PIPs should be for genuinely disabled people, policy head says

George Freeman, policy unit head to Prime Minister Theresa May, has called for a reform of personal independence payments (PIPs), to ensure the benefits are received by individuals who are ‘really disabled’.

DCMS announces new measures to boost growth of AI

The Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced new measures to support Britain’s world-leading AI sector as part of a Digital Strategy, due to published on 1 March, to boost growth and deliver a ‘thriving, outward-looking digital economy that works for everyone’.

BEIS launches campaign to raise aware of NLW rights

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched an advertising campaign to raise lowest paid workers’ knowledge of their

Higher energy bills result of government intervention

A House of Lords report has claimed that successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK.

Probe launched into EU referendum campaign spending

The Electoral Commission will investigate the spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns from 2016’s EU referendum.

Labour surprised as Tories win Copeland by-election

The Labour party has lost the Copeland by-election by over 2,000 votes to the Conservative party, losing a seat it has held for over 80 years.

Net migration to UK drops by 49,000

Net migration to the UK has reduced by 49,000 with 273,000 people migrating to the UK in the year to September, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

DCLG announces £191m cash injection for South West

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a government cash boost of £191 million for the South West to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

MPs to be allowed to speak Welsh in Parliament

New UK government plans will allow MPs to speak Welsh in parliamentary debates of the Welsh Grand Committee.

Supreme Court rules income barrier for spouse immigration lawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that income barrier stopping thousands of British citizens from bringing a foreign spouse to the UK is lawful.

£4m for congestion cutting tech products

The Department for Transport is awarding £4 million for tech projects that will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment

Benefit sanction variations unacceptable

A report by the Public Accounts Committee has urged the Department for Work & Pensions to review the use of sanctions.

£10m local action fund to tackle climate change

Nicola Sturgeon has announced almost £10 million of funding to support local organisations across Scotland to tackle climate change.

Council tax rise unlikely to recompense funding cuts

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further cuts to local services over the coming year.

MoJ announces pay rise to boost prison staffing levels

Prison officers from 31 prisons in London and south-east England are set to receive pay rises of up to £5,000, in a bid to encourage more recruits to join the service.

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