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Clinton and May to discuss Stormont crisis

Clinton and May to discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin and DUP politicians in Belfast on Tuesday The prime minister is to discuss the current political impasse in NI with former US president Bill Clinton. Mr Clinton, who met the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader in Belfast, will […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

Image copyright EPA The EU Withdrawal Bill may not now be discussed in the House of Commons until after the Autumn recess, sources have told the BBC. The law is designed to transfer EU law into UK law ahead of Brexit. It is facing stiff resistance from some Tory rebels as well as from the […]

Universal Credit helpline charges scrapped

Universal Credit helpline charges scrapped

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will no longer be charged for calling the government’s Universal Credit helpline after criticism from MPs and campaigners. Welfare Secretary David Gauke said the helpline, charged at local call rates which could be up to 55p a minute, would be made free in the coming weeks. […]

Stormont talks: Brokenshire sets month-end deadline

Stormont talks: Brokenshire sets month-end deadline

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Brokenshire said prospects of a deal between parties to restore devolution do not look “positive ” The latest date for an executive to be formed to pass a budget is the week beginning 6 November, the NI secretary of state has said. James Brokenshire said that would mean legislation […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but jobless rate stays at same level

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but jobless rate stays at same level

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

Camila Batmanghelidjh: Cameron government broke funding promise

Camila Batmanghelidjh: Cameron government broke funding promise

Media captionCamila Batmanghelidjh: Government broke promises. The founder of collapsed charity Kids Company claims David Cameron’s government broke a promise to turn it into a state-funded organisation. Camila Batmanghelidjh says she was told of plans in 2014 to transform it into something similar to Childline, the NSPCC hotline which gets some regular government funding. But […]

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

Image copyright Getty Images MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government’s flagship welfare programme is working. Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash. Senior […]

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs are to be outlined by ministers later. They say they want to clamp down on a “small minority of rogue agents” in the property management system who force consumers to pay over-inflated charges. They will consider changing the law so […]

Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal ‘unthinkable’

Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal ‘unthinkable’

Image copyright House of Commons The prospect of Brexit happening without a deal being reached between the UK and the EU is “unthinkable”, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Ms Rudd was responding to a question about the impact on security of nothing being agreed before the UK leaves. “We will make sure there is […]