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....”. In a growing crisis for the tech giant, members of the Commons’ home affairs select committee wrote to Google to express disappointment that the government and major brands were still being placed alongside “inappropriate” content. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A No 10 spokesman said the UK's Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the European Council, headed by President Donald Tusk, earlier on Monday of the date that Article 50 would be triggered. Mrs May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday shortly after invoking Article 50, setting out her aims. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Such charges are to be scrutinised by the Downing Street-commissioned review into modern employment practices led by Matthew Taylor. Frank Field, the chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said he would press Taylor “to look closely at this rip-off practice which again shows how the odds are stacked against the low paid in Britain’s gig economy”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....". During a recent appearance before the Commons Home Affairs Committee, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were told they had a "terrible reputation" for dealing with problems and should be policing their content more effectively, given the billions they made. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....”. Having a measurable target will help focus government and business attention on the need to increase spending, the CBI says, citing evidence from other bodies, including the House of Commons science and technology committee, arguing for 3% as a level proven to boost growth and jobs. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Fraud investigators have launched a review of the activities of Britain’s high street banks following revelations in the Guardian about a $20bn money laundering scam that MPs described as a national disgrace and scandal. Forced to answer urgent questions in the House of Commons, the Treasury minister Simon Kirby announced the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) would be examining allegations that Britain’s banks processed vast amounts of tainted money from Russian criminals without noticing. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:33:29 PM
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....Breaking: I will shortly be announced as editor of Heat magazine. £75,000 a year as MP for TattonOsborne will face conflicting loyalties to his constituents, who elected him on a Conservative manifesto to follow the party whip in the House of Commons, and to his readers, overseeing supposedly balanced news coverage holding the government to account – including over decisions he made while chancellor. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. Penrose secured a House of Commons debate this week on energy bills. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Labour's Karen Buck said renting out properties for short holiday lets can produce up to three times the income of more traditional flat rentals. Growth in the industry is also contributing to a loss of residential accommodation, she told the Commons. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:22:50 PM
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....”. Mary Creagh, the Labour chair of the Commons environmental audit committee, said the government should take VW to court. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Bradley, who had previously said she was “minded” to refer the deal to Ofcom, told MPs she had issued a European intervention notice on the grounds of “media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards” linked to the bid from Murdoch’s company. Bradley, who confirmed the decision in a statement to MPs in the Commons on Thursday, said she had received more than 700 representations about the deal from third parties, “the vast majority of which supported intervention”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . Responding in the Commons, Energy Minister Jesse Norman said that the CMA "did important work in highlighting how much consumers are currently losing out on". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....”. During a House of Commons debate regarding energy bills, Conservative MP John Penrose reiterated his call for a relative price cap, where there is a limit on the gap between the worst and best deals. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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...."It's affecting people worldwide and it's growing all the time," she said. Ms Turnham gave her experiences to a House of Commons select committee hearing about ticket abuse on Tuesday. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Former Conservative foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind said Osborne the editor would face challenges: “The news stories will inevitably involve parliamentary colleagues and government policy, so that will be difficult. But it used to be standard practice for barristers who sat on the backbenches to come into the House of Commons after court. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Secondary ticket site Viagogo’s explanation for not sending a representative to the Tuesday’s session of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee was ridiculous. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 06:49:47 AM
.... . Responding in the Commons, Energy Minister Jesse Norman said that the CMA "did important work in highlighting how much consumers are currently losing out on". ...
Viagogo should be forced to face a grilling over ticket resale abuse | Nils Pratley image
. Secondary ticket site Viagogo’s explanation for not sending a representative to the Tuesday’s session of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee was ridiculous. ...
Police to examine 'Global Laundromat' money laundering allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:33:29 PM
....Fraud investigators have launched a review of the activities of Britain’s high street banks following revelations in the Guardian about a $20bn money laundering scam that MPs described as a national disgrace and scandal. Forced to answer urgent questions in the House of Commons, the Treasury minister Simon Kirby announced the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) would be examining allegations that Britain’s banks processed vast amounts of tainted money from Russian criminals without noticing. ...
The woman taking on ticket website Viagogo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:40:43 PM
...."It's affecting people worldwide and it's growing all the time," she said. Ms Turnham gave her experiences to a House of Commons select committee hearing about ticket abuse on Tuesday. ...
