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....May hinted that the policy, introduced under the coalition, was under review at prime minister’s questions. She would only say that “pension incomes would continue to increase” under a Conservative government, in response to a direct question on the future of the triple lock from SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Pensions triple lock: what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 01:39:07 PM
. Theresa May is considering replacing the “triple lock”, which guarantees a minimum increase in the state pension each year, with a less generous “double lock” commitment in the Conservative party’s general election manifesto, and spending some of the money saved on social care. ...
UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ...
Theresa May weighing up cheaper 'double lock' for pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
....May hinted that the policy, introduced under the coalition, was under review at prime minister’s questions. She would only say that “pension incomes would continue to increase” under a Conservative government, in response to a direct question on the future of the triple lock from SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson. ...
Car insurance model will not help energy market, says charity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 02:52:40 PM
....An energy company’s proposal to scrap default electricity and gas deals in favour of car insurance-style annual renewals could amount to a rebranding exercise and not help billpayers, a consumer group has said. Scottish Power, one of the big six energy suppliers, said the Conservative election pledge to cap standard variable tariffs may harm competition. ...
Should you buy euros before the next round of the French election? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 01:07:00 PM
....Earlier in April the GBP/EUR exchange rate surged after Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly announced the intention to hold a snap general election in June. Bets that the early election will result in an increased Conservative majority and improve PM Theresa May’s position in Brexit negotiations helped the pound broadly strengthen, taking GBP/EUR to a multi-month high of €1. ...
Millions could reclaim CASH on energy bills after an unexpected mild winter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Osborne said they should shop around rather than rolling over to their supplier’s expensive standard variable tariff. Prime Minister Theresa May is said to be considering a cap on energy bills as part of the Conservative election manifesto. ...
Andrew Tyrie, scourge of bankers, deserves new City role | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 06:18:25 PM
. Andrew Tyrie is “a man who would insult the Queen if he thought she deserved it,” the late Simon Hoggart wrote in this paper after the Conservative member for Chichester gave one of his characteristically acerbic performances in committee. ...
Andrew Tyrie to stand down as Conservative MP after 20 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:33:38 PM
....Westminster is to lose one its most feared interrogators after Andrew Tyrie – the bane of prime ministers, chancellors, bankers and economists – made the surprise announcement that he is standing down as an MP. After crossing swords with David Cameron, George Osborne, Mark Carney, Lord Chilcott and countless City bankers, Tyrie said he was quitting as Conservative MP for Chichester after two decades representing the seat. ...
Tax raid postponed as ministers rush through finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 04:42:20 PM
....Key measures dropped include a plan to slash the tax-free dividend allowance from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018, and a big cut in the amount that many over-55s can save into their pensions. However, these are likely to be reintroduced after the election in the event of a Conservative victory. ...
Theresa May promises personal tax allowance will go up to woo working-class voters image
....Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the Tory manifesto will be aimed at cutting taxes. He told The Telegraph: “The manifesto will certainly make clear which side of this argument we’re on – it’s Labour governments that increase tax, it’s Conservative governments that take the lower paid, in particular, out of tax. ...
Government deficit at lowest since financial crisis, says ONS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:21:26 AM
...."The chance that the Autumn Budget contains net tax rises - like all of the last six post-election Budgets have done - is very high," Mr Tombs said. Mr Hammond hinted last week the Conservative party may drop its 2015 pledge not to raise income tax, national insurance or VAT. ...
Government lacks faith in free market, says energy boss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:07:41 AM
. The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has said some people at the heart of the Conservative government "don't believe in free markets". ...
General Election 2017: Labour's 'day one' pledge to EU nationals image
....He also said migration rules had to change and that the EU single market should be kept "on the table". The Conservatives said only they had a clear plan for exiting the EU. ...
Tory windfarm policy endangers cheap energy in UK, commission finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:19:44 AM
. Conservative opposition to windfarms risks the UK missing out on one of the cheapest sources of electricity, according to the head of a Shell-funded industry group. ...
Brexit brain drain threatens UK universities, MPs warn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:00:39 AM
....It says the government should be prepared to unilaterally agree the rights of EU nationals in the UK before the end of the year, even if a reciprocal deal has not been agreed, to prevent an exodus of talented EU staff leaving the UK for competitor countries. Launching the report, Neil Carmichael, the Conservative chairman of the committee, said: “Higher education in the UK is a world leader, but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. ...
