Sajid Javid: Budget help for firms hit by rates rise

Sajid Javid: Budget help for firms hit by rates rise

Image copyright Getty Images The government has promised measures in the Budget for firms facing the “steepest increases” in business rates. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said it was “clear to me that more needs to be done to level the playing field and make the system fairer”. A fierce campaign has been waged against rises, […]

PMQs: Theresa May suggests more business rate help

PMQs: Theresa May suggests more business rate help

Theresa May says ministers are looking at how to help firms “particularly adversely affected” by controversial changes to business rates. The PM acknowledged there were “particular concerns” as a result of the revaluation of premises, which comes into force on 1 April. There has been a fierce campaign against the move, with claims some firms […]

Lamont: Remainers’ ‘duty’ not to undermine Brexit talks

Media captionLamont: Europe has changed, not me Former Tory chancellor Lord Lamont has said it is the “duty” of Remain supporters not to undermine the government over Brexit. Lord Lamont urged peers not to attempt to add conditions to the government’s Brexit bill as it passed through the Lords. But another ex-chancellor, Labour’s Lord Darling, […]

Income rules for foreign spouses upheld

Income rules for foreign spouses upheld

Image copyright Thinkstock Income rules which stop thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK are lawful “in principle” the Supreme Court has ruled. Judges rejected an appeal by families who argued that the rules breached their human right to a family life. As of 2012, Britons must earn more than £18,600 […]

Street parties planned to remember murdered MP Jo Cox

Street parties planned to remember murdered MP Jo Cox

Image copyright Matt Alexander Image caption The Jo Cox Foundation is joining forces with The Big Lunch, which encourages community celebrations Thousands of street parties, picnics and baking competitions will be held on 17 and 18 June to remember MP Jo Cox, a year after she was murdered. Her widower Brendan said the UK-wide event, […]

By-election campaigning in Stoke and Copeland draws to a close

By-election campaigning in Stoke and Copeland draws to a close

Image copyright PA Campaigning is entering its final day in the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland Parliamentary by-elections. Voters in both constituencies go to the polls on Thursday to elect new MPs. The winning candidates will replace former Labour MPs Tristram Hunt, in Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Jamie Reed, in Copeland. Mr Hunt quit Parliament to become […]

‘More spent on free schools as older buildings deteriorate’

‘More spent on free schools as older buildings deteriorate’

Image copyright Sunesis Image caption The government has provided almost 600,000 new school places in five years The government has pledged billions for new free schools while existing school buildings in England are deteriorating, says the official spending watchdog. Repairing all school buildings to a satisfactory standard will cost an estimated £6.7bn, according to a […]

Philip Hammond ‘listening’ to business rates concerns

Philip Hammond ‘listening’ to business rates concerns

Image copyright Getty Images The Chancellor Philip Hammond has told Conservative MPs he is “listening” to their concerns about an imminent re-evaluation of business rates. Rates are being updated for the first time in seven years, to bring them into line with property values. Business groups and some Tory MPs have warned of high street […]

Respect Brexit decision, peers urged

Respect Brexit decision, peers urged

Image copyright HoL Image caption Theresa May, top, fourth from left, was among those watching the debate The House of Lords has been urged to “respect” voters’ decision to leave the European Union, as the debate on the government’s Brexit bill began. MPs have already backed the proposed law authorising Theresa May to inform the […]

Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit

Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister announced the state visit during a trip to Washington to meet the US president MPs have clashed over whether Donald Trump should be given a state visit to the UK in a packed Westminster debate. Protesters gathered outside as Labour’s Paul Flynn said it would be “terribly […]