4 May 2012
Former Pensions Secretary Lord Hutton has been appointed chairman of the civil service’s new part-privatised pensions arm, reported the Daily Mirror.
People who borrowed too much during the economic boom must 'accept responsibility' for their part in the financial crisis as banks are not solely to blame, a senior cabinet minister has said, reported the Daily Mail.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka received considerable support as he outlined the alternative to austerity on the BBC’s flagship political discussion show.
Hundreds of MoD firefighters are to strike on 10 May, furious that the government’s imposed pension changes will make them poorer in retirement, reported the Union-News website.
Unemployment in the Eurozone has remained stagnant at 10.2% according to the EU’s statistical office Eurostat.
Members of the drivers' union Aslef at East Midlands Trains (EMT) walked out for 24 hours and are planning further stoppages tomorrow and on May 8, 10, 15 and 17, reported the This Is Staffordshire website.
The government is hammering those struggling with serious ill health as ministers bring in more welfare reforms this week.
The government is blaming the weather for recent long waits at border control. But with a recruitment freeze in place, the Guardian’s Polly Curtis asks what effect are the cuts having?
Dozens of Ministry of Defence workers in the Westcountry are to go on strike over government plans to change their pensions, reported thisisplymouth.co.uk
PCS reported that millions of public sector workers were seeing the government's attacks on state and public sector pensions directly hit their pay as increased pension contributions kicked in.
The government has relaunched the civil service pension scheme as a mutual joint venture, partly owned by staff and government and partly by a private firm, reported publicfinance.co.uk
Mike Clasper is to stand down after a spate of high profile controversies surrounding the tax authority’s alleged close relationship with a number of large companies.
Relatives of a young man killed in January while working at Immingham docks on the Humber estuary were among thousands who gathered in services nationwide to mark Workers’ Memorial Day.
Chancellor George Osborne is facing a new rebellion from his Conservative colleagues over the government’s plans to take away child benefit from higher earners, reported the Financial Times.
Militant union members of the Ministry of Defence and other government departments will walk out on strike on May 10 in protest over pensions, reported the Morning Star.