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No 10 says no change on public sector pay policy

No 10 says no change on public sector pay policy

Image copyright PA Downing Street insists its position on public sector pay has not changed despite several ministers calling for the 1% cap on increases to be scrapped. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is the latest senior cabinet minister to put pressure on the chancellor and the PM to change the policy. No 10 said ministers […]

Stormont power-sharing deal ‘remains achievable’

Stormont power-sharing deal ‘remains achievable’

Image caption James Brokenshire updated MPs on the future of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing talks Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has said Westminster will legislate to give Stormont departments authority over spending decisions. However, he said “we have not reached that critical point yet”. Mr Brokenshire told the Commons legislation to enable a new executive at […]

Labour: Jeremy Corbyn adds new faces to shadow team

Labour: Jeremy Corbyn adds new faces to shadow team

Image caption Tracy Brabin will work on Labour education policy Ex-Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin is among Labour MPs to have been given frontbench jobs by Jeremy Corbyn. The Batley & Spen MP becomes a shadow education minister, with responsibility for early years provision. Chris Williamson gets the key role of shadow fire services minister […]

New energy price cap considered

New energy price cap considered

Image copyright PA A price cap on energy bills could be extended to many more households on low incomes, under plans being considered by regulator Ofgem. A limit on the cost of gas and electricity for those on pre-payment meters already saves about four million people £80 a year. This could be extended to about […]

Boris Johnson joins calls to end public sector pay cap

Boris Johnson joins calls to end public sector pay cap

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has become the latest senior cabinet minister to put pressure on the chancellor and the PM to end the public sector pay cap. Sources close to the foreign secretary made it clear that he wants better pay for public service workers. He joins those, including Michael Gove, who have suggested […]

More UK nurses and midwives leaving than joining profession

More UK nurses and midwives leaving than joining profession

Image copyright Science Photo Library More nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in the UK than joining it, for the first time since 2008, figures show. The number registered in the UK fell by 1,783 to 690,773, in the year to March. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the downward trend had been […]

Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove

Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove

Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector […]

Nigel Farage rules out UKIP leader bid – for now

Nigel Farage rules out UKIP leader bid – for now

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nigel Farage has not ruled out a return to “the front line of politics” Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will not stand in the party’s forthcoming leadership contest. Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Farage did not rule out a return to “the front line” if political […]

Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap

Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap

Image copyright EPA Pay review bodies’ recommendations for public sector jobs should be respected by ministers, Michael Gove has said. The environment secretary said that while ministers needed to reduce the deficit, they should also respect the “integrity” of the pay review process. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Government to ‘keep eye’ on council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government to ‘keep eye’ on council

Image copyright Getty Images The government will keep “a close eye” on Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader quit over the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary says. Sajid Javid said it was “right” that Nicholas Paget-Brown stepped down and said the process to select a successor would be “independent of government”. London mayor […]