DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shadow of fear over publics right to know

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shadow of fear over public’s right to know | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 17 December 2012 'Plebgate': An officer has been arrested for allegedly leaking details of Mitchell's outburst to the Press In a chilling foretaste of a clampdown on the public’s right to know, a diplomatic protection officer is arrested on suspicion of leaking details of Andrew Mitchell’s ‘plebgate’ row to the Press. This paper takes no sides in the dispute over what the former Tory Chief Whip said to police when they refused to open the main gates of Downing Street to allow him to ride through on his bicycle. All we know is that the incident, in which Mr Mitchell belatedly admitted swearing at officers (though he denies calling them ‘plebs’), was deemed serious enough to cost him his Government job

Disability handouts to be cut or stopped for 330,000 claimants as Government aims to end "welfare for life"

Disability handouts to be cut or stopped for 330,000 claimants as Government aims to end 'welfare for life'New figures show 71 per cent of claimants do not go through proper checksWithout reform, one in every 17 adults would be claiming DLA by 2018 says Disability minister | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 13 December 2012 Benefits clampdown: Disability minister Esther McVey defends change The Government is to reduce or stop disability allowance for hundreds of thousands of claimants in a bid to end unchecked ‘welfare for life’. The clampdown comes as new figures suggest that seven in ten of those claiming the benefit go through the system without proper checks

Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on bogus claims

Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on 2bn annual payout Last year, 824,489 motoring injury claims reported, up 60% from 2006Of these nearly 550,000 were recorded as whiplash claimsMeasures will be introduced as part of clampdownPanel to be set up to accredit doctors wanting to act as insurance examiners Threshold for small claims court is being raised from 1,000 to 5,000 | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Doctors will soon need a special licence to approve payouts on motorists’ insurance for whiplash as part of a clampdown on bogus claims. The scheme will be announced today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling is also bringing in measures to make it easier for drivers and insurance companies to challenge claims in the courts.

Osborne targets big business as Britain is robbed of 32billion tax

Osborne targets big business as Britain is robbed of 32billion taxChancellor George Osborne will try to bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the richThe Commons Public Accounts Committee has accused HM Revenue and Customs of being 'way too lenient' on big companies | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 3 December 2012 Front foot: Chancellor George Osborne will bring forward a 10billion clampdown on tax avoidance by multinationals and the rich Ministers must ‘get a grip’ on the immoral behaviour of corporate giants contributing to Britain’s astonishing 32billion tax shortfall, MPs warn today.

Leveson Inquiry: Law to gag press is illegal as it breaches Human Rights Act

Bombshell by Leveson's own adviser: His law to gag press is illegal as it breaches Human Rights Act (but she's banned from telling you what she advised inquiry)Shami Chakrabarti blasts Labour leader Ed Miliband’s ‘hasty and ill-considered’ endorsement of the reportDirector of Liberty also rebuked pro-legislation pressure groups such as Hacked Off for 'ill-informed debate' | UPDATED: 12:44 GMT, 2 December 2012 One of Lord Justice Leveson’s key advisers last night delivered the bombshell verdict that his demand for compulsory press regulation would be illegal.