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

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Police for hire: Judge hits out at Met's agreement to aid Virgin Media in a private prosecution

Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Vince Cable faces political battering as Royal Mail mulls Moya Greene pay rise

Vince Cable was potentially heading towards another political battering over the flotation of Royal Mail today as the chairman said it should give its chief executive a pay rise beyond her present £1.25 million package.

Students gather outside the University of London Union building ahead of the fees protest march

Student protest is important. So why should it just be the preserve of the hard left?

You don't have to be Marxist to want a better world, but sometimes student politics makes it feel that way

Under the Government’s health reforms, any qualified provider can bid for NHS services that are put out to tender by commissioners

Two thirds of contracts for NHS services in England awarded in the last eight months have gone to the private sector

Labour has accused the Government of allowing the private sector to “cherry-pick” successful NHS services after a survey revealed NHS contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds had gone to private companies since the Coalition's health reforms. 

Student politics in 2014 needs to capture the spirit of Paris in 1968

The resurgence in student activism at the end of last year must be harnessed to build lasting change, argues Harrison Jones

Body vital to renewable energy still leaderless

The Energy department has vowed to appoint the first chairman of the body dishing out subsidies for investment in renewable technology by next month.

A Serco van used to transport defenders. Serco has also come under fire for overcharging taxpayers

Exclusive: No privatised lie detector tests for sex offenders following outsourcing scandals involving G4S and Serco

Decision to scrap outsourcing of controversial polygraph tests is latest blow to Government's privatisation plans following scandals involving G4S and Serco

The Ionian island of Oxia, one of six bought by the former Emir of Qatar for use by his family

A Greek archipelago for €8.5m, a Maltese passport for €1m and Polish castles going for a song... welcome to the great European fire sale

For some, austerity Europe is a land of opportunity – castles, islands, citizenship are all up for grabs. But not all the locals are happy

Just 11.5 per cent have changed suppliers this year

‘UK’s stale energy market makes it easy for Big Six to hike prices,’ says new study

While 21 per cent were changing suppliers in 2006, just 11.5 per cent have changed this year

NHS job cuts have harmed hospital care and patient safety, according to a survey UNISON conducted among its members

NHS job cuts harming patient care and safety, say staff

55 per cent said they believed cuts had “significantly impacted on patient care and safety”.

Royal Mail agrees 9% pay rise with unions

Royal Mail workers will receive a three-year pay rise worth around 9% and legally-binding employment protections under a "landmark" agreement.

The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service

End of the Rail Europe brand before Christmas condemned as ‘absolutely daft’

The strongest brand in European train travel has reached the end of the line. The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service.

Goldman Sachs faces more questions over valuation of Royal Mail

Goldman Sachs bankers on the Royal Mail privatisation will again be hauled in front of MPs after their colleagues valued the postal service at nearly twice the price at which it was floated.

Royal Mail shares rally as profits more than double in first results as private company

Shares of Royal Mail rallied in early trading after half-year profits more than doubled to £233 million, as the newly-privatised postal operator benefited from strong demand for online shopping.

It doesn’t take a £1m chief to make state fund CDC fly

The controversial government funded Commonwealth Development Corporation, which invests taxpayer’s money into businesses in poverty-stricken emerging markets, saw a surge in the value of its stakes in the past year.

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