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....“From an economic or social perspective, the 2. 5% element never made any sense; it was arbitrary,” she said, arguing that there were better ways of ensuring that pensioners’ incomes kept up with the cost of living. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Theresa May weighing up cheaper 'double lock' for pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
....“From an economic or social perspective, the 2. 5% element never made any sense; it was arbitrary,” she said, arguing that there were better ways of ensuring that pensioners’ incomes kept up with the cost of living. ...
Londoners work 'three weeks a year more than rest of UK' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 02:14:56 AM
....The extra two hours a week worked by the average Londoner compared with the average for the UK means they clock up about 100 extra hours over the year, which equates to about three working weeks. London's young demographic, high cost of living and concentration of "higher-skilled work" creates a culture of longer hours, according to Prof Ronald McQuaid. ...
But it was spreads that put the ‘uni’ in Unilever image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 06:00:23 AM
....Prices are rising and wages aren’t, which means that our standard of living is falling. That irritation is likely to continue for a bit, too, with economists expecting the squeeze on inflation-adjusted wages to intensify over the coming months as the weak pound affects the cost of living. ...
Living standards in UK fall for the first time since 2014 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 12:14:56 PM
....3% increase in prices. Despite a fresh fall in unemployment and record job vacancies, economists expect the squeeze on real inflation-adjusted wages to intensify over the coming months as the weak pound affects the cost of living. ...
UK inflation stays at three-year high of 2.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 10:42:20 AM
....The Treasury said it was also taking action. “We are building an economy that works for everyone and helping families with the cost of living by cutting income taxes for 31 million people, freezing fuel duty and increasing the national living wage to £7. ...
'Backward on pay' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:34:24 AM
.... I'm currently on maternity leave wondering if I'll get a chance to see my baby reach and enjoy solid foods because £539 isn't enough to survive on, especially if you work in London. The cost of living is too high!!. ...
UK wages will soon lag behind prices – will the Bank take action? | Larry Elliott image
....Judging by his comments, Mark Carney is blissfully unconcerned about inflation rising above its 2% target for the first time since 2013. The governor dismissed the unexpectedly sharp rise in the cost of living as a “single data point” when quizzed about it at a conference on ethics in banking held at the Bank of England. ...
Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:27:08 AM
....The Treasury said the government understood the financial pressures on households. “The government appreciates that families are concerned about the cost of living, and that is why we are cutting tax for millions of working people, increasing the national living wage to £7. ...
Contrasting fortunes for island property image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:23:51 AM
.... . Separate ONS figures found that the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index inlfation measure, rose by 2. ...
London 'cheaper than New York or Tokyo' after pound's Brexit plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 07:00:07 AM
. London has become the cheapest of the world’s major global centres, with the cost of living falling behind that of New York, Paris and Tokyo to its lowest level for two decades. ...
What a £1 coin could have made since 1983 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 10:03:18 PM
.... . Ritu Vohora, investment director at M&G, said that the replacement of the old round pound coin was a "timely reminder" of the corrosive effects of inflation - the rising cost of living. ...
Interest rate rise is further away than MPC vote suggests image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 05:50:07 PM
.... Far from it. The cost of living is going up as a result of higher oil prices and the fall in the value of the pound, but wage pressure is abating. ...
Jones Bootmaker is on the brink – but it's not all gloom on the high street image
....7%, a level that many economists would consider close to full employment, yet there is not the glimmer of the upward pressure on wages that was so evident in the mid-70s. Back then, increases in the cost of living were matched by demands for higher pay, which in turn led to higher inflation. ...
UK unemployment is as low as 1975 – but why aren't wages rising? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:18:08 AM
....7%, a level that many economists would consider close to full employment, yet there is not the glimmer of the upward pressure on wages that was so evident in the mid-70s. Back then, increases in the cost of living were matched by demands for higher pay, which in turn led to higher inflation. ...
Children's scooters added to inflation basket image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 10:38:14 AM
. The obsession of many young children to scoot is affecting the way the cost of living is calculated in the UK. ...
