The authority behind plans to give MPs an 11% pay rise has insisted the planned increase will go ahead despite criticism of the proposal.
Today's proposed pay rises MPs has been reflected in the media as an outrage, when what is outrageous is the tone of debate.
The son of a dementia victim has described the effects of the disease on the day David Cameron announced a doubling in research funding.
Customers calling helplines to complain about faulty items or incorrect orders will no longer have to pay more than the basic rate, the Government has announced.
Consumer Minister Jo Swinson said the new right would end expensive premium 084 and 087 numbers for customers calling airlines, train operators and major high street and online retailers.
Many firms already offer freephone or basic rate numbers but consumers can find that some traders provide an 0800 or freephone number for pre-contract calls to attract new customers but then only offer expensive premium rate numbers when the product or service has been paid for.
The measure is to be included in the regulations implementing the Consumer Rights Directive, which is due to come into force in June 2014.
Further fireman strikes have "cast doubt" over the legitimacy of claims employees at the emergency service will suffer if the pension age is increased, the Government has said.
The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.
– Fire Minister Brandon Lewis
Once again the FBU's actions cast doubt over their claims that they are serious about reaching a negotiated settlement.
I hosted discussions on fitness issues with the FBU and other organisations on December 4.
The discussions were constructive but, whilst the consultation was still running, the FBU announced further strikes.Firefighters will still get one of the most generous public pension schemes.
Less than a quarter of firefighters will see any change in their retirement age in 2015 and more firefighters' pensions are protected than in any other large public service workforce.
Firefighters will stage industrial action at 6pm tonight over changes to their pensions and the age at which they can retire, unions have confirmed.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out for four hours from 6pm, and again from the same time tomorrow, with the threat of further action in the new year.
One brigade is urging people to buy takeaways if they have been drinking alcohol in a bid to prevent calls to the emergency service.
Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "I am genuinely concerned about people coming home from pubs or Christmas parties and trying to cook. Alcohol and cooking is a recipe for disaster as it's easy to fall asleep and leave cooking on the hob.
"If you're out drinking on Friday or Saturday, it's much safer to grab a kebab or some chips than trying to cook under the influence."
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith explained "more robust" questioning for migrant benefit claimants would protect the integrity of the benefits system.
He said: "It is vitally important that we have strict rules in place to protect the integrity of our benefits system.
"The British public are rightly concerned that migrants should contribute to this country and not be drawn here by the attractiveness of our benefits system. And we are taking action to ensure that that is the case.
"The roll-out of the new habitual residence test is the first in a series of measures to ensure that we have a fair system - one which provides support for genuine workers and jobseekers, but does not allow people to come to our country and take advantage.
"It is a crucial part of our long-term plan to secure Britain's economy."
Migrants are to be questioned about their English language skills and what efforts they have made to find work before they are able to claim income-related benefits, the Government has announced.
It said a "more robust" test is being rolled out at jobcentres across Wales, England and Scotland this week.
In order to pass a habitual residence test, migrants will have to answer more individually tailored questions, provide more detailed answers, and submit more evidence before they will be allowed to make a claim.
For the first time migrants will be quizzed about what efforts they have made to find work before coming to the UK and whether their English language skills will be a barrier to them finding employment.
Lily Allen has posted a "selfie" with Labour leader Ed Miliband on her Instagram account, writing, "#lilliband lol".
Political "selfies" seem to have become increasingly popular since David Cameron's infamous shot with US President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
The chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has defended his decision to increase MPs' pay, arguing that the overall package will "not cost the taxpayer a penny more".
Speaking to ITV News, Sir Ian Kennedy said the authority had been playing "catch up" after previous recommendations to increase MPs' pay were ignored.
The TaxPayers' Alliance said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has demonstrated it was "not fit for purpose" after it published its recommendations to increase MPs' pay by 11 per cent.
Spokesman Jonathan Isaby said: "This unaccountable bureaucratic monster of a quango, which was supposed to help restore public faith in Parliament after the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal, has in fact just succeeded in turning the clock back four years.
"It beggars belief that Ipsa felt it an appropriate use of taxpayers' money to run up a bill in excess of £70,000 on opinion surveys, citizens' juries and focus groups.
"But it is beyond contempt that Ipsa completely ignored the very research which showed the public to think that MPs' pay is currently 'broadly fair'.
"The body which ought to be representing the interests of voters and taxpayers has unceremoniously put two fingers up at the lot of us."