Britain's Chancellor George Osborne has said the government will be watching petrol and diesel distributors "very carefully" to ensure they pass on oil price reductions to customers. Oil has fallen by about a quarter, from $115 (£72) per barrel in June to about $84 per barrel.
The British government plans to oblige mobile operators to improve their coverage, possibly by sharing rivals' networks. Partial 'notspots', where there is coverage from some but not all of the mobile networks, affected a fifth of the UK, leaving people unable to make calls or send texts, it said.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, says he will launch an investigation into reports that Britain spied on other governments at two successive global climate summits.
Approximately 35,000 workers in Britain are to be given a pay rise today due to a rise in the national living wage. This comes as more than 1,000 companies are now committed to paying the living wage, rather than the UK government’s minimum rate.
Early 2015 will see the opening of Britain's first National Videogame Arcade, a museum of some 12,000 objects charting the history of technology from software and hardware to the household names of some of the most influential games invented. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Iain Simons, the Director of the museum.
The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges. Britain's continued membership will be one of his priorities. A 'Brexit' would be a "disaster" for the European Union, according to the German finance minister.
One in seven young British adults has "warm feeling" towards the jihadi group Islamic State, according to a poll by Populus. It found that one tenth of Londoners and one in 12 Scots view ISIS favourably while sympathy for the militant group reaches its highest level among the under-25s. VoR's Brendan Cole spoke to Mustafa Field, the director of the Faiths Forum for London.
The oil field which helped kick-start the North Sea oil boom in the 1970s now looks set to be approaching the end of its useful life. Anglo-Dutch energy company, Royal Dutch Shell, has announced that it will close two of its three remaining platforms this weekend, while the third will be decommissioned in the near future. It raises questions as to the future for Britain’s energy dependencies and whether North Sea oil and gas are now things of the past. VoR's Tim Walklate has more.
David Cameron's pledge to ensure that British voters are given a Yes-No vote on membership of the European Union is once again under attack. The incoming leader of the Scottish National Party has said that she will lobby for an amendment to any such proposal demanding that the vote must get a clear majority in each of the UK nations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales would all have to vote to leave by a majority for it to be valid. Mr Cameron has dismissed Nicola Sturgeon's demand as unworkable and irrelevant.
The Mayor of Calais has been giving evidence to the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee with a hope to enlist British support for dealing with the crisis of illegal immigrants at the French port. This comes amid claims that truck drivers passing through the port are being targeted by organised crime gangs. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to David Hanson, a Labour MP and the shadow immigration secretary.
A new survey of British public attitudes to the European Union shows a higher level of support for staying part of the community than has been the case since 1991. Research by IPSOS Mori showed that around 61% of Britons would vote to stay in the EU. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Dr Michael Skey, a lecturer in media and culture at the University of East Anglia.
This Friday sees the House of Lords debate a bill proposed by the former advertising guru Lord Saatchi. Lord Saatchi has proposed the 'Medical Innoivation Bill' which he believes will allow doctors to prescribe experimental drugs for patients suffering terminal illnesses and for whom other treatments have failed. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to QC Nigel Poole of King's Chambers in Manchester.
The UK has been told that it must pay an extra £1.7 billion (€2.1 bn) towards the European Union’s budget by the end of next month because the British economy is performing better than expected, compared to many other EU countries.
The majority of the British public now supports some form of military intervention in Syria to fight the Islamic State, according to a new poll. Britain already has some military presence in Iraq, but intervening in Syria has until recently been seen as a step too far. Last year, representing the British people, MPs rejected military action against President Bashar al-Assad, but this latest survey suggests that public opinion is on the turn. VoR's Tim Walklate reports.
The British election system remains “dangerously inefficient and seriously open to fraud” according to a new study from the think-tank Policy Exchange. It concludes that the Electoral Commission, responsible for overseeing fair and democratic election in the UK, is failing to focus on its basic regulatory purpose.
It’s emerged that police forces in Britain have no idea of the whereabouts of hundreds of foreign criminals facing deportation. Since March, 760 foreign offenders have absconded and 58 criminals deemed to be a serious danger to people or property have disappeared in the last four years. VoR's Juliet Spare has more.
Public borrowing in the UK rose to almost £12 billion in September this year, dealing a blow to Chancellor George Osborne's pledge to cut the deficit by more than ten percent over the next twelve months. This news, when taken with the stagnation in real wages, calls into question the strength of Britain's economic recovery. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Philip Booth, Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.
Downing Street has rejected claims by the European Commission President that the UK would have no global influence if it left the European Union. Over the weekend, senior European politician Jose Manuel Barroso flew into London to tell the UK media that a British exit from the EU would be a ‘historic mistake’.
The Commission on Social Mobility has released its second annual ‘State of the Nation’ report, with gloomy forecasts for social mobility in Britain today. Labour Party politician and Former Secretary of State for Health Alan Milburn is the principal author of the report. Also known as the government’s ‘social mobility tsar’, he struck out at the three main political parties for their failure to tackle child poverty and to act on increasing social divisions in Britain.