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A survey of local authorities found that 24 per cent of lights have been switched off or turned down – compared with 2.6 per cent in 2010

Safety risk as councils dim or switch off a quarter of street lights

Three-quarters of councils are economising on street lighting, according to a Labour Party survey

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax

Poorest households are the most heavily taxed

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax because they are disproportionately affected by flat-rate indirect taxes

The Public Accounts Committee found widespread concern among civil servants that they would be victimised if they spoke out about wrongdoing

Public-sector whistleblowers 'are still seen as snitches', admits Civil Service boss Sir Jeremy Heywood

Staff who expose malpractice are treated appallingly, admits the Cabinet Secretary

Research by the Open Europe think-tank found that an EU migrant with no children earning the minimum wage receives £290.28 a week when tax credits are included, meaning that state top-ups account for 32 per cent of take-home pay

Exclusive: Angela Merkel may back David Cameron’s plan to stop child benefits going abroad

Commission sources told The Independent the proposal has been discussed by Mr Juncker and Angela Merkel, but plan could encourage migrants to bring their families with them rather than leave them at home

Supporters of Theresa May's policy point to figures showing that 121,000 non-EU students entered Britain in the year to June, but only 51,000 left

Theresa May's curbs on foreign students are 'a silly idea', say Lib Dems

Theresa May wants non-EU students to return home after finishing courses

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Ukip expels councillor Rozanne Duncan for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in TV interview

Another week, another Ukip gaffe, but the full details remain a mystery

Ed Miliband delivered his long-awaited speech on the economy this week

Labour notches up a seven-point lead over the Tories as Farage's ratings drop

The poll puts Labour on course to secure a majority and sees Nigel Farage's personal ratings drop

Theresa May said that immigration targets are likely to not be met by the next general election

Theresa May to 'kick out foreign graduates' in new immigration plans

Course graduates would have to return home before applying for visas

Firefighters have gone on strike over moves to cut their pensions

Minister's pension promise to firefighters challenged

Claims Penny Mordaunt has 'yet to produce any evidence' that she can deliver on guarantee for those unable to find continued work in the fire service
Families can be confused when seeking help, says charity YoungMinds

Parents' mental health helpline loses its grant

YoungMinds charity seeks crowdfunding donors to save advice service
Donors giving at least £50,000 can join David Cameron’s Leader’s Group

'Dave's dinners' fund a third of Tory target seats

Critics accuse Prime Minister's controversial rich donors' dining club of buying the election
Gavin Barwell, MP for Central Croydon

Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents

Gavin Barwell's campaigns are a 'running joke' and blatant electioneering, says local paper
Funding to local councils will be cut by 14.6 per cent in 2015-16

Local government shake-up: British cities seek to raise own taxes and go it alone

But Derby and Bedford could be among others trampled in the rush
GPs say medical schools are too focused on encouraging specialisms

Britain's GP black holes: The North is running out of family doctors, figures show

Lack of investment, long hours, and the pull of London and the South-east blamed, putting Government's recruitment target in jeopardy
Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader

Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, accused the former First Minister of deception

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'