Credit card Britain: Seven out of ten adults have average debts of £6,372  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 04:08:00 PM
.... Unsecured debt levels now total £240BILLION, showed the research. A third of people who have seen debts increase over the past 12 months, say it as a result of the rising cost of living. ...
Asda offers staff a pay rise for 'flexible' contract image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 03:18:08 PM
...." . However, Living Wage Foundation, which campaigns for pay levels based on the cost of living, said that Asda should go further. ...
Doubts over new 'leading' savings deal announced in Budget image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:37:00 AM
.... Anyone accessing their money early will be charged a penalty equal to 90 days' interest on the amount cashed in. Some critics have already labelled the product as a "sideshow" and "underwhelming", in part because official forecasts estimate that the cost of living will rise at 2% or above for the next three years. ...
'This is grossly unfair': self-employed readers react to NICs increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:03 PM
....Wendy Lloyd, 47, voiceover actor/broadcaster. I have had to start working part time as a self-employed contractor due to the cost of living in this area, and the lack of suitable alternative jobs. ...
Pret A Manger says one in 50 applicants is British image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:19:31 PM
....". Pret a Manger pays its staff in London (and places with a similar cost of living) £8. ...
Philip Hammond's budget is a long way from tackling future challenges | Larry Elliot image
....3% next year. Faster increases in the cost of living, which look quite possible, would lead to a bigger hit on living standards, lower consumer spending, weaker growth and higher borrowing. ...
Budget 2017: What it means for you image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:09:53 PM
.... Savers must lock in their money for three years. Official forecasts estimate that the cost of living will rise at 2% or above for the next three years. ...
Hammond urged to tackle 'catastrophic' effect of rising inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....”. They stressed that the government was concerned about the cost of living had taken several steps in order to support families including “cutting taxes for millions of people”, a “significant pay rise” through the national living wage, doubling free childcare for nearly 400,000 working parents and freezing fuel duty. ...
Budget 2017: Hammond to tell us the Brexit vote could have been worse image
....The poorest fifth of the population spend £1 in every £6 on food– for the richest fifth it is just £1 in every £12, according to an analysis of official figures by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. So given that spending patterns differ, it follows that the cost of living rises at different rates for different people. ...
UK house price growth at slowest rate in four years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:01:30 AM
....“Property prices are still 2. 3% higher than a year ago, but perhaps we’re approaching the territory where many buyers are unable or unwilling to pay what sellers are asking, given the negative combination of rises in the cost of living, tighter lending criteria and a dose of Brexit uncertainty. ...
Is this the end of UK's retail boom? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 01:32:28 PM
....8% between October and January and is certain to go higher over the months ahead. So far, the pick-up in the cost of living has been the result of the global rise in oil prices but retailers are also struggling with the higher prices paid for imports as a result of the post-referendum fall in the pound. ...
Inflation could push 4m more Britons below poverty line, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 12:01:18 AM
....At least 4 million people are at risk of falling below the poverty line because of rising food and fuel prices, a new study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned. The cost of living could rise by up to 10% by 2020, increasing pressure on household budgets, the foundation said, with the impact worsened by a freeze on tax credits and working age benefits. ...
Days of low inflation are over with UK consumer finances to take a hit | Larry Elliott image
....It was nice while it lasted, but the days of ultra-low inflation are over – at least for the time being. The year ahead is going to be marked by rising prices and squeezed living standards, but the pickup in the cost of living needs to be put in perspective; January’s increase was smaller than expected, and the result of prices falling less sharply than they did a year ago. ...
UK inflation rises to 1.8% spurred by weak pound and rising fuel costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:30:41 AM
....Responding to news of another rise in inflation, a spokesman for the Treasury noted that earnings were still rising faster than inflation and had done so for more than two years. “The government appreciates that families are concerned about the cost of living and that is why we are cutting taxes for millions of working people and have frozen fuel duty, saving an average driver £130 a year compared to previous plans,” he added. ...
UK inflation is forecast to come in shy of Bank of England's 2 per cent target image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
....The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation is expected to hit 1. 9 per cent in January, as rising food and fuel prices pushes the cost of living beyond 1. ...
