All articles by: James Douglas

News In Brief

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Almost all local authorities in England are set to raise council tax and service charges, according to the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research. The planned increases come as …

Oxfam aid at risk after Haiti scandal

Published: February 10, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The government is reviewing its work with Oxfam after the UK-based charity was accused of covering up the use of prostitutes by aid workers in Haiti. The Department for International …

Revenue says interns must be paid

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by James Douglas

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to more than 500 firms over the last three months reminding them that interns classed as workers must be paid the minimum wage. …

Oligarchs face cash probe

Published: February 3, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Russian oligarchs suspected of corruption will be forced to spell out sources of income which fund their luxury lifestyles in the UK. Seecurity minister Ben Wallace said the move was …

Ireland to vote on abortion

Published: January 30, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Irish government is to hold a referendum at the end of May on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans abortions. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that …

Millions face long wait for disabled benefits review

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Labour has condemned the Government after its admission that every disabled person receiving a Personal Independence Payment will have their claim reviewed Debbie Abrahams, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary (pictured), pointed …

Legal reforms needed to protect women

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The UK legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform, according to a ground-breaking report, which found that violence against women and girls is “endemic” in the UK. The …

Demand for public inquiry over blacklisting

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The barriers to justice faced by thousands of workers whose lives have been blighted being blacklisted by a secretive organisation set up by the UK largest construction companies have been …

Treasury watchdog warning over housing crisis

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Treasury select committee has warned that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans to tackle the housing crisis will fail without further reforms. His November Budget move to abolish stamp duty on …

MPs voice concern over Rohingya return

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Commons International Development Committee has raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar, warning, that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of …

Williamson quits Labour team

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Tribune columnist Chris Williamson has quit Labour’s frontbench as shadow fire minister, but promised to continue to “loyally support” Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his surprise decision to return to …

Uni chiefs will not set own salaries

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by James Douglas

University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries under a new code announced after claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors. Senior pay should also not …

Homelessness a ‘national crisis’ say MPs

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Public Accounts Committee has branded homelessness across England a “national crisis” and reported an urgent need for a “joined-up strategy” to help people and address the causes. The MPs …

New leader for Chile

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Conservative billionaire and former president Sebastián Piñera has won Chile’s presidential election run-off. Left-winger Alejandro Guillier conceded after Piñera polled more than 54% and returned to power after a four-year …

Bonds a hit for Oxford

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Oxford University will raise a record £750m from its first bond issue in the most significant example so far of universities turning to the capital markets for investment rather than …

Venezuela parties banned from election

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ruled that the country’s main opposition parties are to be banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. Only parties which took part in …