Tories pinched Labour's energy price cap – but now we need detail | Nils Pratley image
. The Conservative party’s proposed price cap on energy bills is “very different” from the price freeze advocated by Ed Miliband at the last general election, according to Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary and former energy minister. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
....The business rates revaluation triggered a furious political row in February with the government coming under fire from its own MPs over the impact of the changes in their constituencies. Many of the affected businesses are in Conservative heartlands and the pressure saw the chancellor Philip Hammond announce a £435m relief package in the budget. ...
Energy price cap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 11:52:31 AM
. The Conservative manifesto is to include a pledge that energy bills for millions of consumers will be capped, saving each household around £100. ...
Pensioners’ election REBELLION: Demands for May to look at pension issue for UK's 5MILLION image
. And campaign groups are getting set to tackle the Conservative party and Labour Party on the doorsteps as campaigning for the June 8 election gets ready to step up a gear. ...
Tory energy bill cap dents Centrica and SSE share prices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 09:05:46 AM
General Election 2017: Energy bill cap 'will hit consumers' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 07:29:03 AM
. Plans by the Conservative Party for a cap on household energy bills will lead to fewer benefits for consumers, says one of the UK's biggest providers. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....Brexit and the health of the economy will form a central part of the general election campaign waged in the run-up to the snap poll on 8 June. The work and pensions minister, Damian Green, said on Sunday that the Conservative party’s election manifesto would focus on the Brexit negotiations and domestic concerns such as strengthening the economy. ...
Energy bills: what's the difference between Tory cap and Miliband freeze? image
.... Experts expect the other political parties to announce energy market plans too. The Conservatives argue their policy is not the same as Miliband’s because it is a cap not a freeze, but they both aim to tackle the problem. ...
Tory price promise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:59:35 PM
....And trade association body Energy UK said a cap could risk "billions in investment and jobs". Scottish Power said that if the Conservatives were going to intervene it would be better to abolish standard variable tariffs, which they said were the cause of the problem not just the symptom of current price pressure. ...
What does the snap election mean for your finances? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:10:00 PM
....There was instant good news for holidaymakers as the pound soared to a six-month high against the euro, US dollar and other major currencies. Markets decided that a Conservative landslide would strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand when bargaining with the EU, and this boosted the pound. ...
Tories accused of stealing Labour's energy price cap promise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:26:37 AM
. Theresa May should give Labour a round of applause for highlighting the scandal of rip-off gas and electricity bills, the former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has said after senior Conservatives confirmed their manifesto will include an energy price cap. ...
A hasty election before Britain sees the hard truth of Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 05:59:05 AM
....First reports were that she had come to this momentous decision while walking in Snowdonia. But it is pretty obvious that, notwithstanding the denials, the Conservative party machine had been cranking up for some time. ...
Philip Hammond signals ditching of Tory 'no tax rise' pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 12:58:04 PM
. Philip Hammond has given a strong hint that the Conservatives may ditch their pledge not to raise VAT, national insurance or income tax, saying the flagship 2015 policy had constrained his ability to manage the economy. ...
UK government drops plan to raise probate fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:17:01 AM
....Political sources suggested on Friday that the level of opposition to the fee increases – in effect a wealth tax – is too great for it to be reintroduced after the election. It is understood no decision has been made about whether to proceed with the rises in the event of a Conservative victory. ...
World Bank chief echoes Bill Gates's warning to Theresa May on aid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:22:34 PM
....7% pledge was originally made by Labour but it was only achieved after Cameron became prime minister in 2010. May is under pressure from the Tory right, Ukip and Conservative-supporting papers to cut aid spending. ...
ENERGY PRICE WARNING: Fury as firms hit customers with sneaky £400 HIKES  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:36:00 AM
....And she is said to have a plan to introduce measures that would force the big six to stop with their expensive tariffs. Mrs May told the Conservative party spring conference in Cardiff on March 17 that she was going to clamp down - in what many see as an early election pledge. ...
UK gas and electricity customers face price rise double whammy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:59:19 AM
....In March Theresa May said her government was preparing to intervene in Britain’s energy market to weaken the influence of the big six providers and to stop the poorest families being forced on to the most expensive tariffs. Experts had expected a move on Monday, but the calling of the general election means that it will have to be part of the Conservative election manifesto instead. ...
George Osborne: history will not be kind to a man whose flaws led to Brexit image
.... In part, that was because the EU referendum was an opportunity to protest about low pay, welfare cuts and stagnant living standards. In part, it was because the Conservative-supporting papers – who had backed Osborne when he was taking on Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband – came out strongly against what they called Project Fear. ...
