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Union Challenge of Trump Executive Orders Rejected by Federal Court10h Updated Union Challenge of Trump Executive Orders Rejected by Federal Court
The court said unions representing federal government workers had to bring their case before a federal labor agency before turning to federal courts.
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UK railway needs revolution not evolution, says review14h UK railway needs revolution not evolution, says review
Independent chair says franchise system has had its day and network needs complete overhaul The government should take a “step back” from the UK railway, which could potentially be run by a new body according to the independent chair of the rail review. Keith Williams said a fresh structure was required, and warned that “simply tinkering at the edges will not be credible”, adding that rail franchising had “had its day”.
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Irn-Bru maker warns over profits after bad weather and sugar tax20h Irn-Bru maker warns over profits after bad weather and sugar tax
AG Barr changed recipes of its flagship product and Rubicon to escape government levy The maker of Irn-Bru and Rubicon drinks has warned of a 20% drop in annual profits after being hit by poor weather and the impact of
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Government wants electric car chargers to take card payments21h Updated Government wants electric car chargers to take card payments
All newly-installed rapid chargepoints should allow for one-off card payments by spring 2020, rather than motorists having to pay multiple subscriptions, said the Government.
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23h Updated Government should not manage railways, says review
A "Fat Controller" figure should lead operations, says the man tasked with improving the railways.
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Jaguar Land Rover offered £500m loan to develop electric cars 15 Jul 2:15pm Jaguar Land Rover offered £500m loan to develop electric cars
Meeting of carmakers at No 10 also told of plan for new houses to have EV charging point The government has handed Jaguar Land Rover a £500m loan guarantee to help accelerate its progress in the global electric vehicle race. The prime minister, Theresa May, said the loan will help
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Car insurance costs likely to rise following changes to compensation rules 15 Jul 12:54pm Car insurance costs likely to rise following changes to compensation rules
This morning the Government announced reforms to the 'Ogden discount rate' - a system in England and Wales which determines how much critically injured victims receive in compensation.
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15 Jul 10:42am Updated Two million workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay
The government says it wants to extend eligibility to the lowest paid employees.
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Car insurance bills set to rise, with younger drivers faring worst 15 Jul 7:28am Car insurance bills set to rise, with younger drivers faring worst
Premiums for young people could be £50 to £75 a year more after Ministry of Justice move Car insurance is likely to get more expensive for millions of motorists, in particular young drivers, as a result of a change in the way compensation payouts are calculated. The government has reset the personal injury discount rate, known as the Ogden rate, which is used to calculate compensation payments for people who are seriously injured in car crashes, industrial accidents or botched operations.
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UK needs strategy to deal with industrial change – TUC report 14 Jul 7:01pm UK needs strategy to deal with industrial change – TUC report
Report based on thinktank research looks at automation and emerging green economy The government must come up with a blueprint for dealing with the challenges that automation and the move to a low-carbon economy pose for UK industry, says a report by the TUC. The UK has an “appalling” track record on managing industrial change that benefits workers, customers, businesses and communities. But the sweeping changes that are likely over the next few decades must be treated as an opportunity to improve lives and “deliver better jobs”, according to the authors.
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New UK nuclear funding model could leave taxpayers liable 14 Jul 9:10am New UK nuclear funding model could leave taxpayers liable
Ministers are expected to announce plans to bolster nuclear industry this week The government will set out plans to resuscitate the UK’s struggling nuclear ambitions with a new scheme which would leave taxpayers liable for rising costs or delays. The funding model, expected this week, could help bankroll the multibillion pound plans for a follow-on to EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, which ministers aim to build at the Sizewell site in Suffolk.
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Sky chief tells firms: pay your fair share on tax as government targets digital firms 13 Jul 4:51pm Sky chief tells firms: pay your fair share on tax as government targets digital firms
Jeremy Darroch told business leaders they had a duty to contribute to the Treasury's coffers in a speech last week for Prince Charles' charity, Business in the Community.
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Government sets deadline for final British Steel bids 13 Jul 9:34am Government sets deadline for final British Steel bids
Bidders for British Steel have been told to submit their final offers for the company by midnight on Monday as advisers to the government draw up detailed contingency plans for the potential closure of its vast Scunthorpe steelworks.
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F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion 12 Jul 7:00pm Updated F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion
If approved by the Justice Department, the settlement would be the biggest fine levied by the federal government against a technology company.
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Electric vehicles will be exempt from company car tax next year 11 Jul 9:57am Updated Electric vehicles will be exempt from company car tax next year
Those who choose pure electric models will pay zero company car tax for the year from April 2020, one per cent tax from April 2021 and two per cent BIK from April 20222, the government confirmed.
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Cities Need Affordable Housing, but Builders Want Big Profits. Can It Work? 10 Jul 2:34pm Updated Cities Need Affordable Housing, but Builders Want Big Profits. Can It Work?
Using government subsidies, tax credits and zoning changes, municipal leaders are encouraging developers to incorporate affordable housing into mixed-use projects.
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Cities and Builders Face ‘Hornet’s Nest’ to Meet Affordable Housing Needs 9 Jul 12:34pm Updated Cities and Builders Face ‘Hornet’s Nest’ to Meet Affordable Housing Needs
Using government subsidies, tax credits and zoning changes, city leaders are encouraging builders to incorporate affordable housing into mixed-use projects.
