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Call for panel to judge fitness for work

Ministers will be urged to set up a panel to assess whether people are too ill to work, so that employers do not have to rely on family doctors, according…

Construction sector growth stalls in September

The construction sector has stopped growing and new orders have started to fall, according to a closely watched survey that comes as monetary policymakers consider whether to inject more money…

Economic Outlook: QE prospects back in focus

The outlook for further economic stimulus measures in the UK and the US will move back into focus this week, with the publication of monetary policy meeting minutes. After last…

Samuel Brittan: Five simple steps to curing Britain’s new depression

The shock rise in UK unemployment in October cannot be dismissed by the usual warnings about not going by one month’s figures. The size of the jump may be exceptionally…

Some schools face threat of years of cuts

Some schools could face budget cuts of 5 per cent a year for six consecutive years if ambitious coalition plans to correct regional discrepancies in education funding are to be…

QE convert states the case for stimulus

There is a “very strong case” for extending the Bank of England’s money-printing operations next year unless the outlook improves, says Martin Weale, an external member of the monetary policy…

EU trade ties scupper UK hopes of immunity

EU trade ties scupper UK hopes of immunity

Britain, isolated from mainland Europe by the English Channel, may wish to believe that its island status – and the fact that it has its own currency – will insulate…

Weak UK sales drag down Mothercare

Shares in Mothercare fell nearly 18 per cent on Thursday after the babycare products retailer reported pre-tax losses of £81.4m at its half-year results, despite chairman Alan Parker’s promise to…

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