Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHolly Sargent has had to sell her possessions because of problems receiving universal credit Ministers have bowed to pressure and are planning to further delay the rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit, BBC News has learned. The system, which will merge six benefits into one payment, […]

Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chip fat and other vegetable oils can be turned into fuel for cargo ships The global shipping industry is as big a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions as aviation. And the heavy fuel oil that powers its giant vessels is exceptionally dirty – packed with soot, black carbon and […]

Arts leaders call for more school funding

Image caption Students presented their findings at the House of Lords The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England’s schools. The major London arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative subjects. Six thousand 11 to […]

Why you shouldn’t hug your colleagues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A hug is fine – so long as that what’s both of you are comfortable with, says Alison Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green, and the creator of the workplace advice column Ask a Manager. You’re greeting a colleague who you haven’t seen […]

Russian Orthodox Church cuts all links with Constantinople

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “Rupture full communion” – Russian bishop Metropolitan Hilarion announced on Monday The Russian Orthodox Church says it is cutting all links with the Constantinople Patriarchate – the body that wields spiritual authority over the world’s Orthodox Christians. Constantinople recently recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from the Moscow Patriarchate. […]

Claire’s ‘considers UK store closures’

Image copyright Alamy Accessories chain Claire’s is reported to be considering closing some of its UK stores. The Press Association said the High Street chain was talking to restructuring firms about “a number of options”. The chain has more than 370 stores in the UK, according to its most recent accounts. A spokeswoman for Claire’s […]

Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman explains how fracking works Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a […]