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'You can get your money when you need it'

Jacob Cushley works in a Stonegate pub in Plymouth. He is one of 125,000 UK workers whose employer lets them access part of their salary as they earn it rather than waiting for payday."It's helped me out with being able to do things socially and also with some unexpected bills," he says. "It's reassuring to…
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'Harmful' gender stereotypes in adverts banned

Image copyright Getty Images A ban on adverts featuring "harmful gender stereotypes" or those which are likely to cause "serious or widespread offence" has come into force.The ban covers scenarios such as a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, or a woman failing to park a car.The UK's advertising watchdog introduced the…
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RBS report branded 'whitewash' by MPs

Image copyright Getty Images A report by the financial watchdog, which recommends no further action against Royal Bank of Scotland's controversial restructuring business, has been called a "whitewash".A group of MPs said the Financial Conduct Authority failed to find out whether the bank's management were involved in the group's activities.RBS's Global Restructuring Group has been…
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PwC fined £6.5m over 'lack of competence' in audit

Image copyright Jack Taylor Accounting giant PwC has been fined £6.5m over its audit of the cloud computing firm Redcentric.The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which regulates auditors, reduced the fine to £4.55m after PwC admitted its mistakes.The FRC said some of the breaches were of a "fundamental nature, evidencing a serious lack of competence in…
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Adani mine: Australia approves controversial coal project

Image copyright EPA Image caption Plans for the mine have drawn protests across Australia Australia has given the final approval for construction to begin on a controversial coal mine to be built by Indian company Adani.The mine, in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been the subject of years of hold-ups over environmental approvals. But it was…
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Green: Topshop empire 'didn't come close to collapse'

Image copyright Getty Images Sir Philip Green has thanked landlords and suppliers who backed the deal that saved his retail empire. In an interview with the BBC, he batted away the suggestion the Topshop group had been on the point of going bust in typically combative style."It didn't come close to collapse - we won…