HM Revenue and Customs has been accused of failing to collect enough tax from big business and not using the powers at its disposal to do so by an influential committee of MP's.
Under Bank of England governor Mark Carney's policy of forward guidance, the MPC will not consider raising rates until unemployment has fallen below 7%.
Demand for renting a home is expected to slow next year with rents rising at a rate below that of inflation, new data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have shown.
The Bank of England is set to issue plastic banknotes for the first time featuring Sir Winston Churchill in a five pound note starting 2016.
Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, talks with Italian counterpart Fabrizio Saccomanni, right, during the EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels.