Venice tests the water with new tourist tax

Visitors to Venice will find an unexpected charge on their hotel bills from tonight as the city becomes the latest destination to launch a tourist tax.

Anna Bird: Let the Commons put house in order to set an example

Six months since the Davies report, the latest figures reveal that although progress in the boardroom is slow, there has been some. FTSE 100 firms have appointed 18 women to their boards since the Davies report – 31 per cent of the total and well over twice the proportion seen in any previous year.

Tory voters believe cuts should only be temporary

Just 31 per cent believed it was vital the Government cut spending and reduce taxes

Leading article: Cutting all means of support

David Cameron has always placed charities at the centre of his vision of the Big Society. Yet new research by the False Economy website shows that more than 2,000 charities are facing deep budget cuts. Many are likely to go to the wall. As we report today, Citizens Advice Bureaux – which provide advice and support to some two million people a year – are being particularly hard hit.

Leading article: History must live

No area of public services is safe from cuts, but a suspicion persists that "softer" targets are bearing the brunt disproportionately. The assault on public libraries is an example of the Government targeting a service which, while outwardly non-essential, in fact has the potential to be at the heart of any Big Society.

Christina Patterson: I want value for money for my taxes

It's important because the things it's talking about are things like what treatment you get if you have cancer

PM accused over public services

David Cameron was accused yesterday of "smuggling out" plans to break apart public services as he pressed ahead with moves to open them up to private competitors.

Competition plan for state services unveiled

Almost all of public sector services are to be opened up to competition from the private and voluntary sector, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

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.

Cameron to unveil John Lewis-style public services

White paper heralds huge shake-up for public sector

Suicide rates rise as debt and cuts take their toll

Suicide rates have risen sharply across Europe since the banking crisis as people struggle to cope with debt, unemployment and public service cuts.

VAT man clamps down on tax dodgers

A clampdown on tax dodgers was launched today as traders who have failed to register to pay VAT were given a chance to come forward.

Steve Richards: Dilnot is planning for our future. Can the Coalition?

Various governments have commissioned reports on elderly care on the assumption something must be done. But when they are published, nothing much happens

In pictures: Protesting pupils

No one is saying that parents didn't have their hands (more than) full yesterday, when a nationwide teachers' strike left thousands of children from 12,000 schools in need of baby-sitting for the day. But, for some precociously political tots, a bit of public sector striking was transformed into a fun-filled family day out – one with a serious message, of course.

Nick Clegg to unveil localism pledges

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today promise to make communities "masters of their own economic destinies" by handing them more power over spending.

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