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

Nick Clegg struggles to contain his party's 'guilt by association' with Coalition cuts

Half a million public-sector jobs will be lost as a result of the draconian cuts to be unveiled today by George Osborne, the Chancellor, in Britain's biggest spending squeeze since the 1920s.

TUC says banks will take £19bn 'double subsidy'

Banks will be accused today of knocking £19bn off their tax bills despite the multibillion-pound taxpayer bail-out of the sector.

Pension tax allowances slashed for rich

The Government is to slash high earners' tax-free pension allowances from £250,000 to just £50,000 a year, raising an extra £4bn for the Exchequer.

A fairer society: All in this together? Here's how

Specialists in 10 key areas tell how to share the cuts burden

Bankers to flee after Europe pay squeeze?

European banking watchdogs have proposed a much tougher crackdown than expected. James Moore reports

'Pull together' urges David Cameron, to get Britain back on track

David Cameron today called on Britons to "pull together" to get the country's economy back on track, promising that within a few years the sacrifices they make will deliver financial rewards.

Banks' £7bn bonus pool condemned by unions

As ordinary Britons woke up to George Osborne's latest round of axe-swinging, the City simply shrugged its collective shoulders and got back to what it does best – feathering the bonus nests.

CBI wants law on strikes tightened as strife looms

The CBI will today launch a campaign for the biggest overhaul of trade union legislation since Margaret Thatcher confronted militant workers in the Eighties. The employers' group will call for a series of reforms to the law, amid concern amongst businesses that the forthcoming public spending review could trigger a wave of strikes.

Minimum wage rises to £5.93 an hour

The national minimum wage will increase by 13p an hour to £5.93 today, benefiting an estimated one million mainly women workers.

DJ Taylor: Lady Gaga and the TUC prove there's nowt new under t' sun

With the BBC celebrating the cultural emergence of the North and the press reviving the spectre of union power, the past week has been like stepping back in time

Tiny drop in unemployment sparks job market fears

Experts warned the UK jobs market was "on the turn" today after official figures showed a lower-than-expected drop in unemployment.

Angry union leaders warn Government of national strikes

Harriet Harman pledged full Labour backing for a countrywide campaign of protest against public spending cuts as the trade unions put ministers on notice of national strikes to defend jobs.

Leading article: Mr Osborne should prepare a Plan B

The unions are gathering for their annual conference this morning in fighting mood. The TUC chief, Brendan Barber, warns of a winter of mass protests if George Osborne and David Cameron don't back down on the scale of their planned cuts. The police are raising the spectre of a Christmas crime wave if their numbers are cut by 25 per cent, as the Government has indicated is likely.

Brendan Barber: Faced by this dangerous plot to redraw the State, look at how the decent majority killed the poll tax

The Government's plans to cut spending and redraw the State are more radical and dangerous than anything since the 1930s. Yet the debate about the deficit at present is still abstract. Of course most people would rather cut debt and run services efficiently, but when the cuts start to bite the mood will change. As people begin to see the unfairness of the cuts, the more support our alternative will win. Already we are getting the first hints that ministers are beginning to worry how voters will respond.

Government accused of 'doublethink' on spending cuts

Government spending cuts will hit the poorest 13 times harder than rich people, showing how "unfair" they were, the TUC warned today.

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