The UK's inflation foot soldiers: how the ONS measures the CPI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 04:58:06 PM
.... We are the people who go out and collect the same items each month,” she says. Inflation estimates are used to help set pay rises, benefits, rail fares, and also reflect the cost of living faced by households. ...
Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 07:01:00 AM
.... The committee said the overspend reflected “a culture of optimism bias” among officials at the department, now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. A BEIS spokewoman said: “The government is committed to helping ordinary working people keep more of what they earn and supporting households with the cost of living. ...
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:26:31 PM
....“Millions of people are taking home more of what they earn thanks to the government’s actions to reduce income tax bills and introduce the national living wage. We are helping households with the cost of living by increasing the supply of affordable housing, banning letting agents’ fees, and freezing fuel duty, and our investment to boost productivity will raise living standards in the long run. ...
Mexico braced for exodus to US as ‘Trump effect’ hurts the peso image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 04:00:04 PM
....Reality may soon disrupt this vision because Donald Trump, in one of the first great ironies of his presidency, has given impoverished Mexicans more reason to migrate to the US. The peso’s slump against the dollar has dramatically driven up their cost of living, fuelling angry protests and steeling the resolve of some to sneak across the border. ...
George Soros: Theresa May won't last and Trump is 'would-be dictator' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 02:23:23 AM
.... But as the currency depreciates, and inflation will be the driving force, this will lead to declining living standards. “This is going to take some time, but when it does happen they’ll realise that they are earning less than before because wages won’t rise as fast as the cost of living. ...
UK inflation hits two-year high of 1.6% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:13:33 AM
....With the UK economy largely reliant on consumers to drive growth, the Treasury has sought to highlight its efforts to support household incomes, including a planned increase in the national living wage and a freeze on fuel duty. Commenting on the inflation figures, a spokeswoman said: “The government is committed to helping hard-working people keep more of what they earn and to supporting households with the cost of living. ...
UK economy is overheating and veering towards stagflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 07:00:17 AM
.... Labour compensation is the single largest contributor to inflation. Thus while some workers will no doubt enjoy pay rises over the coming year, when combined with the food and energy effects it is unlikely that most will keep up with the rising cost of living. ...
UK inflation to hit a two-year high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 12:01:09 AM
. Inflation is set to hit its highest level in more than two years this week, according to economists, as the sharp drop in sterling since the referendum fuels a rise in the cost of living. ...
Spending power on the rise, says ONS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 10:26:16 AM
....The richest fifth of the population saw a slight fall in their spending power. The average UK household saw their disposable income rise by £564 compared with the previous year, after the rising cost of living - measured by inflation - was taken into account, the ONS said. ...
Theresa May vows to correct 'burning injustices' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 04:50:51 AM
..... "From tackling the increasing lack of affordability in housing, fixing broken markets to help with the cost of living, and building a great meritocracy where every child has the opportunity of a good school place, we will act across every layer of society to restore the fairness that is the bedrock of the social solidarity that makes our nation strong. ...
Millions of Britons ‘worried about money’ image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Women feel the strain more, with 51 per cent admitting they are concerned about money compared with 40 per cent of men. Forty-one per cent of UK adults believe their financial anxiety will increase in 2017, with 17 per cent citing the rising cost of living as the main reason. ...
Brexit bounce sends confidence soaring in housing and stock markets image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 07:27:00 AM
....New research published today by Aviva shows that one in four names falling savings rates as their major concern. Many are also worried by the rising cost of living, as inflation hit a two-year high of 1. ...
What the US economy doesn't need from Donald Trump | Joseph Stiglitz image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 11:19:56 AM
....If Trump starts a trade war – by, say, following through on his vow to impose a 45% tariff on imports from China and to build a wall on the US border with Mexico – the economic impact will be even more severe. Trump’s cabinet of billionaires could continue to buy their Gucci handbags and $10,000 Ivanka bracelets, but ordinary Americans’ cost of living would increase substantially; and without components from Mexico and elsewhere, manufacturing jobs would become even scarcer. ...
