BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Schools 'let down invisible poor'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:08:10 GMT
The problem of pupil underachievement has shifted from inner cities to schools in suburbs, coastal towns and rural areas, education watchdog Ofsted says.
CQC 'may reveal NHS cover-up names'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:47:14 GMT
England's NHS regulator is to review a decision not to name those behind a possible "cover-up" after a series of baby deaths at a Cumbria hospital.
Strong rise in UK retail salesThu, 20 Jun 2013 08:49:23 GMT
UK retail sales recorded a stronger-than-expected rise last month, according to official figures.
Children hurt in crash near schoolThu, 20 Jun 2013 09:14:12 GMT
Adults and children are hurt in a "very serious accident" involving a car outside a school in south Wales.
Government leads new GM crops pushThu, 20 Jun 2013 08:19:24 GMT
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says GM makes sense for consumers, farmers and the environment and calls for reform of EU regulations.
Eye-gouge victim 'attacked again'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:10:59 GMT
The new boyfriend of Tina Nash, whose ex-partner was jailed for life for gouging out her eyes, is facing a charge of attacking her.
UK banks face £27.1bn shortfallThu, 20 Jun 2013 07:24:19 GMT
The Prudential Regulation Authority says the UK's top banks and building societies need to fill a £27.1bn hole in their balance sheets.
Police 'hold too many mentally ill'Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:30:12 GMT
Too many mentally ill people are being held in police cells, say four watchdog bodies.
RAF staff go on strike over payThu, 20 Jun 2013 01:11:22 GMT
Civilian staff at five RAF stations across England are striking in a dispute over their pay.
Paid-for online news 'makes gains'Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:13:23 GMT
A study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism suggests more people are becoming willing to buy online news.
Warning issued over webcam hackersThu, 20 Jun 2013 03:58:12 GMT
A charity is advising people to cover their webcams when they are not in use because hackers could be using them to spy on you.
Stansted terminal to get £80m revampThu, 20 Jun 2013 07:40:41 GMT
Stansted Airport is to be given an £80m redevelopment of its terminal building, including new security facilities.
Aberdeen by-election voting beginsThu, 20 Jun 2013 08:08:27 GMT
Voters go to the polls in the Aberdeen Donside Holyrood by-election, after the death of the SNP MSP Brian Adam.
New powers for families of missingWed, 19 Jun 2013 22:59:26 GMT
The families of missing people are set to get more power to deal with legal and financial issues in the initial months after the disappearance.
Charity criticises Kanye West songThu, 20 Jun 2013 05:45:15 GMT
Parkinson's UK says the rapper has shown 'inexcusable level of stupidity and cruelty'.
Obama 'called Osborne Jeffrey'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:57:58 GMT
US President Barack Obama confused Chancellor George Osborne's name with that of a popular US singer during the G8 summit, according to the Sun newspaper.
Miss Saigon returns to West EndThu, 20 Jun 2013 00:33:40 GMT
Hit musical Miss Saigon returns to London's West End in 2014, its 25th anniversary year.
Osborne considers Ulster Bank moveThu, 20 Jun 2013 06:50:04 GMT
Chancellor George Osborne raises the possibility of splitting the Ulster Bank into 'good and bad banks'
'No reason for hard marching season'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:48:05 GMT
A senior police officer says there is no reason to believe the forthcoming marching season will create difficulties.
Many pupils struggle with basic sumsThu, 20 Jun 2013 05:49:40 GMT
Pupils in half of Wales' secondary schools and 40% of primaries have weak numeracy skills with many struggling with basic sums, inspectors find.
'Carnage' warning over council cutsThu, 20 Jun 2013 07:02:07 GMT
Welsh councils are warned they will have to slash services or raise council tax above 5% if they face budget cuts like their English counterparts.
Wealthy '273-times richer than poor'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:51:39 GMT
Scotland's wealthiest households are now 273-times better off than the most deprived, according to a report by Oxfam Scotland.
First minister backs RBS splitThu, 20 Jun 2013 09:12:23 GMT
The Scottish first minister backs a break-up of RBS to split its risky investment bank from its mainstream business.
Funeral for hen party crash teenagerThu, 20 Jun 2013 04:04:11 GMT
The funeral of a teenager who was killed when a hen party's minibus crashed will take place later.
Man killed by lorry on motorwayThu, 20 Jun 2013 06:57:19 GMT
A man has been hit by a lorry and killed on the M6 motorway in Cheshire, police say.
Newcastle situation sickens ShearerThu, 20 Jun 2013 07:48:15 GMT
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been undermined by Joe Kinnear's appointment as director of football, says Alan Shearer.
