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Jan 31, 2011

UK delays enforcement of stricter bribery laws

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain delayed the introduction of new bribery laws on Monday after complaints from companies the rules were too strict and created uncertainty for multinationals and firms seeking business abroad.

Anti-corruption groups and charities criticised the decision but the government said it was listening to the concerns of business and reexamining the legislation.

Jan 29, 2011

Students join unions to protest against cuts

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Saturday in a new wave of protests against government plans to hike university tuition fees and scrap education grants.

The protests in London and Manchester are the first major demonstrations since late last year when students laid siege to London’s government district and attacked a limousine carrying heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his wife.

Jan 27, 2011

Liverpool Council to cut 1,500 jobs

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool City Council will cut around 1,500 jobs after the government reduced its funding by 100 million pounds, local politicians said on Thursday.

The council is the latest local authority to reveal job cuts as the coalition scales back grants to help tackle a record budget deficit.

Jan 26, 2011

UK to end virtual house arrest of terrorism suspects

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will announce on Wednesday it is easing tight restrictions on terrorism suspects, a government source told Reuters, in a political compromise sought by the ruling coalition’s junior Liberal Democrat party.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will claim the move as policy win for his Liberal Democrats after promising in last May’s national election to scrap the control orders, among the most contentious of the counter-terrorism measures introduced by the former Labour government.

Jan 19, 2011

UK plans sweeping reform of public healthcare

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain set out plans on Wednesday for a shake-up of its publicly-funded healthcare system that could turn into a political disaster for the ruling coalition if the reforms founder.

The head of the National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest public healthcare system, has said the changes to how 80 billion pounds ($128 billion) are spent are so enormous they can be “seen from space.”

Jan 19, 2011

NHS plans big enough to be “seen from space”

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain set out plans on Wednesday for a shake-up of its publicly funded healthcare system that risks turning into a political disaster for the government if the reforms founder.

The head of the National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest public healthcare system, has said the changes to how 80 billion pounds are spent are so enormous they can be “seen from space.”

Jan 17, 2011

Royal succession law faces political challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – A 300-year-old law that would discriminate against any daughter born to Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton in the succession to the throne faces a parliamentary challenge Tuesday.

Male royal heirs have prior claim to the crown over their older sisters under the 1701 Act of Settlement, which also bars the monarch from marrying a Catholic.

Jan 17, 2011
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Is Clegg right to offer flexible parental leave?

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants to give parents the right to share and swap their statutory leave for looking after newborn babies and children. That’s good news for parents, although the new arrangements have to be knocked into shape after consultation with employers and won’t come into force until 2015. Clegg said in a speech on Monday to the Demos think tank that increasing flexibility over parental leave was a priority for him and for the Prime Minister David Cameron. Both have young families and like most fathers these days have taken time out from work following their new arrivals. At present mothers get up to a year’s statutory leave, while fathers only qualify for two weeks. Clegg wants to change that so that parents can divide up this time off as it suits them, even taking the leave at the same time if that is what they want. Unions say the proposals are long overdue, but employers are less keen. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said Clegg’s plan might be politically popular but it “fundamentally ignores the needs of business.” “How is an employer expected to plan and arrange cover with this fully-flexible system,” asked BCC director general David Frost. Have employers got a valid point? Or is it time for business to do more to ensure children see the most of both their parents in their earliest months. Tell us what you think.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants to give parents the right to share and swap their statutory leave for looking after newborn babies.

That’s good news for parents, although the new arrangements have to be knocked into shape after consultation with employers and won’t come into force until 2015.

Jan 12, 2011

Teachers cry foul at move to lift language teaching

LONDON (Reuters) – The government published revised school performance tables in England on Wednesday to try to boost the number of teenagers studying foreign languages, but teachers attacked them as meaningless.

The number of students taking exams in foreign languages has plummeted since the former Labour government made it optional to study such subjects at GCSE level, taken by pupils aged 16.

Dec 31, 2010

UK says would back force to oust Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would give support at the United Nations for the use of force to oust Ivory Coast’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo if West African nations sought backing for a military intervention.

However, British Foreign Secretary William Hague played down any prospect of direct UK military intervention.