George Osborne plans to harness £11.5bn savings via new star chamber

Chancellor upbeat on target for 2015-16 spending review but ministers may face grilling in revived cabinet committeeThe chancellor has decided to reconstitute the government’s “star chamber” to help him persuade cabinet colleagues to yield up savings worth £11.5bn for the 2015-16 spending review.The announcement came after George Osborne announced on Tuesday that seven departments had […]
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Theresa May lines up new measures to combat terrorism

Home secretary plans to tighten up controls on internet and extend banning of radical groups preaching hateTheresa May, the home secretary, has proposed a raft of measures to combat the radicalisation of Muslims, including new controls on the internet and the banning of groups preaching hate.Under current terror legislation, home secretaries have the power to […]
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Bank of Ireland reverses mortgage rate increase for 1,200 borrowers

Following a review, some of the 13,500 customers told to expect a rise in the cost of their loans have had a reprieveBank of Ireland has written to 1,200 borrowers threatened with an increase in their mortgage rate to advise them they will not face the change after all, following a review of customer complaints.In […]
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Eight ways in which social sector organisations can improve

Dame Mary Marsh outlines the findings of a government review into skills and leadership among charities and social enterprisesSocial sector organisations are aware of the need for continued development and taking on new ways of doing things to ensure we continue to deliver the high standards our beneficiaries deserve.Over the past six months I’ve been […]
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Police watchdog criticised for errors in investigation into death in custody

IPCC says it can no longer stand by report that cleared officers over death of Sean Rigg after review finds series of mistakesThe official police watchdog made a series of errors in an investigation which cleared officers over the death of a man in custody, an independent report has found.Sean Rigg, 40, died after being […]
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Call Clegg – radio review

But seriously, Mr Clegg, what do you think you’re achieving in your dreary, cliche-ridden half-hour talk-in?• Call Clegg”If I was as successful as Sir Alex, I would have been prime minister a long time ago … the total 1000% dedication of him to his job and his club really shone through.” So said Nick Clegg, […]
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BP rebuked over North Sea oil leak

Norway’s oil and gas safety authority blames poor maintenance and serious breaches of regulations for Ula incidentBP has been rebuked by the Norwegian oil and gas safety authority after a leak at one of its major North Sea platforms last year.The watchdog accused BP of poor maintenance and “serious breaches of regulations”. The criticism is […]
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Stephen Lawrence’s mother attends service to mark 20 years since murder

Party leaders join Doreen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields church as Labour calls for second Macpherson-style inquiryThe mother of the black murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has attended a service to mark the 20th anniversary of his killing.Doreen Lawrence was joined at the service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London by the three main party leaders, […]
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Teachers may have to do more clerical work after review

Independent review tasked by education secretary to examine teachers’ contracts, including list of 21 actions that teachers are not required to doRestrictions that bar classroom teachers from routine administrative tasks such as photocopying and filing could be ended under an independent review of teachers’ contracts ordered by the education secretary, Michael Gove.The School Teachers’ Review […]
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