Pietersen to make England returnThu, 20 Jun 2013 08:46:21 GMT
Batsman Kevin Pietersen will make his England return following injury in the Twenty20 series against New Zealand.
Corbisiero named in Lions Test sideThu, 20 Jun 2013 02:12:52 GMT
Prop Alex Corbisiero is the surprise inclusion in a Lions team featuring eight Welshmen for the first Test against Australia.
The Greeks who worship the ancient godsThu, 20 Jun 2013 00:26:17 GMT
The summer solstice is one of the most important dates in the calendar for many followers of ancient religions, and it's a special time for people in Greece who worship the country's pre-Christian gods.
Readers' tipping nightmares and fairytalesThu, 20 Jun 2013 00:26:41 GMT
To tip or not to tip... or should it be banned? That was the question posed in a Magazine story last week. Here readers share their own tipping experiences.
How Israel keeps Holocaust memories aliveTue, 18 Jun 2013 23:43:30 GMT
The Holocaust carries a special importance for Israel. Can it ensure that the next generation knows what happened, and does not forget?
Bank governor to be made Lord KingWed, 19 Jun 2013 21:21:17 GMT
Sir Mervyn King says he is "honoured" to be made a peer - as he is praised for his 10 years in the top job at the Bank of England by the chancellor.
Work Programme 'not doing enough'Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:01:05 GMT
Providers of the government's flagship Work Programme tell ministers the costs of helping sick and disabled jobseekers into employment cannot be met under the scheme.
Lloyds to return to private handsWed, 19 Jun 2013 19:45:44 GMT
George Osborne uses his Mansion House speech to the City to announce the government is preparing to sell its Lloyds Bank stake back to private investors.
VIDEO: House of CommonsWed, 19 Jun 2013 13:47:18 GMT
Maria Miller and her team are taking questions from MPs.
VIDEO: Drunk woman, 25, 'froze to death'Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:54:02 GMT
A 25-year-old woman whose body was found outside her sister's home died from hypothermia and alcohol intoxication, an inquest has concluded.
VIDEO: Teacher 'will not give evidence'Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:05:31 GMT
A teacher accused of abducting a schoolgirl and taking her to France will not give evidence in his defence, a jury has been told.
VIDEO: Warning over Work Programme costsWed, 19 Jun 2013 21:33:55 GMT
Providers of the government's flagship Work Programme have warned ministers that the costs of helping sick and disabled jobseekers to find jobs can't be met under the scheme.
VIDEO: Lloyds Bank to return to private handsWed, 19 Jun 2013 21:49:49 GMT
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced the government is preparing to sell its stake in Lloyds Bank back to private investors.
VIDEO: Royal historian on plans for the royal babyWed, 19 Jun 2013 16:19:08 GMT
Royal historian Hugo Vickers gives his reaction to the plans for the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.
VIDEO: Jail reckless bankers, report urgesWed, 19 Jun 2013 18:15:46 GMT
The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards calls for new measures, including criminal sanctions, to make bankers responsible for their own failings.
VIDEO: UK families can sue MoD for damagesWed, 19 Jun 2013 18:18:17 GMT
The families of soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the government for damages under the Human Rights Act, the Supreme Court has ruled.
VIDEO: Wimbledon quiz: Find out the answerWed, 19 Jun 2013 08:20:10 GMT
Can you guess the year this action took place at Wimbledon?
VIDEO: Ofsted report on 'invisible' poor childrenThu, 20 Jun 2013 08:44:13 GMT
Ofsted's Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is delivering a speech on how many of the poor children being left behind in schools are now those living in suburbs, market towns and seaside resorts rather than big cities.
In pictures: Giving nature a homeWed, 19 Jun 2013 23:14:35 GMT
Giving nature a home in your back garden
The history of the peanut airlinesWed, 19 Jun 2013 23:04:03 GMT
Biro bans and other tales of the low-cost revolution
End of the pier to dreaming spiresWed, 19 Jun 2013 22:54:57 GMT
From the end of the pier to dreaming spires
Do dark networks aid criminals?Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:13:49 GMT
Should action be taken against Tor and other ID-hiding tech?
Andy Murray: Your questions answeredThu, 20 Jun 2013 06:31:54 GMT
Tennis world number two answers your questions
How do you prepare for a lifetime of renting?Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:35:57 GMT
How do you prepare for a lifetime of renting?
Viewpoints: Banking committee reportWed, 19 Jun 2013 12:04:12 GMT
How does the banking industry need to change?
Newspapers ponder CQC 'cover-up'Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:46:40 GMT
Papers ponder health watchdog 'cover-up'