Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps provoked scorn from Government critics today by using his own children’s living arrangements in an attempt to justify the controversial “bedroom tax”.
Mr Shapps said housing benefit claimants should not mind giving up spare bedrooms because his two sons share a room. He also has a young daughter. But it subsequently emerged the millionaire former housing minister’s children could have their own space if one of the four bedrooms in the family home hadn’t been converted into a study.
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Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps attacked for using his own children in ‘bedroom tax’ row – UK Politics – The Independent
David Cameron ‘feeds fears of Christian persecution’, former Archbishop of Canterbury says – Telegraph
Lord Carey said it was a ”bit rich” to hear Mr Cameron tell religious leaders to face down aggressive secularisation when the Coalition seem to be ”aiding and abetting” such a practice.
In an article for the Daily Mail he wrote: ”I like David Cameron and believe he is genuinely sincere in his desire to make Britain a generous nation where we care for one another and where people of faith may exercise their beliefs fully.
“But it was a bit rich to hear that the Prime Minister has told religious leaders that they should ‘stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation’ when it seems that his Government is aiding and abetting this aggression every step of the way.”
Robert Francis, the inquiry chairman, said that one of his top priorities was for the NHS constitution to be rewritten, making it explicit that “patients are put first” and “everything done by the NHS should be informed by this ethos”.
He recommended that the Health Secretary also consider stipulating that NHS staff “put patients before themselves”.
But the redrafted constitution, quietly released last week, simply states that the health service will “aspire” to put patients first.
A sharp fall in foreign investment income saw Britain’s current account deficit, or the balance between UK imports and exports jump to £57.7bn last year, from £20.3bn in 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Despite narrowing slightly in the fourth quarter of 2012 to £14bn from £15.1bn in Q3, the deficit now represents 3.7pc of UK gross domestic product, and has not accounted for such a large share of GDP since 1989.