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The 'worst time to buy a home for three years': High prices and interest rate fears see confidence in market plunge

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  • Halifax survey found market confidence is lowest since April 2011
  • Buyers say they are worried about soaring prices and an interest rate hike

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Published: 19:45 EST, 27 July 2014 | Updated: 02:06 EST, 28 July 2014

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Driving licence costs to be slashed by a third with a first-time application cut to £34

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  • First licence application to fall from £50 to £34 as part of DVLA reviewspan>
  • Transport minister Claire Perry says it will help young drivers with costs

By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor

Published: 19:14 EST, 27 July 2014 | Updated: 01:38 EST, 28 July 2014

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GCSEs are the 'new 11-plus' with leading universities using them to weed out degree candidates (but is that fair for late bloomers who perform well at A-level?)

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  • GCSEs are 'new 11-plus increasingly used to weed out degree candidates'

  • Dr Peter Claus claims the approach is disadvantageous to late bloomers

  • And he admits that Oxford University is 'as guilty as anybody else in that'

By Laura Clark, Education Correspondent

Published: 18:19 EST, 27 July 2014 | Updated: 01:15

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The onesie that saved my walkies: Alfie the terrier wears a lightweight breathable suit to keep his pollen allergy at bay

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  • Alfie faced a life indoors because allergy caused painful sores on skin
  • But owner Joanne Mitchell found the lycra suit after online research
  • Now the happy Jack Russell has found a new lease of life

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Published: 18:23 EST, 27 July 2014 | Updated: 01:15 EST, 28 July

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