MP warns of housing strain caused by holiday lets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:22:50 PM
....Labour's Karen Buck said renting out properties for short holiday lets can produce up to three times the income of more traditional flat rentals. Growth in the industry is also contributing to a loss of residential accommodation, she told the Commons. ...
Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 11:39:42 AM
....A No 10 spokesman said the UK's Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the European Council, headed by President Donald Tusk, earlier on Monday of the date that Article 50 would be triggered. Mrs May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday shortly after invoking Article 50, setting out her aims. ...
Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 10:27:25 AM
....”. Mary Creagh, the Labour chair of the Commons environmental audit committee, said the government should take VW to court. ...
Brexit-proof the UK economy with more R&D, say employers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:01:30 AM
....”. Having a measurable target will help focus government and business attention on the need to increase spending, the CBI says, citing evidence from other bodies, including the House of Commons science and technology committee, arguing for 3% as a level proven to boost growth and jobs. ...
UK Mail driver who was unable to work after car accident charged £800 image
....Such charges are to be scrutinised by the Downing Street-commissioned review into modern employment practices led by Matthew Taylor. Frank Field, the chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said he would press Taylor “to look closely at this rip-off practice which again shows how the odds are stacked against the low paid in Britain’s gig economy”. ...
George Osborne told to choose whether to be MP or Standard editor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 11:32:55 AM
....Former Conservative foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind said Osborne the editor would face challenges: “The news stories will inevitably involve parliamentary colleagues and government policy, so that will be difficult. But it used to be standard practice for barristers who sat on the backbenches to come into the House of Commons after court. ...
Theresa May echoes Ed Miliband with promise to reform energy market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 04:53:15 PM
....”. During a House of Commons debate regarding energy bills, Conservative MP John Penrose reiterated his call for a relative price cap, where there is a limit on the gap between the worst and best deals. ...
French advertising giant pulls out of Google and YouTube image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 03:08:24 PM
....”. In a growing crisis for the tech giant, members of the Commons’ home affairs select committee wrote to Google to express disappointment that the government and major brands were still being placed alongside “inappropriate” content. ...
George Osborne facing calls to quit as MP over Evening Standard job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 12:51:44 PM
....Breaking: I will shortly be announced as editor of Heat magazine. £75,000 a year as MP for TattonOsborne will face conflicting loyalties to his constituents, who elected him on a Conservative manifesto to follow the party whip in the House of Commons, and to his readers, overseeing supposedly balanced news coverage holding the government to account – including over decisions he made while chancellor. ...
YouTube: UK government suspends ads amid extremism concerns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 11:15:21 AM
....". During a recent appearance before the Commons Home Affairs Committee, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were told they had a "terrible reputation" for dealing with problems and should be policing their content more effectively, given the billions they made. ...
Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:35:05 AM
....Bradley, who had previously said she was “minded” to refer the deal to Ofcom, told MPs she had issued a European intervention notice on the grounds of “media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards” linked to the bid from Murdoch’s company. Bradley, who confirmed the decision in a statement to MPs in the Commons on Thursday, said she had received more than 700 representations about the deal from third parties, “the vast majority of which supported intervention”. ...
Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:13:08 AM
....". Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Commons Business and Energy Committee, said: "The government must be mindful of the burden that decarbonisation policies can place on businesses and ensure that they remain competitive. ...
U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:30:48 PM
....Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. He told MPs in a Commons statement: "There will be no increases in National Insurance rates in this Parliament. ...
Philip Hammond defends scrapping national insurance rise for the self-employed image
.... “However, since the budget, parliamentary colleagues and others have questioned whether the increase in class 4 contributions is compatible with the tax lock commitments made in our 2015 manifesto,” he said. In the Commons shadow chancellor John McDonnell urged him to apologise to the self-employed. ...
Sports Direct calls executive pay report 'fake news' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 09:59:54 AM
.... . A report by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee said employees of the company were "not treated as humans". ...
Budget deficit beyond 2025 warns spending watchdog image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 09:26:55 PM
....The Government may struggle to meet its target of clearing the deficit in public finances by 2025 according to the official spending watchdog. Robert Chote, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, was giving evidence before the Commons Treasury Committee. ...