Fox News 'to drop host Bill O'Reilly' after harassment cases image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 04:25:30 PM
....". Conservative blogger Matt Drudge also weighed in on his rarely-used personal Twitter account, seeming to bid farewell to Mr O'Reilly. ...
FTSE 100 suffers worst day since Brexit vote after May calls election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 05:11:25 PM
....7bn off valuations. Confidence in the City about an easy victory for the Conservatives was behind much of sterling’s rise, with many speculating that a victory will give May a stronger mandate to plot a moderate line on Brexit and resist hardline anti-EU backbenchers. ...
How much uncertainty can business take? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:57:40 PM
....Mike Amey, head of sterling portfolio management at Pimco, said Theresa May's decision was "not without risk", but that if an election went ahead the prime minister was likely to win, given her lead in the polls. He also said the Conservatives were likely to increase their working majority in parliament. ...
Big six energy firms braced for government price crackdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 03:43:01 PM
....The energy secretary, Greg Clark, who will be questioned by MPs on Wednesday on what action he is going to take, has repeatedly warned companies that they must treat customers fairly. May used the Conservative spring conference in March to say that plans would be unveiled soon, because “relying on switching alone to keep prices down is clearly not working”. ...
TUC chief calls for changes to post-Brexit trade dispute court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 12:09:48 PM
....,” she said. O’Grady was speaking to the Guardian in Brussels, where she also called on Theresa May to face down “Brexit fundamentalists” in the Conservative party who want to use Britain’s EU departure to start a bonfire of regulations. ...
How Britain can build a successful, lasting industrial strategy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 10:03:01 AM
.... Plenty of US firms reaped the benefits of vastly increased defence spending in the 1980s, a form of military Keynesianism, that had plenty of technological spin-offs. Similarly, all Conservative governments in Britain have an industrial strategy, even if they are not always prepared to confess as much. ...
Toshiba's US nuclear problems could provide cautionary tale for UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
....”. A report published on Thursday highlighted another alternative: a U-turn on the Conservative party’s manifesto commitment to block new onshore windfarms. ...
Labour plans to halt 'epidemic' of high street bank closures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:01:17 PM
....The consultation would be overseen by the FCA, which would then “ensure that the closure of the branch does not degrade the local financial infrastructure” or harm the community in other ways. Responding to the announcement, the Conservative vice-chair and MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew, did not specifically comment on the plan, but criticised Labour’s wider policies. ...
Rachel Whetstone: from Tory power broker to Silicon Valley PR guru image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 03:02:53 PM
. For the best part of two decades, Rachel Whetstone has served as public relations guru to some of Britain’s most powerful Conservative politicians and the world’s best-known corporations. ...
What is an ordinary working person? PM's grammar schools report has the answer | Larry Elliot image
.... Harold Wilson teased the blue-blooded Alec Douglas-Home about his inability to connect with ordinary working people ahead of the 1964 election. Margaret Thatcher cited her policy of allowing council tenants to buy their homes as evidence that the Conservatives, not Labour, represented ordinary working people. ...
Employment is high, skills are in demand. So why is pay still not rising? | Larry Elliott image
.... Tumbling oil prices had left inflation at zero and after a couple of years of falling unemployment, annual wage growth was nudging 3%. Rising real earnings translated into a feel-good factor that delivered a political dividend for the Conservatives. ...
Millions of EDF customers face second price rise this year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:36:37 AM
.... The prime minister recently put suppliers on notice when she said she was planning to take action, though what form that will take is not yet clear. “Energy is not a luxury,” she told the Conservative spring conference in March. ...
Brexit vote site may have been hacked, MPs say in report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 10:55:39 AM
....000 people applied to register to vote that day. The Public Administration Committee's chairman, Leave-supporting Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, told BBC News there was "circumstantial", rather than "hard and fast" evidence the registration site had been targeted. ...
Uber's head of communications quits scandal-hit cab app image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:49:11 AM
....”. British Whetstone, who in 2003 was appointed Michael Howard’s chief of staff when he became Conservative leader , and is a friend of both David Cameron and George Osborne, also found herself at the centre of a more localised storm following allegations that she used her contacts to secure an advantageous deal for Uber in London. ...
UK internet ad spend passes £10bn as Google faces YouTube row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 06:32:23 AM
....”. The Conservative MP Nigel Huddleston, a member of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, said: “With huge scale comes huge responsibility. ...
