Troubled families turnaround claim misleading, say MPs

The government’s claim that a project had “turned around” the lives of 99% of England’s most troubled families was misleading, MPs have said. Ministers had not taken into account costs when saying the Troubled Families programme had saved taxpayers £1.2bn, the Public Accounts Committee added. It also criticised the payment-by-results system for councils. The government […]

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EU nationals ‘want guarantee they can stay in UK’

European nationals in the UK and British citizens living in the EU must have a guarantee they can remain in place after Brexit, campaigners say. The Three Million group is demanding assurances people will not be used as “bargaining chips”. Meanwhile, the think tank British Future wants a “fair” cut-off date for any settlement and […]

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Theresa May ‘clear-eyed’ over Iran threat

Theresa May will say she is “clear-eyed” about the threat posed by Iran to the security of the Gulf and Middle East, in a speech in Bahrain. The prime minister will stress the importance of the deal struck last year which “neutralised” the possibility of the country acquiring nuclear weapons. But she will add that […]

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Theresa May ‘ambitious’ over deal with EU

Theresa May has said she is “ambitious” over the deal the UK will strike when leaving the European Union. Speaking at the start of a two-day visit to Bahrain, the prime minister declined to comment on whether she ruled out continuing to pay for access to the EU single market. She would look to negotiate […]

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Lib Dems oust Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park by-election

The Liberal Democrats have caused a major upset in the Richmond Park by-election, overturning a 23,015 majority to oust ex-Tory MP Zac Goldsmith. Mr Goldsmith stood as an Independent after leaving the Conservative Party in protest at the government’s decision to back a third Heathrow runway. But Lib Dem Sarah Olney, who is also opposed […]

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Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

A “cut first, think later” attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt, a group of MPs has said. HM Revenue and Customs and contractor Concentrix were criticised by the Work and Pensions Committee for decision-making “stacked against claimants”. The committee found that 90% of moves to remove benefits were overturned on first […]

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‘Limited evidence’ for benefit sanctions, NAO says

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 attached to the […]

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Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

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 the UK will […]

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Business leaders challenge Theresa May’s pay proposals

Theresa May’s attempt to reform corporate pay and governance faces more challenges from business leaders. A report by the Big Innovation Centre rejects holding annual binding votes on pay and the publishing of pay ratios between chief executives and workers. The two ideas were among the prime minister’s suggestions to address public unease about executive […]

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UK to be ‘match fit’ for Brexit

Philip Hammond has promised an economy that will be “match fit” for Brexit as he presents his Autumn Statement to MPs in the Commons. The chancellor is expected to announce measures aimed at boosting workers’ income and increasing housebuilding. But the first major economic statement since the Brexit vote also includes forecasts of slower growth […]

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