Archive of 28 November 2006

MPs warn consumers must be better protected

Farepak 'must never happen again'

The government must act to ensure the collapse of savings club Farepak "never happens again", a committee of MPs has warned.

  • Local government minister will warn against 'excessive' council tax rises

    'No excuse' for council tax hikes

    Councils will see their Whitehall funding rise by £3.1 billion to £65 billion next year, local government minister Phil Woolas has announced.

  • Tories warn exam changes are creating an education apartheid

    Tories warn of 'education apartheid'

    England is facing an "education apartheid" as private school pupils increasingly study for different exams than those in the state sector, David Willetts has warned.

  • Michael Grade resigns as BBC chairman

    Grade departure 'will not delay BBC licence deal'

    The resignation of BBC chairman Michael Grade will not affect the negotiations over the corporation's licence fee, culture secretary Tessa Jowell has argued.

  • Britain's biggest pregnacy service has said current abortion laws are outdated

    Abortion laws 'are arcane'

    Britain's leading pregnancy service has called for a review of abortion laws and for current restrictions requiring two doctors to authorise terminations to be changed.

  • Lord Falconer stands firm on controversial legal aid reforms

    Legal aid reforms condemned

    Opposition parties have condemned the government's plans to shake up the legal aid system, warning they threaten to cut off services to the most vulnerable.

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