Mail On Sunday (11th January, 2015)

The £150k bill to knock two flats into huge house for jobless couple and 10 children on £45k benefits

A jobless couple and their ten children have been handed a seven-bedroom house converted from two flats at a cost of at least £150,000.

Peter and Sam Smith, who are understood to receive nearly £45,000 a year in benefits, have moved in to the council property, which also has a new ground-floor extension to ensure the family has a large enough kitchen and dining area. Residents in Keynsham, Bath, are outraged that sought-after two-bedroom council flats – for which the average non-urgent waiting time is nearly three-and-a-half years – have been denied to working families.

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Mail On Sunday (16th November, 2014)

Hypocrisy with a capital HRH! That's what the locals think of Prince Charles' new rural development


When Prince Charles wrote passionately of protecting our 'beautiful landscapes with hedge rows' and the ‘folly’ of losing farmland, he captured the public mood. However, his cover article for the latest edition of Country Life, has enraged farmers and nature lovers at the very heart of his Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The reason? Just compare the two photographs alongside....

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Mail On Sunday (12th October, 2014)

Thousands still waiting for ‘fast’ flood payouts: Families whose homes were damaged nine months ago have yet to receive money

Thousands of families whose homes were damaged in the storms that battered Britain in January have yet to receive insurance payouts, with many still in temporary accommodation.

In February, Prime Minister David Cameron put insurers on notice that they needed to ‘pay up the money fast’. Yet 7,480 households – 40 per cent of those who made claims – are still waiting for compensation,

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Mail On Sunday (25th October, 2014)

The night Jo Brand ‘wiggled’ through a Scottie’s dog flap...to steal her cheating boyfriend’s pants

Even her greatest fans would acknowledge that Jo Brand is less than svelte – and the comedienne has long ridiculed her own physique and appetite for food in such books as her autobiography Look Back In Hunger and the TV series Jo Brand Through The Cakehole.

So the notion of the star who once dubbed herself ‘the Sea Monster’ managing to squeeze her way through a dog flap sounds a rather fanciful tale.

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Mail On Sunday (30th August, 2014)

Schools warned of solar panel fire risk: Fears over free green scheme after three mystery blazes

British Gas has launched an investigation into solar panels at dozens of schools and businesses after a series of mystery fires.

Some 92 schools that signed up for free panels have been told their equipment will need improvements before it is considered safe to use. It comes after solar panel fires in three schools were confirmed by British Gas following a tip-off to The Mail on Sunday.

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