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    Balls plays to the public with promise of rectitude

    Ed Balls was met with silence from several thousand delegates in a packed conference hall in Manchester on Monday as he...

  2. September 22, 2014

    Cameron’s devolution move opens up ‘Pandora’s Box’ on tax and spending

    The people of Scotland may have rejected independence but, fearing a “yes” vote, Westminster may have opened a Pandora’s Box...

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  1. September 21, 2014

    Balls plans child benefit cut to help trim deficit

    Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls will on Monday promise “not to flinch from the tough decisions” needed to balance...

  2. September 18, 2014

    Universities to face ‘severe strain’

    UK higher education will come under “severe strain” after the next general election because of spending cuts and the costs...

  3. September 16, 2014

    Cameron in last-ditch pledge to Scots

    David Cameron has joined his political rivals to reassure Scotland on future government spending, during a last-ditch visit...

  4. September 15, 2014

    Tate buoyed by Matisse after fall in visitor numbers

    A five-month exhibition of Henri Matisse’s cut-out artworks has become the most successful in the history of the Tate...

  5. September 9, 2014

    Impractical promises will not convince a sceptical electorate

    Pause before you promise. Most politicians will spend the long pre-election period campaigning rather than governing. You...

  6. September 8, 2014

    Cameron urged to give new powers to English city-regions

    With the Scottish referendum only days away, David Cameron, UK prime minister, is now facing calls to give new tax-raising...

  7. September 2, 2014

    Financial savvy is not something schools can teach

    The financial industry is wicked. It is packed full of clever people – mostly psychopaths according to one contributor to...

  8. September 2, 2014

    Scotland Yard building put up for sale at £250m

    New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, will be put up for sale on Tuesday at a guide price of...

  9. August 22, 2014

    Prisons at breaking point, say justice campaigners

    When inspectors made a surprise visit to an east London prison this year, they found inmates under the grip of an “emergency...

  10. August 21, 2014

    Rail subsidies fall 40% in five years

    Rail subsidies have fallen almost 40 per cent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Department...

  11. August 19, 2014

    Raytheon’s timeline of problems with UK border control

    2003: UK prime minister Tony Blair launches the eBorders programme, promising that the database of foreign travellers...

  12. August 18, 2014

    Number 10 is reduced to an office of stately weakness

    At the turn of the millennium, peace and prosperity were leaving Britain’s cognoscenti with frustratingly little to moan...

  13. August 17, 2014

    Councils privatise their legal departments

    A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

  14. August 12, 2014

    Network Rail debt move goes off track

    Ministers are exploring ways to reverse the accounting changes that will next month see Network Rail’s £34bn of gross debts...

  15. August 7, 2014

    Scottish vote fuels row over Barnett formula

    Scotland’s independence referendum is fuelling controversy about one of the UK’s thorniest issues – the share-out of public...

  16. August 5, 2014

    Britain’s housing benefit bill to rise to £27bn by 2018/19

    British taxpayers are set to pay £10.8bn a year in state support to private landlords by 2018, according to official figures...

  17. August 1, 2014

    MPs accuse Whitehall of failing to protect whistleblowers

    Whitehall departments and other public bodies have failed to prevent whistleblowers from being victimised, and some have...

  18. July 31, 2014

    Rise in UK jail deaths blamed on budget cuts

    The number of prisoners who die in custody has jumped by almost a quarter to reach its highest level for nearly a decade,...

  19. July 30, 2014

    Study puts London ahead of New York as centre for theatre

    London has the biggest theatre audience of any city in the world, according to a study of the sector that underscores its...

  20. July 30, 2014

    Insurers worry driverless cars are ‘existential threat’

    Motor insurers will need to overhaul their business models to remain relevant in the coming decades, executives and...

  21. July 29, 2014

    £5.8bn of NHS work being advertised to private sector

    About £5.8bn of NHS work is being advertised to the private sector in moves that are slowly transforming the nature of...

  22. July 24, 2014

    England may pay dearly for staying united with Scotland

    Without a radical shift in public opinion, Scotland will reject independence on September 18. But this will not end the UK’s...

  23. July 24, 2014

    More NHS trusts show signs of financial stress

    The number of NHS trusts referred to Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, over financial irregularities has increased by...

  24. July 22, 2014

    Warning over threat to economy posed by bus funding cuts

    Cuts to bus funding are harming the UK economy and leaving people unable to get to work or the shops, campaigners have...

  25. July 22, 2014

    Funding for more student places thrown into doubt

    George Osborne’s decision to abolish student number controls so that 60,000 more school leavers can attend university each...

  26. July 20, 2014

    Yes or No – Scotland looks set for significant fiscal change

    Britain has become so transfixed by the idea that Scotland could become an ­independent country that it has paid relatively...

  27. July 16, 2014

    Aerospace industry wins £154m for research into 3D printing

    The UK aerospace industry will be given £154m of public funds for new technologies such as 3D printing of aircraft parts,...

  28. July 15, 2014

    Over-60s have fared better than UK workers since crisis

    Pensioners and those on the verge of retirement have fared better than all working age adults since the financial crisis,...

  29. July 14, 2014

    UK small business lobby hits out at broadband provision

    Britain’s broadband is not good enough for small businesses, according to campaigners who have called for the government to...

  30. July 11, 2014

    Sir Humphrey is a servant who behaves like a duke

    In David Cameron’s early weeks as prime minister, his office instructed civil servants to begin publishing detailed data on...

  31. July 11, 2014

    UK construction output dips in May

    UK construction output dipped in May, increasing the chances that overall economic growth in the second quarter could be...

  32. July 10, 2014

    UK public sector strike: Voices from the picket line

    Britain’s public sector workers mounted picket lines outside courts, council offices, jobcentres, fire stations and...

  33. July 10, 2014

    Tories eye strike ballot reform as public workers walk out

    Ministers claimed fewer than half a million public sector workers took part in a one-day strike on Thursday, while union...

  34. July 9, 2014

    Yorkshire’s open air gallery wins museum prize

    An open-air sculpture gallery in Yorkshire offering “an overwhelming mix of sensory experience” has won the UK’s biggest...

  35. July 7, 2014

    Millions in the UK training for non-existent jobs

    Within a decade millions of people in the UK will have qualifications for non-existent jobs, the new chairman of the Local...

  36. July 6, 2014

    UK outsourcing spend doubles to £88bn under coalition

    The amount spent on outsourcing services in the UK has doubled to £88bn since the coalition government came to power in...

  37. July 6, 2014

    Late trains fine to be spent on free and faster WiFi links

    Passengers on some trains will benefit from faster internet access after ministers decided to spend a fine imposed on...

  38. July 3, 2014

    Parliament to probe role of lord chancellor

    The 900-year-old role of Britain’s lord chancellor, who officially ensures the independence of the courts, will come under...

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