HEADLINE SCANNER 30/09/13: London named financial centre of the world | Help to buy brought forward | DFS heads for IPO


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Work for benefits announced

George Osborne has announced new conditions for the long-term unemployed under the government’s “tough love” banner. From April, people who are jobless after undergoing the work programme could have to do community work or face losing benefits.

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Help to buy scheme brought forward

A scheme designed to help people across the UK take out 95% mortgages is being extended to cover older properties, three months earlier than planned.

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DFS heads for IPO

Following a successful year in which the furniture giant posted an 8% growth in sales for the nine months ending April, DFS is gearing up to float on the London stock exchange.

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London named top financial centre in world

London remains the world’s premier centre for financial services despite a fall in its ratings due to reputational issues.

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Post office workers strike

Up to 4,000 staff at some of the UK’s largest post offices have begun their latest strike over jobs, pay and closures.

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