• 13 Feb 2018

    The squeeze on the cost of living continues, as inflation sticks at 3 per cent for January, the same as it was in December.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    Britain’s big four accountancy firms have been accused of “feasting on the carcass” of the collapsed construction firm Carillion. MPs say that the firms collected tens of millions in fees from the company over the course of a decade. Now the accounting watchdog has told this programme it’s time to require auditors to sign off…

  • 12 Feb 2018

    The multinational giant Unilever has threatened to pull advertising from online platforms like Google and Facebook – saying the digital realm has become a “swamp” filled with fake news, racism, sexism and extremism. Chief marketing officer Keith Weed told a conference in California today that objectionable material and the lack of protection for children was…

  • 9 Feb 2018

    US stock markets are continuing to fall, ending a week which has seen the biggest global sell-off of shares for six years. And there have been losses across Europe’s stock exchanges too, including London, where the FTSE index of leading shares closed half a per cent lower. So when will the volatility calm down?

  • 6 Feb 2018

    The turmoil on the markets started with a sharp drop in the New York stock exchange, which has been fluctuating wildly so far today. Alan Valdes, senior partner at Silverbear Capital, explains what is happening.

  • 6 Feb 2018

    What goes up must come down, and there’s been another tumultuous day on markets around the world, with frantic trading following two days of heavy losses. On Wall Street, prices briefly rebounded before taking another tumble, while in London the FTSE ended the day almost 200 points lower. It’s all been fuelled by concern over…

  • 31 Jan 2018

    It supplies a raft of services for the public sector, has posted a profit warning, and today saw its share price fall by almost 50 per cent. But the chief executive told Channel 4 News the decisive action he’d taken today meant what happened to Carillion won’t happen to them. Unions have called on the…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    In the last hour the government has said it will review all personal independent payments, a decision that  comes after the Department for Work and Pensions decided not to challenge a court ruling that said changes to PIP were unfair to people with mental health conditions. Heidi Allen is a Conservative MP on the Work…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    MPs have accused Carillion’s bosses of failing in their obligations towards the firm’s pension fund. The company collapsed in January with huge debts and a black hole in the scheme, which, it’s emerged today, could be as much as a billion pounds.  So could the pension trustees and the regulator have done more?

  • 26 Jan 2018

    The British economy at the end of last year grew faster than predicted.  Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed GDP rose by half a percent,  fuelled by a strong performance in parts of the services sector. But despite this better-than-expected figure, overall, 2017 saw Britain record the slowest growth for five years.

  • 19 Jan 2018

    Cockroaches, rats, pools of urine and blocked toilets. The “squalor” at Liverpool Prison is bad enough, but Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons has branded it the worst in the country. There have been six suicides at Liverpool Prison since 2015. Violence among inmates and against prison officers is rife. In the six months leading up…

  • 18 Jan 2018

    A spending watchdog has warned that paying for schools and hospitals through the Private Finance Initiative will cost hundreds of billions of pounds. The National Audit Office said taxpayers will have to foot a 199 billion pound bill for projects outsourced to private companies over the next three decades under PFI. The report was compiled…

  • 17 Jan 2018

    The anger over the pay-offs to Carillion bosses was widespread. But today it emerged that the directors stopped receiving bonuses or severance payments on the day the company went into liquidation. In addition, the Insolvency Service has said that 90 per cent of the company’s private contractors have said they will go on paying the…

  • 17 Jan 2018

    The Transport Secretary said that unions “caused the vast majority of disruption” on the Southern rail network. But the report he based this on used personal judgement, not statistics.

  • 15 Jan 2018

    Labour peer Lord Adonis,  the former chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, who quit over Christmas, and Conservative MP Gillian Keegan, a member of the Commons publicaccounts committee, discuss Carillion.