#AceUKNews says according to the report in the Telegraph the well known insurance company `Standard Life’ is making provisions to quit Edinburgh should Scotland become independent and decamp to London England.
The insurance, savings and pensions giant confirms it is drawing up contingency plans to move operations from its Edinburgh headquarters if there is a Yes vote in September, while RBS also warns independence would damage its business.
Although the firm insisted in its new annual report it was not taking a stance on Scottish independence, it said the planning was necessary to protect customers and shareholders.
It is understood this could involve moving its headquarters from Edinburgh to London.
In a double blow to the Nationalists, RBS used its full-year results to warn that uncertainty over the referendum is already damaging its business and a vote for separation would be “likely to significantly impact the Group’s credit ratings”.
Among the “material issues” Standard Life said was behind its decision were uncertainty over a separate Scotland’s currency, membership of the EU, monetary system, arrangements for financial services regulation and approach to individual taxation.
#AceUKNews says a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has been arrested in the UK along with two other men and a woman.
The four are being held on suspicion of Syria-related terrorist charges in central England, according to police.
Begg was detained on suspicion of “attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas,” according to West Midlands police.
The police said the arrests were connected. “They were pre-planned and intelligence led.
There was no immediate risk to public safety,” said Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, head of investigations for the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit, according to a statement released Tuesday.
A police spokesperson told The Guardian that Begg’s name was confirmed “as a result of the anticipated high public interest” from the media.
#AceUKNews says according to the Daily Mirror a Tory MP worth £110 million is raking in £625,000 a year from his hard-up tenants’ housing benefit – despite blasting the “something for nothing” welfare state.
Richard Benyon – Britain’s richest MP – runs his vast property empire from a mansion on his sprawling country pile.
But last night he was accused of cashing in off the back of the very handouts his party pledged to slash – as it emerged a string of other Tories were doing the same.
Just last month the MP, 53, said: “The average household spends £3,000 per year on the welfare state. This figure had been rising inexorably and are unaffordable.”
Mr Benyon has also attacked the Labour Party over payments and said: “Labour want benefits to go up more than the earnings of people in work.
It is not fair and we will not let them bring back their something for nothing culture.” He is a director of the Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited, which owns most of the land and property linked to his family.
It got £625,964 in housing benefit from West Berkshire council last year, more than any other private landlord in the area.
#AceBreakingNews says according to the latest reports and 38 degrees `Jeremy Hunt‘ is trying to sneak through a law which will give him the power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.
No hospital is safe.
He’s changing the rules after losing twice in court trying to close Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses.
The sweeping new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – will give the government the power to shut down any hospital, in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well the hospital is performing. 
Jeremy Hunt is hell-bent on pushing this through.
And time’s not on our side. It could be as little as one week before MPs vote this sinister threat into a reality.
If we’re going to have a chance of stopping Jeremy Hunt we need to throw the kitchen sink at this. And we need to move fast. Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?
Our NHS is precious. And it’s important that we know hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for us in moments of crisis and joy. It’s terrifying to imagine the government having the power to close any hospital without hearing the wishes of the local community.
It’s going to be tough to stop Jeremy Hunt. But we’ve done it before – twice in Lewisham alone. And if enough of us are keen, there are exciting possibilities for next steps. And new tactics we could try which would take even Jeremy Hunt by surprise!
The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we split up staff resources.
The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.
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PS: A study of NHS foundation trusts in England has found the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39. Jeremy Hunt has shown before he’s willing to close good hospitals to bail out ones which are struggling – this law would allow him to do this, even if local patients and doctors were strongly against it. 
#AceUKNews says the private consortium that will manage the decommissioning of the UK’s decaying Magnoxnuclear reactors won’t be made to bear financial responsibility in the event of a radioactive incident.
Taxpayers will have to pick up the tab instead.
Private contractors will be indemnified by the government, despite concerns that exempting them from financial liability for nuclear incidents could prove a disaster for the taxpayer, the Guardian reports.
#AceUKNews says Scotland voted Tuesday to allow same-sex marriages, making it the 17th country to approve gay marriage.
The Scottish government called the bill – which was passed overwhelmingly by parliament – a major step for equal rights. Same-sex wedding ceremonies will begin later this year, Reuters reported.
The bill faced opposition from the Scottish Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, though the law will not require either to wed same-sex couples on their premises.
#AceUKNews says Millions of commuters in the British capital faced travel chaos on Wednesday during the first full day of a 48-hour tube strike by London Underground staff, Reuters reported.
The strike was organized by the two main unions over planned job cuts and the closure of ticket offices. Staff went on the first of two planned 48-hour strikes late Tuesday evening.
By rush hour on Wednesday, commuters faced long waiting times for over-crowded buses and trains. The world’s oldest underground rail network will run very limited services until Thursday evening.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I hope the manner in which we have investigated these dreadful events will provide some reassurance to the Sikh community, here in Britain and elsewhere.”
Retired Lt Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar, who led Operation Blue Star, maintains he had no advice or support from Britain.
“If some things went around months earlier or weeks earlier with other agencies, intelligence agencies, I am not aware of them,” he told the BBC.
“From the time I was given command of Operation Blue Star until I planned it and executed it, let me emphatically tell you that there was no involvement whatsoever as far as the British are concerned.”
David Cameron ordered the review last month after Labour MP Tom Watson said he had seen papers from Margaret Thatcher “authorising Special Air Services (SAS) to work with the Indian government”.
Mr Watson cited two letters released under the 30-year rule. He said a 1984 letter from the prime minister’s office stated that a British adviser had “visited India and drawn up a plan” which had been approved by the Indian government.
The Sikh separatists at the Golden Temple in 1984 had demanded an independent homeland – called Khalistan – in Punjab.
In October 1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in what was thought to be a revenge attack for what happened at the Golden Temple.
A month later, more than 3,000 people were killed in anti-Sikh riots across India.