The older expats facing poverty – thanks to Brexit and frozen pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 06:00:27 AM
....However, since the post-Brexit slide in the value of sterling, it is not just retirees who have moved outside the UK and had their pensions frozen who are suffering. In response, Sir Roger Gale, the Conservative MP and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on frozen British pensions, has widened his campaign to include all retired UK citizens living overseas. ...
Corbyn attacks M&S and other big firms over late supplier payments image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:13:04 AM
....The party has struggled to rebuild trust in its economic credibility, with the latest Observer/Opinium poll showing 44% trust May and her chancellor, Philip Hammond, to run the economy, while just 15% say Corbyn and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, are trustworthy. Amanda Milling, a Conservative member of the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy select committee, said Labour’s pledge to borrow to invest £500bn would “crash the economy, just like they did last time”. ...
BBC to air recording that implicates Bank of England in Libor scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 06:45:56 PM
.... The MPs largely exonerated Tucker, but the release of a series of emails, including one in which he referred to Diamond as “an absolute brick”, raised questions about his cosy relationship with the City. One member of the current Treasury committee, the Conservative MP Chris Philp, said he had seen the BBC’s “explosive” evidence. ...
The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 05:49:09 PM
.... The primacy of self-interest, rather than altruism or any other nonmaterial motive, was, of course, a central tenet of Randian thought. Put more baldly, the reason why Republicans and British Conservatives started giving each other copies of Atlas Shrugged in the 80s was that Rand seemed to grant intellectual heft to the prevailing ethos of the time. ...
Brexit hasn’t happened yet – and it is changing all the time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... They are also running the risk of fomenting centrifugal forces in Europe that threaten to undo the good work of the post-second-world-war settlement. As Guy Verhofstadt of the European parliament said last week, the referendum was the result of “a catfight in the Conservative party that got out of hand”. ...
Peers push to reverse bereavement benefit changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:53:48 PM
....A cross-party collection of peers has called on the government to rethink a cut to bereaved parents’ benefits, which comes into force on Thursday, saying ministers must accept they have made a mistake. Ros Altmann, a Conservative peer, asked a question on the issue in the Lords, and is among a group who have signed a letter to the pensions secretary, Damian Green, asking that he reconsider the changes. ...
Why BlackRock wants to pay George Osborne £650,000 a year | Nils Pratley image
....Can he possibly be worth it? They certainly pay themselves well at BlackRock – Larry Fink, its co-founder, chairman and chief executive, got $26m (£21m) in 2015 – but Osborne won’t be managing investments or even lobbying the UK government because the rules forbid it. BlackRock’s bland official explanation is that it hired the Conservative MP for Tatton for his wise counsel on subjects such as European politics and Chinese economic reform. ...
Truss’s plan to increase probate fees may not be legally enforceable image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:00:32 AM
....The joint committee on statutory instruments is made up of peers and MPs. It has five Conservative, four Labour, one Liberal Democrat and several crossbench members. ...
Scottish economic output falls by 0.2% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 12:20:57 PM
Tory donor Lycamobile in £26m tax dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 05:30:14 AM
. Lycamobile, the international phone call business and a major donor to the Conservative party, is embroiled in a £26m tax dispute with HMRC over VAT. ...
Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty' image
.... It is utterly unbelievable,” he said. The lifelong Conservative voter described his distress after a pleading message to his local Tory MP, Theresa May, and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, received no response. ...
Location, location, location – where will Channel 4 move to? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 02:59:28 PM
....The sites were in part identified by the local enterprise partnership, which at the time was chaired by Andy Street, former managing director of John Lewis. He is now using any potential move as a political lobbying point, in his role as Conservative candidate to become mayor of the greater Birmingham area. ...
New John Lewis boss warns of further job cuts and price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 05:11:10 PM
....Nickolds, 44, has climbed through the ranks at the retailer since joining as a graduate trainee 23 years ago. She took over the top job when her predecessor Andy Street quit to stand as the Conservative candidate for mayor of the West Midlands. ...
Hammond was right to raise tax for self-employed, inquiry to say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....“That’s why I was supportive of the measure proposed by the chancellor in the budget because I felt they were a necessary short-term move to reflect that entitlements to self-employed people have grown,” he said. The comments came after Hammond performed a U-turn from the one standout announcement in his first spring budget speech, following a revolt by backbench Conservative MPs opposing national insurance increases on the self-employed. ...
