Brexit row: GCHQ chief stresses UK's role in foiling European terror plots

Brexit row: GCHQ chief stresses UK's role in foiling European terror plots

Britain supplied key information to help break up terrorist operations in four European countries in the last year, one of its intelligence chiefs revealed on Tuesday, as the UK upped the ante in the growing row over post-Brexit security. The director of the surveillance agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, speaking on a visit to Nato headquarters, […]

KPMG's Audit Quality Is 'Unacceptable,' UK Regulator Says

KPMG's Audit Quality Is 'Unacceptable,' UK Regulator Says

KPMG’s audit work in the U.K. is of an unacceptable standard and the firm will face increased scrutiny, Britain’s accounting regulator said. Auditors at KPMG don’t challenge management enough, aren’t sufficiently skeptical and are inconsistent in their execution of audits, according to the report by the Financial Reporting Council. The decline in quality over the […]

Brexit dividend? New reports show UK will suffer for years

Brexit dividend? New reports show UK will suffer for years

Two new reports show just how much economic pain Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on Monday slashed its growth forecast for the UK economy this year to 1.3%, which would be its weakest performance since the financial crisis. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = […]

'No deal' Brexit would cost UK households £1000 a year

'No deal' Brexit would cost UK households £1000 a year

Sarah Gordon, Business Editor June 17, 2018 Print this page Research models five Brexit scenarios Study shows will cost households £245-£961 annually Consumer businesses face losses unless they raise prices A “no deal” Brexit could cost UK households £1,000 a year, with the impact disproportionately felt by poorer households, according to new research. The study […]

95% of UK burglaries and robberies not solved, data suggests

95% of UK burglaries and robberies not solved, data suggests

Britain’s largest police force has said it is doing all it can to bring thieves to justice after figures suggested 95% of burglaries and robberies across the UK are not being solved. The Metropolitan police said they were putting a “huge amount of effort” into tackling a rise in crime related to motor scooters, which […]

Leave.UK faces new questions over contacts with Russia

Leave.UK faces new questions over contacts with Russia

A leader of the Leave.EU campaign suggested sending a “message of support” to the Russian ambassador after the then foreign secretary made a speech that was critical of Russia, documents seen by the Observer suggest. The material also appears to show that Andy Wigmore, spokesman for the Leave.EU campaign and the business partner of Arron […]

Medical cannabis in UK: Billy Caldwell case renews debate over 'inhumane' laws

Medical cannabis in UK: Billy Caldwell case renews debate over 'inhumane' laws

Alfie’s grandmother has described the condition as “a death sentence” as the amount of steroids currently needed to treat it can eventually lead to psychosis, organ failure and death. Last September, Alfie, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication prescribed by a paediatric neurologist, and saw his seizures reduce […]

UK visa of Russian oligarch who met Arron Banks under review

UK visa of Russian oligarch who met Arron Banks under review

The oligarch who met Arron Banks to discuss a lucrative gold deal is one of 700 wealthy Russians whose “tier one” visas are being reviewed after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Siman Povarenkin is entitled to residency in the UK, and eventual citizenship, through his wife Irina’s visa. She moved to Britain in […]

UK auditor slams cost and rollout of universal credit benefit

UK auditor slams cost and rollout of universal credit benefit

The UK government’s rollout of universal credit benefits may cost more than the system it is replacing and officials will “never be able to measure” whether the reforms have increased employment, the government’s auditors have warned.  A highly critical National Audit Office report released on Friday concluded that the new system “has not delivered value […]

Can apprenticeships plug the UK's alarming digital skills gap?

Can apprenticeships plug the UK's alarming digital skills gap?

The UK has been struggling to make apprenticeships work for decades. Young people often see them as unfashionable and boring, with government statistics revealing the number of apprentices starting work over the last year has slumped by almost 100,000. British startup WhiteHat, which was co-founded in 2016 by Euan Blair, the son of former prime […]

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