DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit. A white paper from 2010, which set out the government’s plans for the new programme, suggested … Continue reading DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the “relatively unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with “basic IT security”, according to an independent investigation into the cyber-attack. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers … Continue reading NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

An extensive review of the UK’s energy sector suggests government interventions have helped pushed electricity costs higher for consumers. The independent review, commissioned by the government, was carried out by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm. Helm looked into each element … Continue reading Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

High-security prisons holding Britain’s most dangerous prisoners have lost one in four officers since the Conservatives have been in government, it can be revealed. HMP Belmarsh, the category-A men’s prison that has inmates including serial killer Stephen Port and extreme Islamist preacher Anjem … Continue reading Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

Cormac Tobin, managing director at LloydsPharmacy owner Celesio UK, said the closures were in response to “the dramatic funding and reimbursement cuts over the past 24 months”. “Community pharmacy needs to adapt to the changing requirements of patients and the NHS, indeed it … Continue reading Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

Peston reminds people that if the Tories don’t secure a Brexit deal, multinational businesses will start moving abroad

“People in this country forget this,” he told LBC listener Richard. “We are a very open economy, governments for 30 years went around the world saying to international business ‘set up in Britain for access to the single market’. “The … Continue reading Peston reminds people that if the Tories don’t secure a Brexit deal, multinational businesses will start moving abroad

People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms

The NHS will potentially trial a scheme which will send patients recovering from minor surgery to live in the spare bedrooms of local residents, with the NHS paying the hosts up to £1,000 a month to serve them three microwave … Continue reading People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms