News archive from 26 March 2014, page 1

Cuts have left 250,000 older people without state care, report says

Cuts have left 250,000 older people without state care, report says

The number of vulnerable older people receiving “meals on wheels” services has dropped by over half. Photograph: Alamy A quarter of a million older people have lost their state-funded help with carrying out everyday activities such as bathing,...

Guardian, 00:19 in Health
 
Edinburgh University to review ‘secretive society’

Edinburgh University to review ‘secretive society’

EDINBURGH University is to review its 250-year relationship with a secretive society said to include members of the Scottish judiciary. Founded in 1764, the men-only Speculative Society counts Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott among its past...

 
Asia shares edge up as upbeat data brighten U.S. outlook

Asia shares edge up as upbeat data brighten U.S. outlook

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, with Australia stocks 0.6 percent higher. Nikkei futures last stood at 0.7 percent above their local close. U.S. consumer confidence rose more than expected in March,...

Reuters, 00:23 in Business
 
Scottish independence: CBI question Yes blueprint

Scottish independence: CBI question Yes blueprint

THE UK's leading business group has claimed that Alex Salmond's blueprint for independence fails to offer a "coherent vision" of how Scotland would be better off if it separated from the rest of the UK. A paper produced by the Confederation...

Scotsman, 00:24 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: uni funding backing

Scottish independence: uni funding backing

AN influential research body has indicated its willingness to maintain lucrative links to Scottish universities in the event of independence. Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s education committee yesterday, Professor Paul Boyle, of Research...

Scotsman, 00:24 in Politics
 
Nato vows to defend allies against Russian forces

Nato vows to defend allies against Russian forces

The head of Nato said the organisation has plans to "provide effective defence" to all its allies amid growing concern over a build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine's eastern border. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato’s secretary-general, sought to...

 

Left party to exit Finland's government over budget cuts

The five other parties in the coalition government agreed on a budget framework, which steps up the Nordic country's austerity measures. They still hold 112 seats in the 200-strong parliament. The Left Alliance has 12 seats. "The prime minister...

 

Video: Special exhibition marks 175 of years of Aintree magic

A new exhibition of photographs was  officially launched to celebrate 175 years of  the Aintree Grand National . The event was held in the atrium at the  front of the ECHO’s offices on Old Hall  Street yesterday. Among the gems on parade was an  image...

 
Kimberley Walsh is all smiles as she steps out wearing a sling

Kimberley Walsh is all smiles as she steps out wearing a sling

The former Girls Aloud singer turned up for the show with her arm in a sling after falling over and breaking her wrist on Sunday. Tweeting a photo of her cast, she wrote: “So I've had an eventful day… slipped and broke my wrist - first break at 32!...

 
Prison book ban plot is full of holes, writers tell Chris Grayling

Prison book ban plot is full of holes, writers tell Chris Grayling

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, said that the measures were aimed at creating 'a regime that is more spartan unless you do the right thing'. Photograph: Rex Features Members of Britain's literary establishment have combined to condemn Chris...

 

NHS acute services 'facing cuts'

Acute services in the NHS in England are facing a year of particular financial pressure in 2015/16, when changes to funding arrangements will see £2 billion transferred to community health and social care provision, a parliamentary report has warned....

 

More women on FTSE 100 boards

Women now account for just over a fifth of directors on boards of top companies after a "culture change" in British business over the past three years, according to a new report. Former trade minister Lord Davies of Abersoch headed a review...

 

Miliband faces rebellion on welfare

Ed Miliband faces a rebellion of Labour MPs today and claims he is "playing politics" as the Government moves to write into law a cap on overall welfare spending. The Labour leader has ordered his MPs to back the plans, which would cap...

 

Miliband 'not seen as future PM'

Ed Miliband is facing mounting pressure over his leadership after latest poll ratings revealed most voters do not view him as a prime minister in waiting. Research for The Times found fewer than one in five adults, just 19%, could imagine the Labour...

 

I have sinned, says ex-bank chief

A former Co-op Bank boss arrested over drug allegations has told how he did not think he was qualified to run a bank and admitted he has "sinned". Paul Flowers also accused the Government of putting him under "considerable"...

 


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