News Head of St Mary’s, Mike Kennedy, aims for ‘all-comers’

The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

Brendan Barber: ‘Unions have been working closely with industry to minimise losses’

Unions not just about strikes but helping the economy, says TUC chief

Trade unions need to reinvent themselves in the eyes of the public as organisations that are not about strikes and industrial disputes but about helping the economy to grow, the outgoing head of the Trades Union Congress has warned.

Welfare cuts will hit millions, warn union leaders

'Some households could lose up to £2,000 a year'

Embarrassment for Government as only 3.5% of participants in its work programme find long-term jobs

The Government today defended its flagship employment scheme against fierce criticism after new figures showed only 3.5% of those taking part had found sustainable jobs.

Picture posed by model

Stress ‘puts people out of work and on to benefits’

There are more than 250,000 claimants aged 35 to 44, and 83,000 between 18 and 24

On the streets: People of all ages made their feelings known at the march in London, above

Austerity brings out the protesters

Tens of thousands marched against government cuts in London, Glasgow and Belfast yesterday

Cautious welcome for workplace pensions scheme

Trades unions and employees gave a cautious welcome to the new workplace pensions scheme which began yesterday. People working for firms with more than 120,000 employees are now automatically enrolled in schemes to help them save for retirement.

Auto-enrolment pension scheme opens

A landmark scheme to automatically place millions of people into workplace pensions is now under way, with many workers saving for their future for less than the cost of a weekly pint of beer.

David Gauke under fire over tradesmen cash-in-hand comments

A Treasury minister who said it was “morally wrong” for householders to pay tradesmen in cash for a discount came under fire today from a body representing plumbers, builders and electricians.

Cowboy tax advisers to be named

Cowboy tax advisers who use avoidance schemes that push the law to its limits will be named and shamed, the Government said today.

Government proposes up to £1,200 tribunal fees

The Government sparked controversy today by announcing a fee of up to £1,200 for taking claims to an employment tribunal.

Rising pension values of affluent worsens inequalities

The UK's wealth gap is widening as a growing pensions apartheid leaves the poorest with retirement pots worth just a fraction of the rich, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said yesterday.

Nick Clegg in employee ownership push

The Government announced moves today to promote employee ownership and make it easier for people to run their own business.

Inflation higher for poor families

The cost of living has been rising more quickly for the poorest households as a result of higher energy and food bills, according to new research.

GDP data 'shows cuts are not working'

There were fresh calls for the Government to scale back its austerity measures today after figures confirmed the UK had returned to recession.

Unions question pay gap figures

Unions questioned official figures today showing an 8% gap in the average hourly pay of public and private sector workers, warning that the figures could now be "widely misused."

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links