Stormont talks: Brokenshire sets month-end deadline

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Brokenshire said prospects of a deal between parties to restore devolution do not look “positive ” The latest date for an executive to be formed to pass a budget is the week beginning 6 November, the NI secretary of state has said. James Brokenshire said that would mean legislation […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but jobless rate stays at same level

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

Camila Batmanghelidjh: Cameron government broke funding promise

Media captionCamila Batmanghelidjh: Government broke promises. The founder of collapsed charity Kids Company claims David Cameron’s government broke a promise to turn it into a state-funded organisation. Camila Batmanghelidjh says she was told of plans in 2014 to transform it into something similar to Childline, the NSPCC hotline which gets some regular government funding. But […]

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

Image copyright Getty Images MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government’s flagship welfare programme is working. Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash. Senior […]

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs are to be outlined by ministers later. They say they want to clamp down on a “small minority of rogue agents” in the property management system who force consumers to pay over-inflated charges. They will consider changing the law so […]

MI5 boss Andrew Parker warns of ‘intense’ terror threat

Media captionMI5 chief Andrew Parker: ‘Over 3,000 extremists in the UK’ The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned. Andrew Parker said there was currently “more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly” and that it can also be “harder to detect”. The UK has suffered […]

Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal ‘unthinkable’

Image copyright House of Commons The prospect of Brexit happening without any deal being reached between the UK and the EU is “unthinkable”, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Ms Rudd was responding to a question about the impact on security of nothing being agreed before the UK leaves. “We will make sure there is […]

Brexit talks must speed up, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker say

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed to “accelerate” Brexit negotiations – but there was no sign of a breakthrough after their working dinner. A joint statement said the Brussels talks – which came […]

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s key inflation rate hit its highest for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012, and up from 2.9% in August. The pick-up in inflation raises […]

Updated MP boundary plans published

Image caption This summer’s general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 Revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published. The proposed constituency boundaries in England, Scotland and Wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of MPs will be cut from […]