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

Patients to get choice of providers

Patients will be given a choice of providers for mental health and community NHS services, the Government has announced.

Huhne's green print for keeping lights on

Industry waits to see if Energy Secretary's bid to meet targets proves a bright idea or just a load of hot air

Key 'Big Society' plan for public services unveiled

The Government will unveil today watered-down proposals to devolve more power over public services to local communities and John Lewis-style "mutual" companies.

Thomas Docherty: 'AC Grayling's New College for the Humanities betrays us all'

If AC Grayling really wanted to defend the humanities, he would fight for them within the public sphere, argues Thomas Docherty, in response to the professor's piece for The Independent

For sale: Coastline, ports, Olympic venues and banks

What began earlier this month with the modest sale of a 10 per cent stake in Greece's state telecoms company is set to accelerate over the next four years into an unprecedented auction of public assets. In return for the loans it needs to avoid bankruptcy Greece has been forced to open its national car boot and start an extraordinary sale.

More Royal Mail managers facing the axe in snap cull

Royal Mail's chief executive, Moya Greene, has ordered a snap cull of delivery office managers as part of her latest round of cost cuts to get the company ready for privatisation.

Andrew Lansley: It's been difficult, but the NHS will be better for it

I have spent seven and a half years learning about the NHS, talking to people who work in it and understanding how it works.

Union boss predicts strike victory

England 195-4 v Sri Lanka 184

Grayling hits back at critics of new college

Professor AC Grayling today hits back against claims that his new private university, which will charge students £18,000 a year, will open the floodgates to the privatisation of higher education. Writing in The Independent, he insists his project is not the "enemy" of state-funded higher education. Instead, he says existing universities have been going down the route of "part-privatisation" for years by charging foreign students high fees for places which could have gone to UK students.

Why is there a prejudice against private universities?

Since he announced his intention to found the New College of the Humanities, AC Grayling has faced ferocious criticism from those who say it will be elitist and a threat to the principle of publicly funded higher education. Here, he defends his controversial project

David Prosser: Who would want to buy Royal Mail?

Outlook In getting through legislation for the privatisation of Royal Mail last week, the Coalition Government achieved a success that has eluded its predecessors for the best part of two decades. And that was the easiest part of the process.

NHS reform scaled back after review

The Government unveiled big changes to its controversial reform plans for the NHS today after accepting the key recommendations of a panel of health experts.

Experts demand changes to NHS plans

The Government's plans for the NHS must undergo significant changes to secure the future of the health service, experts said today.

NHS privatisation 'still on track'

Health experts welcomed today's report but unions said the "NHS privatisation programme is still on track".

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