Bank of England HOLDS interest rates - but experts warn of 2017 hike image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 11:43:00 AM
....2 per cent in November, and the Bank now predicts the measure to reach its target of two per cent within six months. Policymakers expect the cost of living to reach almost as high as three per cent during 2017. ...
UK employment falls in months after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 05:29:53 PM
....9% in October. It was the highest level in more than two years, driven higher by clothing and petrol prices, in a sign that the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote is fuelling a rise in the cost of living. ...
Why is UK inflation rising so quickly? Blame Brexit and the oil price image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:38:38 PM
....Gyrations in the oil market meant it was a stone-cold certainty that inflation would be on the rise in late 2016. This time last year the price of crude was crashing, which put strong downward pressure on the cost of living. ...
Inflation hits highest level in more than two years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 09:35:40 AM
....UK inflation climbed to 1. 2% in November, the highest level in more than two years, in a sign that the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote is fuelling a rise in the cost of living. ...
So the Fed won’t raise interest rates? Watch this space image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 06:59:20 AM
....That’s not necessarily a bad thing – but here comes the crux. Wednesday will see more data on wages, when the question will be how much longer pay rises can outpace the rising cost of living. ...
US economy adds 178,000 new jobs making Fed rate hike likely image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:55:25 PM
....“I’ve been in home health since I was 15, so 30 years,” Shabazz said, adding that she works every day of the week, sometimes as a delivery driver for GrubHub, sometimes as a home healthcare worker. “The cost of living is going up, but our pay is not going up,” she told the Guardian. ...
Lidl to give lowest-paid staff pay rise to £8.45 an hour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 07:12:55 PM
.... The workers in England, Scotland and Wales will get the pay rise from 1 March next year, making them some of the best paid retail staff, although they do not receive paid breaks or extra pay for Sundays. Lidl first lifted its minimum pay last autumn to the level recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, which campaigns for companies to pay staff enough to meet the cost of living. ...
Autumn Statement: Workers' pay growth prospects dreadful, says IFS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 12:07:43 PM
....The "outlook for living standards and for the public finances has deteriorated pretty sharply over the last nine months", he added. Real average earnings - which factor in the rising cost of living - were forecast to rise by less than 5% between now and 2021. ...
Autumn Statement 2016: Hammond unveils SAVERS' BOOST with new market-leading bond  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:50:00 PM
....Ahead of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor warned households that "inflation is back". The rising cost of living makes it harder for savers to get a real return on cash. ...
'Life's hard at times' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 03:59:10 AM
....Some might say that Britain is itself just about managing. Marine engineer Christopher Harroway is already noticing a rise in the cost of living. ...
Are you a JAM? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 10:48:16 AM
...."You have your own home, but you worry about paying a mortgage. You can just about manage but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school. ...
Jam tomorrow: all Philip Hammond is likely to offer struggling Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:48:08 PM
....The prime minister minted the phrase that has become Whitehall’s favourite new acronym in her speech outside Downing Street on the day she got the job. She pledged to strive for a country that worked for everyone, empathising with those in precarious jobs, struggling to pay the mortgage, worried about the cost of living or anxious about getting their children into a good school. ...
Autumn Statement 2016: Financial upheaval ahead for families image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 05:29:06 PM
....Some experts are predicting a "quiet" Autumn Statement - but significant upheaval for family finances is already coming down the line. The freeze on major benefits, which continues until 2020, may bite harder as inflation is set to accelerate - driving up the cost of living. ...
Two-hour daily commute 'on rise among UK workers' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 03:19:13 PM
.... . The cost of renting a home in the UK rose faster than the cost of living in the year to September, according to ONS figures. ...
Employment not hit by Brexit vote – but there may be clouds ahead image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 11:44:27 AM
....There are reasons for believing that the current state of the labour market is as good as it gets for a while. Private investment is unlikely to be strong while the government negotiates Brexit, while consumer spending is going to be hit as the cost of living rate catches up with the rate of earnings growth. ...
