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  • Half of sickness benefits applicants told to work

    More than a million people who applied for sickness benefit were found to be fit enough to work, new figures reveal. The Government has seized on the statistics - showing 52% were judged able to get a job - as proof it was no longer “writing off” benefit claimants. Work and Pensions Minister Mark Harper said: “This sh...

British Business

HM Treasury: Economic Secretary comment on today's launch of the FCA's Innovation Hub

HM Treasury press release Commenting on the launch today of the Financial Conduct Authority's Innovation Hub, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadso...

Construction

Conservative Response: Miliband house building comments

Conservative press release Responding to Ed Miliband's comments on house building, a Conservative Spokesman said: 'This is just an empty promise from Ed Miliban...

Consumers

Ed Davey: Govt considering setting up its own energy comparison site

Ed Davey said the Government was considering whether to set up a not-for-profit energy switching site, after Ofgem accused some of the price comparison companies of ...

Employment

Minister warns of disability benefit cuts in bid to meet Govt target

The Government is looking to significantly increase the number of people helped by the Access to Work scheme for disabled people, a minister has confirmed. But M...

Financial Services

Treasury: Government launches consultation on further housing market powers for Bank of England

Treasury press release Today, the government is inviting responses to a consultation on which powers the independent Bank of England should have over the UK’s hous...

Food & Drink

Maria Eagle: Government must address food safety concerns

Maria Eagle said the Government needed to urgently address issues around food safety in light of Professor Elliot's report  into the horsemeat scandal. "I think P...

Indicators

Danny Alexander: EU surcharge is not acceptable

Danny Alexander said the demands being made on the EU to pay a £1.7bn surchange were “not acceptable” and he only became aware of the situation a few days ago. “I...

Insurance

CPS: Savings time bomb: George Osborne's new ISAs do not go far enough

Centre for Policy Studies press release Britain is perilously close to a capital crisis. Britons have more personal debt than citizens of any other nation and, with ...

Manufacturing

Govt protecting steel jobs despite Tata sale - Hancock

The Government has defended its handling of the proposed sale of UK manufacturing plants by Tata Steel, which threatens thousands of British manufacturing jobs. ...

Public Sector Finances

SNP: Cameron criticised by IFS for underplaying cuts

SNP press release The Institute of Fiscal Studies has criticised David Cameron for comments he has made on the UK government’s proposed spending cuts, and has war...

Retail Sector

Conservatives: Labour’s new tax on countryside will force up cost of weekly shop - Pickles

Conservatives press release A Labour Party policy report, produced for Ed Miliband by his High Streets Advisory Group, is planning for a Labour Government to “bri...

Tax

George Osborne: We are not paying EU £1.7bn on December 1

  George Osborne reiterated UK opposition to an EU demand for an extra £1.7bn toward its budget, and said Britain's stance had sparked a "proper conversation" on ...

Trade Unions

Head teachers' union to join the TUC

TUC press release The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has today (Friday) joined the TUC, bringing the number of affiliated unions to 54. The union –...

Utilities

Labour: Labour would reform the water industry to support those struggling to pay bills- Maria Eagle

A press release from Labour: New House of Commons library figures show that water companies have paid shareholder dividends amounting to 92% of their £10.5 billio...

Welfare

TUC: Cutting ESA would be plundering the safety net workers pay into

  TUC press release Cutting ESA would be plundering the safety net workers pay into, says TUC Commenting on reports today (Thursday) that the government has c...

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