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Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

A hard, dry future for the planet

As global bodies gather in Marseilles to discuss water supplies, Sarah Morrison reports on the waste that will create a thirsty world by 2050

Sets fail pupils, study finds

Moves to reintroduce more setting and streaming in UK  state schools are fuelling a “vicious cycle” of underperformance,  particularly amongst disadvantaged youngsters, a top-level international study warned yesterday.

OECD warns over UK education record

Almost one in five young people in the UK are not educated to A-level standard, leaving the nation lagging behind countries such as Slovenia and Estonia.

James Cameron: If Britain is to survive economically, it must focus on low-carbon industry

Decisions that are being taken today to support investments that lock us into an old economic model will do little for future prosperity or growth.

Global crisis prompts IEA to slash forecasts

The global economic downturn prompted the International Energy Agency to slash its forecast for oil demand growth yesterday by more than a fifth for the year.

Million women are 'missing' from Britain's workforce

Changes to family and tax policies would boost the economy

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley can boast of being the minister who pulled in a record crowd in the House of Lords to vote on the NHS reforms

Better NHS standard 'could save 10,000' lives, says Andrew Lansley

More than 10,000 lives could be saved every year if the NHS were to outstrip average standards set internationally, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said today as he unveiled a new 60-step plan to boost patient outcomes.

Sharp increase in income inequality

The pay gap between the highest and lowest earners in the UK has grown more quickly than in any other high-income country since 1975, a report said today.

Richard Layard: And so begins the strange era of feel-good politics...

The value lies in finding out what causes people to be happy or unhappy

Most Britons 'satisfied with life'

The majority of British people are happy in spite of gloomy economic news and social disorder over the summer, according to new figures.

Public sector job losses to hit 600,000 by 2016

George Osborne was forced today to acknowledge a grim picture of declining growth and rising unemployment for the UK over the coming years.

Despite support for a 'Plan B', the Chancellor will stick to his Plan A deficit reduction strategy in his Autumn Statement today

Britain sliding towards 'double-dip' recession

Britain stands on the threshold of a "double dip" recession, according to the influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

David Cameron visiting a Northern Rail depot in Manchester yesterday

Chancellor warned Britain is heading back into recession

Stark warning from OECD deals blow to Osborne on the eve of his crucial speech

UK 'on brink of modest recession'

Britain is on the brink of a modest recession that will be followed by months of stunted growth, a bleak forecast from the OECD said today.

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