Business (UK)

Chancellor Philip Hammond 'to target housing and NHS'

<b>Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to use "headroom" in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a close friend has told the BBC.</b><p>Stephen Hammond - a former transport minister - said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday's Budget to "attack problems" that contributed to the …

Brexit

Newspaper headlines: Takeaway container tax and jungle rescue

"Rescued!" is the headline on the front of the Daily Mail, which claims it helped find trapped explorer Benedict Allen from Papua New Guinea. It says it hired a helicopter and found him "deep in the jungle amid towering volcanic peaks".<p>A tax will be levied on plastic containers from takeaways in …

Damian Green

Call to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing diesel motorists ahead of Budget

Motoring campaigners have urged the Government to freeze fuel duty and avoid punishing the drivers of diesel vehicles in Wednesday's Budget.<p>There has …

Birmingham, UK

Budget 2017: Philip Hammond set to announce badly needed boost to council housebuilding

The Chancellor is poised to spark a desperately needed revival of council housebuilding in next week’s Budget, by finally lifting the strict …

Housing

500 More Schools 'Facing Cuts' As Philip Hammond Under Pressure To Give Education A Budget Boost

Some nine out of 10 schools now face funding squeeze.<p>JUSTIN TALLIS via Getty Images<p>Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged to use the Budget to pump …

Education

The Guardian view on climate talks: Brexit’s heavy weather

If Brexit goes ahead, Britain will need to shape a green politics with devolution and social justice at its core. And make sure that politicians cannot renege on our international obligations<p>The tragedy of climate change, as the governor of the Bank of England has put it, is one of the horizon. The …

Climate

Macron Ramps Up Pressure on Low-Cost Europe as Poland Protests

French President Emmanuel Macron urged European Union leaders to work together to protect living standards and called for financial penalties for …

Business

Tory MPs are hopeful the Budget will breathe new life into their dying Government – they will be disappointed

Next week’s Budget is seen by many Conservative MPs as the May Government’s last chance to set out a coherent vision and mission statement. No …

Brexit

Education sought by EU to help build European identity

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - European Union leaders, wary of the rise of populism and xenophobia, are turning to one of their more successful programmes, the Erasmus student exchange scheme, to help foster cross-border education and European unity.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron (C) gestures as …

Brexit

Philip Hammond shifts Budget goalposts by £5bn a year

and<p>Chancellor Philip Hammond is planning to shift the goalposts on the government’s borrowing limits in a move that will flatter the public finances …

Brexit

After Brexit and Catalonia, what will become of the EU?

The EU's likely future is an imperial neoliberal superstate. But there is also an alternative.<p>The future of the European Union is surely in doubt.<p>Brexit and Catalonia are the most glaring recent examples of the irrepressibly dynamic forces of nationalism that continue to exert powerful influence on …

Brexit

David Davis isn't clever enough to be Orwellian

Unlike the Daily Mail, masters of insidious brainwashing, David Davis and his colleagues at the Department for Exiting the EU are utterly devoid of …

Theresa May

Frankfurt prepares for Brexit: 'It has put extra wind into our sails'

Recently praised by the chief of Goldman Sachs, Germany’s financial capital is in pole position to gain banking jobs from the UK<p>Peter Ferres, founder-headmaster of Frankfurt’s Metropolitan school, knows a thing or two about London bankers: he used to be one of them. For seven years, Ferres worked …

Brexit

Weak pound brings record number of tourists to UK in August

Visitors splash out highest-ever monthly spend of £2.8bn as UK becomes cheaper destination for bargain hunters<p>Brexit Britain is proving a big visitor attraction: a record number of tourists arrived in the UK in August and they splashed out £2.8bn, the highest monthly tourist spend ever.<p>The number …

Business

Theresa May pledges UK will honour commitments before Brexit

Theresa May said she hoped the European Union would respond "positively" to her approach to Brexit as senior Brussels figures warned trade talks may …

Brexit

Brexit talks: Three things you need to know

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has been speaking to Brexit Secretary David Davis, who is in Berlin for an economic conference.<p>With the crucial Brussels summit in December looming, she has the key things you need to know about the state of Brexit talks.

Brexit

Stirling Council leader in firing line over £500 'jaunt' to Brussels

Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer was this week facing flak over a planned trip to Brussels costing taxpayers over £500.<p>Councillor Farmer is to …

Brexit

Unite boss says union won't support Labour council candidates if they 'act like a Tory'

Howard Beckett, the assistant general secretary of Unite, has warned his union will not support Labour elections candidates if they "act like a Tory".<p>…

Referendums

Deutsche Bank boss calls for 'common sense' consolidation among Europe's banks

Five months into the job, in November 2015, he told an industry conference that bankers were paid too much and that he couldn't understand why they …

UK News

Government threatens legislation to force Channel 4 to move out of London

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has warned she is ready to introduce legislation forcing Channel 4 to move out of London.<p>She told MPs: "If we cannot …

Birmingham, UK

Brexit 'collaborator' slur rejected by Tory MP Sandbach

<b>A former Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly has hit back at claims that Tory MPs aiming to amend the UK government's Brexit plans as "collaborators" with Labour.</b><p>Antoinette Sandbach, now MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire, said the use of that word was "personally offensive".<p>She referred to her …

Brexit

It’s Not Just Theresa May’s Schools That Are Desperate For Pens and Glue

“Schools beg parents to pay for pens and glue,” screamed the front-page headline of the <i>Daily Mirror</i>, exposing the fact that a school in Theresa May’s …

Education

Written statements to the PRA on RFTS

Privacy notice<p>Collecting personal information<p>By serving written statements on the PRA, by email, by post or delivered by hand, the Bank of England …

Privacy

Eight questions that most people get wrong on their driving theory test - and what the answers are - Mirror Online

If you have learned how to drive since 1996, then you should have passed your driving theory test as well as the practical exam.<p>In which case, you …

The City

Goldman CEO Blankfein calls for second vote on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said on Thursday that many people want Britain to have a “confirming vote” on whether to leave the European Union.<p>Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New …

Brexit

Britain's government to push ahead with plan on specific Brexit date

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will push ahead with plans to fix into law the time and date of the country’s European Union exit for March 2019, her spokesman said on Friday, despite opposition from some members of her party.<p>FILE PHOTO: Union Flags and European Union flags …

Brexit

Bankers shifting from London after Brexit may face lower pay

LONDON (Reuters) - Bankers relocating from London to other European financial hubs following Britain’s exit from the European Union could face lower pay packages, according to an industry survey published on Friday by compensation consultant Emolument.<p>City workers sit at their desks in the early …

Brexit

Ireland not ready to let Brexit talks move to stage 2: minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.<p>"Yes we all want to move onto phase two of the Brexit negotiations but we are not in a place right now that …

Brexit

Labour MP Says Theresa May 'Had No Idea' About Fatal Knife Attacks Raised In PMQs

Marie Rimmer asked about cuts to police after Merseyside deaths.<p>A Labour MP who raised a string of fatal knife attacks during Prime Minister’s …

Policing

More than 50 years after Tryweryn, the UK Government is to lose power over water in Wales

More than half a century after the flooding of the Welsh-speaking village of Capel Celyn to create a reservoir to serve an English city, the UK …

News (Wales)