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Social care fund ‘fails to reduce pressure on hospital beds’

Social care fund ‘fails to reduce pressure on hospital beds’

Government plans to treat more patients in the community are not easing pressure on NHS hospitals or saving money, says the National Audit Office. It looked at progress in England following the introduction of a £5.3bn Better Care Fund to help local authorities invest in services to keep patients out of hospital. It says in […]

Government criticised over transparency of energy schemes

Government criticised over transparency of energy schemes

Image copyright EPA MPs have said the government must do more to demonstrate the value for money of green energy schemes which are ultimately paid for by bill payers. The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it was promised in 2014 an annual report on the impact of these policies on energy bills. But it […]

Brexit rebellion avoided after ‘meaningful vote’ offer

Brexit rebellion avoided after ‘meaningful vote’ offer

Image caption Minister David Jones said the MPs would have a choice between a deal or no deal The government has seen off an attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill as a Conservative rebellion was avoided. MPs rejected a bid by Labour’s Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the […]

Speaker John Bercow defends his comments on Donald Trump

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow said addressing Parliament was “not an automatic right” Commons Speaker John Bercow has defended voicing his opposition to Donald Trump addressing Parliament. His comments, including accusing the US president of “racism and sexism”, had been made “honestly and honourably” and were within his remit, he told MPs. Several Conservatives have criticised […]

More affordable housing promised in White Paper

More affordable housing promised in White Paper

Image copyright Getty Images The government has vowed to build more affordable houses and help people buy and rent, after admitting the current market is “broken”. The new housing strategy for England includes giving councils powers to pressurise developers to start building on land they own. Ministers also pledged to make renting more “family-friendly” with […]

MPs promised ‘deal or no deal’ vote on Brexit

MPs promised ‘deal or no deal’ vote on Brexit

Image caption David Jones said the MPs would have a choice between a deal or no deal Ministers are seeking to win over MPs who want a “meaningful” vote on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU and its future trading arrangements. Brexit minister David Jones said MPs would get a say on […]

Tax burden to be highest in 30 years, says think tank

Tax burden to be highest in 30 years, says think tank

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Philip Hammond will present the government’s Budget on 8 March Tax is set to rise as a share of the UK’s income to its highest level since 1986, according to a think tank. Higher income from taxes and relatively low growth will combine to create this effect, according to […]

Speaker John Bercow criticised over Donald Trump comments

Media captionDonald Trump Parliament visit opposed by speaker Bercow Commons Speaker John Bercow has been criticised for voicing his opposition to US President Donald Trump addressing Parliament during a state visit. Senior Tories told the BBC his comments had caused a lot of anger, with one saying it was “utterly outrageous” and others saying he […]

Housing market broken, ministers admit ahead of White Paper

Housing market broken, ministers admit ahead of White Paper

Image copyright Getty Images Ministers will admit England’s housing market is “broken” as they unveil new plans to build more affordable homes. The government says 250,000 new homes are needed each year and have admitted they are lagging behind schedule. The new housing strategy for England includes forcing councils to plan for their local housing […]

‘Serious risks’ involved in UK’s Prosperity Fund – report

‘Serious risks’ involved in UK’s Prosperity Fund – report

Image copyright PA The amount of UK government aid money going to some richer developing countries should be restricted, an independent watchdog has said. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) warned of “serious risks” about the effectiveness of a £1.3bn project to help developing countries. The Prosperity Fund is “fragmented” and lacks transparency, a […]