Steve Richards: The roads to reform are paved with good intentions

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Cuts to foreign students 'will cost Britain billions'

Government plans to cut the number of foreign students at universities and colleges will cost far more than they will save, according to the Home Office's own estimates.

Foreign students cut could cost economy £2.4bn

Home Secretary Theresa May's plans to cut the number of foreign students coming to Britain will cost the economy £2.4 billion, figures have showed.

Public sector staff are 'set to strike'

More than a million public sector workers are set to take strike action in the autumn unless the Government pulls back from its controversial pension changes, a union leader warned today.

Stephen King: A week when you finish up clutching a pair of scissors

Economic outlook: In 2006 UK public spending was about 41 per cent of GDP. Last year it had jumped to 47.5 per cent

Councils offered cash to keep weekly bin collections

Weekly bin collections, one of the public services most highly prized by Conservative voters, are to be rescued from the impact of public spending cuts.

Leading article: Communities need money not gimmicks

When politicians need an eye-catching initiative they end up heading for the hole in the wall. Tony Blair came up with the idea of getting the police to march yobs to cash machines to pay on-the-spot fines. And now the Coalition is recommending that the public be given the option of making charitable donations whenever they use a cash machine. The idea is likely to be included in a White Paper today, along with other suggestions, such as rounding up customers' bills in restaurants to the nearest pound and channelling the extra pennies to worthy causes.

Volunteers boost Government internet campaign

A Government-sponsored campaign to get more people using the internet claimed today to have recruited the country's biggest ever cross-sector volunteer force.

John McDonnell: Taking to the streets may get the Government to listen

The dictat to the police after the attack on Milbank was clearly to do whatever is necessary to prevent this from happening again

Laurie Penny: Fight for your right to be heard

A concerted campaign is under way in the tame tabloid press to portray UKUncut and other peaceful protesters as thuggish and alien

Unison leaders warn of strikes

Union leaders have warned of industrial action "on an industrial scale" against the Government's plans to slash public-sector spending.

Warning over industrial turmoil

The Government was today warned it faces industrial turmoil on a "massive scale" as unions start planning to step up opposition to spending and job cuts.

Yes camp rules out use of costly counting machines

The Liberal Democrats and Labour joined forces yesterday to issue a cast-iron pledge that a switch to the alternative vote (AV) would never require the use of electronic vote counting machines.

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