Men earn more if parents have degrees

Report finds qualifications, or lack of them, directly affect earnings

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons' public accounts committee
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Alarm at race to lower corporate tax

MPs seek tougher rules, more transparency and debate on ethics

Poll predicts Scottish wipeout for Labour

Mori suggests party could lose almost all of its 41 seats

N Ireland faces £1bn cuts after budget deal

Stormont agreement ends impasse after pressure from Treasury

Treasury puts off BoE buy-to-let powers

Government unlikely to bring new laws into place before election

Cameron’s deficit claims mauled by IFS

‘No sense’ in which 80% of spending cuts are done, says think-tank

A tilt-shift view of Bristol's shopping centre from a toy camera

Bristol to become smart city laboratory

£75m joint experiment by council and University of Bristol

City Insider: Andy Haldane, goes boldly on . . .

Andy Haldane, Mo Ibrahim, Howard Shore, Lenny Feder and ex-PM of France François Fillon

Terrorism insurance costs set to soar

Osborne seeks big rise in cash UK Treasury receives from Pool Re

Big East Anglia wind farm scaled back

Fresh blow to sector blamed on insufficient subsidies

Realistic approach to UK low-pay problem

Unfunded tax cuts provide no lasting solution to weak wage growth

Court to hear Gaddafi rendition claims

Libyan torture victim claims Jack Straw and MI6 were ‘co-conspirators’ in his illegal detention

Coalition row erupts over drug laws study

Research found strict legislation does not impact substance misuse

Watchdog warns on under-performing schools

National Audit Office questions action on low standards in England

Rise in workers trapped on minimum wage

Think-tank finds record one in 20 on the rate

Postgraduate loans ‘eminently affordable’

IPPR says scheme similar to that for undergraduates would be feasible

Empty-nesters linked to homes crisis

Households with more space than they need rise by 1m in a decade

Jim Murphy confirms Scottish Labour bid

Leadership race reveals political machine north of border is stuttering

Ukip hopes for upset in S Yorkshire vote

Good result would boost claim that party is a threat to Labour

EU top-up bill row masks payments rise

Net UK contributions almost double to £8bn