News digest 13 November 2013

News digest 13 November 2013

13 November 2013

Again there is comprehensive coverage of the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines. Thousands of people are believed to have died and the UN also says over 11 million people have been affected by the storm, with some 673,000 displaced. The relief operation is being stepped up, but food, water and shelter are still badly needed. The UN has launched a $300 million appeal to help relief efforts in typhoon-hit areas and donations can be made via the Disasters Emergency Committee at

In terms of UK news there’s a wide mix of stories, on the economic front the government was trying to boost up the benefits of the unexpected fall in inflation, CPI fell from 2.7 per cent to 2.2 per cent and the more accurate RPI rate fell from 3.2 to 2.6 per cent. However, the dip may not last as recently announced price rises by most energy firms – EDF announced a rise yesterday – have yet to be factored in. The latest unemployment figures were also out this morning, but despite a dip in the headline rate of 48,000 the underlying figures continue to have cause for concern as the scandal of underemployment continues, as does the tragedy of almost one million young people without a job.

From economics to politics, and with bedroom tax campaigners and Unite Community descending on the House of Commons, Labour yesterday forced a parliamentary debate on the hated bedroom tax. Sadly the Tories and Lib Dems voted to retain it – albeit by just 26 votes - but the message is a stark dividing line between those that understand the bedroom tax is not just a pernicious false economy, but a spiteful attack on those most in need by out of touch Tories that don’t even have the slightest understanding of what life is like in real Britain – check out Real Britain Ros’ column in today’s Mirror for the reality. And solidarity to all keeping up the fight to axe the hated tax.

And from housing to health and health secretary Jeremy Hunt was accused of "running scared" after health department officials briefed newspapers and not parliament on a report due to be published today on plans for a total overhaul of the NHS accident and emergency departments. Coming within days of fears of a winter crisis, plus the closure of almost one in four walk in centres under the Con-Dem coalition, the NHS is definitely not safe in Tory hands and especially not in Hunt’s...

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Philippines disaster (p1/4-5)
  • Ambulances to be mobile care units (p6)
  • Inflation fall lifts economy (p12)
  • Red Ed blasted over Falkirk (p14) – Unite cited
  • Energy: EDF abuse of power (p22)
  • Wonga boss to take back seat (p48)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • City of despair and decay (p1)
  • Labour deal with Unite over Falkirk recruits (p2)
  • A&E reform plan suggests two tier care (p4)
  • Supermarkets exploiting farmers, says Prince Charles (p11)
  • North cool on HS2 (p23)
  • EDF accused of blackmail (p47)
  • RBS share sale hint for the small investor (p49)
  • Inflation drops (p52)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Energy companies facing rising heat (p2)
  • Labour hunts for ways to cut benefits bill (p2)
  • Growth has little effect on youth jobs (p5)
  • Public outsourcing could soon lose public support – Tom Gash (p13)
  • US air deal cleared for take-off (p17)
  • Wonga co-founder takes back seat (p22)
  • Bovis hires ex-Balfour chief (p23)

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