Fares rise triple speed of wages
Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years.
New analysis from the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign shows that between 2010 and 2015 fares increased by 25 percent. Average pay went up by just 9 percent.
Brum libraries can’t buy books
Birmingham Council has stopped buying new books for its libraries because of cuts.
It hopes that any books published in the last year will be donated to libraries.
In 2013 the £183 million Library of Birmingham was opened but has since had its opening times cut and staffing levels slashed.
DWP sanctions are great, not
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) admitted making up comments from supposed “benefit claimants” about how good the Tories’ sanctions regime is.
One example, “Sarah”, was “really pleased” to be sanctioned. The DWP said the testimonies were for “illustrative purposes only”.
Cops banned from searches
Eight Northamptonshire police officers have been stripped of the power to stop and search people.
This follows new rules brought in last October to cut the number of searches deemed “inappropriate”.