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Union calls for pupil violence code

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The GMB union has urged schools to adopt a code of conduct on handling pupil violence against staff. “Our school staff members are being attacked at work on a daily …

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 …

Older people need more housing aid, say MPs

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The cross-party communities and local government select committee has urged that older people should be given more help with housing to help them stay healthy and reduce the need for …

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. …

Misbehaving MPs could be thrown out

Published: February 8, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

A cross-party Commons committee has ruled that MPs found to have bullied or harassed their staff should apologise, undergo training, and in more serious cases, be suspended or forced to …

Sargeant wins late father’s Senydd seat

Published: February 7, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The son of sacked former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant, whose death sparked an Assembly by-election in Alyn and Deeside, has won the vote with an increased margin for the …

Poor kids at risk as spending falls

Published: February 7, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

The poorest, most vulnerable children in Britain’s most deprived areas are bearing the brunt of government spending cuts according to latest figures. A study for the Department of Education shows …

Parliament to go plastics-free

Published: February 6, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

The British parliament could become the first plastics-free legislature in the world following a planned £3.5 billion refurbishment. The ambitious scheme is to be considered by architects and MPs in …

May told to deliver as challengers circle

Published: February 4, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has been warned she must deliver a “clean Brexit” or face further divisions in the Conservative Party, leading to a possible backbench leadership coup.

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 …

Loan scheme for Carillion creditors

Published: February 3, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Contractors hit by the collapse of Carillion will be free to apply for Government-backed loans as part of a £100m support package. The British Business Bank will support high street …

May says no to Customs Union

Published: February 2, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has insisted the UK will leave the EU’s Customs Union and negotiate a free-trade agreement. The prime minister’s move was seen as an attempt to curb Tory fears …

Defiant May tries to swap EU for China

Published: January 31, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has pledged to build on a “golden era” of UK-China relations while dismissing domestic threats to her premiership, saying “I’m not a quitter.” Brushing aside the Tory civil …

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 …

No second referendum, says Corbyn

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn has dealt a major blow to the campaign for a second Brexit referendum, saying he had abandoned his party’s hopes to “remain and reform” the bloc. His move …