14 October 2011
HM Revenue and Customs is withdrawing its amnesty on 6,000 wealthy HSBC customers and demanded they declare taxes due on Swiss accounts or face criminal charges, reported the Daily Telegraph.
The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has announced that the planned rise in the state pension age to 66 will be delayed until October 2020 in a move the government claims will benefit thousands of women, the Guardian reported.
The Independent reported that George Osborne came under mounting pressure to change his economic strategy after unemployment rose to 2.57million, its highest level for 17 years.
The Morning Star reported that a new government scheme that aims to get tens of thousands of young people into work will be a drop in the ocean against the scale of cuts and unemployment, experts warned.
Britain’s top Inland Revenue official is facing demands to quit after being accused of lying over a deal that spared Goldman Sachs a multimillion pound tax bill for its bankers’ bonuses, according to the Independent.
Top civil servant Sir O’Donnell announced his retirement aged 59 and will get £105,000 to £110,000 a year.
With youth unemployment hitting a record high and the total number of people out of work the highest since the Tories were last in office, PCS says the government must take urgent action to reverse the damage it is doing to our economy.
The Guardian reported that ministers are preparing for youth unemployment to go over one million and will defend themselves by launching sector-based work academies across the UK designed to give people better access to work experience.
A Morning Star article said Tory plans to snatch control of housing benefits from councils will waste more than £50million a year and cost 20,000 jobs, public-sector union Unison revealed.
The secret life of the UK’s biggest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange has been uncovered today revealing that 98 out of 100 are using tax havens.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis wrote a piece for the Union News website setting out why he is urging more than 1.1million of his members to support a strike over changes to local government and NHS pensions.
A report in the Guardian said that the government shake-up of the tax and benefits system will see a further 400,000 children fall into relative poverty during this parliament, leaving Britain on course to miss legally-binding targets to reduce child poverty by 2020.
The Morning Star reported that more than 100,000 jobs in local authorities have been lost across England since the general election, with further cuts to come, the GMB union warned.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the chancellor has been urged to use his autumn statement to put a hold on public sector job cuts or risk “nasty macroeconomic side-effects” which could derail recovery.
The contribution of black workers to the UK labour movement is largely undocumented, despite being so significant and is why trade unions should celebrate Black History Month, argues Wilf Sullivan on the Union News website.
Connor Johnston, co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, wrote a piece for the False Economy website in which he said he believes the changes to the legal aid scheme intended to save £350million will cost more in the long term.
The BBC reported that demonstrators blocked Westminster Bridge in central London in protest over proposed changes to the NHS.
An article in the Morning Star said that thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square to mark the Afghan conflict’s 10th anniversary were advised by a string of speakers to break the law to end Britain’s wars.
The News and Star reported that the first ballot papers were due to go out as trade unions gear up for the largest co-ordinated strike action in the UK since the general strike of 1926.
Cleaners at London South Bank University called on the vice-chancellor to pay them the living wage at a protest rally on World Day for Decent Work, reported the Morning Star.