London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.
In his first Autumn Budget, Philip Hammond delivered a speech clearly designed to distract from the dire economic news with a stream of jokes that were nearly as bad.
Privatised utility was seen as a financial instrument paying fat dividends to offshore owners while short-changing customers. Its new boss seems to think that game is now up.
Figures released recently showed a worrying national trend with regards to apprenticeships, with a 61% decline in apprenticeships across the UK.
Consumers' confidence in their personal finances has fallen to its lowest level since April 2015, while a think-tank report suggests that they can continue to expect falling living standards.