last year, up from 22,400 in 2006 and 8,200 in 2004
  • 129,800 – The number of borrowers at least three months behind in their mortgage repayments, up by 8.6 percent
  • 4.5 million – Number of British households in fuel poverty—spending more than 10 percent of their income on fuel
  • 19.3% – The increase in petrol prices in the last year
  • 15% – The average hike in fuel bills
  • 4.1% – New Retail Price Index rate of inflation
  • 2% – Gordon Brown’s pay limit for public sector workers
  • 180 – Number of MPs, out of the 646 MPs in parliament, who employ their relatives at our expense
  • 1 in 2,585 – Number of benefit claimants prosecuted or cautioned
  • £1,000 – Prince Harry and Prince William’s army wage rise, a 3.9 percent increase
  • £40.5 billion – Expected profits of Britain’s banks this year, up from £39.5 billion last year
  • £772.80 – The amount someone on the minimum wage of £5.52 an hour earns in four weeks before tax, working 35 hours a week
  • £1,000 – The price for one person’s seven course “Bonus Banquet” at Vivat Bacchus restaurant in London, which is popular with City types

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Tue 12 Feb 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2088
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