Modern slavery: England and Wales police investigating ‘too few’ cases

Modern slavery: England and Wales police investigating ‘too few’ cases

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the women trafficked work in prostitution Police are failing to investigate alleged cases of modern slavery due to “chronic weaknesses” in crime recording, the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner says. In his first annual report, Kevin Hyland said police in England and Wales had received 3,146 allegations, but recorded just […]

Labour renews pressure for Brexit vote with 170 questions

Labour renews pressure for Brexit vote with 170 questions

Image copyright PA Labour has renewed pressure on ministers to set out their Brexit strategy to MPs before formal negotiations begin. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Labour would stage a Commons vote on Wednesday on a motion calling for “proper scrutiny”. Ahead of the debate, it asked Brexit Minister David Davis 170 questions, including […]

UK must lead human trafficking fight, says Theresa May

UK must lead human trafficking fight, says Theresa May

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the women trafficked work in prostitution The UK must lead the global fight against human trafficking, Prime Minister Theresa May will say later. Mrs May will tell a Westminster Abbey service that the UK will “work tirelessly” to combat modern slavery. A “radical approach” is needed “to target […]

Ex-PM Cameron reveals his next job

Ex-PM Cameron reveals his next job

Image copyright AFP/Getty David Cameron has revealed his first new role after quitting political life will be to lead an expansion of the National Citizen Service for teenagers. The ex-PM said the scheme, which he set up during his time in office, was “the Big Society in action”. The NCS aims to prepare teenagers for […]

‘Lower rise’ in living wage expected next year

‘Lower rise’ in living wage expected next year

Image copyright PA Weak pay growth in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU is set to reduce the increase to the National Living Wage by 10p, the Resolution Foundation forecasts. The think tank now expects the rate to rise to £7.50 an hour next year. That would still mean an annual […]

UK ‘may still have to pay into EU even after Brexit’

UK ‘may still have to pay into EU even after Brexit’

Image caption During the EU referendum Vote Leave pledged to repatriate £350m it said was being sent each week to the EU Whitehall officials believe the UK may need to make big payments to the EU to secure preferential trading terms after Brexit, BBC Newsnight has learned. During the EU referendum, Vote Leave claimed leaving […]

Boris Johnson: Russia risks becoming pariah over Syria bombing

Media captionForeign Secretary Boris Johnson asks: “Where is the Stop The War coalition at the moment? Where are they?” Russia is risking becoming an international “pariah” following its bomb attacks in Syria, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. He told MPs he would “like to pursue” those responsible for attacks on hospitals and a […]

David Cameron ‘ignored civil servants over Garden Bridge funding’

David Cameron ‘ignored civil servants over Garden Bridge funding’

Image copyright Heatherwick Studio Image caption The tree-covered Garden Bridge would span the Thames between Temple and the South Bank David Cameron personally intervened to approve extra taxpayer funding for London’s controversial Garden Bridge project, it has emerged. The former prime minister did so against advice from officials, an investigation by the National Audit Office […]

Care sector woes leave frail at risk, regulator says

Care sector woes leave frail at risk, regulator says

Image copyright Thinkstock The whole care market for older and disabled people in England could be at risk, the official regulator says. Evidence gathered by the Care Quality Commission, and seen by the BBC, shows the regulator is worried over the “pace” of care home closures. Over the past six years, the number of homes […]

EU-student funding guarantee extended

EU-student funding guarantee extended

Image copyright Thinkstock EU students applying for a place at English universities for the next academic year will be eligible for loans and grants, ministers have said. And these students’ loans and grants will be available for the duration of their degree course. The arrangement will be honoured even if the UK exits the EU […]