How to beat UK energy price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:20:57 PM
.... “We still get lots of competition, lots of choice, but it does mean the most vulnerable of us or those of us with least time to switch suppliers don’t get ripped off,” said Penrose. Penrose has secured a House of Commons debate on Thursday on energy bills. ...
Deal to allow individual Britons EU rights must go both ways, Theresa May told image
....Meanwhile, it has been reported that May could trigger article 50, the formal process for leaving the EU, as early as Tuesday if the Brexit bill passes on Monday. The article 50 legislation, which passed through the House of Commons unamended, is due to be debated by MPs on Monday. ...
UK households spent £180m on 'unnecessary' power capacity – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:01:24 AM
.... Last year Deepmind said it had cut total energy use at its data centres by 15% by using machine learning. The row over how much spare capacity the UK should have to pay for comes ahead of a House of Commons debate about energy bills on Thursday. ...
UK average annual rents fall for first time in six years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:00:24 AM
.... Despite the small decrease over the past 12 months, the average rent in Britain is still £112 higher than the previous peak in 2007, even though average incomes have only edged ahead since the financial crisis. The government’s white paper on housing last month acknowledged that England’s housing market is “broken”, with the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, telling the House of Commons that rents in many places swallow more than half of take-home pay. ...
No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations' image
....Open Britain, which groups a series of formerly pro-remain MPs from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, said leaving with no deal would mean the UK “choosing the most extreme position of all major trading nations”. The research, by the House of Commons library, found that the EU does not currently trade with any G20 member without some sort of preferential trade arrangement in place. ...
Standup chancellor shuns sit-down with Tyrie image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:00:17 AM
.... Probably. In another of his zingers, the chancellor told the Commons: “Twenty four-years ago Norman Lamont also presented what was billed then as ‘the last spring budget’. ...
Volkswagen pleads guilty to all criminal charges in emissions cheating scandal image
....3bn in civil and criminal penalties – the largest ever levied by the US government against an automaker –although VW’s total cost of the scandal has been pegged at about $21bn, including a pledge to repair or buy back vehicles. As recently as 20 February, the company’s executives insisted they had “misled nobody” in testimony before the British House of Commons’ transport select committee. ...
Striver? Tory architect of austerity George Osborne banks £1m fortune image
.... On 18 January he collected a further £51,829 for a two-hour speech to HSBC’s top clients at Davos, where he was pictured socialising with George and Amal Clooney. The House of Commons was also sitting when he gave speeches at Stanford University in California and for Palmex Derivatives in New York in October and to ITP Publishing in Dubai on 28 November. ...
The Guardian view on trust in politics: pledges and conventions matter | Editorial image
.... We also know that he has been paid nearly £800,000 for speeches to financiers since leaving the government. Five short speeches made in the Commons during the same period are covered by his £74,900 salary as an MP. ...
May and Hammond face serious Tory revolt over tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:59:51 PM
....”. Speaking on the second day of the budget debate in the Commons on Thursday, the Harrow East MP, Bob Blackman, said the government should “look at this very, very carefully”. ...
Hammond went where Osborne feared to tread with tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:41:03 PM
....Hammond is determined not to be flashy: more of an accountant than a showman. But as the heckling over his first budget intensifies, he might yet come around to the idea that pulling rabbits out of hats when he stands up in the Commons has its advantages. ...
Sports Direct's move to put worker on board branded 'PR exercise' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:38:42 AM
....The Guardian’s investigation exposed how Sports Direct was failing to pay workers the minimum wage at its Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire after harsh financial deductions for clocking in slightly late and being forced to go through unpaid searches at the end of each shift. MPs on the Commons business, innovation and skills select committee were highly critical of the way Ashley had run the company, concluding that he had used “appalling working practices” and treated his “workers as commodities rather than as human beings”. ...
Hammond: Budget National Insurance rise due to 'new challenges' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:44:28 AM
....There has also been a backlash from business with the Federation of Small Businesses saying it "undermined" the government's ambition for the UK to become the best place to start and grow a business. MPs who are opposed to the National Insurance rise will have the chance to vote against it when legislation to make the change comes before the Commons. ...
