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Mali women's rights bill blocked

Mali women's rights bill blocked - The president of Mali refuses to sign a new family law, criticised by Muslims because women do not have to obey their husbands. [Front Page News]

Parent debt 'damaging education'

Parent debt 'damaging education' - Parents who do not settle school bills for care of their children out of hours are forcing some schools into cuts, head teachers warn. [Front Page News]

What does the UK decision on offshore banks mean?

What does the UK decision on offshore banks mean? - I have been chased by journalists (all from outside the UK) today asking what the UK decision to force offshore banks to disclose details of account holders to HM Revenue & Customs might mean. The Swiss are particularly keen.
The honest answer is, of course, that we do not yet know.

Biggest US bank failure this year

Biggest US bank failure this year - Colonial BancGroup becomes the biggest US bank to collapse this year and its assets are sold to rival BB&T, the regulator says. [Business News]

Bereaved families hit by tax hike

Bereaved families hit by tax hike - The interest charged on inheritance tax will rise to 3% from next month, HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed. [Business News]

Councils poised to cut more jobs

Councils poised to cut more jobs - Councils in England face a £4bn deficit compared with two years ago, the Local Government Association says. [Front Page News]

No probe into MG Rover collapse

No probe into MG Rover collapse - The Serious Fraud Office says it does not intend to launch a criminal probe into the collapse of MG Rover. [Business News]

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