‘Limited evidence’ for benefit sanctions, NAO says

‘Limited evidence’ for benefit sanctions, NAO says

Image copyright PA Benefit sanctions leading to “hardship, hunger and depression” are being imposed on people despite “limited evidence” on how well they work, the National Audit Office says. The public spending watchdog also said use of the sanctions “varies substantially” between jobcentres. Sanctions can be imposed on people who fail to comply with conditions […]

Executive pay: Companies told to justify rates

Media captionThe Business Secretary Greg Clark speaks to Radio 4’s Today programme about executive pay The government has outlined its plans to make companies justify high levels of executive pay. Among the measures under consideration are pay ratios, which would show the gap in earnings between the chief executive and an average employee. Shareholders would […]

Donald Tusk says no expat deal before Article 50

Donald Tusk says no expat deal before Article 50

Image copyright PA The status of UK and EU expats after Brexit can be resolved only once formal negotiations have started, the European Council president has said. Donald Tusk hit back at criticism from UK politicians over the plight of EU nationals in the UK and Britons living overseas. In a letter the 81 MPs […]

May and Trump ‘agree on Nato importance’

May and Trump ‘agree on Nato importance’

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May and Donald Trump have agreed on the importance of Nato in their second phone conversation since the US election, Downing Street said. The British PM and US president-elect discussed the need for more countries to commit to spending 2% of national income on defence, Number 10 said. They also agreed […]

‘Have cake and eat it’ Brexit notes played down by government

‘Have cake and eat it’ Brexit notes played down by government

Image copyright Barcroft Images Image caption The document referred to Brexit talks and the EU single market The government has distanced itself from a page of Brexit notes caught on camera in Westminster. The handwritten notes, carried by an aide to Conservative MP Mark Field, included “what’s the model? Have your cake and eat it” […]

Eddie Izzard and Wetherspoons among Brexit vote spenders

Eddie Izzard and Wetherspoons among Brexit vote spenders

Image copyright PA Image caption The comedian and activist was a prominent figure at remain rallies during the campaign Comedian Eddie Izzard spent £36,229 on his campaign to keep the UK in the EU, official details of spending in this summer’s referendum show. The Labour activist was among Remain supporters who spent less than £250,000 […]

Paul Nuttall elected as UKIP leader

Paul Nuttall elected as UKIP leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Paul Nuttall, left, with outgoing leader Nigel Farage Paul Nuttall has been elected leader of the UK Independence Party, replacing Nigel Farage. The 39-year-old Member of the European Parliament, who served as UKIP’s deputy leader for six years, won 62.6% of support among party members. He promised to “put the […]

Brexit: Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

Brexit: Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

Image copyright Reuters The government is facing a legal battle over whether the UK stays inside the single market after it has left the EU, the BBC has learned. Lawyers say uncertainty over the UK’s European Economic Area membership means ministers could be stopped from taking Britain out of the single market. They will argue […]

Brexit: Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

Brexit: Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

Image copyright Reuters The government is facing a legal battle over whether the UK stays inside the single market after it has left the EU, the BBC has learned. Lawyers say uncertainty over the UK’s European Economic Area membership means ministers could be stopped from taking Britain out of the single market. They will argue […]

UKIP prepares to name next leader

UKIP prepares to name next leader

Image copyright Various The next leader of the UK Independence Party will be unveiled later. Paul Nuttall, Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans are all bidding to replace Diane James, who resigned last month, 18 days after her election. Since then, former leader Nigel Farage has been running the party on an interim basis. The new […]