Clinton and May discuss Stormont crisis

Clinton and May discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton arriving at Number 10 for talks with Theresa May The prime minister has discussed the current political impasse in Northern Ireland with former US president Bill Clinton. Speaking after their Downing Street talks, Mr Clinton said he and Theresa May had a good meeting. The former president […]

Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them. But she […]

Clinton and May to discuss Stormont crisis

Clinton and May to discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin and DUP politicians in Belfast on Tuesday The prime minister is to discuss the current political impasse in NI with former US president Bill Clinton. Mr Clinton, who met the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader in Belfast, will […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

Image copyright EPA The EU Withdrawal Bill may not now be discussed in the House of Commons until after the Autumn recess, sources have told the BBC. The law is designed to transfer EU law into UK law ahead of Brexit. It is facing stiff resistance from some Tory rebels as well as from the […]

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them. But she […]

Stormont talks: Brokenshire sets month-end deadline

Stormont talks: Brokenshire sets month-end deadline

Image copyright PA Image caption Prospects of a deal to restore devolution do not look positive, James Brokenshire says The latest date for a Northern Ireland Executive to be formed to pass a budget is the week beginning 6 November, according to James Brokenshire. The Northern Ireland secretary said that would mean legislation would have […]

Universal Credit helpline charges scrapped

Universal Credit helpline charges scrapped

Image copyright Getty Images People will no longer be charged for calling the government’s Universal Credit helpline after criticism from MPs and campaigners. Welfare Secretary David Gauke said the helpline, charged at local call rates which could be up to 55p a minute, would be made free in the coming weeks. Mr Gauke is being […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but jobless rate stays at same level

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but jobless rate stays at same level

Image copyright PA UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter – still at the lowest level since 1975. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the […]