Life and Style NHS staff have to wait four weeks after redundancy before they can take up a new job

Three NHS managers reportedly received redundancy payments totalling nearly £1m - even though they continued to work for the health service.

Stephen Twigg: 'The word crisis is sometimes overused but I think in this context it is the right word'

Labour says 15,000 extra teachers needed to cope with bulge in birth rate

Stephen Twigg: 'The word crisis is sometimes overused but I think in this context it is the right word'

Britain’s baby boom must be treated as a national asset

Britain should be spared the population decline that threaten several of our European neighbours, but inevitably there are downsides

Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC, left, and Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to the offices of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

Revenue and Customs pledges to scrap fee-charging 0845 telephone lines

Customers will no longer be left hanging on premium rate numbers when they contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the tax collection agency has promised.

Cuts have 'clipped RAF's wings in Afghanistan'

Fresh doubts over the armed forces' ability to cope with protracted conflicts are raised today in a report exposing "critical gaps" in air operations.

Inquiry into 'excessive' pay-offs for BBC chiefs

The public spending watchdog is to investigate BBC severance packages after it emerged that almost 200 senior managers received pay-offs of more than £100,000 each in the past three years.

George Entwistle has resigned from the BBC

BBC faces investigation after giving 200 senior managers 'excessively generous' £100,000 pay-offs

The probe was sparked after George Entwistle, the former director general, stood down over the Jimmy Savile scandal with a £450,000 pay-off

The great HMRC telephone rip-off: Revenue's failure to answer the phone costs taxpayers £136m a year

Taxpayers are facing a bill of £136 million a year because of the inability of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs officials to answer the phone, a damning report from the Government’s spending watchdog will reveal tomorrow.

Failure of HMRC to answer the phone costs us £136m

Taxpayers are facing a bill of £136m a year because of the inability of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs officials to answer the phone, a damning report from the Government's spending watchdog reveals today.

Hospital lifesaver Circle loses extra £2.2m

The first private company to take over the running of a debt-laden NHS hospital was never properly challenged on whether the savings it planned were achievable and increased its losses in the first six months, a report says.

SFO chief's £400k pay-off 'was made without approval'

The former chief executive of the Serious Fraud Office was handed a "golden parachute" of more than £400,000 after taking voluntary redundancy from her job.

Applied Language Solutions boss Gavin Wheeldon blames interpreters for company's failures

The former boss of a company lambasted over the way it ran a lucrative contract for providing court translation blamed interpreters for failures in the service.

Queen Mary’s will be taken over by a mental health foundation trust, Oxleas, and land sold off to pay the debts

One NHS trust in five is in bad financial trouble – and Department of Health is failing to plan for bankruptcies

Only urgent, radical action will prevent failures, warns Public Accounts Committee

'Courtroom chaos': Government accused of endangering justice by using cut-price courtroom interpreters

Britain’s leading translators today accused the government of endangering justice with a cut-price private contract for courtroom interpreters, which is “dangerous to the interests of public safety."

Iain Duncan Smith, has been accused of 'moving the goalposts'

Atos contract does not offer value for money, says National Audit Office

The controversial disability benefits contract between Paralympics sponsor Atos and the Government is too weak to ensure value for money for taxpayers, the spending watchdog has found.

£1bn bailout to NHS trusts in six years

Struggling NHS trusts have received more than £1bn in emergency bailout funds in the past six years, with a huge gap between the country's strongest and weakest organisations, a new report reveals.

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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