Clean up your act on diversity, government tells FTSE companies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 11:36:15 AM
....It concluded that helping black and minority ethnic people to progress in their careers at the same rate as their white counterparts could add £24bn a year to the British economy. McGregor-Smith, a Conservative peer and the former chief executive of facilities management company Mitie, said recruitment processes, biases and, in some cases, outright discrimination had held back workers from BME backgrounds. ...
Improve shared parental leave to cut gender pay gap, urge MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 05:00:19 AM
....Organised by the Labour MP David Lammy, the letter to Justine Greening – who is minister for women and equalities as well as being education secretary – warns that the gender pay gap will never be tackled as long as women end up with disproportionate responsibility for childcare. The letter, signed predominantly by Lammy’s Labour colleagues but also a handful of Conservative MPs as well as those from the Scottish National party, Liberal Democrats and Greens, follows a report last month by the women and equalities committee. ...
Access to justice was once a worker’s basic right. Now it’s a costly luxury | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... Citizens Advice, employment lawyers and academics practically queued up to warn that workers – especially poor workers – were getting priced out of justice. But for Conservative ministers, all was fine. ...
Settle Brexit bill quickly to boost chance of free trade deal, say pro-EU Tories image
. Theresa May will be urged by pro-EU Conservatives to reach a quick deal over the divorce bill from Brussels in order to maximise the chances of reaching a free trade deal within the tight deadline for Brexit talks. ...
Is being fined 1% of its profits just a mild irritation for BT? It looks like it | Stefan Stern image
.... That’s Merlin, the owner of Alton Towers, which was fined £5m for the June 2015 accident on its Smiler rollercoaster that injured 16 people, two of whom required amputations. Perhaps this is a subject the Conservative party could turn its mind to, after it has paid the £70,000 fine imposed by the Electoral Commission for transgressing rules on election expenses. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' making housing market more unfair, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....John Healey, the Labour party’s shadow secretary of state for housing and a former government minister, however, criticised flaws in the scheme. “This is further evidence of an inequality of wealth and opportunity for home ownership in this country and it’s part of seven years of failure on housing under Conservative ministers,” Healey told the Guardian. ...
Half-in, half-out of customs union would be worst Brexit option, says thinktank image
....Remain supporters and some European diplomats based in the UK are increasingly exasperated at the way in which they believe the government, by saying so little about its key negotiating objectives, is handing the intellectual momentum to advocates of a hard Brexit and making it increasingly difficult for a compromise to be reached that does not damage business. Open Europe has been one of the most influential thinktanks in the Conservative debate on Europe, with key staff often being seconded to Downing Street. ...
We’re in a fine mess if George Osborne is our last hope of halting Brexit image
....It is sad that the man for whom Campbell was once his master’s voice, namely Tony Blair, should have tainted his record over Iraq, because Blair – like Ken Clarke, Michael Heseltine and Sir John Major – has been quintessentially statesmanlike in warning of the dangers ahead for this country and the rest of Europe. They know that the Brexit tail is wagging the Conservative dog. ...
How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
....• 1945-51 Clement Atlee’s Labour government oversees the construction of 1m homes, 80% of them council, to replace housing lost from bombing. • 1951 Conservatives return to power, but successive post-war governments compete to build more housing. ...
From smugglers to supermarkets: the 'informal economy' touches us all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:13:18 AM
....Informal networks can help people get internships, jobs, they pass on information and influence legislation. Be it a certain Tunisian extended family and the market for smuggled gold, or the Bullingdon club and the market for male Conservative politicians, informal networks connect our society’s power structures and economic life. ...
Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 06:49:47 AM
.... . Last week, 50 MPs backed a motion from the Conservative MP John Penrose calling for immediate action from the government to help the 20 million homes on standard variable tariffs. ...
Call to give fathers allocated leave to improve uptake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:23:33 PM
....It also warned of a “fatherhood penalty” for men who want to be more involved in the upbringing of their children, with 44% admitting to lying to their employer about family-related responsibilities that “get in the way” of work. Maria Miller, the Conservative MP who chairs the committee, said there were “significant questions about whether culture at work has changed enough” to enable the shared leave policy to be effective. ...
City minister in right and proper pickle over financial crime image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:53:03 PM
.... But make no mistake, the something he would be consulting on would be a big step forward. Conservative David Nuttall tried to help the minister by pointing out that he had been made to fill in loads of money laundering forms to open a personal bank account. ...

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