Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Man who compiled industrial blacklist comes out of the dark

MPs told secret vetting service has been used  for major construction projects for two decades

Green energy vital, says David Cameron

David Cameron today backed the growth of renewable energy as “vital” to the UK's future - but warned green power sources had to be financially sustainable.

Stake in hospital PFI project up for sale

Bidders are eyeing a one-third stake in one of the country's most infamous private finance initiative (PFI) deals, University College Hospital (UCH) off Tottenham Court Road.

Contract staff at Jobcentres to strike

Hundreds of contract staff in jobcentres will go on strike today in a dispute over job cuts.

Balfour Beatty to offload controversial hospital stake

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, is looking to sell its stake in one of the country's most infamous Private Finance Initiative schemes.

Construction firm staff vote to strike

Workers at a leading construction firm have voted in favour of strike action in a long-running row over pay and conditions, it was announced tonight.

BBC under fire over local jobs at Salford site

The BBC has been criticised after it emerged that only 26 out of 680 new jobs created at its new Media City site went to locals.

Demos staged over working agreement

Construction workers staged a series of demonstrations at sites across the UK today in the continuing row over pay and conditions in the industry.

Austerity drive hits Balfour's UK business

Balfour Beatty yesterday warned that market conditions were set to remain tough as it revealed that the coalition Government's austerity measures were beginning to hit its UK business.

The Week Ahead: Balfour Beatty hopes to build on better results

Fears over the global economy were knocking Balfour Beatty's share price even before the markets slumped, and the latest fall has caused Britain's largest infrastructure services company to drop by around a quarter since March.

Investment Column: Long-term strengths underpin Balfour

Robert Walters; Robert Wiseman

The Week Ahead: Hays sees no end to slow growth in private sector

The recruitment companies are in focus this week, with both Hays and Robert Walters releasing updates as fears continue over the state of the private sector market in the UK.

Mark Steel: It's like being endorsed by Gary Glitter

Isn't this excellent news? The International Monetary Fund say the Government's strategy for sorting us out is going to work. Every time they've been asked to comment on a country's economy they've insisted it must cut wages, restrict the unions, and privatise everything, so the Government must have been really nervous as to whether they'd approve of the strategy of cutting wages, restricting unions and privatising everything. It must have felt like waiting for your A-level results.

Royal Mail workers to strike

Workers who maintain Royal Mail offices are to take industrial action, including a half-day strike, in a row over the use of tracking devices in their vans.

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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We need to talk about loss

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album