Monthly Archives: October 2012

Barclays: from Libor to PPI, the charges in full

The charges against Barclays: manipulating energy prices, interest rates, mis-selling interest rate swaps, Libor/interest rate swap mis-selling, mis-selling PPI … Manipulating energy prices A potential fine from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for attempting to manipulate the price of electricity … Continue reading

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Report calls for £1-an-hour childcare

Commission on Living Standards says two options face the nation: tackle low pay and childcare costs now or allow millions to endure stagnation for generations Britain faces a choice between a generation of stagnant living standards for millions of lower-income … Continue reading

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Do we have to pay the agent’s commission when buying property?

Q Our offer of £250,000 to buy a house has been accepted, but it has emerged that the seller wants to sell the property for £245,000 and for us to pay (the remaining) £5,000 to cover the agent’s commission. I … Continue reading

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A roll call of corporate rogues who are milking the country | Seumas Milne

The scale of unpaid tax now outstrips the entire deficit. Forcing the elite to pay up is a matter of both justice and necessity ‘Only the little people pay taxes,” the late American corporate tax evader Leona Helmsley famously declared. … Continue reading

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Our future energy strategy cannot depend on renewables alone | John Hayes

To provide resilience and security we need a balanced energy mix that is secure, reduces emissions and delivers value Accounting for around half of all infrastructure investment in the UK, the energy sector is crucial to all of our economy, … Continue reading

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Cameron adviser to become lobbyist for Wonga

Stella Creasy accuses payday lender of ‘targeting highest echelons of government’ over news Jonathan Luff is to join firm Downing Street has been challenged by a campaigning Labour MP to answer a series of questions after an adviser to David … Continue reading

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EE launches UK’s first 4G mobile network

Eleven cities will have access to fourth-generation wireless services – with speeds several times faster than current average Britain will catch up with over 40 other countries on Tuesday when its first 4G mobile network is switched on, promising internet … Continue reading

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Pension reforms moving too slowly, union warns

GMB union says government delays threaten to scupper deal to reform pensions for 1.6 million public sector workers The GMB trade union has warned that an agreement on reforming pensions for 1.6 million local government workers is under threat. Brian … Continue reading

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Teaching’s man with a mission to free young Britons from ’slavery’

Peter Wilby interviews the American-born head of Teach First, who is helping disadvantaged students by giving them high-achieving teachers In the sleek modern offices of Teach First, near London Bridge, young men and women, looking barely out of their teens, … Continue reading

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MI6: pass notes No 3,272

Skyfall, the latest 007 film, is attracting adrenaline-hungry Bond fans to join the spy agency – but they’re not the sort of recruits it’s after, apparently Age: Officially, 18. Unofficially, 103. Appearance: A lot sexier than it actually is. Why … Continue reading

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