Monthly Archives: March 2014

Man gives away £1m company to spend time with family

From BBC News: The leader of a global PR firm, whose clients include the Dalai Lama and the Prince of Wales, is giving his company, worth up to £1m, away. Simon Cohen said he wanted to focus on his family … Continue reading

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Peer’s contract with Caribbean tax haven stated he would lobby MPs and Lords

From The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: A senior Conservative who denied he had ever lobbied MPs and peers on behalf of a Caribbean tax haven had signed a £12,000 per month contract that stated he would do so. Lord Blencathra … Continue reading

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30% of senior teachers “actively planning” to leave over stress, finds survey

From BBC News: More than two-thirds of secondary school head teachers and deputies in England are considering taking early retirement with most blaming an excessive workload, a survey suggests. The research from the Association of School and College Leaders and … Continue reading

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Co-op Bank announces it needs additional £400m

From BBC News: The Co-op Bank plans to raise another £400m by issuing new shares following the discovery of additional costs related to past misconduct and poor documentation. The biggest part of the additional costs relates to PPI mis-selling and … Continue reading

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Cardiff rally opposes immigration ‘blame game’

From BBC News: Unions, equality groups and politicians have taken part a rally in Cardiff opposing race discrimination ahead of May’s European elections. It follows a conference in the capital city on Friday promoting race equality. Equalities Minster Jeff Cuthbert … Continue reading

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MSP committee calls for changes to disability assessments

From The Courier: The assessment used to determine whether ill or disabled people can work should be changed to make it more “effective and humane”, a Holyrood Committee has said. Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) are used by the Department of … Continue reading

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14 academy chains barred from running more schools

From The Independent: Fourteen academy chains have been barred from running more schools because of concerns over, among other things, the standards and financial management in the ones they run now, MPs have been told. The 14 chains, which include … Continue reading

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Atos given responsibility for new childcare scheme

From The Independent: The new £2,000 scheme announced by the Government yesterday to help parents with childcare costs will be co-run by the troubled outsourcing firm Atos, it has been revealed. Despite coming under fire for its role in testing people currently … Continue reading

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Vatican Library to digitise archives

From BBC News: The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. The … Continue reading

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Ukraine signs association deal with EU

From BBC News: The EU and Ukraine have signed an agreement forging closer economic ties, in a show of support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s abandonment of the EU deal in November triggered protests, his … Continue reading

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