Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Image copyright Thinkstock More than one in four UK business leaders say employees have cut their hours because of the “high cost of childcare”, a report from the British Chambers of Commerce says. The survey of more than 1,600 business leaders also found nearly 10% said some staff had quit for the same reason. Government […]

Dog stabbing: Government says laws do not need changing

Dog stabbing: Government says laws do not need changing

Image copyright BCH Police Dogs Image caption German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest after pursuing a suspect Giving police animals the same legal status as officers injured at work is “unnecessary”, the government has said. A petition calling for a change in the law was set up after a Hertfordshire police […]

Call for Scots unity over single market membership

Call for Scots unity over single market membership

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Holyrood’s political parties have all voiced some support for single market access The Scottish government is to ask opposition parties to unite behind it while lobbying the UK government over single market membership post-Brexit. Economy Secretary Keith Brown will lead a debate at Holyrood on Tuesday seeking unanimous support […]

Lord Janner case: Family want child sex abuse inquiry delay

Lord Janner case: Family want child sex abuse inquiry delay

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lord Janner died in December last year The family of the late Labour peer Lord Janner are demanding the public inquiry into child abuse postpones its plan to examine allegations against him. Lord Janner’s son Daniel says that, as civil proceedings by several alleged victims are “already in train”, the […]

Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty and be victims of crime Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review into how ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools, police and the courts. The audit is aimed […]

Labour signs deal with conference security firm

Labour signs deal with conference security firm

Image copyright Getty Images The Labour Party has signed up a company to provide security at its annual conference meaning the event will go ahead as planned. It follows a stand-off between the GMB union and another security company, Showsec, over union recognition, which threatened to derail the event. Labour’s General Secretary Iain McNicol announced […]

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn urges probe into excluded voters

Media captionJeremy Corbyn ‘concerned’ over voter exclusion claims Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fears some of his supporters may have been “unfairly” barred from voting in the party’s leadership election. He has handed a list of names to party officials, saying he wants a “fair and open” contest, with all those eligible to take part able […]

UN blames UK politicians for Brexit hate crime spike

UN blames UK politicians for Brexit hate crime spike

Image copyright Ewa Banaszak Image caption A Polish family targeted by arsonists in Plymouth in July received what police called a “hate-filled” letter “Divisive” and “anti-immigrant” rhetoric by UK politicians during the EU referendum helped to fuel a spike in race hate crimes in the weeks before and after the vote, a UN body has […]

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter

Image copyright Reuters Strong growth in spending by consumers helped to drive the UK economy ahead of the Brexit vote, official figures show. Consumer spending in the April to June period grew by 0.9% from the previous quarter, the fastest pace since 2014. A rise in business investment also helped growth, the Office for National […]

John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

Image copyright PA Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claims there has been a “rigged purge” of supporters of Jeremy Corbyn in Labour’s leadership contest. Mr McDonnell said thousands of members were being denied a vote “without being given an explanation”. He was reacting to the suspension from Labour of Ronnie Draper, who leads the Corbyn-supporting Bakers, […]