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Job prospects for graduates and apprentices are looking brighter for next year as more companies expect to hire staff, according to a new report.

Royal Mail workers' vote raises prospect of strike

Royal Mail workers will vote next week on an emergency resolution that raises the prospect of the third national postal strike in five years. The resolution, to be discussed behind closed doors at the Communication Workers Union annual conference in Bournemouth, sets out a series of objections to Royal Mail's latest business plan.

Business plan hold-up adds to uncertainty over Health Bill

There is further uncertainty around the Government's reforms to the controversial Health Bill after it delayed publishing an expected business plan for the Department of Health.

Worcester's play-off ordeal reignites relegation debate

They won the Championship by a mile but if they lose to Pirates nobody gets promoted. Chris Hewett asks if there is a better way

Forty years ago, one man found the devil in Ms Asher

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Alex Ferguson predicts 'absolute chaos' on FA Cup semi-final weekend

Sir Alex Ferguson is predicting "absolute chaos" on FA Cup semi-final weekend.

Tough new mortgage rules relaxed

The City watchdog showed signs today of easing the tough affordability criteria lenders must use as part of its overhaul of the mortgage market.

The unloved giant-killers heading for Old Trafford

Critics find little romance in the Cup exploits of wealthy Crawley Town as they take on Man United today, writes Nick Szczepanik

Business Diary: Shareholder group does the splits

Britain's army of small shareholders do not always get the respect they deserve, so the launch of the UK Individual ShareholdersSociety, a new group to represent their interests, is welcome. But hang on, don't we already have such a body in the form of the UK Shareholders' Association? And wasn't it run by Roger Lawson, the chap behind the UKISS? Yes, is the answer to both questions. Our spies tell us there was a falling out at UKSA, prompting Lawson to go it alone.

Birmingham City Council axes more than 7,000 jobs

A city council plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs as it faces a "gargantuan challenge" to save £300 million over the next three years.

Warning over Supreme Court independence

The independence of the highest court in the land cannot be properly guaranteed because of the way it is funded, its president has said.

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Shareholder backs F&C

The fund manager F&C Asset Management gained ground in its battle against activist US investors yesterday as its second biggest shareholder, Eureko, publicly backed its board.

CSI chief condemns forensic cuts

America's top forensic scientist has warned that axing the UK's Forensic Science Service (FSS) will increase the risk of miscarriages of justice.

BBC invites rivals to comment on its performance

The BBC will invite broadcasting rivals to comment on its performance and react to changes in areas of "market sensitivity", Sir Michael Lyons said today.

Residents given right to run pubs

Groups of residents will be able to save their pubs, shops, libraries and leisure centres from closure under plans to be set out next week to shift power to local communities.

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