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Labour may suspend ex-leader Dugdale

Labour may suspend ex-leader Dugdale

Image copyright PA Scottish Labour’s new leader Richard Leonard has said the party’s MSPs will consider suspension for his predecessor Kezia Dugdale. Ms Dugdale, still an MSP, has been revealed as a surprise contestant in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! programme. Mr Leonard said he was a “bit disappointed” by her […]

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of people on universal credit may not be paid over the festive season or may get a reduced payment, the BBC Money Box show has highlighted. Those hit will be some of the 67,000 people who claim the benefit while working and who are paid weekly. This is because there […]

Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Media captionStephen Hammond: Money in Budget ‘for housing and health’ 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. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” […]

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

Image copyright Getty Images A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in a bid to tackle the problem of plastic waste. In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help. Single-use plastics include packaging, […]

Peter Kay’s Car Share to make surprise return

Peter Kay’s Car Share to make surprise return

Image copyright BBC/Goodnight Vienna Productions Image caption Will John (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) finally have a happy ending? Fans of Peter Kay’s sitcom Car Share thought it had ended for good – but the comedian has announced there will be two more episodes. Kay said he wanted to “quit while you’re ahead” after […]

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The MPs argue that only a cross-party approach can deliver a sustainable settlement Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to […]

Four die as aircraft and helicopter crash in mid-air near Waddesdon

Four die as aircraft and helicopter crash in mid-air near Waddesdon

Image caption Thames Valley Police said four people died in the mid-air crash Four people have died after an aircraft and a helicopter crashed in mid-air over Buckinghamshire. Two people were killed in each aircraft, Thames Valley Police said. Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they have launched a joint investigation to […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Image copyright HOC 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. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” that contributed to the Tories’ poor election […]

Chris Coleman leaves Wales role for Sunderland job

Chris Coleman leaves Wales role for Sunderland job

Chris Coleman brought young Wales players Ben Woodburn, David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu into international football as his reign drew to a close Chris Coleman has left his job as Wales manager to take over at Championship club Sunderland. Coleman will succeed Simon Grayson, who was sacked after 18 games in charge. The Football Association […]

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m

Media captionESA claimant Peter Cartwright: ‘People need this money to live’ Mistakes in paying out benefits claims could cost up to £500m to put right, the BBC has learned. The errors identified by the Department for Work and Pensions affect the main sickness benefit, the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The BBC understands that assessors […]