The Student Loan Scam

By | 2018-02-21T10:48:19+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Economy, Politics|

by Mark Richards Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced a major review of higher education. She is bidding to reassure students and parents and looking to overhaul how universities are funded. But with the review set to take at least a year, will it be too little too late for a system that – [...]

University review will not scrap tuition fees

By | 2018-02-20T09:24:41+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Politics|

By Lauren Howells The prime minister has launched a major review of higher education, examining the “whole system” of student funding and warning people against the “outdated attitude” that “favours academic over technical qualifications”, along with ruling out completely scrapping tuition fees. “…one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world” In [...]

The Brexit Picture is as Confused as Ever

By | 2018-02-19T10:43:56+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Politics|

By Mark Richards Last week Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, gave a speech on Brexit, the first of what is scheduled to be a succession of speeches from government ministers as they set out the UK’s position on leaving the EU. But what is the position in Europe? And have the Brexit negotiations really started? [...]

Home Office Puts Heat On Tech Firms With Tool To Block Jihadi Videos

By | 2018-02-16T15:45:18+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Business, Politics, Technology|

By Trevor Clawson Home Secretary Amber Rudd could be forgiven for walking with a certain spring in her stride when she arrived in San Francisco earlier this week to meet members of the digital technology community to discuss ways and means of blocking Jihadist content - particularly video -  from social media platforms and other [...]

Nearly all councils planning to increase council tax

By | 2018-02-12T13:35:35+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Politics|

By Lauren Howells Almost all councils in England plan to raise council tax, according to a new survey.  The State of Local Government Finance Survey 2018, by the Local Government Information Unit thinktank (LGiU), revealed that 95% of councils in England plan to raise council tax and 93% intend to increase fees and charges this [...]

Government forced to publish leaked Brexit study

By | 2018-02-02T10:16:02+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Economy, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie The Government has been forced into a U-turn on an earlier decision not to publish a leaked Brexit study which predicted negative economic consequences no matter what the final status of the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Reported by BBC News Online on 30th January, Brexit Minister Steve Baker [...]

Carillion goes into liquidation putting jobs at risk

By | 2018-01-15T14:42:18+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Lauren Howells Construction company Carillion, which reportedly employs almost 20,000 people in the UK and is involved in various government projects, including HS2, has gone into compulsory liquidation, the Guardian has reported.   “Government contracts with Carillion include services for hospitals, schools, prisons and transport”, government confirms The 200-year-old firm also manages what has [...]

Will Theresa May’s new cabinet deliver?

By | 2018-01-11T10:43:51+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Politics|

By Gina Clarke It was billed as a reshuffle that would make the government ‘look more like the country it serves’ and ended with UK Prime Minister Theresa May declaring that a “new generation” of top ministers would now sit in her cabinet. But she was off to a slightly lack-lustre start as political heavy-weights [...]

Scottish budget and income tax

By | 2017-12-28T10:01:36+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Politics|

Author Mark Fairlie Earlier this month, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, Derek Mackay, announced the Scottish Budget 2017. Whilst the report included proposals for further funding for schools, healthcare and housing, it was Mackay’s changes to income tax that have made headlines; with many critics opposed to the decision. What did income tax look [...]