Brian Brady

Brian Brady is Whitehall Editor for The Independent on Sunday.

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Court officials sacked in record numbers

Bad conduct sees 30 law officers disciplined, and code is set to get tougher

Anger rises over 'secret justice' Bill

Changes to plans for some cases to be heard behind closed doors are not enough, say MPs

Households with disabled person will be average of £156 a year worse off under Government benefits plans

Millions of disabled people will lose out under the Government’s plans to keep the annual rise in benefits below the cost of living, it emerged last night.

Sam Sturnham, left, who was jailed for the manslaughter of Christian Noble

Prisoners win big payouts for parole delays

A backlog in sentence reviews has led to compensation claims of up to £9,000 each

Free for all? Labour’s leader wants a national register of landlords

Labour revives plan to protect private tenants

Ed Miliband says new regulations and a national register will deter 'rogue' landlords

Among old people, more than half live alone, 17 per cent are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and almost five million say the television is their main form of company

Is this the loneliest generation?

The Government is trying to quantify social isolation amid health fears

Experts fear thousands of girls are taken from Britain and mutilated

Ofsted to quiz heads on efforts to stop female genital mutilation

School inspectors are to question headteachers on their efforts to combat female genital mutilation (FGM), as part of a government attempt to ensure public bodies live up to their responsibilities to protect children from the practice.

Stark choice: Do you turn on the heat or feed your children?

Rising energy bills force bleak choice on families - eat or heat

Spiralling energy bills are forcing one in four mothers to make the bleak choice between feeding their children and heating their homes, according to a new survey by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign.

Together we stand: David Cameron and Nick Clegg meet Brixton schoolchildren last month

Vow renewal to show there's life in coalition yet

Cameron and Clegg's mid-term achievement review will seek to bring their parties closer

GMB must pay back misused cash

One of Britain's biggest unions has been forced to pay back thousands of pounds to the Government after taxpayer funding designed for educational programmes was spent on iPads, hotels and a Christmas party.

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