Teachers win 30million compensation in a year as unions secure record payouts

Teacher handed 400,000 in compensation after pupil knocked his arm into a filing cabinetCompensation for teachers broke through the 30million barrier last yearSuccessful claims rose by up to a quarter compared to 2011The payouts have left councils and schools with soaring legal bills .

Ditch free-for-all on extensions that will set neighbour against neighbour, say MPs

Ditch free-for-all on extensions that will set neighbour against neighbour, say MPsThree-year relaxation of rules is designed to boost construction industryMPs called for Government to 'go back to the drawing board'Warned greater size of extensions will risk creating unsightly buildings | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 20 December 2012 David Cameron’s plans to allow large extensions in back gardens could set neighbour against neighbour and blight entire districts, MPs said last night. The controversial proposals, announced in September, would allow 26-foot extensions to be built without planning permission.

Pickles retreats over controversial plans for three year free-for-all on home extensions

Pickles retreats over controversial plans for three year free-for-all on home extensions Plans for a relaxation on extensions 26ft or smaller had been the centrepiece of a package launched by David Cameron to boost the construction industryMr Pickles MP said that the size of extensions allowed could now be 'considerably less' | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 13 December 2012 Retreat: MP Eric Pickles says that plans to allow homeowners to build home extensions without planning permission could be watered down Controversial plans to allow homeowners to build giant extensions without permission could be watered down following a council backlash, Eric Pickles suggested last night. The Communities Secretary said the size of extensions allowed without planning permission could be ‘considerably less’ than the 26ft originally proposed

Neighbours boundary disputes could be settled out of court to save those involved thousands

Neighbours’ boundary disputes could be settled out of court to save those involved thousandsA bill to end 'daft and unnecessary' court battles over inches of land will be debated by ministers todayTory MP Charlie Elphicke will try to end legal fights which have seen one set of warring neighbours pay 400,000 for a 60cm wide strip of land | UPDATED: 02:45 GMT, 30 November 2012 Neighbours could be forced to settle their boundary disputes outside the court-room, saving themselves six-figure fees in the process. A bill to end the ‘daft and unnecessary’ court battles over just inches of land will be considered by ministers today