New borrowing rules will ‘boost home building’

New borrowing rules will ‘boost home building’

Image copyright Getty Images New powers to fund house-building have been announced, as ministers promised more measures in next week’s Budget. Housing associations will be reclassified as private bodies allowing their £70bn debt to be removed from the government’s balance sheet. Housing providers said the technical change would allow them to build more affordable homes. […]

Labour’s John McDonnell demands ’emergency Budget’

Labour’s John McDonnell demands ’emergency Budget’

Image copyright Reuters Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has demanded “an emergency Budget for our public services”, which he said were in crisis. He is promising to spend about £17bn a year extra on the NHS, social care, schools and local government. The extra spending would be paid for by tax rises for corporations and “the […]

Security warning over Brexit customs plans

Security warning over Brexit customs plans

Image copyright PA Border staff might be diverted from “crucial security functions” after Brexit to cope with a sudden increase in customs activity, MPs have warned. The Commons Home Affairs Committee said a planned 4% increase in Border Force staff was “completely unconvincing”, warning: “Security must not be put at risk by government failure to […]

Lord Blunkett ‘heartbroken’ by guide dog Cosby’s death

Lord Blunkett ‘heartbroken’ by guide dog Cosby’s death

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Blunkett, seen here with Cosby on the campaign trail in 2015, said the dog had developed an inoperable tumour Ex-home secretary David Blunkett has spoken of being heartbroken by the sudden death of his guide dog Cosby. The Labrador-cross was put down on Friday after vets discovered an […]

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

Image caption Dr Brien wrote the report which formed the basis of one of the government’s flagship policies The man who invented Universal Credit has added his voice to growing calls for the benefit to be paid quicker. Stephen Brien, whose report in 2009 became the blueprint for the benefit, told the BBC claimants should […]

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive. The government is to take about £70bn of housing associations’ debt from its balance sheet, allowing them to borrow without affecting overall debt figures. Housing providers said […]

Labour’s McDonnell demands ’emergency budget’

Labour’s McDonnell demands ’emergency budget’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John McDonnell: five demands John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor is to demand “an emergency budget for our public services”. He is to lay out five proposals for next week’s budget, including funding to lift public sector pay. He will also claim that the government is failing to stop tax […]

UK government funds Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band

UK government funds Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band

Image caption Matthew Herbert destroyed some instruments on BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears A musician who wants to tour Europe to heal the “huge divisions” caused by Brexit has been given a grant by the UK Department for International Trade. Matthew Herbert said he wanted to correct the impression created by Leave campaigners that […]

Labour MP Ivan Lewis investigated after harassment claim

Labour MP Ivan Lewis investigated after harassment claim

Image caption Ivan Lewis said he had “never made non-consensual sexual comments or sexual advances to women” Labour is investigating one of its MPs after it was claimed he had made unwanted sexual advances towards women. The party said it had received a complaint about Bury South MP Ivan Lewis’s conduct. It refused to discuss […]

Brexit: Ministers see off EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Brexit: Ministers see off EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Image copyright PA Image caption MPs took part in Prime Minister’s Questions before embarking on a second day of debate The second day of debate in the Commons over the EU Withdrawal Bill has ended with the government winning every vote. Amendments had been put forward by Labour regarding issues such as employment rights and […]