UK wage growth outpaces inflation

UK wage growth outpaces inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Wages grew faster than the rate of inflation at the end of 2016, official figures show. In the three months to December, wages grew 2.6% on an annualised basis in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, that was slower than the previous period, leading analysts to […]

Jobless rate remains at 11-year low

Jobless rate remains at 11-year low

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 7,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to December, official figures show. It meant the jobless rate held steady at an 11-year low of 4.8%, the Office for National Statistics said. The employment rate edged higher to 74.6% – a record high – while wages also […]

Help to Buy scheme’s impact across England revealed

Media caption‘We pay less now than we would on rent’ One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital, analysis by BBC News shows. The Help to Buy Equity Loan was introduced to boost the housing market. A property […]

Nuttall aide offers to quit over Hillsborough mistakes

Media captionPaul Nuttall was shown the comments on his website, which he said were not accurate and not published by him Paul Nuttall’s press officer has offered to resign after saying she was to blame for “mistakes” in statements about the UKIP leader’s involvement in the Hillsborough disaster. Mr Nuttall earlier admitted claims on his […]

Theresa May ‘looking forward’ to Trump state visit

Theresa May ‘looking forward’ to Trump state visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The details of Mr Trump’s visit have yet to be settled Theresa May has said she looks forward to welcoming Donald Trump to the UK later this year after discussing his planned state visit on the phone. Last month’s invitation, coming so soon after the US President took office, has […]

Nato defence spending target met, government insists

Nato defence spending target met, government insists

Image copyright PA Image caption Only a handful of countries currently meet the 2% Nato target The government has rejected a think tank’s claim that it missed Nato’s target of spending at least 2% of national income on defence. In a new report, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) claimed spending had fallen to […]

Nuttall admits he did not lose ‘close friends’ at Hillsborough

Media captionPaul Nuttall was shown the comments on his website, which he said were not accurate and not published by him UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted that past claims that he lost “close personal friends” in the Hillsborough disaster were incorrect. He told Liverpool’s Radio City he was not responsible for statements on his […]

‘Stop Trump state visit’ petition rejected

‘Stop Trump state visit’ petition rejected

Image copyright Reuters The UK government has rejected a petition calling for Donald Trump’s state visit invitation to be withdrawn. It said it recognised the “strong views” expressed but looked forward to welcoming the US president once details have been arranged. More than 1.8 million people signed the petition, which said a state visit would […]

UK inflation highest since June 2014

UK inflation highest since June 2014

Image copyright PA Inflation has reached its highest rate for two-and-a-half years, mainly as a result of the rising price of fuel. Annual inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) reached 1.8% last month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, up from a rate of 1.6% in December. It is the fourth […]

Devolved finance ministers call for Brexit clarity from UK

Devolved finance ministers call for Brexit clarity from UK

Image copyright PA Image caption Finance ministers from the UK and devolved governments met in Edinburgh Finance ministers from the three devolved administrations have called for more clarity from the UK government about its approach to Brexit. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish finance ministers met Treasury chief David Gauke in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Following […]