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More than 500,000 people in Britain may soon find their homes and businesses are uninsurable or unsellable due to risk of flooding, according to Environment Agency statistics.

New Health and Safety Commission statistics show 249 people were killed in work-related incidents last year, a drop of 47 on the year before.

UK homeowners are borrowing £4 billion a month to spend on consumer goods, HSBC's in-house economists have calculated.

The increase in public social housing construction is expected to jump from one per cent in 2002 to 10.7 per cent in 2003, according to the RICS's latest Economic Forecast Bulletin.

Hereditary peers removed from the House of Lords by Labour's reforms three years ago are set to sue the government for £1 million apiece in the European Court of Human Rights.

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