News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

James Moore: If Paul Flowers passed the Co-op's test, we must put the test in the spotlight

Outlook So now we know how the Co-op came to appoint the hopelessly unsuitable Paul Flowers to chair its banking business: apparently his psychometric test scores made him a slam-dunk choice.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander; Treasury ministers have come under fire from economists after insisting that living standards were finally beginning to rise

Treasury accused of resorting to 'dodgy statistics' to claim raise in living standards

Treasury ministers came under fire from economists today after they insisted that living standards were finally beginning to rise for the vast majority of workers.

A referendum will be held by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next election

Exclusive: Treasury to warn British public of economic risks of leaving EU - and Tory Eurosceptics are furious

Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Anthony Hilton: Pompous and smug, Davos has lost the plot

My Week We can expect the papers next week to be filled with musings from Davos, where the business and political elite are about to have their annual shindig in the Alps, so it was particularly satisfying on Thursday to record a piece for National Public Radio in the United States on why the whole gathering had long since lost the plot.

Hello boys! ABN Amro chairman Gerrit Zalm dresses in drag to teach staff a lesson on 'brothel practices'

The video has received more than 75,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Tuesday

Alex Ferguson and Ed Miliband at Manchester United's training ground in 2010

Labour's next big signing? Ed Miliband urged to recruit Sir Alex Ferguson for general election

Labour MP claims former Manchester United manager would provide morale boost

Chancellor George Osborne has repeatedly insisted that the task of clearing the deficit is not completed

George Osborne insists Britain must make £25bn more welfare cuts in 2014

The Chancellor has branded 2014 the 'year of hard truths'

RBS cancels £8bn buffer deal with Government

Royal Bank of Scotland has terminated a “contingent capital” deal that would have seen the Government inject another £8bn into the bank if its core capital ratio fell below 5 per cent.

Inside Whitehall: With more cuts looming, every department must get its finances in order… at long last

Less than half of those in Whitehall finance have an accountancy qualification

The Government last week moved to clamp down on a tax loophole whereby non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

Chancellor comes knocking for fat foreign incomes: Government moves to clamp down on tax loophole

Non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

US taxpayers lose $10bn after Treasury sells final stake in General Motors

American taxpayers have lost $10bn (£6bn) as a result of the US government’s bailout of General Motors during the global financial crisis.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of attempting to hide the bad news by announcing it at the same time as the Autumn Statement

New Universal Credit benefits system to miss 2017 deadline, admit ministers

Around 700,000 claimants will not transfer to the new system until 2018 at the earliest, Department of Work and Pensions admits

Autumn Statement 2013: Chancellor hikes bank levy

British banks will be called on to provide an extra £200 million in bank levy this year and another £400 million in 2015 and after.

MPs condemn Money Advice Service as 'not fit for purpose'

Money service under fire in report by Treasury Select Committee

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee