Jane Dodge

  • 1 Jul 2018

    Tenants could be guaranteed minimum three year contracts – under new government plans to give people who rent their homes more security. The vast majority of tenants currently have agreements of 6 or 12 months, but ministers say longer terms would benefit both renters and landlords. Campaigners have urged them to go even further –…

  • 30 Jun 2018

    NHS England says a hundred thousand “unneccessary procedures” a year could be cut back – to save money and minimise patient risk. Operations like breast reductions, tonsil removal and varicose vein treatment will only take place where there is good reason, as health chiefs said in most cases – alternative options work just as well.…

  • 10 Jun 2018

    The millionaire businessman who campaigned and donated to the Brexit campaign is to appear before MPs on Tuesday to explain claims he held undisclosed meetings with Russian officials before the EU referendum. Details of the alleged meetings contained in emails published by the Sunday Times, come amid questions about possible Russian influence over the UK’s…

  • 9 Jun 2018

    Over a million families in England were stuck on waiting lists for social housing last year and a quarter of those have been waiting for more than five years. The government says it IS tackling the problem, committing 9 billion pounds to build more affordable homes. But the housing charity Shelter, which compiled the figures,…

  • 18 May 2018

    There’s an international relief effort under way to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three experts from the UK are among those being deployed, with 45 people believed to have been infected by the disease. Some 25 people have died, but the World Health Organisation has said the…

  • 11 May 2018

    Controversial Conservative manifesto plans to expand grammar schools were quickly dropped after the last election. But now the government has found an extra £50m to enable grammar schools in England to fund places for disadvantaged children.

  • 29 Apr 2018

    Amber Rudd’s denials over removal targets are thrown into question by a letter she wrote to Theresa May, last year. And we speak to Edmond Graham who came to the UK from the Jamaica – he lost his job and his home while fighting threats of deportation.

  • 28 Apr 2018

    Senior Conservatives have been rushing to Amber Rudd’s defence after she faced fresh calls to resign over the Windrush controversy. The Home Secretary was again forced to apologise last night after it emerged her office had been sent a document detailing targets to remove illegal immigrants.

  • 19 Apr 2018

    The chair of Save the Children Sir Alan Parker has announced he is resigning. The charity issued a statement thanking him for his decade of service but acknowledging that “allegations of misconduct have cast a cloud over the lifesaving work we do for children every day.” Jane Dodge has more.

  • 2 Apr 2018

    The anti apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died after a long illness at the age of 81 surrounded by her family. They said she had dedicated most of her life to the cause of the people, especially South Africa’s poor and dispossessed.

  • 1 Apr 2018

    Fighters have begun leaving the last rebel held town in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, where a hundred thousand civilians remain trapped. Talks are still going on to lift the siege around Douma, which is encircled by Syrian government forces and has been a center of resistance against Assad’s regime since the uprising began.

  • 31 Mar 2018

    Relatives of western hostages murdered by Islamic State extremists in Syria have reacted furiously after two Britons accused of being members of the cell claimed they wouldn’t get a fair trial tried for their “horrific crimes”. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, from west London, were captured by Kurdish fighters in January and claim they are…

  • 23 Mar 2018

    Islamist terror returned to France today as a gunman was shot dead after taking hostages at a supermarket. He killed three people in separate incidents starting in Carcassonne and ending at the store in Trebes. Police said the man claimed to be a supporter of Islamic State and had demanded the release of the sole…

  • 8 Mar 2018

    It doesn’t have to be international Women’s Day for the gender pay gap to be a talking point these days. We’re just weeks away from all companies with more than 250 staff having to declare what their pay gap is between male and female staff. Many of those who’ve done it already have come in…

  • 2 Mar 2018

    Scientists have discovered that diabetes is actually five separate conditions, and each could be treated differently. It’s traditionally been split into type one and type two, but researchers who studied almost 15,000 patients now think it’s much more complicated than that.