Well-off pensioners should donate money to charity

'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80

Government minister Owen Patterson says Britain would be better off out of Europe

‘Britain would be better off out of Europe’, says minister who wants more laws to be decided by UK parliament Environment minister Owen Paterson says Britain would 'do better making own laws'He calls TV gardener Alan Tichmarsh a 'muppet' over ash tree crisis criticismDenies Conservative Party has lost touch with country roots Reinforces Tory split over wind farms calling them 'inappropriate'Pledges to see through badger cullSlams fishing laws and pledges to end quota system | UPDATED: 18:04 GMT, 8 December 2012 A cabinet minister today said Britain would be better off out of Europe, declaring: 'We want our country back'. Referring to to the raft of directives that come from Europe, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson said Britain 'would do a lot better if we made more laws locally in our own Parliament'.

Mark Thompson spent thousands on travel expenses to US in months before he quit BBC for New York Times

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent thousands on expenses for travel to the US in months before he quit to join New York Times Former BBC chief spent almost 6,000 in return flight to San Francisco BBC senior managers' hotel and rail expenses doubles since 2009 Despite cutbacks to budgets, three executives received pay rises up to 20pc | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 6 December 2012 Expenses: Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, pictured, spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation. Senior managers’ hotel and rail expenses have doubled since 2009, according to new figures for the first financial quarter of the year from the BBC.