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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Thursday 21 March 2013
Former BBC Director General to replace David Bernstein
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Tragic deaths such as those of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter, Francecca, could be repeated because some police officers are too embarrassed to ask victims of crime about their disability, inspectors have warned.
Friday 15 March 2013
Civil rights groups have called on Zimbabwean voters to reject a new constitution, accusing the political elite, including President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leaders, of imposing a fraud on the people.
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Foster carers and parents of serving armed forces personnel will be exempted from welfare deductions if they have spare rooms, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced.
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Parents with severely disabled children who are unable to share a room with their siblings are to be exempt from the Government’s under-occupation penalty, or so-called bedroom tax.
Sunday 10 March 2013
As garbage-burning plants proliferate, Britain could end up with too little waste to put in them
Sunday 10 March 2013
Budget cuts mean some local councils have had to dispense with much of their CCTV cover... and that's just fine with some people
Thursday 28 February 2013
Town halls revolt as 40% look to shun Eric Pickles' plan to hold rates
Wednesday 13 February 2013
A quarter of agencies that provide care to people in their own homes do not meet all five national standards of quality and safety, regulators said.
Friday 08 February 2013
Nothing gets people going like house prices. I did a piece elsewhere which pointed out that for the cost of a small family house in Fulham you could now buy a street in Sunderland. That was on Monday. By Wednesday, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, was demanding that his London Authority should be allowed to collect the hundreds of millions of pounds raised in stamp duty on the sale of expensive homes in the capital. He would then use those funds to finance the building of affordable homes so millions of ordinary Londoners – those already here and others forecast to arrive in the coming decade – would have at least some chance of getting on the housing ladder.
Friday 01 February 2013
The affluent London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is removing litter bins claiming they attract the wrong kind of rubbish
Wednesday 30 January 2013
Reforms leave millions facing bills of up to £600
Monday 21 January 2013
A university lecturer killed herself three weeks after warning council that she could not cope with living next door to a drugs den.
Government urges councils to cut speed limits to 20mph in residential areas and busy town high streets
Friday 18 January 2013
Guidance expected to result in a significant increase in the number of 20mph zones
Thursday 10 January 2013
Members of Parliament believe they deserve a pay hike of one-third – with nearly 70 per cent believing that they are underpaid for the job they do.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
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