News Council tax set to rise by as much as five per cent

The amount paid by households towards the cost of policing looks set to rise by up to five per cent this year as the Government faces a potential show down with its flagship Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who are demanding above inflation increases in council tax to combat swingeing budget cuts.

Help for victims of domestic violence is in a state of crisis

Refuges ‘turn away more than 150 women a day because of budget cuts’

Help for victims of domestic violence in a state of crisis, warns national survey

Enter-prize: Host Sue Perkins, left, Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell, right, and Nigel Kershaw, winner of the category sponsored by The IoS

Social Enterprise UK Awards: Prizes for businesses that 'give back'

Awards, sponsored by The IoS, were presented to winners last week

Councils in poor areas saw their spending power drop by 21 per cent

Spending cuts hit poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than affluent areas

Spending cuts have hit the poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than more affluent areas, according to research published on Thursday.

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Black children 'still getting raw deal' from the schools system, says Gove

Black children are still getting a raw deal from the schools system, the Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

Cans of lager on supermarket shelf

Pint, pint, pint, fight: How we can help Britain's problem drinkers

Our Demos research looks at three defining areas

The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, centre, will promise to underwrite the building of several new towns

Labour pledges billions to build 200,000 new homes per year if it wins next election

The  programme would also provide a stimulus for the economy and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry

Up to 10,000 children of school age are missing out on full-time education

Missing out: the children in danger of becoming 'invisible' to education authorities

Local authorities failing to keep track of up to 10,000 pupils, raising fears of widespread abuse

Do students care about who runs their country?

Are students as apathetic as the stereotype runs? Jamie Crow finds out how engaged they are

An adult playing with a child at a nursery - a senior Ofsted officer says children should be admitted to school from the age of two to eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

How young is too young? Ofsted inspector suggests children should start school at two

Starting children this young could eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

Farage: Ukip would consider not running candidates against Eurosceptic MPs

The UK Independence Party may avoid putting up candidates to contest the seats of existing Eurosceptic MPs, its party leader has said.

Number of adoptions hits 20-year high

The number of children adopted in England has reached its highest level in 20 years.

'Britain is being ripped off over rural broadband': BT handed £1.2bn ‘subsidy’ from the taxpayer

British Telecom has been handed a taxpayer “subsidy” of almost £1.2bn because the Government “mismanaged” its superfast broadband.

Man’s penis amputated after Viagra overdose

Colombian farmer’s attempt to impress girlfriend ends in tragedy

On this day 1504: Michaelangelo's David unveiled in Florence

Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence 509 years ago today.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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The inside track on France's trial of the year

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea