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Pressure mounts on government over police cuts

The government have twice had to answer questions in the past two days over cuts to the police service.

A week in review (29th October - 1st November)

A rundown of the week's parliamentary business, 29th October - 1st November

McVey announces new "substantial package" to support Universal Credit

In a statement to the House of Commons today, Esther McVey outlined changes to the Universal Credit system, specifically focusing on new regulations concerning the migration period to the system. Mcvey announced “a substantial package” to ensure that people keep what they earn and vulnerable people are protected.

First shale gas extracted in the UK

Cuadrilla, the oil and gas exploration company, has announced today that it has extracted its first shale gas from its Lancashire site, after it began hydraulic fracturing operations just over two weeks ago. Chief executive Francis Egan has said that “This is a good early indication of the gas potential that we have long talked about. This initial gas flow is by no means the end of the story. However, it provides early encouragement that the Bowland Shale can provide a significant source of natural gas to heat Lancashire and UK homes and offices and reduce our ever growing reliance on expensive foreign imports.”

Home Office say employers won't need to conduct post-Brexit checks on workers

The Home Office has today clarified that employers will not be expected to conduct checks on workers in order to determine whether they are legally in the UK. In a statement to campaign group The Three Million, the Home Office confirmed that "Employers will not be expected to differentiate between resident EU citizens and those arriving after exit."

Differences in education funding between rich and poor have “vanished”

The Institute for Fiscal Studies published a report yesterday which stated that the “differences in funding by social class have now vanished” and that school funding has become far more targeted toward poorer pupils. The report compared data from 2003 to the present, finding that the funding advantage poorer pupils receive has grown from £3,500 to £9,500.

Leave.EU founder Arron Banks faces NCA investigation

The National Crime Agency has announced that it is investigating the Leave.EU campaign, founder Arron Banks and Chief Executive Liz Bilney, after the case was referred to them by the Electoral Commission.

Foreign Office to choose ambassadors from private sector

In an upcoming speech to the Policy Exchange think tank this evening, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce the creation of 1,000 new diplomatic roles and the opening up of ambassadorial posts to non-civil servants. This will be the first time that these roles will accept applicants from outside the civil service.

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