• February 10, 2015

    Proper regulation, accountability, transparency and rescaling are vital for the future of a banking sector that delivers for public good, say reformers.

  • February 10, 2015

    The latest scandal to hit HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, again throws a spotlight on the enormous failings of the finance sector. It is also a source of embarrassment for governments present and past – but also for the Church of England.

  • February 8, 2015

    G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Istanbul this weekend still have much to do if the claim ‘the era of bank secrecy is over’.

  • April 6, 2013

    Hundreds of millionaire bankers will enjoy an extra £54,000 on average each year from 6 April 2013, thanks to a cut in the top UK tax rate (assuming they pay taxes here and opposition calculations are correct). A massive state bailout previously saved many banks, after their sector triggered an economic crisis in which numerous taxpayers suffered. By coincidence, Mick Philpott – whose crimes are being exploited by the Chancellor and Prime Minister to undermine the principle of social security – also apparently received £54,000 a year from public funds.

  • March 7, 2013

    A member of the European Parliament for the London Region has welcomed a new cap on bankers' bonuses across the EU agreed by finance ministers.

  • November 26, 2012

    It has long been apparent that demeaning and demonising benefit recipients to provide a rationale for deep welfare cuts is part of the government's strategy. Given the distribution curve of human behaviours, it is inevitable that some who receive benefits will be feckless, lazy and scrounging, just as these defects will also be found in the more prosperous strata of society. Now, Lord Freud – the Welfare Reform Minister – has found a new slur to cast on poor people.

  • January 24, 2012

    As Ireland prepares to pay the latest instalment on the debts run-up by 'zombie' bank Anglo Irish, UK debt campaigners are planning to protest.

  • May 29, 2011

    NHS Direct Action and UK Uncut activists dressed in medical scrubs have staged a protest outside HSBC's AGM over the bank's NHS profiteering.

  • April 28, 2010

    The Royal Bank of Scotland is expecting nationwide protests today as human rights, anti-poverty and environmental campaigners gather across the UK on the day of the bank's AGM.

  • April 21, 2010

    The Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, has insisted that young people should be allowed a greater role in the democratic process. She pitched for the youth vote on BBC Radio 1.