Controversial drugs scheme to be extended despite criticism from doctors
After Ed Miliband's price freeze pledge, David Cameron agrees action is needed to reduce the cost of energy
Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the “bedroom tax” are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.
The allegations date back to Messina's time as chief of staff to Max Baucus
Recommended increase was expected to add up to £10,000 to backbenchers' salaries in 2015
The former European Commissioner says displays of disunity could sink Conservative chances at the next election
Blairites want the party to tackle the perception that it is “soft” on benefit claimants
In the idiotic claims they make about welfare claimants, the likes of Grant Shapps and George Osborne reveal how completely out of touch they are
Before they were united in coalition, David Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed on one thing, that the Labour government was employing too many special advisers. There is a serious case for having more, not fewer, of these political appointees who serve their ministers without being restricted by civil service rules about impartiality, despite the controversy surrounding some of them, such as Alastair Campbell or Andy Coulson. But Cameron promised to cap their numbers, while Clegg's position was that there should not be any at all, unless their salaries were paid from party funds.
Complaints come as a senior judge warns local elections present 'enormous opportunities' for vote rigging.
We need more rapid action to make these products more transparent
Being born before or after 1979 is apparently key to whether you're able to afford to own your own home or not. Older than 33 and you're likely to be already on the ladder, having bought a few years ago and seen values rise in the main. Younger than 33 and it's a massive struggle to put enough of a deposit together and to earn enough to secure a sufficiently large mortgage to get on the ladder. I'm north of 33 and the other day I looked at the price of my first flat, which is currently on the market, and realised that if I only had say a 10 per cent deposit then I probably wouldn't get a mortgage high enough to buy it. This was no palace. It was a more akin to a shoebox backing onto a railway track, typical of so many first-time buyer properties in London.
Ministers say relaxation of planning laws will boost rural communities by enabling affordable housing
Boris Johnson calls for U-turn on police numbers, while No 10 ridiculed over plans to use water cannon
Part-buy, part-rent schemes offer to fulfil the dreams of first-time buyers. But they're not always an easy option, says Oliver Bennett
A new scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder was launched by the Government today.