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Labour to force vote in Commons on scrapping public sector pay cap

Labour to force vote in Commons on scrapping public sector pay cap

Shadow health secretary calls on Tory MPs to back motion to lift ‘unfair’ cap as opposition seeks to pressure PM to actLabour is to force a Commons vote on scrapping the 1% public sector pay cap. On
Hammond eases public sector pay cap, but the squeeze goes on

Hammond eases public sector pay cap, but the squeeze goes on

The chancellor insisted police and prison officers’ rises will come from existing budgets – and they are well below inflationPhilip Hammond’s re-emergence as a power in the cabinet can be seen clearly
Chickens coming home to roost for Theresa May – cartoon

Chickens coming home to roost for Theresa May – cartoon

Chris Riddell on the squadron of woes currently afflicting the government Continue reading...
Grenfell firefighter: MPs should be dragged to look at tower’s shell

Grenfell firefighter: MPs should be dragged to look at tower’s shell

Lucy Masoud blames tragedy on austerity and says decision makers don’t care about social housing tenants MPs should be “dragged” from parliament to see Grenfell Tower’s shell as a reminder of how
Austerity puts public workers’ wages below private sector

Austerity puts public workers’ wages below private sector

Workers in public sector received hourly earnings of 0.6% less than their private counterparts, for first time since 2008 financial crashPublic sector workers’ pay has dipped below that of their
Municipal workers: the invisible, underpaid people who keep our cities going

Municipal workers: the invisible, underpaid people who keep our cities going

Millions of staff clean our streets and keep our cities moving. It’s time to recognise their contribution to the everyday fabric of our urban livesRosa Pavanelli is general secretary of Public
European nurses and midwives leaving UK in droves since Brexit vote

European nurses and midwives leaving UK in droves since Brexit vote

Nursing and Midwifery Council says NHS faces staffing shortfall due to ‘double whammy’ of European and UK-trained medics leavingThe number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe
Teachers at three Glasgow schools to strike over pay

Teachers at three Glasgow schools to strike over pay

NASUWT takes action in pursuit of significant pay rise as SNP government says public sector deals depend on Philip Hammond’s budget measuresTeachers in Scottish schools are to strike over pay,
The chancellor must end austerity now – it is punishing an entire generation | Letters

The chancellor must end austerity now – it is punishing an entire generation | Letters

Alongside the human costs, cuts have hurt our economy, and we’ve now reached a dangerous tipping point, say Joseph Stiglitz, Ha-Joon Chang and 111 othersSeven years of austerity has destroyed lives.
Philip Hammond dismisses NHS chief's call for £4bn emergency cash injection

Philip Hammond dismisses NHS chief's call for £4bn emergency cash injection

The chancellor told the BBC that heads of public services always predict ‘Armageddon’ in the run-up to a budgetPhilip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash
Widening UK budget deficit hands Hammond a headache

Widening UK budget deficit hands Hammond a headache

Rise in public sector net borrowing points to weaker economy than expected and will further limit chancellor’s spending powerBritain’s deficit unexpectedly widened in October, handing Philip Hammond
What to look out for in Philip Hammond’s budget speech

What to look out for in Philip Hammond’s budget speech

How will the chancellor try to improve British productivity and tackle pressures over public services and welfare? This is Philip Hammond’s first budget statement since the general election in June
What to look out for in Philip Hammond’s budget speech

What to look out for in Philip Hammond’s budget speech

How will the chancellor try to improve British productivity and tackle pressures over public services and welfare? This is Philip Hammond’s first budget statement since the general election in June
'Forget stamp duty, we need a pay rise' – people respond to the budget

'Forget stamp duty, we need a pay rise' – people respond to the budget

How did Philip Hammond’s budget affect you? The Guardian talks to families, workers and businesses across BritainWith a newborn baby and a 14-month-old son to support on an annual income of less than
'Forget stamp duty, we need a pay rise' – people respond to the budget

'Forget stamp duty, we need a pay rise' – people respond to the budget

How did Philip Hammond’s budget affect you? The Guardian talks to families, workers and businesses across BritainWith a newborn baby and a 14-month-old son to support on an annual income of less than
Labour's extra borrowing would pay for itself, says McDonnell

Labour's extra borrowing would pay for itself, says McDonnell

Shadow chancellor refuses to be pinned down on specific cost of servicing debt from party’s spending plans, accusing BBC presenter of ‘trite journalism’The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has
Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

MoD has compiled list of options, including marines and amphibious vessels but Trident replacement seen as untouchableThe Ministry of Defence is bracing for what one Whitehall official has described
Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Government changes to the controversial benefit are a sticking plaster, rather than an answer to the problems of rent arrears and evictions Pressure has been building for months on the government over
Only 23% of the world's politicians are women. It's time for that to change

Only 23% of the world's politicians are women. It's time for that to change

Progress to close the gender gap in politics has been glacial. At their global summit, female politicians from around the world are demanding faster action In July, the leaders of the G20 nations
Refuges like ours will close. Women will have no choice but to face more violence | Amber Lone

Refuges like ours will close. Women will have no choice but to face more violence | Amber Lone

We provide a lifeline for black and minority ethnic women fleeing domestic abuse, but if government funding changes go through, I don’t know how long we’ll last • Amber Lone is a violence against