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Government Spending

London protest warns against crippling PFI debts 'bleeding NHS hospitals dry'
Campaigners travelled across London on a “battle bus” on Saturday in protest against the corrosive impact of private finance initiative (PFI) contracts on Britain’s public health service. They warn hospitals in London are crumbling under toxic PFI debts.

25.04.2015 15:37

£30bn black hole in Tory spending plans, tax think tank reveals
Chancellor George Osborne is facing a £30 billion black hole in his budgetary plans if he is to honor the Conservative Party’s general election pledges and still meet the party’s deficit-slashing targets by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.

23.04.2015 13:26

‘Institutionalised theft’: Barclays’ PFI contracts based on rigged interest rates ‘bleeding NHS & schools dry,’ say activists
Political activists gatecrashed Barclay’s AGM in Central London on Thursday to highlight the role of private finance initiatives (PFI) in “killing off” Britain’s public services, racking up unsustainable debt, dodging tax and funneling profits offshore.

23.04.2015 08:38

General Election: RT meets bank whistleblower tackling home secretary at ballot box
As part of its #PeopleNotPolls coverage of the UK general election, RT's Tom Mellors spoke to a former banker who’s challenging one of Britain’s most prominent Conservative ministers with a pledge to introduce ‘direct democracy’ if elected.

23.04.2015 09:01

​Co-op unable to commit to Fairtrade goods, blames economy
A British supermarket and co-operative group famed for its commitment to Fairtrade has told its members it will be unable to continue its pledge to stock the products because fierce supermarket competition makes it economically unviable.

20.04.2015 12:31

SNP manifesto: End austerity, build a new progressive politics for 21st century Britain
The Scottish National Party (SNP) outlined a series of policy alternatives to austerity, harsh welfare reforms and Britain’s foreign policies, as it unveiled its general election manifesto on Monday.

20.04.2015 10:59

​TTIP vs Democracy: London activists to resist controversial EU-US trade deal
Hundreds of political activists will gather in London on Saturday to protest a controversial EU-US trade agreement campaigners warn will enhance corporate power, and promote the privatization of vital public services.

17.04.2015 13:18

​Emotional toxicity of austerity eroding mental health, say 400 experts
“Malign” welfare reforms and severe austerity measures are having a detrimental effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional wellbeing, hundreds of psychotherapists, counselors and mental health practitioners have warned.

17.04.2015 08:27

​DEA spending millions on spyware from foreign cyber vendors – report
Drug cops in the United States have been spent over $2 million on sophisticated surveillance equipment sold to authorities through a front company secretly acting on behalf of infamous Italian cyber vendors, a new report reveals.

16.04.2015 13:45

Pentagon kick-starts program to maintain superiority of US technology
When it comes to the Pentagon’s technology-buying strategy, the Defense Department wants to focus more on research and development that will spur innovation. Its updated acquisition plan will also streamline how those purchases are made.

09.04.2015 22:29

​Welfare cuts, benefit sanctions causing hunger, food insecurity – Oxford study
Harsh austerity measures including slashed welfare payments and dwindling public services have caused the rapid spread of food banks across Britain, new academic research suggests.

09.04.2015 11:06

​Try, try and try again? Sturgeon hints at another Scottish independence vote
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted she would seek another independence referendum after 2016 that could see Scotland separating from the United Kingdom.

08.04.2015 08:16