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Sunday fun: easy one. "...it transcends originality. It is the mind, afterwards, which asks what on earth two small towers are doing on top of an oblong, columned temple on top of a prodigious rustication". ~ Ian Nairn. Name the building.

Greece crisis could derail PM's plans for EU reform, warns Norman Lamont

Writing for The Telegraph, Lord Lamont calls on European leaders to agree to write off Greek debts in order to resolve the crisis<p>The stand-off between Angela Merkel and the radical <b>Greek</b> government of Alexis Tsipras over austerity could derail David Cameron’s plans to overhaul Britain’s membership …

British Army set to use Social Media to Fight Wars

<i>Image: independent.co.uk</i><p>We are living in a digital era. Each and every single waking second of our lives are now filled with information that we can …

Why Your Business Plan Just Killed Innovation

<i>Unless you are a fortune teller, long term business planning is a fantasy.</i><p><i>Why don’t we call plans what they really are: guesses.</i><p><i>Start referring to</i> …

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IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK's leading progressive think tank<p>Measuring what matters: Improving the indicators of …

A Forgotten British Wartime Story

<b>The Second World War Guernsey Evacuation to England, Scotland and Wales has been overlooked in many Second World War Histories.</b> I am proud to …

Community Right to Bid: Non-statutory advice note for local authorities - My Community

Glossary: Community Asset Transfer<p>Some commonly used terms used when talking about Community Asset Transfer. Asset An item of …

Socially naked

One of the quotes I’ve most overused in the past few years is Don Tapcott’s “Institutions are becoming naked, and if you’re going to be naked … …

RT @pdacosta: Lost generation: Youth jobless rates across Europe http://t.co/OaOY0wv28D

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don't do.<p>Happiness--in your business life and your personal life--is often a matter of subtraction, not addition.<p>Consider, for example, what happens when you <i>stop</i> doing the following 10 things:<p><b>1. Blaming.</b><p>People make mistakes. Employees don't …

Self-improvement

Older people don't want to be passive recipients – they want to get involved

It's hardly surprising that many older people don't want to be identified as being old and are reluctant to turn to services intended for them. …

London house prices outpace rest of the UK like never before

The gap between house prices in London and the rest of the UK is now the biggest it has ever been, with homes in the capital more expensive than ever …

Public reject political consensus on pensioner benefits | Financial Times

When George Osborne announces the 2015-16 departmental cuts today in the Commons, he will also spell out some more detail about how his plans for an …

Massive expansion of Troubled Families programme announced

The government’s groundbreaking Troubled Families programme is to be expanded, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced.<p>An …

Social Investment in Education

A public educational system, free at the point of use, should be our greatest tool for delivering equality of opportunity. But this is not happening. …

Rates and the US housing market

2013-06-26T21:19:45.000Z<p>By: Cardiff Garcia<p>Even before last week’s FOMC meeting and the subsequent spike in long-term rates, the US refinancing wave …

Less education, less work: UK's youth left without training or jobs

Too many young people are dropping out of education early, without the skills and qualifications needed to start careers, a new report has …

Chloe Smith welcomes new pilot property scheme

A pilot scheme designed to encourage local councils to work with central government and other public sector organisations to share buildings and …

Natalie Elphicke: Drawing up a new blueprint for social housing

Natalie Elphicke is frustrated. After 20 years working on the fringes, she is fed up with what she describes as the "vested interests" of the social …

Most of London's new housing benefit claims are from working families

Working families who are struggling to afford spiralling cost of renting in London account for the lion's share of a surge in the numbers of …

Housing sector's community impact undervalued according to survey

From the Mulberry Centre in New Cross to affordable rural homes in Cumbria; from community investment in Torbay to Stockton's community energy …

Housing and the spending review: the key points at a glance

• Government will invest more than £3bn in affordable housing, but provided few further details about the investment.<p>• Housing benefit will be …