Audit firms" "cosy" links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government"s relationship with "Big Four" companies

Audit firms' 'cosy' links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government's relationship with 'Big Four' companiesCommittee says accountants have 'inside knowledge' of tax loopholes By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:44 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 26 April 2013 Margaret Hodge said accountants knew about tax loopholes Britain's biggest accountancy firms have ‘an unhealthily cosy relationship with Government’, a damning report from MPs will warn today.

Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs in major shake-up to raise professional standards in the police

Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs and publish salaries in major shake-up to improve public trust in policeReform will affect more than 20,000 police officers who have second jobsIt is part of a new code of conduct to try to raise professional standards , compared with 19,329 in March 2011. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the integrity reforms were welcome but 'they don't go far enough'. She said: 'Our duty in this house is to make sure police officers get the support they need, and have a proper framework of accountability to keep standards high

Sally Roberts spends first Christmas away from her son Neon due to family rift over her opposition to his cancer treatment

Sally Roberts spends first Christmas away from her son Neon due to family rift over her opposition to his cancer treatmentTold by estranged husband she was not welcome at family gathering Understood they have fallen out over her unsuccessful eight-week legal bidUncle Tony Leese said: 'It could be Neon's last Christmas. It's such a shame.' | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 29 December 2012 Neon Roberts spent Christmas Day without his mother because of the bitter family rift caused by her battle to stop him receiving radiotherapy. Sally Roberts’s unsuccessful eight-week legal bid had put her in conflict with her estranged husband Ben, who told her that she would not be welcome at the family gathering.

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there. The Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011, it is a prophetic document telling us where we are going, whether we like it or not

Bashar Assad"s troops fire missiles at rebels in northern Syria is escalation of conflict

Syrian government forces fire Scud missiles at insurgents in north of the country in escalation of two-year conflictPresident Bashar Assad's forces fire six missiles at rebel forcesFirst time missiles have been used in bloody conflict New Syrian coalition opposition approved by more than 100 nations | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 13 December 2012 The Syrian government has escalated hostilities with rebel forces after firing more than six scud missiles. The attacks are thought to have been the first time President Bashar Assad's military has used missiles to attack insurgents during the two-year conflict

Anger as Coalition releases an app to make divorce easier as crisis over family break-up grows

Anger as Coalition releases an app to make divorce easier as crisis over family break-up growsThe online advice package will tell parents how to get legal and financial advice and how to break the news to childrenIt tells parents that ‘it’s not the separation itself that can cause harm to your child, it’s the level of conflict that they see between parents’ | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 29 November 2012 Ministers responded to the growing crisis over family break-up yesterday … by releasing a mobile phone app to ease the path for couples wanting to separate. There was an angry reaction to the launch of the online advice package, which will tell parents how to get legal and financial advice, and how to break the news to children.