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  • English councils short-changed by UK spending formula, says LGA

    November 21, 2013 10:19 AM 72

    England's communities are being "short-changed" by £4.1bn a year under the model used to allocate central government funding across the UK, the Local Government Association has said. This money needed to be "repatriated", demanded the LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales. It should then be used to address the "crisis engulfing adult social

  • Anti-blacklisting guidelines published by Scottish government

    November 21, 2013 8:32 AM 68

    The Scottish government has published guidelines to stop the blacklisting of workers involved in public contracts. The new rules mean companies bidding for work must disclose whether they have been involved in the illegal practice, and if so, they must show that "remedial action" has been taken. In future, companies found to have breached laws against

  • Cut the green c**p! Cameron reveals his private view of energy taxation and orders ministers to dump the eco-charges adding £110-a-year to bills

    November 21, 2013 8:31 AM 74

    David Cameron has ordered ministers to ditch the ‘green c**p’ blamed for driving up energy bills and making business uncompetitive, it is claimed. The Prime Minister, who once pledged to lead the ‘greenest government ever’, has publicly promised to ‘roll back’ green taxes, which add more than £110 a year to average fuel bills. But a senior Tory source

  • Bus driver ordered to take bomb to Derry police station

    November 21, 2013 8:25 AM 75

    A bus driver has been ordered to drive to a police station in Londonderry with a bomb on board. Two men boarded the bus in Ballymagroarty estate in the city and ordered the driver to go to Strand Road police station. Ciaran Rogan from Translink, Northern Ireland's public transport operator, said the bus driver managed to get the passengers off the bus before

  • Judge Lord Gill says corroboration rule should not be abolished

    November 21, 2013 7:50 AM 63

    Scotland's most senior judge has told MSPs the concept of corroboration in the criminal justice system should not be abolished. The comments by Lord Gill, the Lord President, echoed those of other senior legal figures, including Lord Hope. Corroboration, which is the need for evidence in criminal trials to come from two sources, has been a requirement

  • British tourist, 21, survives fall from third-storey balcony in Thailand after ‘drink spiked’

    November 21, 2013 7:45 AM 68

    A British tourist cheated death when she fell from a third-storey balcony after apparently having her drinks spiked. Romany Mitchell plunged 9m (30ft) after returning to her hotel in Thailand but suffered only an injured ankle. Friends of the 21-year-old claimed her drinks had been interfered with at a bar before the fall. Ms Mitchell is on a gap year after

  • Prince Charles to launch youth community campaign

    November 21, 2013 7:33 AM 60

    21 November 2013 Last updated at 07:30 GMT The Prince of Wales is set to meet with the leaders of the three major political parties to try to encourage more young people to do public service. Prince Charles will launch the 'Step Up To Serve' campaign with a pledge to increase participation to 50% by 2020. However there is concern that there may not be enough

  • Iran Nuclear Talks Are A 'Historic Opportunity'

    November 21, 2013 3:03 AM 71

    Britain's Foreign Secretary is confident a deal can be struck with Iran - a view not shared by a senior US official. As negotiators from Iran and six world powers sit down for a second day of talks in Geneva they still face major hurdles if there is to be a breakthrough interim agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme. Last night a senior American administration

  • Little scrutiny of private advisory panels, say AMs

    November 21, 2013 1:22 AM 69

    AMs raised concerns about the lack of scrutiny for privately-led advisory panels during the meeting of the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister on 20 November 2013. First Minister Carwyn Jones was being scrutinised on the Welsh government's relationship with third and private sectors. Liberal Democrat AM Eluned Parrott asked the minister

  • Undercover soldiers 'killed unarmed civilians in Belfast'

    November 21, 2013 12:41 AM 72

    Soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians, former members have told BBC One's Panorama. Speaking publicly for the first time, the ex-members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF), which was disbanded in 1973, said they had been tasked with "hunting down" IRA members in Belfast. The details have emerged