Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed, government says

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed, government says

Image caption Nicola McKenzie lost tax credits after Concentrix said she was married to a dead 74-year-old man. Thousands more families who were wrongly stripped of their tax credits by the US contractor Concentrix are to have their cases reviewed. A committee of MPs that produced a scathing report on Concentrix said on Monday that […]

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

Media captionHousing Minister Gavin Barwell tells Andrew Neil the government’s record on building affordable homes is “embarrassing” The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy this week. Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said there would be minimum tenancies and more homes built for rent in […]

Labour won’t block Brexit bill, Emily Thornberry says

Labour won’t block Brexit bill, Emily Thornberry says

The shadow foreign secretary has suggested Labour will continue to support legislation paving the way for Brexit as it passes through Parliament. Emily Thornberry said Labour would not “frustrate Brexit” even if it failed to amend the bill. Ten shadow ministers were among 47 Labour MPs who rejected party orders to back it last week. […]

Indyref should not happen says David Mundell

Media captionDavid Mundell said he dreaded an independence referendum but he was not feart Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said a second independence referendum was possible but it should not happen. The Tory MP said he “dreaded” a second ballot because it would be “seriously unpleasant” but he was confident the vote would support staying […]

Rail franchising system ‘not fit for purpose’, MPs warn

Rail franchising system ‘not fit for purpose’, MPs warn

Image copyright AFP/Getty The UK’s rail franchising model is “no longer fit for purpose” and is failing passengers, MPs have warned. The Transport Committee said there were “serious deficiencies” in the way the Department for Transport awarded contracts, leading to higher fares and poor performance. The MPs urged ministers to launch an independent review of […]

Labour’s John McDonnell promises energy prices cap

Media captionShadow chancellor John McDonnell makes energy price pledge on BBC Breakfast Labour has promised to place a cap on the prices charged by energy companies if it wins power. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell made the commitment to the BBC a day after Npower said it was raising electricity prices by 15% from March. Meanwhile, […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]