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.
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Tuesday 20 August 2013
The number of children adopted annually in England and Wales rose by almost 10 per cent between 2011 and 2012, official figures published tomorrow show.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Chair of the Health Select Committee says claims amounted to 'more than anecdotal evidence' and should be urgently investigated by the Department of Health
Saturday 03 August 2013
Communities Secretary argues renting out spaces can help households increase their income
Friday 02 August 2013
Communities Secretary had to backtrack after approving moves by a council to build homes on a 2.7 hectare patch of land
Thursday 01 August 2013
Parking charges are providing huge cash surpluses for some councils with the 359 town halls across England having a total current account surplus of £565m
Sunday 21 July 2013
Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Two others are being treated for multiple injuries as 58 firefighters battle the blaze in Hounslow
Slow, badly executed, indecisive and poorly communicated - watchdog rapped for 'wait-and-see' handling of horsemeat crisis
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Some of regulator's staff had 'limited experience' of food-safety crises, official report concludes
Wednesday 03 July 2013
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs ridiculed suggestions that its supply is linked to terrorist groups
Monday 01 July 2013
One thing sticks in my mind from my visit to Sweden to study their free schools system – upon which Michael Gove has based many of his education reforms.
Eric Pickles' Communities Department - charged with getting local council budgets under control - fined for £217m unauthorised overdraft
Friday 28 June 2013
Margaret Hodge describes department finances as 'a shocking example of incompetence'
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Charles Napier arrested as part of investigation in to alleged abuse at the Elm Guest House in the 1980s
Sunday 23 June 2013
It only takes 237 words written by a single social worker on form COP3 (a Court of Protection “Assessment of Capacity” application) for a judge to decide to imprison someone in a care home. I know because I counted the words in the assessment relating to case I am involved with.
Sunday 23 June 2013
Residents say an explosion was heard on Friday evening before the item was discovered on Saturday
Lorna Vickerage found: Missing 14-year-old girl from Doncaster and family friend John Bush found near London's Euston station
Friday 14 June 2013
The pair apparently tried to check into a hotel in Watford, but Bush's card was declined
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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