Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

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

'Hubris and complacency': Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of over economy and living standards

Labour leader says the Coalition had presided over the slowest recovery in 100 years

96% of benefit claimants who want to downsize cannot be rehoused

UN to investigate impact of 'bedroom tax' on human rights of low-income households

Raquel Rolnik is on a two-week tour of UK cities where she will meet tenants affected by the policy

NHS has been 'put up for sale': Labour accuses Government over possible sell-off district general hospital

The NHS has been “put up for sale” by the Coalition government, Labour have claimed, as it emerged that the Department of Health has approved the possible sell-off a district general hospital.

Serco shares dive after fraud accusations

Security and outsourcing giant Serco saw up to half a billion pounds wiped off its value today as it faced a freeze on lucrative Government contracts amid a fresh scandal over allegedly fraudulent behaviour.

Saudi Arabia cabinet passes ban on domestic violence

Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.

The BMA says it is staunchly opposed to the opening up of NHS services to private sector-style competition

British Medical Association accused of compromising its own values by offering private medical insurance to staff

Doctors’ union staunchly opposes the opening up of NHS services to private sector-style competition and tendering

Profit-sharing could be Miliband’s ‘right to buy’

Profit-sharing, and options like employee share ownership, incentivise staff to work towards raising company performance and rewards them when successful

Highways Agency takes 'first step' to privatisation

Body responsible for UK's main roads seeks partner to assist its transition to standalone status

Public funds tax bills of some of Britain's most senior civil servants

Investigation suggests some civil servants have portions of their tax bills paid for

US giants pull out of bid to run MoD buyer

A heavyweight team of US engineering giants has pulled out of the race to run the £14bn Ministry of Defence agency that buys the army's tanks and missiles.

The lesson? Britain cannot afford to ignore this crisis

Teachers can inspire and enthuse only if they have been trained in their subjects

Mark Carney starts Monday as the new Governor of the Bank of England

Banks must help businesses create jobs or become 'socially useless' says Bank chief Mark Carney

Banks risk becoming socially useless unless they focus on the real economy and help businesses invest and create jobs, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

Banks must help businesses create jobs or become 'socially useless' says Bank chief Mark Carney

Banks risk becoming socially useless unless they focus on the real economy and help businesses invest and create jobs, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster fund is scraping the barrel

Shares in BP tumbled nearly 4 per cent today after the FTSE 100 oil giant hiked its provision for compensation claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by $1.4 billion (£913 million) to $9.6 billion — and warned the final cost could be “significantly higher” as it continues to receive new claims.

Wandsworth prison

Prison privatisation won't work: effective, rehabilitating prisons are in all of our interests

The privatisation scramble extends far beyond all of these aspects of our everyday lives, into the critical exercises of the power of the state over individual citizens

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