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Britons live in properties that are on average 12 per cent smaller than Spaniards' homes,14 per cent smaller than Germans'and 16 per cent smaller than those of the French, according to new research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the Bradford and Bingley Building Society.

The Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions has claimed that 61 per cent of new-build housing constructed last year was on brownfield sites.

Women can still expect to earn on average 18 per cent less than their male counterparts, according to new research by the Equal Opportunities Commission out this week.

The average cost of housing in the UK has jumped massively yet again.Figures published by the Halifax showed that houses rose in value by 4.2 per cent last year, a national record.

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