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Citizenship scheme costs taxpayers millions

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Taxpayers have paid out millions of pounds up front to organisations for “ghost places” on  David Cameron’s flagship  National Citizen Service  programme  which were never filled, a report by the …

Zero hours contracts may have hit peak

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the UK has hit a record high of 910,000 but there are signs the trend may have reached a peak, according to …

Too many in mixed wards

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has been accused of abandoning yet another Tory Manifesto commitment as new figures reveal the number of NHS patients in mixed sex wards is running 50% higher than …

Gender plan required

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Women and Equalities Committee has reported that the Government must publish a plan on how it intends to achieve gender equality. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were …

FBI probes Russia link

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

FBI director James Comey has confirmed that his agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee, he insisted there was …

Vatican admits Rwanda ‘sins’

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Pope Francis begged “God’s forgiveness” for the “sins and failings” of the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Rwandan genocide. Dozens of Catholic priests are believed to have …

Rutte holds off far right in Dutch election

Published: March 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Dutch people have rejected a far-Right, anti-Muslim agenda in a close-fought general election. Premier Mark Rutte (pictured) said: “The Netherlands said ‘Whoa!’” after his centre-right VVD party’s lead positioned him …

Sanctions use not ‘consistent’

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Public Account Committee (PAC) has reported that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable. The MPs urged the Department for Work & Pensions to review their …

Record nominations for Unite leadership

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A record number of nominations have been submitted for the leadership of Britain’s largest trade union. Almost 1,500 branches, the most ever, have  made nominations for the post of Unite …

MEPs slam UK over right to remain

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Kate Holman

Theresa May came under more pressure in the European Parliament last week to guarantee the right of EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit, when MEPs raised questions …

Directors quit Adam Smith group

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by David Hencke

One of the major bidders for taxpayers’ money from the Department for Inter­national Development has withdrawn from the overseas aid programme  following scathing criticism by MPs for “improper behaviour”. Adam …

Northern Ireland faces fraught fortnight

Published: March 6, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Northern Ireland’s second Stormont poll within a year has produced Sinn Fein’s best election result since the 1918 Westminster General Election since it scooped up most of Ireland’s seats when …