Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped

Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped

Image copyright Jaggery/Geograph Image caption Chris Grayling has promised a “whole package of improvements” for the service Plans to electrify the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea have been scrapped, the UK’s transport secretary has said. Chris Grayling told the Western Mail a faster journey between the cities would be achieved without the […]

Brexit: Barnier urges more ‘clarity’ from the UK

Brexit: Barnier urges more ‘clarity’ from the UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has urged the UK for more “clarity” on where it stands on key issues such as citizens rights and the “divorce bill”. Michel Barnier said progress had been made in talks with David Davis in areas where the UK […]

Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Image copyright AFP Image caption The respective negotiators will have a “rendez-vous” on Thursday Brexit negotiators are to outline what progress has been made so far as the latest round of talks come to an end. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier will meet to assess the past four days […]

Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Image copyright PA Image caption The Lib Dem politician has been in Parliament since 1997 Sir Vince Cable is set to become leader of the Liberal Democrats later. The 74-year old is expected to be the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations close at 16:00 BST. Other possible contenders have all ruled themselves […]

State pension age rise brought forward

State pension age rise brought forward

Image copyright Getty Images Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. Those affected […]

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “Wages are falling, the economy is slowing” Theresa May has said she recognises the “sacrifice” made by public sector workers as Jeremy Corbyn urged her to lift the 1% cap on their wages. In the last PMQs before the summer break, Mr Corbyn said people were held back by low pay and […]

Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts

Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,250 this term Labour has “no plans” to write off existing student debt and has never promised to do so, the party’s education spokeswoman has insisted. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner accused the Tories of “wilfully misrepresenting” its plans amid […]

BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars

BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars

Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Evans and Winkleman are the BBC’s highest paid male and female stars Chris Evans has topped the list of the BBC’s best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. About two-thirds of stars earning […]

BBC stars’ pay to be revealed in annual report

BBC stars’ pay to be revealed in annual report

The pay received by the BBC’s biggest stars is to be revealed in the corporation’s annual report later. It is the first time this information will be made public. The review, to be published at 11:00 BST, will list the 96 stars who earn more than £150,000 a year. Altogether, their earnings total almost £30m. […]

Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Image copyright PA Image caption The report recognises that civil servants’ expertise is much in demand in the private sector Rules governing jobs civil servants can take on after leaving government are not being applied consistently, the public spending watchdog has found. Officials must get departments’ say-so before taking up private sector roles. But the […]