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Thursday newspaper round-up: Fuel poverty, strikes, Lloyds Banking

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Thursday 01 Dec 2022

Thursday newspaper round-up: Fuel poverty, strikes, Lloyds Banking

(Sharecast News) - More than 7 million people who no longer qualify for energy support from next spring face years in fuel poverty if average heat and light bills remain at £3,000, according to a report calling for more targeted help. In his November budget the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the government's energy price guarantee (EPG) would rise from April to £3,000 a year for the typical home, and the £400 help paid to all households this winter - regardless of income - would not be repeated. - Guardian
Britain is to be disrupted by strikes every day until Christmas as trade unions seek to bring the country to a halt in a new winter of discontent. Rail workers, including staff at Eurostar, nurses, teachers, security guards handling cash, driving examiners and rural payments officers are planning industrial action that will affect every day over advent. - Telegraph

Google has been hit with a £13.6bn lawsuit over claims the tech giant's stranglehold on the online advertising market has deprived publishers of revenue. The class action lawsuit, filed in the Competition Appeals Tribunal on Wednesday, claims that Google raked in "super profits" at the expense of hundreds of thousands of websites and mobile apps in the UK. - Telegraph

Italian oil major Eni is in early stage talks to buy Sam Laidlaw's Neptune Energy for up to $6 billion. Preliminary talks are under way but no formal offer has been made, a source said, confirming a report by Reuters. - The Times

Lloyds Banking Group's £52 billion staff pension fund was forced into fire sales of equities and faced collateral calls of billions of pounds at the height of the gilts market crisis, according to unusual evidence tabled in parliament. Henry Tapper, a pensions expert who gave evidence to the work and pensions committee last week, made a written disclosure in which he referred to his partner, Stella Eastwood, who is head of group pensions at Lloyds. - The Times


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