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  • Councils sitting on £67m while rejecting emergency pleas

    Families are having their pleas for help rejected despite councils failing to spend £67m in allocated emergency funds. Analysis by the Guardian shows that under the new local welfare assistance schemes, four in 10 applications for emergency funds are being turned down, while figures released under the Freedom of Informat...

British Business

IoD backs Cable's penalties for reckless directors

Institute of Directors press release In response to proposals for tougher penalties against reckless directors, announced today (Saturday) by Business Secretary V...

Construction

Labour: Hilary Benn response to the Government’s release of a prospectus on garden cities

Labour press release Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to the Government’s release of a prospect...

Consumers

Treasury Committee: Government agrees to an independent review of the Money Advice Service

Treasury Committee press release The Treasury Committee has today published a letter responding to its report on the Money Advice Service (MAS) in which the Financ...

Employment

Frances O'Grady: Job figures needs to be about quality, not quantity

Frances O'Grady said there needed to be "decent job creation" and a focus on job quality instead of quantity. "Well there's clearly a very uneven regional spread ...

Financial Services

Vince Cable: Co-op needs to modernise

Vince Cable repeated calls for Co-op to modernise. "I think these disastrous financial results are very worrying for most of us and I think there are many of us i...

Food & Drink

Trussell Trust hits back after food bank criticism

  The Trussell Trust has hit back at claims by an anonymous source that the food bank charity engages in "fairly misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity...

Indicators

Lord Heseltine: Labour nowhere like as far ahead as they should be

Lord Heseltine conceded that a global economic crisis had contributed to Britain's economic woes, but also pointed the finger at Labour mismanagement. "Of course ...

Insurance

Treasury Committee: Andrew Tyrie comments on appointment of Simon Davis to conduct inquiry into FCA

Treasury Committee press release Commenting on the appointment of Simon Davis of Clifford Chance to conduct an independent inquiry into the handling of the FCA's ...

Manufacturing

Clegg: not all free school meals will be hot

  The Government will not insist that all infant schools provide free hot meals, Nick Clegg has said. Pressed at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions by Labour MP ...

Public Sector Finances

Labour: Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes - Response from Cathy Jamieson

Labour press release Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes, said: "If the...

Retail Sector

USDAW: Shopworkers need protection and Government sentencing guidelines don’t go far enough

USDAW press release Shopworkers need protection and Government sentencing guidelines don’t go far enough says Usdaw Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett ...

Tax

Labour: Letter from Phil Wilson MP to Sue Gray seeking clarification over the financial arrangements of Andrea Leadsom

Phil Wilson MP, Labour MP for Sedgefield, has today written to Sue Gray, Director General of the Propriety and Ethics team at the Cabinet Office, seeking clarificati...

Trade Unions

NUT comment on Definition of Teacher debate at NUT Annual Conference

NUT press release Commenting after the debate on Motion 15, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, sa...

Utilities

Labour: Today the Tories and Lib Dems have a second chance to back Labour’s amendment to tackle the cost of living crisis and help those struggling to pay their water bill - Maria Eagle

Labour press release Today the Tories and Lib Dems have a second chance to back Labour’s amendment to tackle the cost of living crisis and help those struggling t...

Welfare

Trussell Trust hits back after food bank criticism

  The Trussell Trust has hit back at claims by an anonymous source that the food bank charity engages in "fairly misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity...

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