Carrie Symonds 's Lulu Lytle-inspired makeover has caused uproar, but the 32-year-old apparently saw the lavish Downing Street overhaul as necessary to rid the Prime Minister's residence of the 'John Lewis nightmare' left behind by former occupant Theresa May , according to Tatler. It came as a painful blow to fans of Britain's favourite department store — and an unfounded one. For while the 157-year-old company may have a reputation for being safe and suburban, look closer and it offers plenty of chic, timeless pieces. Boris Johnson's girlfriend Carrie Symonds's Lulu Lytle-inspired makeover of Downing Street has caused uproar There are £2,000 sofas (a snip compared with the £20,000 three-seaters from Lytle's company Soane Britain), lamps for under £20 (not £12,000) and wallpaper for £9 a roll (not £500). RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris fears Carrie's No10 makeover may cost £200,000: PM's... Boris and Carrie's £12,500 secret … [Read more...] about Why would Carrie Symonds pay Lulu’s not-so-Lytle bills when John Lewis can mirror her designs?
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UK inflation doubled to 0.6% in December but the price of food fell. This is up from the 0.3% level of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation recorded in November . Analysts at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) say increased clothing and transport costs over Christmas were the main reasons behind the rise. The price of clothing was up by 0.1%, while transport increased by 1.5%. Clothing usually falls in December thanks to Boxing Day sales but most discounts were online-only this year due to non-essential shops being shut in large areas of England . Brits also saw the usual inflated train and bus prices over Christmas. What does inflation matter? INFLATION is a measure of the cost of living. It looks at how much the price of goods, such as food or televisions, and services, such as haircuts or train tickets, has changed over time. Usually people measure inflation by comparing the cost of things today with how much they cost a year ago. The … [Read more...] about UK inflation doubled to 0.6% in December despite food prices falling
MARTIN Lewis has grilled Rishi Sunak about the furlough scheme and workers who’ve been “left out in the lurch” from help. The MoneySavingExpert founder quizzed the Chancellor in an exclusive interview on the Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV. As part of yesterday’s Budget , the Chancellor confirmed he was extending the furlough scheme until the end of September . The Government will continue to pay furloughed workers' wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month until the end of June. Employers will then be required to meet 10% of those wages in July and 20% in August and September as the scheme winds down. The Budget announcement means millions will have been paid to stay at home for 17 months by the end of the furlough scheme. Furlough - officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - has protected more than 11million jobs since its creation last March. But speaking to the Chancellor today, Martin told Mr Sunak that some bosses aren’t “playing … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis grills Rishi Sunak on workers ‘left out’ of furlough scheme with bosses ‘not playing ball’