England and Wales want Scots to stay in the union, poll reveals

Experts say Alex Salmond has a mountain to climb if his party is to win a 'Yes' vote in the referendum

Ageing and obesity will lead to squeeze on services

Britain faces painful choices over the future of public services as an ageing population and a growing obesity epidemic threaten to push the nation's finances back into the red, a leading think-tank warned today.

'Children were frightened by protesters', says Clegg

Children were frightened by protesters who descended on Nick Clegg's street, the Deputy Prime Minister said today.

Anti-cuts 'street party' protest held on Nick Clegg's road

Hundreds of anti-cuts protesters held an "alternative street party" in the road where Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg lives.

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Union leaders threaten more public sector strikes

Union leaders today warned that Britain could face a year of strikes by public sector workers if the increasingly bitter row over pensions  is not resolved.

Report identifies 'Big Society gap'

David Cameron's flagship Big Society project lacks a clear vision and strategy and is being hampered by widespread cuts, according to an independent audit of the first two years of the initiative.

John Kampfner: I wouldn't think Tony wants to Spice up his life

I have a confession to make that will destroy what cred I ever had. I loved the Spice Girls. When my daughters were small, they would sit glued to the box watching the glammy, glitzy airheads. I was gutted when I couldn't come with them to a concert, but I did make it to a Destiny's Child gig.

Call for 'radical' rethink of PFI

An influential committee of MPs today demanded a "radical" rethink of the Government's Private Finance Initiative, branding the model for attracting private cash into public sector projects expensive and unsustainable.

Leading article: We need growth – and fast

For all the turmoil of recent years, the impact of the financial crisis is only just being felt

An open-air school in Africa: Companies are avoiding taxes that could ease deprivation

Tax-avoidance could backfire on companies

Firms which find ways to dodge paying tax are facing a PR disaster which could hit their shares.

UK Uncut protesters to host street parties

Direct action group UK Uncut is to stage a series of street parties "with a twist" in the run-up to the Queen's Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics, including plans to block roads.

Children in care figure tops 10,000

The annual number of new applications to take children into care has passed the 10,000 mark for the first time, new figures show.

Leading article: Seeing through transparency

There are some things no politician can be against: equality used to be the most fashionable aspiration, now it's transparency. Indeed, on the basis that no one could argue for its converse, opacity, we are all in favour of transparency now. There was once a time when the emperor's new clothes made him look ridiculous; today it's all the rage for those who govern to parade naked.

NUT threatens strikes ‘by the summer’ over pension changes

Union incensed at Government's decision to increase pension contributions and retirement age while holding down teachers' pay.

Blackberry have found it increasingly difficult to compete in the mobile phone market with more fashionable Apple and Android phones

0800 numbers could soon be free from mobiles

Calls to 0800 numbers could be free from mobiles as part of attempts to fight consumer confusion about costs.

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