Come on chaps, the WRVS needs you! Why the women's voluntary service wants men to join upWRVS launched search for members to befriend male pensionersStudy found more than a third of men over 75 battle lonelinessWRVS believes issue may be alleviated by recruiting male volunteers who can be companions to the over-75s By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 01:52 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:46 GMT, 4 February 2013 Alone: The charity started the search for volunteers to befriend pensioners after a study found more than a third of men over 75 battle loneliness (file picture) A football match or a busy pub are perhaps not the first places you’d expect to find would-be volunteers for the WRVS. But that’s exactly where a manhunt for members to befriend male pensioners may take an organisation which is often identified with women’s flower arranging or tea afternoons. The WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Services) has launched the search after a study found that more than a third of men over 75 – around 200,000 – battle loneliness and spend 12 hours a day or even more on their own.
Britain struck a deal with EU countries to send their criminals home. So how many have gone NONESince December 2011 prisoners from within the EU can be forced to serve their sentence in their home countryPrevious government allowed opt outs for Poland and Ireland, the two countries with the most inmates serving time in Britain Meanwhile 38 prisoners were returned to the UK | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 25 December 2012 Must change: More foreign prisoners should be sent home to serve their time says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Britain was hit by a fresh foreign prisoner fiasco last night after it was revealed that a much- trumpeted EU transfer agreement has spectacularly backfired
Starbucks 'treats tax like a church collection plate': Treasury chief secretary attacks coffee chain Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said today paying tax ‘is not a voluntary choice’ Anger that coffee giant been allowed to cut a deal and pay a 'voluntary' 10million a year Anti-tax demonstrators protested outside more than 50 Starbucks coffee shops across the country this weekend | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 9 December 2012 Enlarge Tough talk: Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said on The Andrew Marr show that the Government would clamp down on companies that dodge tax Starbucks was accused of treating its tax obligations ‘like the church collection plate’ yesterday as the backlash against the coffee giant intensified. A Cabinet minister weighed into the row over the chain’s surprise deal with the taxman to pay a ‘voluntary’ 10million a year in tax. The agreement, revealed last week, followed weeks of damaging publicity about the American-owned company following revelations it had not paid any corporation tax in Britain for three years.
British Airways to cut 400 cabin crew jobs but promises all will be voluntary redundancies | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 5 December 2012 British Airways is set to cut 400 senior cabin crew jobs from its 14,000 workforce. The airline is in talks with the trade union Unite over the plans and has made reassurances that cuts would be made through voluntary redundancies
Press intrusion victims refuse to meet Culture Secretary in anger over David Cameron's reaction to Leveson's findingsGerry and Kate McCann and Sally and Bob Dowler rejected an invitation to discuss the Leveson Report with Culture Secretary Maria MillerAccording to HackedOff campaigners they were 'too angry' to attend J.K. Rowling said she felt 'duped' and 'dismayed' by the Prime Minister | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 1 December 2012 Prominent victims of press intrusion rejected an invitation to meet with Culture Secretary Maria Miller to discuss the Leveson Report, because they feel ‘let down’ by David Cameron’s reaction to its findings. The group, including Gerry and Kate McCann and the parents of Milly Dowler, said they were too 'angry' to attend the meeting yesterday, according to HackedOff campaigners.
Alex Salmond proposes separate Press regulation for Scotland regardless of Westminster’s decision over Leveson’s reportScotland's first minister wants to mirror Irish system whatever MPs chooseHe would like an independent ombudsman and a Scottish press councilLord Justice Leveson to publish report on press standards tomorrow | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 28 November 2012 Change: Alex has preempted the Leveson report and said he wants a different system of press regulation to the rest of the UK Scottish first minister Alex Salmond wants a separate system of press regulation to the rest of the UK irrespective of what MPs at Westminster choose to introduce after the Leveson Inquiry. The SNP leader plans to ape Ireland's model and install an independent ombudsman and a press council to deal with complaints about newspapers. Broadcasting regulation is controlled and decided by Westminster but the powers of holding the press to account was devolved to Holyrood