Young opt for life in London microhouses

Property developers think small to cater for hard-pressed workers

Network Rail probed over travel chaos

Over-running Christmas engineering works cause train disruptions

Opposition blasts blackout helpline delay

Labour says families left vulnerable to any repeat of storm chaos

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Household income forecast to rise in 2015

But pre-crisis levels not expected until after election year

UK government spending: Back to the future

Proposed cuts to state spending in Britain prompt a warning of parallels with levels in 1930s

Empty rail tracks

Politicians row over Boxing Day trains

Labour and Tories trade accusations over lack of services

Concern grows over payday lender tactics

New rules prompt fears over what companies will do to survive

NHS funding changes risk lives, experts say

Experts protest to NHS chief over new payment proposals

Alexander attacks Osborne over cuts

Chancellor’s plans amount to ‘wilful destruction’, Lib Dem minister says

Labour attacks families’ housing shortage

Party says 87,000 children face Christmas in temporary shelter

UK looks set to miss 3% growth forecast

Downgrade of official estimates delivers political blow to Osborne

Ukip donor funds site scorning jailed activists

Chuka Umunna, main parties — and the FT — also in crosshairs

Cameron fixers oversee NHS winter planning

Prime minister wants to avoid cold weather crisis in health service

Northern Ireland parties reach broad deal

Last-minute agreement bolstered by £2bn package

Every bed occupied in Tooting A&E

Patient demand for casualty services rises

Ukip donor behind website attacking rivals

Insurance tycoon funding LibLabCon site

Deadline pushed in Northern Ireland talks

Province’s parties risk direct rule from London if they stand divided

Balls says mansion tax is top priority

Levy would be introduced in first budget if Labour wins election

Ulster negotiations go through the night

Talks to clinch political deal follow ‘generous’ Cameron financial offer

SFO wins pioneering bribery convictions

Jury finds company guilty of bribing foreign officials