UK inflation rate dips to 0.9% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 10:25:21 AM
. Philip Hammond was on Tuesday being urged to ignore a small and unexpected fall in inflation and use next week’s autumn statement to protect Britain’s poorest families from an expected sharp rise in the cost of living in 2017. ...
Global bonds slump as Trump prompts inflation fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 07:41:17 PM
....5% a year. Financial markets, however, think the reflationary package will also push up the cost of living and force the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, to raise interest rates more rapidly than had been expected. ...
Raise interest rates! Bank of England urged to shield savers from inflation threat image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of November 2016 04:28:00 PM
....Growth for next year has been revised up, as the Brexit effect has been less severe than expected, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). However, the cost of living in Britain could jump to four per cent, from its current level of 0. ...
Teachers priced out of house market as property prices soar to 11 times earnings image
.... In 2015, figures compiled by TeachVac teacher jobs site showed secondary schools in London advertised more posts than any other region last year: nearly seven for every four vacancies posted in the north-east, south-west, West Midlands and the north-west. A recent survey by the London branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) found three in five teachers under 35 cannot see themselves teaching in London in five years’ time, and nearly two-thirds of respondents cited the cost of living as the reason they were leaving. ...
New hourly living wage rate rises by up to 4% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 12:14:30 PM
.... One in five people earn less than the wage they need to get by. That’s why it’s more important than ever for leading employers to join the growing movement of businesses and organisations that are going further than the government minimum and making sure their employees earn enough to cover the cost of living. ...
Living wage rate increased by 20p an hour image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 10:40:00 AM
...."One in five people earn less than the wage they need to get by. That's why it's more important than ever for leading employers to join the growing movement of businesses and organisations that are going further than the government minimum and making sure their employees earn enough to cover the cost of living. ...
Number of insolvencies jumps by a fifth in England and Wales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 01:35:09 PM
. The number of people becoming insolvent across England and Wales leapt by a fifth in the third quarter of 2016, with experts warning that the numbers could continue to increase as the cost of living rises following the UK’s Brexit vote. ...
Tenants see rents rise by 2.3%, ONS says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 09:50:38 AM
. The cost of renting a home in Britain rose faster than the overall cost of living in the past year, official figures indicate. ...
REVEALED: Inflation and state pension top of fears for people fast approaching retirement image
.... . One in three over 50s are worried the rising cost of living could dent income prospects. ...
Why your coffee could cost more image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 12:36:02 PM
. The cost of living rose in September by more than it has in nearly two years. ...
UK house prices: East and South driving rises, says ONS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 09:13:09 AM
....Where can I afford to live?. The figures were published as the ONS announced that the cost of living rose by 1% in the year to September. ...
UK inflation hits near two-year high of 1% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 08:42:46 AM
....The Office for National Statistics played down the impact of the falling pound on the annual inflation rate, saying there was no “explicit evidence” that it was having a significant impact on consumer prices. But according to City analysts, the higher than expected rise in the cost of living indicated that the pound’s recent slump was increasing the price of imported goods. ...
Heathrow accused by cleaners over living wage deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 02:55:40 PM
....They argue that if the principle of the living wage is accepted, it is only fair that it should be paid to "all workers on its premises". "Paying people a real living wage that is linked to the cost of living makes the difference between always struggling to make ends meet versus having enough to get by," said a spokeswoman for Citizens UK. ...
British shoppers told to expect price rises after steep fall in pound image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 01:25:27 PM
....But the UK’s annual inflation rate stayed at 0. 6% last month, confounding City forecasts of a small rise in the cost of living due to imports becoming more expensive. ...
'Poor reward' for pocket money savers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:51:34 PM
.... Most variable rate savings accounts for adults have also been hit by this change. The best paying accounts still pay nearly 3% a year in interest - higher than the rising cost of living. ...
Born lucky? Children of the 60s, 70s and 80s on buying their first homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of October 2016 06:00:35 AM
.... That said, I think that it is so much harder to be financially stable now. The cost of living – house prices, food prices, energy prices – has increased far more than incomes, and this has left people often being forced to spend around 40% of their earnings on simply keeping a roof over their heads. ...

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