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Councils ‘to control £6bn NHS budget’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

25 February 2015 Last updated at 07:46 It is understood the councils will take control of local NHS spending in 2016 The £6bn health and social care budget for Greater Manchester will be taken over by regional councils under devolved NHS powers, it is understood. The agreement is expected to be confirmed by the Chancellor [...]

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Clampdown on cold call companies

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

25 February 2015 Last updated at 05:30 Imposing fines of up to £500,000 on the companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages is to become easier under changes to the law being made by the government. The move follows tens of thousands of complaints about cold calling. Currently, firms can only be punished if [...]

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Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 24, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

24 February 2015 Last updated at 06:13 The UK offshore oil and gas industry has reported its worst annual performance for four decades. Industry body Oil Gas UK said falling oil prices and rising costs meant the sector spent and invested £5.3bn more than it earned from sales during 2014. That outflow of cash was [...]

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Greece unveils bailout reforms

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 24, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

24 February 2015 Last updated at 07:13 Greece is trying to balance the demands of creditors with those of austerity-weary voters Greece has unveiled an outline summary of reforms demanded by eurozone leaders in order to secure a bailout extension. The measures include plans to combat tax evasion and tackling fuel and tobacco smuggling. Government [...]

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Rifkind ‘under pressure’ to step down

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 24, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

24 February 2015 Last updated at 07:42 Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw both deny any wrongdoing Sir Malcolm Rifkind is coming under pressure to step down as chairman of an important Commons committee over “cash-for-access” claims. Labour MP Kim Howells, a former chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, said its reputation must not [...]

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Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Oscar

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 23, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

23 February 2015 Last updated at 06:20 Redmayne paid tribute to the Hawking family in his speech British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice. Redmayne thanked his “staggering partner in crime”, co-star Felicity Jones, and his “ferocious [...]

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HSBC chief holds Swiss bank account

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 23, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

23 February 2015 Last updated at 02:24 HSBC has confirmed that its chief executive Stuart Gulliver uses a Swiss bank account to hold his bonuses. The bank was responding to a report in the Guardian that Mr Gulliver has £5m in the account which he controls using a Panamanian company. The bank pointed out that [...]

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Secretly-filmed MPs deny wrongdoing

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 23, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

23 February 2015 Last updated at 02:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Both MPs deny any wrongdoing, as Robin Brant reports Two former foreign secretaries have been secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds. Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind are the subject of [...]

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Ex-UKIP councillor has ‘no regrets’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 22, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

21 February 2015 Last updated at 22:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has condemned what he’s described as “deeply racist” comments that led to the expulsion of a party member. A councillor expelled by the UK Independence Party over what Nigel Farage described as “deeply racist [...]

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Ukraine rebels ‘agree’ weapons dates

Posted by Warren Fyfe on February 22, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

22 February 2015 Last updated at 05:15 Pro-Russian rebels are controlling parts of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions Rebels in eastern Ukraine have agreed to begin to pull back heavy weapons from the frontline, a Russian general involved in implementing a truce says. Gen Alexander Lentsov said the pro-Russian rebels had signed the orders [...]

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