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Major changes to social services could result in extra costs for taxpayers, health service and local government leaders warn.
The latest UK government paper on the impact of Scottish independence will claim the UK is better placed to manage the risk of a financial crisis.
No 10 denies that "anyone in Downing Street" made comments reported in several papers describing Tory activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons".
Education Secretary Michael Gove receives one of the angriest receptions of his three years in office as he appears before head teachers in Birmingham.
Grant Shapps has said the co-chariman of the Conservative Party, Andrew Feldman, did not makes the comments reported in several newspapers that described Tory activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons".
Democracy in Wales is being damaged by a lack of coverage of Welsh affairs in the London-based media, the assembly's presiding officer fears.
Hundreds are expected at a rally in Cardiff ahead of planned strike action over school changes in the autumn.
An emergency aid scheme for farmers facing difficulties with fodder shortages will come into effect from midnight on Saturday.
Highland Council plans to pilot an annual flu vaccination for schoolchildren before rolling it out for all P1 to S5 pupils.
The man who organised the student protest against Nigel Farage during his visit to Edinburgh has defended the action as "constructive criticism".
England's first chief social worker for children has been speaking about her plans, ahead of taking up the post in September.
Prime Minister David Cameron is under fire from one his cabinet colleagues over his plans for same-sex marriage.
The SNP says UKIP leader Nigel Farage "has lost the plot" after he described protesters who besieged him in Edinburgh as "fascist scum".
A Conservative cabinet minister criticises the government time spent debating the issue of same-sex marriage.
Fire and rescue services in England need to be "transformed" to become more efficient and effective, a review commissioned by the government says.
The use of dead children's identities by Scotland Yard undercover officers was "common practice", MPs are told by the chief constable leading an investigation.
Liam Byrne says Labour must aspire to create "full employment" and sets out plans to tackle unemployment "blackspots".
Home Secretary Theresa May says the police should confirm the identity of suspects on arrest if asked to do so by journalists.
Europe's GDP shrank by 0.2% in the first three months of this year as politicians debate whether to carry on with austerity plans or to change course.
How did the government calculate the benefits of HS2?