Prospect of £1.7bn fine looms large over PM's talks with EU leaders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 10:30:19 PM
....During the dinner, the prime minister is likely to raise concerns that the EU needs to do more to tackle “Russian disinformation” in eastern Europe, her spokesman said. She will be unable to discuss Brexit at the EU summit, as the government has not triggered article 50 and will not be able to do so until legislation has passed through the Commons, which will be next Tuesday at the earliest. ...
Osborne to earn £650,000 a year advising US financial firm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:31:00 PM
....Former Chancellor George Osborne is to be paid £650,000 a year for advising the US fund manager Blackrock. In an updated entry in the Commons register of interests, he disclosed that he would be paid £162,500 each quarter and would work 48 days a year. ...
George Osborne to be paid £650,000 for working one day a week image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 06:34:36 PM
....Last month, he justified the decision to take on multiple roles while also being an MP, saying his work represented a “varied and interesting” contribution to national life. While speaking on a panel as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Osborne was asked whether his paid work outside the House of Commons, including BlackRock, represented a conflict of interest. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....”. Chris Leslie, a former shadow chancellor, asked in the Commons: “On the point about the increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed, don’t you think that the chancellor needs to explain why he’s breaking a manifesto promise made in the 2015 general election manifesto on that?”. ...
DPD and Parcelforce face MPs' questions over working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:58:20 PM
....More than 20 van drivers working for DX, an Aim-listed courier firm which works for Amazon, the US embassy and dozens of other clients, began legal action questioning their employment status. Speaking on Tuesday at the first hearing into the future world of work by the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy committee, Hannah Reed, a senior policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, said: “There should be a floor of rights for all working people – a single worker definition. ...
Self-employed hit by national insurance hike in budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:24:49 PM
....”. Chris Leslie, former Labour shadow chancellor, said during the Commons debate on the budget: “On the point about the increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed, don’t you think that the chancellor needs to explain why he’s breaking a manifesto promise made in the 2015 general election manifesto on that?”. ...
Budget 2017: Chancellor announces North Sea help image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:29:53 PM
.... . A discussion paper on how to help the industry will also be published, Mr Hammond told the Commons. ...
Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
....DX had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. Speaking on Tuesday at the first hearing into the future world of work by the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy committee,. ...
Facebook failed to remove sexualised images of children image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 06:00:44 AM
....Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform. The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had "grave doubts" about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems. ...
Theresa May must give Vauxhall assurances over Brexit, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 08:03:56 PM
.... Vauxhall employs 4,500 people at plants in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, and Luton, Bedfordshire. Greg Clark, the business secretary, told the House of Commons on Monday that the government was “cautiously optimistic” about the deal. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....”. Frank Field MP, who chairs the House of Commons work and pensions committee, said: “It almost looks as though some companies are now engaged in a bidding war, to see who can slap the biggest penalty on workers who are sick. ...
Peugeot owner PSA close to deal to buy Vauxhall and Opel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:26:55 AM
....Nonetheless, the current business secretary has promised the government’s “unbounded commitment” to protecting jobs at Vauxhall. Clark told MPs in the House of Commons last month the government would “do everything we can” to protect Vauxhall. ...
Sick DPD couriers face £150 charge if unable to find cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:39:12 PM
.... When that happened a courier, who typically earns £200 a day, not only lost their pay but another £150, taking their total loss to £350. Frank Field, who chairs of the Commons work and pensions committee, said the arrangement was appalling. ...
Government defeated on Brexit bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:06:57 PM
....The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government's Brexit bill. However, MPs will be able to remove their changes when the bill returns to the House of Commons. ...
Sir Philip Green's reputation 'still stained' despite BHS pension deal image
.... . He said Sir Philip's knighthood was a separate issue and nothing had changed in his opinion since the House of Commons unanimously backed a non-binding motion to strip Sir Philip of his title last October. ...
Tory £1bn inheritance tax cut 'will worsen north-south divide' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:20:48 PM
....She said that pressing ahead with the plans would show a “skewed sense of priorities” and make a “total sham” of the Conservatives’ claim to be on the side of working families who were just about managing. The research, carried out by the House of Commons’ library, showed that the four constituencies in the top 100 outside the south-east were Tatton (12. ...
