An economy in recession and high borrowing costs mean there will not be a bumper election giveaway.
Singapore paid taxpayer dollars to lock in Swift's shows - causing some bad blood in the region.
Towns outside of big cities have seen some of the biggest rent rises as tenants choose comfort.
Mohsin Issa says he and his co-owner brother are "here for the long haul", despite Asda's £5bn debt.
This is the fourth rise in two years for first class stamps and the second class cost will rise too.