BBC radio presenter wins tribunal after DWP wrongly claimed she was fit to work despite recovering from chemotherapy and double mastectomyDespite her breast cancer ordeal the DWP cut Val Armstrong's weekly cashBBC Cumbria DJ had 2 years off after chemotherapy and losing both breasts'When I was battling to get back to health, hurdles were put in my way'Val is now back at work but says legal fight was a matter of principle Val had to undergo a work capability assessment. During this medical she was awarded points according to her condition
Now parents told to snoop on their child's Facebook: Expert warns of online picture riskParents should stop children uploading intimate photos of themselvesPhotos of children kissing or showing their flesh should be taken down Warning comes after PM's adviser urged parents to read children's textsFigures show a rise in reports of incidents relating to online grooming Children Exploitation and Online Protection Centre received three a day there were 1,145 public reports relating to incidents of online grooming – or three a day.
Money seized from drug dealers 'should be spent on research into treatment' say campaigners'Lack of leadership' a major factor hindering drugs policy moving forward 'Billions of pounds' spent on unproven policies, commission claims | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 31 December 2012 Millions of pounds seized from drug dealers should be funnelled into a new independent researcher in a bid to tackle the country's drug problems, campaigners said today. In a highly-critical report, the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) warned a lack of leadership and high turnover of ministers and civil servants were hindering progress. A new body funded by up to 10million a year in cash raised through the confiscated assets of drug-related crime is required to improve drug policy, the UKDPC said.
Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after operation to remove growth from her bladder Surgery was 'minimally invasive' and former PM said to be in good spirits | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 29 December 2012 .
Newspapers sign up for new watchdog in response to Leveson InquiryMore than 100 paper proprietors, publishers and editors met yesterday to sign up to the principles laid out by Lord Justice LevesonFormer Tory peer Lord Hunt, who is coordinating response of the press, said blueprint for new regulator would be drawn up on Jan 10He added it is unnecessary for politicians to pass law to enshrine new system in statute | UPDATED: 00:56 GMT, 21 December 2012 Newspaper editors agreed to set up a new independent press watchdog yesterday in response to the Leveson Inquiry. More than 100 paper proprietors, publishers and editors met yesterday to sign up to the principles laid out by Lord Justice Leveson. Former Tory peer Lord Hunt, who is coordinating the response of the press, said a detailed blueprint for the new regulator would be drawn up on January 10.
300,000 will be in fuel poverty by Christmas as ministers fails to act on energy pricesFuel Poverty Advisory Group slams 'inadequate' Government initiatives Households struggling to pay bills are expected to top nine million by 2016Forcing firms to insulate homes for poorer customers will add 116 to billsMinisters are doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 The latest round of energy price rises will leave another 300,000 families struggling to pay their heating bills this Christmas, the Government's adviser on fuel poverty warns today. In a devastating report, the independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Group said Government initiatives were 'completely inadequate to tackle the scale of the problem' and warned that ministers were doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures which are forecast to send energy bills even higher. It warns that the number of households struggling to pay their bills is expected to hit more than nine million by 2016 – the date by which the last government pledged to end fuel poverty.
Founder of 370m collapsed hedge fund charged with raft of fraud charges | UPDATED: 18:12 GMT, 14 December 2012 The founder of a hedge fund, which left investors millions of dollars out of pocket when it collapsed, has been charged with a host of fraud offences. Magnus Peterson, the founding director of $600million (370 million) hedge fund Weavering Capital, was charged with two offences of false accounting, one offence of fraudulent trading, one offence of fraud by abuse of position and two offences of forgery.
NHS Direct adviser 'told child caller that life is s*** and joked he would smash patient's windows'Michael McCarthy was answering calls at the NHS hotline in Cheshire when he was overheard by bosses making a catalogue of inappropriate comments | UPDATED: 18:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 An NHS Direct adviser was overheard by his bosses telling a sick child 'life was full of s***' and joking that he would put a patient's 'windows in', a tribunal heard. Michael McCarthy, a nurse who answered calls from patients at the NHS hotline, was placed under review after making clinical mistakes in 2009
Forcing newspapers under state control would be illegal, says Leveson adviser as it's revealed three warned him not to consider compulsory regulationShami Chakrabati says law forcing papers to sign up to regulator is illegalEx-Channel Four News political editor Elinor Goodman and former Daily Telegraph political editor George Jones both said law was unnecessaryThe two advisors to Leveson believe editors will sign up voluntarily | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 3 December 2012 Three of the six independent advisers to Lord Justice Leveson warned him not to consider compulsory state regulation of the Press, it emerged last night. Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, said she had serious concerns about the idea floated by the judge to force newspapers to sign up to a new regulator by law if they refused to do so voluntarily.
Theresa May under fire over spy tipped to be top mandarin – and his love for her glamorous aideThe expected promotion of Charles Farr has sparked a heated debate He is said to have impressed Mrs May with handling of security mattersMr Farr is in a relationship with Mrs May's special adviser Fiona Cunningham | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 1 December 2012 Home Secretary Theresa May was challenged by Labour last night after it emerged that a former MI6 spy in a relationship with her senior Tory adviser is tipped to be appointed top Home Office mandarin.