Britain's statistics watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa May following complaints that they misrepresented the extent of homelessness. The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) confirmed concerns had been raised after the Prime Minister claimed in Parliament that “statutory homelessness...
Hundreds of thousands of private-sector contractors face higher tax and National Insurance (NI) bills from April 2020. The chancellor announced that tighter tax rules for those working in the public sector will be extended to those working for private firms. The rules, known as IR35, are designed to hit those deemed...
The US has restricted American firms from selling parts to a Chinese company over national security concerns. The US Commerce Department said there was a "significant risk" that Fujian Jinhua could get involved in activities that may hurt US national security. The move is the latest escalation in the Trump administration's...
Eleven Conservative MPs took the tough decision to vote against their own party on Wednesday, even though many have the kind of loyal voting record a chief whip would pay good money for.  They did so knowing it would mean vitriol, abuse...
This year saw the rise of independent music. From Stormzy to Lady Leshurr, the otherwise socio-economically disadvantaged are emerging as the new profiteers and, more importantly, owners of their own culture. Previously, black music was owned by big business and its portrayal was delineated...
IMAX is close to sealing a deal that could see it open cinemas in Saudi Arabia. The cinema technology firm’s chief executive Richard Gelfond said that he hopes to open up to 20 theatres in the conservative country within three years.  “We’ve heard...
There are so many great podcasts out now that you're guaranteed to find some you'll get addicted to. And though there are plenty of entertaining options to check out, you can make the most of your next commute, workout, or laundry run...
The British Chambers of Commerce has marginally revised down its economic growth forecast for the UK, citing sluggish household consumption and lacklustre business investment over the next couple of years, largely because of Brexit. The BCC on Monday said that it now...
The European Central Bank has "substantially" upgraded its GDP growth forecasts for the eurozone, reflecting the brightening economic prospects for the single currency area even as the UK's outlook is gloomy due to Brexit. The ECB's latest forecast for growth in 2017 is 2.4 per...
It’s 5am in California and Peter Jensen, head of digital innovation for Moleskine, is already up, gathering his things together ready for a flight to New York. It will be a while yet before he returns to his native Denmark, where...