Gold-plated public sector pensions set to cost every family 1,500

Gold-plated public sector pensions 'set to cost every family 1,500'Last year the net cost of paying the pensions of retired State workers was 8billionThat figure is set to more than double in 2017/18 according to a Treasury watchdog , the net cost of paying the pensions of retired State workers was 8billion. But this figure is set to rocket to 16.2billion in 2017/18, according to the forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, the Treasury’s independent watchdog.

Hairdresser jailed for using dead babies" names to claim 100,000 in benefits illegally

Hairdresser jailed for using dead babies' names to claim 100,000 in benefits illegallyElizabeth Tetteh, 45, convicted of 17 fraud offences at Basildon Crown CourtShe was jailed for two years after misusing National Insurance numbersClaimed income support and job seekers' allowance despite working By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 14:06 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 10 March 2013 A benefit cheat who used dead babies' names to defraud taxpayers out of almost 100,000 has been jailed for two years. Elizabeth Tetteh, 45, used the National Insurance numbers of dead children to claim income support and job seekers' allowance, despite working as a hairdresser.

Francois Hollande: Blow for French president as court throws out plans for 75% supertax on wealthy

Blow for French president Hollande as court throws out plans for 75% supertax on wealthy Stinging rebuke to one of Socialist leHollande's flagship campaign promisesHis largely symbolic measure was intended to hit incomes over 820,000But would have brought in just 250m – compared to France's 70bn deficit | UPDATED: 14:47 GMT, 30 December 2012 French President Francois Hollande suffered a fresh setback yesterday when his country's highest court threw out a plan to tax the ultra-wealthy at a 75 per cent rate and said it was unfair.

And you thought your Christmas was dull… More than 1,500 people spend Christmas Day filling out their online tax returns

How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too

"Cover-up" over legal aid bill for Lawrence killers: Officials refuse to confirm if pair spent 1m of taxpayers" cash

'Cover-up' over legal aid bill for Lawrence killers: Officials refuse to confirm if pair spent 1m of taxpayers' cashMurderers Gary Dobson, 37, and David Norris, 36, are believed to have spent the sum on defence costsBut Legal Services Commission has blocked a request for information about exactly how much taxpayers’ money they usedThe pair were found guilty of the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence in January 2012 | UPDATED: 01:12 GMT, 27 December 2012 The Stephen Lawrence case was engulfed in a secrecy row last night after court officials refused to reveal how much legal aid his killers claimed.

Benefits Britain: UK leads the world in doling out disability cash spending twice as much as the U.S. and six times as much as Japan

Britain leads the world in handing out disability cash: Nation spends twice as much as U.S. and six times as much as JapanDisability benefits cost British taxpayers more than 13 billion per yearBritain spends 2.4 per cent of GDP on disability benefits | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 27 December 2012 Disability spending: Britain spends more than any other country in the world on disability benefits Disability benefits are costing Britain more than almost any other western country

Bank reforms "won"t shield taxpayer from another crisis": Embarrassment for Osborne as report warns shake-up "falls well…

Bank reforms 'won't shield taxpayer from another crisis': Embarrassment for Osborne as report warns shake-up 'falls well short' Parliamentary Commission: Plans to separate banks' risky investment arms from high street operations may not be 'adequate'Banks accused of 'culture of culpable greed' Tougher sentences may be introduced for some financial offences | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 21 December 2012 Sweeping reforms planned for Britain’s biggest banks will not be enough to protect taxpayers from another financial meltdown, a commission of MPs and peers will say today. In an embarrassment for Chancellor George Osborne, their report will warn that his proposed shake-up ‘falls well short of what is required’. Accusing banks of a ‘culture of culpable greed’, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards will say plans to separate banks’ risky investment arms from their high street operations may not prove ‘adequate’

GPs will be paid 30,000 bonus for cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care

GPs will be paid 30,000 bonus for cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care NHS to reward surgeries which provide an all-round good serviceCritics say GPs should not receive extra bonuses just for doing their jobs | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 18 December 2012 Health minister Dr Dan Poulter believes the new targets will improve quality in care GPs will be paid thousands of pounds in bonuses for hitting a new raft of NHS targets. Their practices will be given extra payments worth up to 30,000 a year if they make improvements in cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care. The NHS wants to reward surgeries which diagnose patients early, improve survival rates and provide an all-round good service.

UK wasted millions of aid on building African roads that were never finished or doomed to fall into disrepair

UK wasted millions of aid on building African roads that were never finished or doomed to fall into disrepairIn Mozambique, the EU set aside 60million to build a 60-mile stretch of road that was never finishedIn Uganda the EU has now built so many roads that the network is ‘well beyond the size and standard the country can afford to maintain’International Development officials set to investigate the allegations of corruption raised by new report | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Millions of pounds of British aid money has been spent on building roads in Africa that were never finished or which are doomed to fall into disrepair, a report warns today.