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.
Ian Marchant, the energy boss who was at the centre of one of his industry's biggest mis-selling scandals, has been brought in to clean up the corporate governance failings at Thames Water.
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.