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

Leading article: Nursery schools cannot be judged only by cost

The key question is not age, but how the early years of learning are structured

'Bonfire of the quangos' costs rise

Ministers have underestimated the cost of implementing their "bonfire of the quangos", the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

What the Sunday papers said

The Sunday Times: RBS to offload Hoare Govett as new cuts bite

The BBC’s Panorama programme exposed serious abuse and neglect at Winterbourne View, Bristol

Abuse hotline for care homes has 2,000 calls in six months

Reports of neglect continue to rise as whistleblowers reach for the phone

2012 security costs break the billion-pound barrier

Fears that Games may exceed £9.3bn budget as estimate of personnel needed doubles
Andrew Lansley had promised to protect frontline NHS services

Department of Health 'to blame' for CQC failings

Healthcare watchdog left hugely understaffed by Coalition's recruitment freeze, claims report

Exam errors lead to call for external proofreaders

Exam boards have been told to hire professional proofreaders to eradicate errors in their papers after pupils reported a series of blunders over the summer.

WPP cuts forecasts but 2012 prospects 'not dire'

WPP yesterday cut its growth forecasts for the full year as pressure in the US and at its market research business caused revenues to slow in the three months to the end of September.

Beauty retailer returns are looking good

Online beauty retailer Feelunique.com has beat its own financial targets for the first half of the year, reporting like-for-like sales in the six months to the end of September had risen by 57 per cent to £10.4m.

Leading article: Scrutiny of the 'big four' is long overdue

Imagine what your accountant would say if you said you'd been with the same supplier for donkey's years, you never shopped around and if you did, you would look only at three other firms – despite many others to choose from.

HMRC chief under pressure to quit over Goldman Sachs tax let-off

Top official admits error but denies lying to MPs after bankers avoided multimillion pound bill

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Board salaries frozen at owner of Superdry

The salaries of board members at Supergroup have been frozen for this financial year, despite the owner of the Superdry brand posting a huge jump in profits.

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