Future generations of pensioners should get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warnsWork and Pensions Secretary insists handouts like winter fuel allowance and TV licence are safe for current pensionersBut 'next generation' will be encouraged to save to remove 'any extra dependence on the state'Coalition plans single-tier pension of around 155-a-weekLinking state pension age to life expectancy 'will mean working until 70' By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 8 January 2013 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pictured arriving at Number 10 yesterday, said coalition reforms mean future generations would only need the state pension The next generation of pensioners should not need to receive extra benefits like free TV licences and help with heating bills, Iain Duncan Smith suggested today.
How to drive jobsworths potty! In this devilishly inventive manifesto, late astronomer Sir Patrick Moore tells how he fought back against box-ticking bullies | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 29 December 2012 Hitting back: Sir Patrick Moore had his own way to fight back against bureaucrats Sir Patrick Moore, who died earlier this month aged 89, is best remembered as the motor-mouthed frontman of television’s longest running show with the same presenter, The Sky At Night on BBC1. But the astronomer and entertainer had another side, as a self-appointed scourge of bureaucracy.
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.
Hundreds of GP’s surgeries ‘are too cramped and not fit for purpose’ Some found to have inadequate heating and insufficient easy-access facilities for elderly or disabled patientsKings Fund report said 'major' improvements were needed to cope with higher patient numbers | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 6 December 2012 Hundreds of doctors’ surgeries are too cramped and ‘not fit for purpose’, a report warns. Rooms in some are so close together that patients worry that confidential discussions can be overheard in the waiting area.
Mother-of-two is 'killed by husband in front of their sons in row over cash' Janee Parsons' two children, aged five and eight, were taken away by policeThe American mother was found dead at the family's home in BicesterHer 38-year-old husband was being quizzed by detectives | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 3 December 2012 Two young boys may have seen their mother being stabbed to death by their father in a row over cash, police fear. Beauty therapist Janee Parsons, 31, was discovered fatally injured after neighbours heard screams and called 999.