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  • Cable slams RBS 'incompetence'

    IT failures at the Royal Bank of Scotland were down to “incompetence rather than misconduct,” Vince Cable has said.   The bank has today been fined £56m for technical problems that left its customers without access to their accounts. The Business Secretary told Sky News: “It has been disastrous for numerous households...

British Business

BIS: Acas Council members reappointed

BIS press release Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson has announced the reappointment of three members to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service ...

Construction

No 10: PM drives forward roads revolution by green-lighting action on over 100 projects on major roads

Downing Street press release Addressing business leaders at the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) annual conference in London today, the Prime Minister wi...

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

Labour: Government figures show their Work Programme is failing older people - Stephen Timms

Labour press release Government figures show their Work Programme is failing older people - Stephen Timms In a speech on older workers later today at the Intern...

Financial Services

MP Andrew Tyrie comments on ECJ decision to reject UK bonus cap challenge

Press Release from Treasury Committee: The Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice has today rejected the UK's challenge to the cap on bankers' bonuses. Com...

Food & Drink

Labour: Government dealt a resounding and humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on statutory pubs code - Toby Perkins

Labour press release Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, commenting after the Government’s House of Commons defeat this afternoon on introdu...

Indicators

Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings 2014 - response from Ed Balls

A press release from Labour: Out-of-touch Ministers claim the economy is fixed, but these figures show wages continuing to fall - Ed Balls Ed Balls MP, Labour's...

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

Labour: Labour is committed to retaining a sovereign shipbuilding capability in the UK - Alison Seabeck

  Labour press release Alison Seabeck MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Procurement Minister, responding to the First Sea Lord's comments which suggested the Governm...

Public Sector Finances

Labour: Government dealt a resounding and humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on statutory pubs code - Toby Perkins

Labour press release Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, commenting after the Government’s House of Commons defeat this afternoon on introdu...

Retail Sector

Photo opportunity

  An open letter to Private Eye Sirs, Interviewing Ed Davey on the Sunday Politics this week, longstanding host Andrew Neil pressed the Energy Secretary on ...

Tax

Mansion tax, housing benefit and NHS dominate PMQs

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have gone head-to-head over housing benefit, taxation and the NHS. In the weekly round of Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labour lea...

Trade Unions

Welsh Government: Made-in-Wales NHS pay deal accepted by unions

Press Release from Welsh Government: Trades unions have accepted a two-year made-in-Wales pay deal, which demonstrates the Welsh Government's ongoing commitment to...

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

Yvette Cooper: There is a problem with pace and scale of low-skilled EU migration

Yvette Cooper said the scale and pace of low-skilled EU migration to the UK was too high. "We're talking about practical proposals. I think there has been an arms...

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