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

'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

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.

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The Royal Mail cashed in on its May increase in stamp prices

Royal Mail: A £4bn sell-off waiting to be delivered

Better figures bring the biggest privatisation since the railways a step closer

Members of the Greek extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn

The Golden Dawn: A love of power and a hatred of difference on the rise in the cradle of democracy

The economic ethos of European neo-fascism, from the Golden Dawn to the British National Party, has historically been anti-neoliberal and anti-globalisation

This week was a low point for British rail companies

10 ways to fix our railways

In a history littered with ignominious moments, this week was a low point in the annals of Britain’s train network. But don’t despair, Simon Calder has a plan to get them back on track

Nina Bawden’s husband died in the Potters Bar rail crash

Nina Bawden, author of Carrie's War, dies, aged 87

Nina Bawden, the celebrated children's story writer, has died at the age of 87, her publisher said.

Laurie Penny: Beat the bastards, go to university

So, the bastards have won this round. Today half a million 18-year-olds will get their A-level results and join the scramble for university places that now cost three times what they did last year. Higher education is looking more and more like it was designed by a cutthroat consumer recasting of Thomas Gradgrind, Dickens's cold-blooded headmaster from Hard Times, who believed that profit was the only point of learning.

Universities in talks to outsource services

Two universities are negotiating deals to outsource their services to private companies, in what could be a new model for higher education.

Outsourced: G4S has a huge security presence internationally

G4S looking to hire former police officers as civilian investigators to work on high-profile cases

The private firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles is looking to hire former police officers as civilian investigators to work on sensitive, high-profile cases.

Philip Hammond: ‘Commercial model is not always best’

Exclusive: G4S proves we can't always rely on private sector, says minister

Philip Hammond says Olympic chaos forced policy rethink

Welcome! A volunteer entertains fans waiting to watch athletes compete in the swimming stage of the Women's Triathlon in Hyde Park

How are we doing? What the world thinks of London 2012

Away from the medals, have we been as successful in making the games a great experience for athletes and tourists alike?

DVLA and Transport Department workers to strike tomorrow over cuts

Thousands of workers at the DVLA and Transport Department will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of a long-running dispute over jobs, office closures, pay and privatisation.

More troops on Olympics standby

Another 1,200 troops were put on standby to provide Olympics security tonight as the fallout from the G4S chaos continued.

Another Olympics threat as Home Office staff vote for strike

Thousands of staff at the Home Office, including airport immigration workers, have voted to go on strike over jobs, pay and other issues, raising the threat of industrial action hitting the Olympics.

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