Wormwood Scrubs: Yet more evidence of a prison system in meltdown

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Wormwood Scrubs, published today (Wednesday 3 September).

Inspectors found Wormwood Scrubs to be a filthy, overcrowded and dilapidated prison plagued by violence and inactivity.

Estuary Airport Ruled Out By Airport Commission

The Airport Commission has rejected an Estuary Airport for London, as championed by the Mayor Boris Johnson and in response Heathrow Hub says it is now the only politically realistic option.

UK Government Confirms NHS Is Not Exempt from Controversial Trade Deal

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has called on David Cameron to use his veto to exempt the NHS from a controversial  EU-US trade deal following the admission from the government yesterday (1 September 2014) that the NHS is included in the deal.

Sharp rise in pensioners declaring bankruptcy as high debts and low annuity rates bite

• Insolvency among over 65s on the rise…

• …while overall personal insolvencies fall

Insolvencies among pensioners are up by almost a quarter compared with the depths of the recession in 2009, bucking the trend towards a lower level of personal insolvencies overall

Mexico’s president to deliver State of the Union address

Ahead of President Nieto’s state of the union address tomorrow, Craig Botham, Emerging Markets Economist at Schroders, gives his views on the possible implications for Mexico’s economy:

UK Manufacturing PMI hits 14 Month Low

The latest Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI has come in for August at a 14 month low of 52.5 but is still in positive territory above the neutral number of 50.

The UK Must Prioritise a Single Hub Airport With Spare Capacity to Support Trade

Decision must support UK’s emerging market air links

Having a single UK hub with spare capacity to add new routes is critical to the UK’s long-term sustainable growth, according to a new CBI report.

PCG evolves to become IPSE, the UK’s new association for self-employed professionals

PCG, the membership organisation for freelancers, has today announced it is rebranding in order to represent all independent professionals working in the UK’s growing self-employed sector.

Copeland in the Lake District is last place left in Britain with ‘easily affordable’ housing

Copeland in the Lake District is the last local authority area left in Britain where the average house price is less than three times the average annual salary, according to new analysis published today

Lib Dems Announce They Will Give Fathers More Paternity Leave

The Liberal Democrats have announced in their manifesto today that they will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave.

House Prices Rise 1.7% in July

Average house prices rose by 1.7 percent in July according to the latest Land Registry data, as well as rising by 7.2 percent over the previous 12 months.

First Tory Councillor to defect to UKIP due to Carswell

Sevenoaks politics just became more interesting with the announcement that Conservative Councillor Chris Neal, who represents Cowden and Hever on Sevenoaks District Council has joined UKIP.