Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Image copyright PA Image caption The report recognises that civil servants’ expertise is much in demand in the private sector Rules governing jobs civil servants can take on after leaving government are not being applied consistently, the public spending watchdog has found. Officials must get departments’ say-so before taking up private sector roles. But the […]

Scots ‘could have different Brexit deal’

Scots ‘could have different Brexit deal’

Image copyright Getty Images There is a “strong case” for Scotland having different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas, peers have said. The Lords EU committee said the move could be necessary if a UK-wide deal does not reflect Scotland’s needs. It said this could include Scotland setting its own […]

UK government warned over Brexit and Wales by peers

UK government warned over Brexit and Wales by peers

Image caption Carwyn Jones said the UK government could not “continue to put its head in the sand” The UK government must “raise its game” on Brexit and find ways to protect Wales’ interests in the negotiations, a House of Lords committee has warned. The EU Committee’s report on Brexit and devolution said ministers in […]

Theresa May sacking ministers ‘would get MPs’ support’

Theresa May sacking ministers ‘would get MPs’ support’

Image copyright PA Image caption The cabinet has been posing for an official photo Theresa May would have the backing of Tory MPs if she sacked disloyal ministers for plotting and briefing, a senior backbencher says. Charles Walker, vice-chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, told ministers to “stop chattering away”. Earlier the prime minister told […]

Theresa May tells cabinet to show unity

Theresa May tells cabinet to show unity

Image copyright EPA Theresa May has told her cabinet ministers to show “strength and unity” as she attempted to stem a series of leaks and negative briefings. The PM said “open discussion” was important but that it was vital for it to stay private, her spokesman said. Number 10 said press briefings were a case […]

UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June

UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June

Image copyright Reuters The UK’s inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May, official figures have shown. It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices. Fuel prices fell for the fourth month in a row in June, […]

Brexit: Public safety ‘could be threatened by lack of data sharing’

Brexit: Public safety ‘could be threatened by lack of data sharing’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Three-quarters of the UK’s cross-border data flows are with EU countries Public safety could be threatened unless the government “gets its act together” over data-sharing after Brexit, a former Met Police boss says Lord Condon said it could become “much more difficult” for police to share information with EU counterparts […]

Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Media captionJustine Greening said every school in England would benefit Schools in England are being promised an extra £1.3bn over two years, as the government responded to pressure from campaigns over funding shortages. But the cash for schools will be taken from elsewhere in the education budget, such as spending on free schools. The Institute […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Media captionChancellor Philip Hammond tells Andrew Marr: “Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space” Public sector workers get a 10% “premium” over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap. The chancellor refused to comment on reports he had said at a […]

Brexit: Hammond warns of UK investment uncertainty

Brexit: Hammond warns of UK investment uncertainty

Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that businesses are holding off from investing in the UK because of uncertainty about Brexit. “It is absolutely clear businesses where they have discretion over investment, where they can hold off, are doing so – you can understand why. “They are […]