PROPOSED REFORMS to legal aid came under fire from all sides of the Commons in a Westminister Hall debate yesterday. According to Citizens Advice, the changes will deny thousands of vulnerable people access to help. Its main complaint is a new system of paying advice agencies a fixed amountRead More →

According to the Times today, Gordon Brown could announce as soon as next Tuesday a ‘mortgage rescue’ package – a series of measures aimed at encouraging councils and housing associations to offer struggling homeowners financial help in return for a financial stake in their homes. The newspaper understands thatRead More →

The government has committed more than £250 million to tackle crime, stimulate educational achievement and boost job opportunities in England’s most deprived communities. The bulk of the money (£186 million) will be invested in 39 new deal for communities programmes during this financial year, with the balance of £70Read More →

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee on Thursday voted to keep rates unchanged at 0.5 per cent and to continue with its £200bn quantitative easing programme as further signs of stabilisation emerged across the economy. The decision was widely expected, with the Bank having signalled it intends toRead More →