Brexit means taxpayers need to support supply chain, says Nissan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 05:56:52 PM
....Nissan has called on the government to provide investment to help rebuild the UK’s car parts business so it can replace components that come from overseas after the country leaves the EU. A Commons select committee was told by a senior Nissan executive that the company was forced to source up to 85% of its components from Japan, China and Europe, as the necessary car parts were no longer produced in the UK. ...
State pension age will be higher than life expectancy if 'triple lock' not axed, say MPs image
.... To maintain the cost of increases amid Britain's ageing population the state pension age would have to rise to 70. 5 years-old by 2060, according to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee. ...
UK nuclear power stations 'could be forced to close' after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:28:07 PM
....”. Asked by the chair of the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy select committee if that would see reactors switching off, he said: “Ultimately, when their fuels runs out, yes. ...
Raising pension age will mean many people die before getting it, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:01:21 AM
....Further increases in the state pension age could push it to the point where many working people die before qualifying for it, MPs have warned, in a report that calls for the end of the “triple lock” guarantee on pensions. The Commons work and pensions select committee report on intergenerational fairness, published on Tuesday, claims that financing the triple lock in future will not be possible without increasing the state pension age to 70. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
....”. James Cleverly, a leading Conservative Brexiter who sits on the House of Commons’ influential international trade committee, spoke with officials at an event hosted by the Japanese embassy this month. ...
What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris image
.... Last month I spent two weeks reporting on the case of the Orchard Village estate on the Essex/east London border, and properties split between homeowners and tenants whose problems – with leaks and damp, and allegedly faulty fire protection and dangerous levels of methane – are mind-boggling. It is all there in the Commons report – housebuilders' own quality control systems are not fit for purpose. ...
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 12:15:14 AM
....Ministers say a third runway will not exceed environment limits. However, the Commons Environmental Audit Committee has accused the government of "magical thinking" - wishing the problem away without a proper solution. ...
Sajid Javid: Budget help for firms hit by rates rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 08:42:17 PM
....In the face of opposition from business groups and some Conservative MPs, the government has defended the reforms and said 2017-18 "will see the biggest ever cut in business rates" and "three-quarters of all businesses, right across the country, will see their rates either fall or stay the same". But Mr Javid told the House of Commons he was "acutely aware" of problems for some others, saying: "There are clearly some individual businesses facing particular difficulties. ...
Gas and electricity prices may have to rise further, warns industry body image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 03:11:24 PM
....But the head of the energy regulator, Ofgem, dismissed the idea that government policies or smart meters were adding significantly to suppliers’ costs, and said increasing fossil fuel prices were the main pressure. Dermot Nolan told MPs on the Commons business, energy and industrial committee said: “There were comments by a number of firms saying it was government policy or smart metering [driving hikes]. ...
Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber 'still viable' with no gig economy workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:32:09 PM
....Senior executives working for the three firms, as well as the delivery company Hermes, told MPs that a change in the law being considered by the government to give more workers in the so-called gig economy basic employment protections would not force their businesses to close. The admission was made to the House of Commons work and pensions committee, which is chaired by the Labour MP Frank Field, during a 90-minute hearing in which senior MPs strongly criticised the companies for using self-employed workers to avoid significant costs including national insurance and pensions contributions. ...
Chancellor to announce measures to help small firms with business rate rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:29:49 PM
....6bn fund for transitional relief would be increased. Speaking during a wider Commons debate on local government finance, Javid said the rates revaluation would see three-quarters of all businesses pay the same amount or less than before. ...
Ministers expected to soften impact of business rate changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 09:03:22 PM
....Communities secretary Sajid Javid is likely to join the chancellor, Philip Hammond, in adopting a more empathetic tone about the anger triggered by the decision to revaluate the rates based on updated property prices. The Guardian understands that Javid – who has been criticised for holidaying in Dubai at the height of the controversy – will face politicians in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where he is likely to promise to take action to soften its implementation. ...
Fears grow for Vauxhall jobs as government vows to do all it can image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:31:35 PM
....Fears are growing about plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton as the French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, PSA Group, presses ahead with talks to buy General Motors’ European business, which includes Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in the UK. Greg Clark told the House of Commons the government would “do everything we can” to protect Vauxhall and had held constructive talks with the bosses of GM and PSA. ...
Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? image
....It’s not just the expense: critics warn that a universal basic income is unlikely to deliver the benefits its advocates claim. “The current [benefits] system is draconian, but it doesn’t need to be,” points out Declan Gaffney, an expert on social security who recently gave evidence to the Commons work and pensions select committee on basic income. ...
Brexit weekly briefing: article 50 moves closer but EU dashes divorce deal hopes image
....Back in November, when the high court handed down its ruling that the government had to consult parliament before it could trigger article 50, hardcore leave campaigners feared MPs would dare “defy the will of the people” and derail the whole Brexit process. Last week, helped by clever non-concessions (including a promise that parliament will be able to vote on the exit deal before MEPs – but not before it is concluded), the government’s Brexit bill sailed through the Commons without a single amendment, approved overwhelmingly by 494 votes to 122. ...
Fancy some sun, sea and sand? Brexit means it will cost you 15% more image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 07:01:00 AM
. Far from the political arguments raging through the House of Commons, some of the first real-life effects of the Brexit referendum will soon be found in a deli in New York or a bar on the Costa Brava. ...
Osborne’s bleak Brexit forecast ‘has undermined the Treasury’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:04:29 AM
.... “His influence with her is not as strong as Osborne’s was with Cameron,” he said. Osborne told the House of Commons during the Brexit debates that the government had decided not to prioritise the economy in the forthcoming talks. ...
Government willing to admit UK housing market is
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....5 times earnings in some places, while rents can swallow more than half of take-home pay. These figures were revealed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid in the House of Commons, when announcing plans to solve the crisis. ...
Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 07:01:00 AM
....MPs have criticised ministers for their “shambolic” failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills. The Commons public accounts committee said the government had missed its commitment to publishing annual reports on how consumer bills were affected by subsidies to support solar and wind power. ...
England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 01:32:18 PM
....England’s housing market is broken, the government has admitted, with home ownership a “distant dream” for young families, as it unveiled a white paper promising a fresh wave of home building. The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, told the House of Commons that average house prices had jumped to 7. ...
Uber driver tells MPs: I work 90 hours but still need to claim benefits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:56:05 PM
....Uber drivers have told MPs they felt trapped in a job that forced them to work long hours just to cover costs including the purchase of their cars. The drivers told the Commons work and pensions select committee they were locked into their jobs after paying for expensive cars in order to get higher-paying customers. ...
Hermes driver among 'incredibly brave' workers to appear before MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 05:58:39 PM
....Peter Jamieson, 33, a former lorry driver, is one of seven workers who will give evidence to an inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy, which was prompted by a Guardian investigation that revealed some Hermes couriers were paid rates equivalent to less than the minimum wage and others felt forced to work through illness and bereavement. Frank Field, the chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said thousands of people like Jamieson felt they had been “tricked and maltreated” by big businesses exploiting workers’ flexibility but often not giving them rights or flexibility in return. ...
PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:34:41 PM
.... It is unforgivable,” Mitchell wrote. The number of homes granted planning permission on green belt land rose fivefold from 2,258 in 2009-10 to 11,977 in 2014-15, according to the House of Commons library. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
....Britain’s rail franchising model is no longer fit for purpose, not providing competition and letting passengers down, MPs have warned. A report from the House of Commons transport select committee said the government was failing to hold train operators to account, while “serious deficiencies” in the Department for Transport (DfT) meant the government should consider transferring some of its franchising powers. ...
Npower prices hike sparks crackdown threat against energy providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 10:09:47 AM
....The government is expected to address concerns about the energy market when it publishes a consumer green paper in the spring. Iain Wright, the Labour MP who chairs the House of Commons’ business, energy and industrial strategy committee, said the price hikes showed that npower took its loyal customers for granted. ...
Overhaul of UK train ticket pricing to be trialled in May image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:05:35 AM
....The trials are due to start in May on selected routes, including CrossCountry, Virgin Trains’ east and west coast services and East Midlands. In October, the Commons’ transport select committee published a damning report that stated that “unfairness, complexity and a lack of transparency” in rail ticketing have been apparent for at least a decade. ...

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