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If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

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The forgotten victims of the London riots who 'have no future'

A regeneration plan for Tottenham is too little, too late, says one family who lost its livelihood

Care home directors and owners to be made criminally liable for abuse

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

'All over them like a rash': Lobbyists scramble to target newly elected police commissioners

Campaign has begun by firms hoping to cash in on outsourced services

Cost fears raised but overhaul for PFI is given a welcome, too

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The Chancellor, George Osborne

George Osborne admits recovery is taking longer than expected and government will miss economic targets

George Osborne admitted it was taking longer for Britain to recover from the financial crisis than he hoped today amid warnings that the Government would miss its key economic targets..

New prisoner rehabilitation plan unworkable, says Labour peer Baroness Corston

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's plans to use payment-by-results to boost prisoner rehabilitation won't work because the success of such programmes is so difficult to monitor, according to the peer once tasked with overhauling Britain's prison system.

'Garden cities' plan unveiled

A plan to build almost 50,000 new homes and create a new generation of "garden cities" will be announced by Nick Clegg today.

G4S places refugees in sub-standard homes

Local authorities have been forced to help out G4S after the security giant failed to deliver another public-sector contract on time – just months after the Olympics security fiasco.

Anthony Hilton: Make directors prove they are worth it

The highlight of the week for me was seeing Sir Adrian Cadbury come out of retirement to speak on Tuesday at an event hosted by the Stock Exchange to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cadbury Code. Produced by a committee chaired by Sir Adrian, it is now recognised as the founding pillar of today's corporate governance.

A year on from the Southern Cross debacle, what could possibly go wrong with the rental care provider model?

The care homes sector is no stranger to private companies. What’s changed is the expansion of big companies, or major providers, who have largely replaced council homes, and swallowed-up hundreds of family-run small businesses. 

Care and support for elderly people touches the lives of 10 million people

Britain's biggest care home owners have debts of more than £4.5bn

Just a year after the Government vowed to prevent another Southern Cross, we reveal the complex corporate finances that leave our elderly facing an uncertain future

An election race that hinges on the state of America’s economy was dominated by the release of new employment figures yesterday which allowed both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to lay a final claim to the eagerly contested mantle of job-creator-in-chief

Payroll figures give Mitt Romney last chance to make his pitch

But mixed messages from vital figures also hand Barack Obama a way to defend his record

L&G warns of austerity

Legal & General has sounded the warning bell for the UK economy – claiming that a "triangle of austerity" will hit growth next year.

The number of obese adults in the UK is now forecast to rise 73 per cent over the next two decades

NHS feels the strain as hospital treatment for obese patients soars

The number of obese patients who need hospital treatment has soared from 1,800 to nearly 9,000 in just five years.

Olympics chief Paul Deighton takes seat in House of Lords

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton took his seat in the House of Lords today.

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