• 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.  

  • 15 Jan 2018

    Downing Street confirmed today that no fewer than eight contracts have been signed with Carillion since the profit warning in July, while it’s emerged that a government representative to manage the relationship between the firm and the public sector was “rotated off” at around the same time. It’s added fuel to Labour’s fury. They’ve accused the government…

  • 15 Jan 2018

    There are talks going on now with the members of the COBRA crisis committee, but this is not a crisis meeting, insists No 10 tonight. Carillion had government contracts worth £1.7 billion, from the rail network to hospitals and schools. But amid a series of profit warnings and mounting debts, the construction giant has collapsed, putting thousands of jobs at…

  • 12 Jan 2018

    Regulators and government officials are holding urgent talks on the huge construction group Carillion  and its half billion pound pensions deficit. The firm, which holds major outsourced government contracts, including the HS2 high-speed rail link, is struggling to avoid collapse. Unions are urging the government to step in and protect the thousands of jobs which…

  • 6 Jan 2018

    Women are still earning less than men at many major firms including Ladbrokes, Easy Jet and Virgin Money. All companies employing more than 250 workers must publish their gender pay figures by April.

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Confused messages about diesel and tax increases have sent new car sales plummeting for the first time in six years, with diesel car purchases slumping by 17% last year compared to 2016. And the market hasn’t been helped by Brexit uncertainty either.

  • 5 Jan 2018

    It’s been dubbed the “latte levy” – a tax on the billions of takeaway coffee cups that Britons are throwing away every year. The environmental impact is serious. Almost all of them are impossible to recycle because of their plastic lining. MPs think adding an extra 25p on to the price of a disposable cup…

  • 4 Jan 2018

    He’s the bad boy every kid wanted to be. Dennis the Menace has been making mischief in Britain’s best known comic the Beano for decades. But in a market where sales are declining, Dennis has been forced to have a digital makeover. A new multi-million pound TV series has been developed and the company is…

  • 2 Jan 2018

    New Year.  New rail fare increases.  It’s become an unwelcome part of the festive season – many rail passengers are being hit with the highest ticket price rise in five years. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – who’s in Qatar – admitted the increase was higher than he would wish. While many commuters and the…

  • 29 Dec 2017

    It is perhaps the humbling of a technology titan. Having already admitted slowing down older iPhones, Apple has now taken the rare step of apologising to customers around the world. Not only that, but it has slashed the price of battery replacements. A necessary step to restore customer trust? Or simply bowing to the inevitable…

  • 20 Dec 2017

    Bitcoin: it’s the crypto-currency which has no physical manifestation, but which has spectacularly soared in price over the last year. It’s brought vast wealth to a few individuals, just a thousand people are thought to own 40% of the entire market. It’s got a bad reputation too, described variously as a massive scam, a dangerous…

  • 16 Dec 2017

    He was the man who brought us the Brexit referendum – but since his hurried departure from Downing Street in the wake of the result, David Cameron has kept a low profile. Eighteen months on, the former Prime Minister has re-emerged. He will now take control of a £750 million fund to improve ports, roads…

  • 14 Dec 2017

    The Scottish government has today unveiled income tax changes which will for the first time see Scots paying different tax rates to the rest of the UK. The SNP minority government has proposed small tax increases for middle and high income earners, but says that a new “starter rate” will mean anyone earning less than £33,000 a…

  • 14 Dec 2017

    It’s a media mega-deal – Rupert Murdoch is selling the vast majority of his 21st Century Fox media empire to larger rival Disney. But what does the £39bn deal mean for his attempts to take control of the British broadcaster Sky?