BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. MPs' 11% rise confirmed by pay bodyThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:25:16 GMT
The body which sets MPs' salaries has confirmed that it plans to give them an 11% pay rise, from £66,396 now to £74,000 in 2015.
GP failings exposed by inspectorsThu, 12 Dec 2013 09:21:42 GMT
The first national inspection of more than 900 GP surgeries in England finds one in three is failing to meet basic standards, with two so dirty they had maggots.
Hundreds of schools below targetsThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:18:36 GMT
Hundreds of primary schools in England fail to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets brought in this year.
New sex offences guidance publishedThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Sex offenders found to have abused their position of power could face longer jail terms under new guidelines in England and Wales.
G4S and Serco lose tagging contractsThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:29:17 GMT
Private firms G4S and Serco are stripped of their responsibilities for tagging criminals in the UK following allegations of overcharging.
Horsemeat: UK food crime unit urgedThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:13:48 GMT
A specialist food crime unit should be set up in the UK in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, a government-commissioned review has recommended.
Review of 'legal highs' launchedThu, 12 Dec 2013 01:34:38 GMT
A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.
Cancer hospital claims made in 2011Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:06:34 GMT
A hospital chief executive was told of data manipulation claims in 2011, the BBC discovers.
More flights cancelled after fogThu, 12 Dec 2013 09:48:57 GMT
Around 45 flights in and out of Heathrow are cancelled after fog disrupted schedules on Wednesday.
Earnings rise slower than inflationThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:21:04 GMT
Average earnings in the UK have risen by less than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Rent arrears fastest-growing problemThu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:47 GMT
Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust.
Family fears for UK doctor in SyriaThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:01:00 GMT
The family of a British doctor, imprisoned by the Syrian government for over a year, are growing increasingly concerned for his mental health.
Myners to head review of Co-op GroupThu, 12 Dec 2013 09:03:26 GMT
The troubled Co-operative Group has appointed Labour's former City minister, Lord Myners, to lead a review into how the group is run.
Funerals for two more Clutha victimsThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:19:11 GMT
Funeral services are to be held for two more of the people who died in the Glasgow helicopter crash.
Mandela to be remembered in LondonThu, 12 Dec 2013 01:51:26 GMT
Politicians, musicians and artists are to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at a special event in Westminster.
NHS boards miss waiting time targetThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:17:14 GMT
No Scottish health board has met a new government target for all outpatients to receive their first appointment within 12 weeks of referral.
Parental child abductions 'increase'Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:37:06 GMT
The number of parental child abduction cases has more than doubled in the last decade, new figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) suggest.
Childcare 'key to family policy'Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:21:11 GMT
Providing universal childcare could help more than 250,000 parents back to work, according to a report which also urges a shake-up of working-age benefits.
Football dominates UK Twitter chatThu, 12 Dec 2013 05:07:14 GMT
Football matches accounted for several of the biggest spikes in Twitter traffic seen over the course of 2013 - but which game topped the social network's list?
Sam Smith wins Brits Critics' ChoiceThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:10:43 GMT
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins the Brits Critics' Choice award, which will be presented during next year's nominations.
Call to secure mental health unitThu, 12 Dec 2013 06:18:31 GMT
The father of a mentally ill patient who took his life in the grounds of the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, has said he is demanding that management make the area more secure.
Department pays £21m in compensationThu, 12 Dec 2013 06:21:29 GMT
The Department for Regional Development pays more than £21m in the last five years in compensation for personal injuries and damage to vehicles.
School rankings to be revealedThu, 12 Dec 2013 06:58:49 GMT
The latest rankings in secondary school performance in Wales are to be revealed but teaching unions are critical of the system.
Call for e-cigs ban in public placesThu, 12 Dec 2013 06:38:10 GMT
Electronic cigarettes should be banned in public places but without alienating smokers who are trying to give up, say health officials.
MSPs to pass victims of crime billThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:18:15 GMT
Legislation aimed at protecting victims of crime is set to be passed at the Scottish Parliament.
RBS fined $100m by US regulatorsWed, 11 Dec 2013 22:10:51 GMT
Royal Bank of Scotland is fined $100m by US regulators for violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, Burma, and Cuba.
House teetering on cliff demolishedThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:07:11 GMT
A house teetering on the edge of a Norfolk cliff following last week's tidal surge is being demolished.
