MPs Shamed on Low Pay: 1 in 3 don’t give their staff Living Wage
ALMOST one in three MPs are paying staff less than the Living Wage – despite their party leaders calling for the cost of living pay rate to be adopted across Britain. Both Labour’s Ed Miliband and the Coalition expect bosses across the country to sign up to the voluntary antipoverty initiative.
But, according to the Commons watchdog, 181 out of 650 MPs are failing to pay the rate which was raised this week to £7.45 or £8.55 in London. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s response to a Freedom of Information request came to light after the 25p Living Wage hike was announced on Monday. Read more.
James Lyons | The Mirror | 7th November 2012
Number of firearms on rise across Lancashire
The number of people granted new firearms licences in Lancashire has tripled in the last five years, figures showed today. In 2011, 149 new applicants were granted licences to keep guns, compared to just 51 in 2007. More than 800 licences were granted in the county last year but 660 of them were renewed applications for existing licences.
But in 2007 only 180 renewed applications were made to the force. The figures were uncovered in a Freedom of Information request made by the Evening Post. Read more.
Lancashire Evening Post | 7th November
China’s Transparency Reform: Is It for Real?
The Chinese government is giving mixed signals about its commitment to a new freedom of information law. In late October, Chinese citizens in Ningbo protested a controversial plan to expand a petrochemical plant. The Ningbo protest was the latest in a spate of similar public incidents, where Chinese citizens have taken to the streets in large numbers — sometimes resorting to violence — to oppose controversial industrial projects that they believe would affect their health and the environment.
The anxieties driving these protesters, mostly members of China’s urban middle class, stem in large part from the fact that their government has left them in the dark about its plans. State administrative agency determinations on environmental and health standards are typically not public. In general, local government decisions to award, initiate or regulate industry take place in a black box. Read more.
The Atlantic | 6th November 2012