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Benefits cuts 'cost families £1,227'

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:19
Coalition austerity changes to taxes and benefits have cost the average UK household £1,127 a year, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Massive boost for eurozone unveiled

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:31
The European Central Bank will inject at least €1.1 trillion into the eurozone economy through a huge bond-buying programme sending the euro to an 11-year low.

Analysis: Child abuse panel conflict

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:03
The disagreements at the heart of the child abuse inquiry

UUP 'should go into opposition'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:27
The former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party say the party should leave the Stormont Executive and go into opposition.

New format proposed for TV debates

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:06
Broadcasters have put forward new proposals for the live TV election debates which include the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

VIDEO: Leon Brittan, ex-Home Secretary, dies

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:24
Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 at his home in London, his family say in statement.

VIDEO: 'Kind, assiduous and brilliant' Brittan

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:31
William Hague tells the Commons the late Lord Brittan was a "kind, assiduous and brilliant man".

Ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:21
Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 at his home in London, his family say.

UKIP man says stop claimants driving

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:13
A UKIP member calls for people who claim benefits to be banned from driving to free up space on the roads.

Smacking ban law plan is dropped

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:08
Proposals to introduce a law which which would ban smacking children in Wales are dropped by an assembly committee.

Charities 'frightened' to campaign

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:07
Charities and campaign groups have been "frightened" into curtailing their public work because of a new lobbying law , warns the former Bishop of Oxford.

Judge upholds 'named person' plans

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:25
A judge dismisses a legal challenge against Scottish government proposals to appoint a "named person" for every child under 18.

VIDEO: Brown's plea to help Syrian refugees

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:44
The UN envoy and former prime minister Gordon Brown has said he wants to provide Syrian refugees in Lebanon with hope and is calling on the international community to help

Brown warns of Syrian refugee crisis

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:43
The failure to provide an education for young Syrian refugees runs the risk of creating a recruiting ground for extremists, says Gordon Brown.

VIDEO: Fixed term or 'zombie' Parliament?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:14
Five-year term for parliaments means future elections dates are known for decades in advance.

Jim Murphy to seek re-election as MP

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:12
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy confirms he will stand again to become the MP for East Renfrewshire in May's General Election.

Assembly in £7.5m loss on building

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:59
The Northern Ireland Assembly sells Ormiston House for just over £1.5m, a building it bought for £9m in 2001.

Boris Johnson settles US tax bill

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:58
London Mayor Boris Johnson settles US capital gains tax bill he had described as "absolutely outrageous".

Restart child abuse inquiry - Labour

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:51
Labour says there is "no choice" but to restart the inquiry into historical child sex abuse, with a new chair and statutory powers.

Cigarette packets law flawed - firms

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:27
The tobacco industry warns that plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging are "flawed" - with UKIP's Nigel Farage calling it an "appalling intrusion into consumer choice".