Daily Archives: January 22, 2009

Jim Pickard

In the year to April 2008 about 300,000 people joined the waiting list for council housing, which now features one in 12 families in the UK.

In part this is a grim reflection of the economic downturn and rising repossessions (up 92 per cent since last year, according to new figures from the FSA today). 

Jim Pickard

hain-face.jpgPeter Hain’s hopes of returning to a cabinet position won’t be helped by today’s report from the Commons’ committee on standards and privileges.

The report has stern words for Hain’s late registration of £103,000 in January of donations to his (unsuccessful) campaign to become deputy leader of Labour.