Monday, 23 January 2012

Monday's headlines-

A quick look at the top stories in this morning's papers.

The Times leads with the headline BBC bosses search for a cut price DG as the paper reports that the Beeb plans to cut “substantially” the salary for the corporation’s top job.

According to the paper,Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten told the paper that an international firm of headhunters had been appointed to produce the first “succession plan” for the position. The chosen candidate, he added,would be paid much less than the £671,000 salary of the present Director-General, Mark Thompson.

The Independent leads with the continuing controversy over welfare reform saying that an alliance of bishops, senior Liberal Democrats and independent peers will today attempt to derail a key element of the Government's welfare reforms by voting against plans for a £26,000-a-year cap on benefits.

Top of the pile is former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown whose presence says the paper,will embarrass Nick Clegg,after he said yesterday he would rebel against the Government for the first time over the measure because of the "unacceptable" hardship it would cause children.

Ordinary families says the Guardian are unlikely to see their earnings return to pre-recession levels until at least 2020.

The report from leading thinktank Resolution Foundation looks at the situation of 10 million adults, who crucially do not rely heavily on means-tested support from the state, and their 5.2 million children.

The Telegraph reports that Ed Miliband has challenged David Cameron to block a seven figure bonus which is expected to be paid to the head of state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland.

The paper says that RBS is said to be considering a bonus of between £1.3million to £1.5million for Mr Hester, on top of his £1.2millon annual salary.

Dehydration or malnutrition directly caused or was linked to 1,316 deaths in NHS trusts and privately run hospitals, according to figures obtained by the Daily Mail.

The revelation says the paper follows a series of damning reports accusing staff of failing to address the most basic needs of the vulnerable, particularly the elderly.

Pension boost for millions says the Express as the paper reports that millions of Britons have seen the value of their pensions soar after the stock market recorded its best start to the year for more than two decades

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