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This Scoop curates items relating to politics and the economy from a mainly UK perspective.  
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Welcome to my Politics and Economy Scoop.

 

It is a fairly generic mix of articles, gathered through twitter, the blogs I follow and suggestions from the Scoop.it curation tool, that catch my attention as interesting to me and possibly other people.

 

You can use the filter option just above this introduction to search for a particular topic within the numerous articles collated here.

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Stafford: HS2 campaigner challenges Staffordshire County Council - Staffordshire Newsletter

Stafford: HS2 campaigner challenges Staffordshire County Council - Staffordshire Newsletter | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
ONE OF Staffordshire's leading anti HS2 campaigners is back on track with a new group. Rolf Pearce has been taking a back seat but with an election looming he wants to know what Staffordshire County...
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Surprise, surprise: tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have 'dropped off' the Home Office’s radar

Surprise, surprise: tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have 'dropped off' the Home Office’s radar | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The past two weeks have seen an awful lot of information related to the Home Office and immigration, the likes of which should have been on every front page of every national newspaper.
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What should the EU do on tax in 2015?

What should the EU do on tax in 2015? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I was in Bloomberg and Newsweek yesterday talking about what the EU should do on tax in 2015.
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The best mental health blogs of 2014

The best mental health blogs of 2014 | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in mental health.
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UK government borrowing lower than expected in November

UK government borrowing lower than expected in November | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Higher tax receipts boost public finances, taking borrowing so far this financial year to £75.8bn, £500m less than in 2013 George Osborne was handed a small early Christmas present after official figures showed the government borrowed less than...
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Government borrowing: what the economists say

Government borrowing: what the economists say | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Government borrowing came in lower than expected in November at £14.1bn, after the public finances were boosted by tax receipts and a one-off £1.1bn windfall from bank fines.
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Labour MP questions campaigning roles of publicly funded advisers

Labour MP questions campaigning roles of publicly funded advisers | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
As the start of the long campaign begins today, curbing the amount of money parties can spend between now and May 7th, Labour MP Jon Ashworth has sought to clarify what precautions are being taken to ensure publicly-funded government advisers are...
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David Cameron is 'dismissive' of Westminster VIP sex abuse allegations, MP claims

David Cameron is 'dismissive' of Westminster VIP sex abuse allegations, MP claims | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
An MP heading the campaign to uncover sexual abuse allegations involving politicians has accused David Cameron of being “dismissive” of the issue.
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Which councils are losing from government cuts?

Which councils are losing from government cuts? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I think the message of this tweet is clear and all sources are apparent:
 
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Unions call for North Sea tax breaks as oil slump threatens jobs

Unions call for North Sea tax breaks as oil slump threatens jobs | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Oil’s decline to less than $60 a barrel has forced oil and gas firms to cut hundreds of jobs, delay projects and scrap drilling contracts
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UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Landmead in Oxfordshire is capable of powering 14,000 homes a year from panels on land used for grazing, says company running facility The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national...
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The Guardian view on Britain’s broken council tax | Editorial

The Guardian view on Britain’s broken council tax | Editorial | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
It once promised local control, public benefit from property wealth and protection for the poor.
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These days, money buys you a better class of citizenship | Zoe Williams

These days, money buys you a better class of citizenship | Zoe Williams | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Natalie Engel is too poor to be allowed to keep her family together in the UK. It’s an assault on the very idea of BritishnessIn July 2012 rules were introduced for people who wanted to sponsor a non-European Union spouse.
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Stop Celebrating the Ruble's Collapse. Cheap Oil Could Come Back to Bite the ... - The New Republic

Stop Celebrating the Ruble's Collapse. Cheap Oil Could Come Back to Bite the ... - The New Republic | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The lower the prices of oil goes, the less sense drilling in Western states makes.
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A great overview of the govt’s ‘Nudge’ psych abuse

A great overview of the govt’s ‘Nudge’ psych abuse | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Came across this great Storify article that gives an overview of various articles about the government’s ‘Nudge unit’ or ‘Behavioural Insights Team’ – which was part-privatised earlier this year, thereby making it exempt from Freedom of Information...
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Salmond hints at giving support to a minority Labour government

Salmond hints at giving support to a minority Labour government | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The SNP’s convention says that it’s MP will not vote on English laws.
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Tory austerity nowhere to be seen as Osborne gives mate 19% pay rise

Tory austerity nowhere to be seen as Osborne gives mate 19% pay rise | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The heartless Chancellor handed special adviser Rupert Harrison, one of the chief architects of the public sector pay freeze, an inflation-busting increase
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As Osborne made further cuts, his adviser got an 18% pay rise

As Osborne made further cuts, his adviser got an 18% pay rise | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
In the past year, we’ve seen living standards falling, and while unemployment is down – wages are not up. Public sector pay is frozen. Labour’s cost-of-living crisis line has, perhaps, never rung more true.
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We have the legislation to convict British citizens who abuse children abroad – why don’t we use it more?

We have the legislation to convict British citizens who abuse children abroad – why don’t we use it more? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The Simon Harris case is the exception rather than the normThe trial and conviction of Simon Harris, a 55-year-old teacher and former charity manager, for abusing Kenyan street children between 2002 and 2013, brought back a great sense of...
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Food banks: The growing struggle to feed Britain and tackle food poverty [Video]

Food banks: The growing struggle to feed Britain and tackle food poverty [Video] | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
IBTimes UK investigates the rise of food banks in recent years.
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Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are credible and true - police

Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are credible and true - police | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Metropolitan police launch murder inquiry into role alleged Westminster ring might have had in killings of three boys
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Is Cameron “frit” of TV debates? Let’s try the empty chair threat

Is Cameron “frit” of TV debates? Let’s try the empty chair threat | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Lord Ashcroft has told him he shouldn’t have done it in 2010.
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Purchase of New Era estate in London confirmed by charitable foundation

Purchase of New Era estate in London confirmed by charitable foundation | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
US investors had planned to evict families and more than double rents before campaigners brought change of fortunesUS investors who planned to evict dozens of families and more than double rents at the New Era estate in east London have sold the...
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Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance

Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change Ebay announced on Thursday it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the lobbying...
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NHS still struggling to cope with extra patients as funding deal agreed

NHS still struggling to cope with extra patients as funding deal agreed | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Health budget set to increase as doctors say services ‘running just to stand still’ amid winter spike in patient numbersNHS leaders in England say the problems caused by the funding squeeze are greater than ever, with hospitals struggling to cope...
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