News Ed Balls will tell the Fabian society that Labour 'will look at new ways of delivering public services'

Shadow Chancellor: ‘We will have to govern with less money ... we will have to make cuts too.’

One of the notable success stories for the National Employment Savings Trust scheme has been the BBC – but these have been all too rare

Julian Knight: Pension scheme has become an empty NEST

Nine months after it was set up, the national savings trust has attracted just 100,000 savers

The Natural History Museum in London

Staff walkouts threaten disruption at museums

Industrial action this week is part of a three month campaign culminating in a national walkout at the end of June

Kenyan MPs ignore President’s plea and vote to raise their salaries

Members of parliament, who are already among the world’s best-paid, have voted to increase their salaries to more than 130 times the minimum wage in defiance of government plans to cut their pay as part of spending reforms.

Government looks to France to get civil servants to fulfil policy

Blue notes are issued when a minister makes a decision, with a timescale for its execution

The HS2 project is bitterly opposed by some MPs

HS2, benefit cap and broadband roll-out: Government flagship projects are 'unachievable'

23 schemes, totalling billions of pounds worth of public money, were given an amber/red rating

MPs in line for £20,000 pay rise in move likely to spark public anger

MPs could get a pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark considerable public resentment.

Editorial: Google could do itself some good

Until we can tax profits more fairly, the company could make another contribution
Shutting the door: Delivery firm DHL is winding up its final salary scheme to existing members

Julian Knight: We are seeing the dying days of the golden pension

People need to feel that their workplace and retirement savings are a vital life-long asset

Satyajit Das: Alchemists at the courts of rulers foster illusion of perpetual growth

Midweek View: It is not clear how, if at all, printing money or financial games can create real ongoing growth and wealth
The Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has asked a think tank to examine how other Westminster-style governments operate

Radical plans to make top mandarins 'chief executives'

Civil servants seen as 'untouchable and unaccountable' could also be put on four-year contracts

Tens of thousands of supporters of leftist parties marched through central Paris to express disappointment with President Francois Hollande’s first year in power

Thousands of leftist supporters march through Paris in protest over Hollande's first year

Tens of thousands of supporters of leftist parties marched through central Paris today to express disappointment with President Francois Hollande’s first year in power, criticizing the leader for reneging on his promises to rein in the world of finance and enact economic stimulus.

Plans to sell off Civil Service come under attack

Plans to spin-off dozens of state-owned services into independent companies have been criticised by two members of a Government task force set up set-up to promote the idea.

Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, outside the Treasury

The great Civil Service sell-off: Dozens of services and 75,000 staff set to be transferred to private sector

Unions denounce sale as ‘privatisation by stealth’

23 January 2012: David Cameron takes part in 'PM Direct' question and answer session with workers at the head office of supermarket giant Asda in Leeds

David Cameron defends £50,000 cost of PM Direct sessions

Labour MP says: 'This is a lot of taxpayers' money to be wasting on what are essentially publicity events for the Prime Minister'

Firemen at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building in Reims, eastern France, after a suspected gas explosion killed at three people and injured nine others

Three killed in French building collapse after possible gas explosion

A possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in France's Champagne country on Sunday, killing at least three people and injuring 14 others, officials said.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas