17 August 2012
The government has been urged to overhaul its contract with a private firm contracted to carry out medical assessments for benefits claims after auditors identified weaknesses in the deal.
At least 12 people have been killed when police opened fire on miners staging a protest at a platinum mine in South Africa, reported Aljazeera.
Economists who backed chancellor in 2010 urge U-turn on hardline policy
Tax officials have published a gallery of photographs of the people they consider to be the most wanted UK tax fugitives, reported the BBC.
Birmingham workers at computer services giant Capita have voted to go on strike over job losses and work being sent to India.
BBC Surrey reported Steve Griger of PCS in the Driving Standards Agency explain why the union thinks there should be a graduated licensing system to cut down road accidents (listen at 1hr 12mins, 54 secs).
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said there were “worrying trends brewing” and with the economy getting smaller it may only be a matter of time before the dole queues start rising again.
Wales Online reported that the recession and rising unemployment may have led to more than 1,000 suicides in England between 2008 and 2010, a study has found.
A paramedic is urging city people to back an online campaign for fair pensions, reported the Plymouth Herald.
Philip Hammond says Olympic chaos forced policy rethink, reported the Independent.
London 2012 Olympic Games sponsor Atos has made a new pay offer to its IT services and healthcare staff, which has prevented strike action that was due to start on Monday (14 August).
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said it was hardly surprising that constant change at the top of many government departments across the civil service, coupled with unrealistic and sustained cuts, had increased anxiety for people across the grades.
Workers who signed affiliation cards with a union in the US have become targets of the company’s anti-union philosophy, reported the Union-News website.
Jobcentre staff who deal with calls from people entitled to benefits and crisis loans went on strike over oppressive working conditions and unrealistic targets.
Jobcentre call handlers staged a strike over what they call "oppressive working conditions and unrealistic targets,” reported STV.
Award-winning novelist tells MP that he and other well-off people should pay more tax to save others being hit by spending cuts, reported the Observer.
Lawyers have threatened West Midlands Police with legal action over its controversial plans to outsource services to the private sector, reported the Morning Star.
Google chiefs face the prospect of being hauled before MPs to explain themselves over their tax avoidance schemes, the Independent on Sunday has learned.
A Paulton woman with cerebral palsy has spoken about changes to the welfare benefits system which will have a far ranging effect not just on her but on disabled people generally, reported This Is Somerset.
Despite the charm and coruscation of the games as a celebration of international talent there is a darker side to London 2012, claimed human rights journalist Emanuel Stoakes writing for the Huffington Post.