The Week in Review: Home News
Saturday 06 March 1993
His repudiation, in an interview in the Independent, of the Eighties view that manufacturing was not important and could be replaced by service industries and his lamenting over an inheritance of high inflation and high interest rates brought a swift reaction from Labour. 'Who does he think was the Chancellor in the preceding year?' John Smith, the Labour leader, asked in the House of Commons.
Mr Major got more support for his reforms of the honours system which abolished the British Empire Medal and gave people the right to nominate potential award winners. All future honours would be awarded on merit or for exceptional achievement, while winners of the BEM, the honour given to working-class public servants, will be merged with the MBE, the middle class's 'gong'.
John Birt, Director-General of the BBC, will have done his case for a medal no good this week after the Independent on Sunday revealed that he was not on the corporation's staff.
A public outcry that his pounds 135,000 salary was paid to John Birt Productions Ltd, a private company, resulted in a swift decision to join the payroll after six years with the BBC.
Council workers in Sheffield earning pounds 134 a week agreed to a 3.25 per cent pay cut to prevent 1,400 redundancies as the council struggled to keep within its pounds 366m spending limit.
Prescription charges are to rise for the 15th time since 1979. What was then available for 20p will cost pounds 4.25 from April. The 13.3 per cent increase was eight times larger than inflation but Dr Brian Mawhinney, the Minister for Health, said 80 per cent of prescriptions were issued free: for children, pensioners or those on Income Support.
If the cost of keeping healthy was rising faster than inflation, so was the price of dying. The average funeral costs pounds 754, a 15 per cent increase, according to the National Association of Funeral Directors.
The association blamed churches and local authorities for 'scandalous' increases in fees of up to 62 per cent. Consumers were advised to shop around for funerals.
- 1 Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law after she publishes stories on leader Najib Razak's financial affairs
- 2 Porn block in India: hundreds of sexual websites banned, internet outraged
- 3 Natalia Molchanova: World's most successful free-diver missing and feared dead after disappearing in Mediterranean
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Jackie Chan in second place in Forbes' Highest Paid Actors list after magazine includes actors working outside US movie industry
Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law after she publishes stories on leader Najib Razak's financial affairs
Natalia Molchanova: World's most successful free-diver missing and feared dead after disappearing in Mediterranean
Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks traffic on Dublin road
Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
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