Pair charged over '£1m cyber theft'Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:42:20 GMT
Two people from London are charged over the suspected theft of £1m from two banks.
Cook facing hardest England TestThu, 12 Dec 2013 07:45:54 GMT
Captain Alastair Cook says the third Ashes Test in Australia will be the hardest of his career as England look to turn around the Ashes.
'Half-hearted' Celtic hurt LennonThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:10:52 GMT
Neil Lennon says Celtic's "half-hearted" display in the 6-1 Champions League defeat by Barcelona was "unacceptable".
Sport participation on the riseThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:00:13 GMT
The number of people participating in sport has rise by 1.5m since London won the 2012 Olympics, according to Sport England.
The revenge porn avengersWed, 11 Dec 2013 19:25:38 GMT
When a group of young women from Texas found pictures of themselves on a revenge porn website, they decided to fight back.
A tale of three murderersWed, 11 Dec 2013 03:18:34 GMT
Three murderers were sentenced to life imprisonment on one day. The minimum terms set were 18, 27 and 40 years. Why were they so different?
10 ways people spent their money last yearWed, 11 Dec 2013 15:02:39 GMT
British families spent their money in some surprising ways last year, official figures show.
Government 'loses £13bn to fraud'Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:09:18 GMT
Figures suggesting £13.2bn was written off by the government in 2011 due to fraud, errors and legal claims are "staggering", says a committee of MPs.
Chancellor announces Budget dateThu, 12 Dec 2013 10:26:48 GMT
Next year's Budget will be held on 19 March, Chancellor George Osborne tells MPs.
MPs to look into primate ownershipThu, 12 Dec 2013 07:52:03 GMT
An inquiry into the rules governing people who keep primates as pets is announced by a House of Commons committee.
VIDEO: House of CommonsMon, 09 Dec 2013 14:29:25 GMT
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Maria Miller is answering questions from MPs.
VIDEO: Big wave surfer welcomed homeTue, 10 Dec 2013 21:01:19 GMT
Friends and fans of big wave surfer Andrew Cotton welcomed him back to Devon with a screening of his epic wave riding in Portugal.
VIDEO: Speaker tells noisy MP to take up yogaWed, 11 Dec 2013 12:45:52 GMT
Speaker John Bercow had an unusual suggestion to calm one errant MP making noise during Prime Minister's questions.
VIDEO: Radio rebels fight against digitalThu, 12 Dec 2013 09:02:26 GMT
Ahead of the announcement of a timetable for the shutdown of FM radio transmitters, some are rebelling against the switch to digital.
VIDEO: Edward VIII treasures to be soldThu, 12 Dec 2013 05:54:43 GMT
A selection of jewellery and precious objects owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor will be auctioned in London on Thursday.
VIDEO: Dementia treatment by 2025 pledgeThu, 12 Dec 2013 07:26:56 GMT
On Wednesday leaders from the G8 nations committed to finding a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.
VIDEO: Family's concern for Syria captiveThu, 12 Dec 2013 08:08:55 GMT
The family of a British doctor imprisoned over a year ago by the Syrian government say they are growing increasingly concerned for his mental health.
VIDEO: First sighting of hidden bridgesWed, 11 Dec 2013 11:46:33 GMT
Bridges hidden when Rochdale's River Roch was covered over have been seen for the first time in a century, ahead of a project to uncover them.
VIDEO: Scotland's killer avalanches explainedWed, 11 Dec 2013 15:06:29 GMT
A documentary explains why avalanches caused so many deaths and accidents in the Scottish mountains last winter.
Life on a British Cold War submarineThu, 12 Dec 2013 01:43:53 GMT
What was life like on a 1960s submarine?
'It was clear no-one else was alive'Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:54:50 GMT
The Clapham rail crash remembered 25 years on
Scotland's referendum: Your questions answeredThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:19:54 GMT
Would mobility scooters be available after a yes vote?
Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:33:40 GMT
Are UK energy bills really that high?
Charli XCX: Pop, punk and synaesthesiaThu, 12 Dec 2013 02:57:13 GMT
Pop singer Charli XCX on seeing music as colours
New tech helps drivers avoid bikesThu, 12 Dec 2013 00:51:16 GMT
New tech to help buses avoid collisions
GP dangers and 'Scrooge' Terry in newsThu, 12 Dec 2013 05:56:38 GMT
Front pages focus on concerns over surgery standards