Local matters: How councils’ cash struggles are playing out

[ad_1] Away from Brexit-dominated Westminster, the financial squeeze faced by councils is an issue that is not going away.Local authority leaders in England say they are struggling to pay for services like social care, waste collection, libraries and road maintenance.The government says they have been given more money and has promised a fairer system to fund councils.But the plight of Northamptonshire County Council shows the extent of the problems faced

Where are the most violent workplaces?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People working in the NHS can face violence and threats - now the government is promising to tackle this problem. So are NHS staff the professional group most at risk of violence in their workplace?Until last year, national figures were produced on assaults on health staff - but the body responsible, NHS Protect was closed in April 2017. The Department of Health says part of

Stranger Danger: Still the right message for children?

[ad_1] Image caption Say No to Strangers (1981) - a film produced by the Home Office and shown across the UK Many parents remember the "Stranger Danger" message given to children during the 1970s and 80s. Government videos warned children not to talk to people they didn't know. But a new message is being trialled in the UK, which its creators think is better at keeping children safe. "I tried

Waitrose Food: Editor William Sitwell resigns over ‘killing vegans’ row

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The editor of Waitrose Food magazine, William Sitwell, is standing down with immediate effect after suggesting a series on "killing vegans, one by one". He was responding to an email pitch from freelance journalist Selene Nelson who had suggested features on plant-based recipes. Sitwell, also a critic on Masterchef, apologised for any offence caused.Waitrose said: "William's email absolutely doesn't represent our views about vegans and

Guide: 2018 political party conferences

[ad_1] The autumn party conference season is over for another year.Here are the highlights from the past six weeks, as Britain's political parties gathered together to debate issues, decide policy and to socialise. The Conservative Party - 1-3 October in Birmingham Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn full: Theresa May's speech to 2018 Conservative conference Theresa May promised the end of austerity was in sight as she

Labour is ready to govern, Jeremy Corbyn tells party conference

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "As it stands, Labour will vote against the Chequers plan or whatever is left of it" Labour is "ready" to start work on a "radical plan to rebuild and transform our country", Jeremy Corbyn has told his party conference in Liverpool.The Labour leader vowed to end the "greed-is-good" culture that has dominated politics and "kickstart a green jobs revolution"."We

The Best Cell Phone Plans Available in 2018

[ad_1] With cell phone plans coming up every weekend is really hard to choose the best cell phone plan that will fit your needs and budget. each cell phone plan has its own pros and cons. Some carriers will give you unlimited talk time when some will give unlimited text messaging. In this site, we seek to bring you the best cell phone plan suited for the general public and

Does the Treason Act need updating?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Treason might not be a charge often associated with modern life. A search of the Parliament website for the term mostly brings up the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. But Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat and his Labour colleague Khalid Mahmood want the 1351 Treason Act to be brought into the 21st Century.No-one can be executed for high treason any more - that was formally abolished in

Abingdon vicar who ‘spiritually abused’ boy gets two-year ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The vicar met the teenager during a mentoring programme at his church A Church of England vicar who "spiritually abused" a boy has been banned from ministry for two years.The Reverend Timothy Davis is understood to be the first priest to have been convicted of such abuse by the Bishop's Disciplinary Tribunal.Mr Davis, of Christ Church, Abingdon, held two-hour private prayer sessions in the