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.

A 1m fiasco by Ed, and the joke"s on us!

A 1m fiasco by Ed, and the joke's on us! | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 24 December 2012 The waiting game: Miliband's long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster Red Ed Miliband’s long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster. Two years on and Miliband, who announced he was starting the process with a blank sheet of paper, has still not put anything on the page. And his procrastination is being funded by all of us

Working on Christmas Day? You"re not alone: Number of people at work on the big day jumps 78% in eight years

Working on Christmas Day You're not alone: Number of people at work on the big day jumps 78% in eight yearsA majority of Christmas workers are in service orientated industries such as hospitality NHS and social care make up the biggest group | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 18 December 2012 More people than ever are having to work on Christmas Day, according to a new study. Gone are the days when every shop was shut and the parish church was jammed with worshippers, as more staff are asked to forego their festive break.

Chaos for Christmas: Rail unions plan Tube and train walkouts targeting the holiday getaway AND Boxing Day sales

Chaos for Christmas: Rail unions plan Tube and train walkouts targeting the holiday getaway AND Boxing Day sales Third consecutive Boxing Day walkout by Tube driversDispute dates back to Bank Holiday pay agreement in 1992Further strikes planned for Scotland and Tyne and Wear Metro | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 18 December 2012 Militant rail unions are set to create a nightmare for travellers over Christmas by staging a nationwide series of strikes.

Gay marriage law: Baroness Warsi claims equality could have string of "unintended consequences"

Now PM's faith minister attacks gay marriage law: Warsi claims equality could have string of 'unintended consequences'Letter leaked to Daily Mail reveals Baroness Warsi is breaking ranks She demands to know how gay marriage will be taught in schools Ex-Tory chairman's move will embolden other MPs to oppose bill | UPDATED: 08:28 GMT, 13 December 2012 Baroness Warsi has broken ranks on gay marriage to warn it could have a string of 'unintended consequences' The minister for faith has broken ranks on gay marriage to warn that David Cameron’s controversial legislation could have a string of ‘unintended consequences’. In a letter leaked to the Daily Mail, Baroness Warsi suggests schools could be required to teach about same-sex unions, while individual priests and churches who refuse to conduct them risk being sued. Her intervention will embolden more than 100 Tory MPs who are threatening to vote against the legislation in the New Year

Average train fare has gone up 26% since start of recession: Unions and passenger groups prepare to protest against high prices

Average train fare has gone up 26% since start of recession: Unions and passenger groups prepare to protest against high prices | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 11 December 2012 Average train fares have increased almost three times faster than wages, new research revealed today, with prices now 26% higher than they were before the recession. Unions said the study, published to mark nationwide protests against high fares, showed how commuters and other passengers were suffering “transport poverty”