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Affordable-Housing Math: It’s Complicated 9 Jul 8:54am Updated Affordable-Housing Math: It’s Complicated
Using government subsidies, tax credits and zoning changes, city leaders are encouraging builders to incorporate affordable housing into mixed-use projects.
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BMW unveils electric Mini as it charges into new era 9 Jul 7:30am BMW unveils electric Mini as it charges into new era
New model will have list price of £24,400, with first deliveries expected in early 2020 Six decades after the original Mini first rolled off the production line in Oxford, its owner BMW has unveiled a new electric version it hopes will herald a new era – and help the German carmaker meet looming EU emissions targets. BMW said it had 15,000 expressions of interest before order books open on Tuesday. The first deliveries to customers are expected in the first quarter of 2020, with a list price of £24,400, after the government’s plug-in car grant of £3,500 has been applied.
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9 Jul 1:38am Government faces no deal backlash by own business experts
Advisers asked to find a solution to the Irish border Brexit problem balk at signing terms.
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8 Jul 7:00pm Government invests in electric car network despite sales drop
The Department for Transport wants more charge points in the UK but hybrid vehicle sales have fallen.
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To ensure a green future the UK cannot rely on free markets alone 7 Jul 8:58am To ensure a green future the UK cannot rely on free markets alone
The scale of the climate emergency requires nothing less than full government engagement With just
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‘Prospective Threat’ of Chinese Spying Justifies Huawei Ban, U.S. Says 5 Jul 7:11pm Updated ‘Prospective Threat’ of Chinese Spying Justifies Huawei Ban, U.S. Says
Government lawyers argued in a court filing this week that proof of wrongdoing by the Chinese tech giant was not required to justify barring federal agencies from using its gear.
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British Steel receiver warns sale will take time 5 Jul 12:21pm British Steel receiver warns sale will take time
Preference being given to those bidding for whole operation with several ‘viable’ offers on the table The government employee in charge of finding a buyer for
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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer, Riza Aziz, Is Charged in Malaysia Fund Scandal 5 Jul 12:28am Updated ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer, Riza Aziz, Is Charged in Malaysia Fund Scandal
Mr. Riza, whose stepfather is a former prime minister of Malaysia, pleaded not guilty to money-laundering charges in the disappearance of billions from a government fund.
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1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions 5 Jul 12:12am 1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions
Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, accused of receiving $248m into Swiss bank accounts The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian government. Riza, who ran a Hollywood production company
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William Hill to close 700 UK betting shops after Government crackdown; 4,500 jobs at risk 4 Jul 5:25pm Updated William Hill to close 700 UK betting shops after Government crackdown; 4,500 jobs at risk
The decision follows a 'significant fall in gaming machine revenues' on the back of new Government rules around fixed odds terminals - the machines frequently found in betting shops.
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Subsidy cuts blamed for fall in UK sales of electrified vehicles 4 Jul 12:34pm Updated Subsidy cuts blamed for fall in UK sales of electrified vehicles
Industry group accuses government of undermining sector after sales fall for first time since April 2017 The British car industry has accused the government of undermining the sector after sales of electrified vehicles fell for the first time in more than two years. Sales of cars with alternative fuels – including battery electric vehicles and hybrids – were down by 11.8% in June compared with the same month last year, the first annual decline since April 2017, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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4 Jul 11:34am Updated William Hill plans 700 store closures putting 4,500 jobs at risk
The firm blames the move on the government slashing the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals.
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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer, Riza Aziz, Is Arrested in Malaysia Fund Scandal 4 Jul 10:19am ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer, Riza Aziz, Is Arrested in Malaysia Fund Scandal
Mr. Riza, whose stepfather is a former prime minister of Malaysia, faces money-laundering charges in the disappearance of billions from a government fund.
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4 Jul 7:39am What do Indians want from the latest Budget?
As the Indian government prepares its latest Budget, we ask what Indians are hoping for.
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Ofcom wants laws to protect UK companies’ public service content 4 Jul 7:27am Ofcom wants laws to protect UK companies’ public service content
Attempt to stop content being buried in on-demand services of Sky and Virgin Media The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has called for new laws to ensure that shows made by UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 continue to get top billing on on-demand services such as Sky – but the rules will not apply to Netflix and Amazon. The regulator has recommended that the government bring in legislation to guarantee that the content and streaming services of iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4 are not buried deep in the on-demand services of competitors such as Sky and Virgin Media or through smart TVs such as Samsung.
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Serco fined £22.9m over electronic tagging scandal 3 Jul 3:35am Serco fined £22.9m over electronic tagging scandal
Six-year investigation into controversial outsourcing firm relates to government contracts The outsourcing company Serco has been fined nearly £23m as part of a settlement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over electronic tagging contracts. The firm said it was “mortified”. It said its UK subsidiary, Serco Geografix, had taken responsibility for three offences of fraud and two of false accounting between 2010 and 2013, related to understating profits from its electronic monitoring contracts with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). It was fined £19.2m and ordered to pay £3.7m in costs.
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The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden? 2 Jul 5:20pm Updated The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?
With ethnic conflict spreading in Rakhine State in Myanmar, a government-led online shutdown could hide human rights abuses and leave vulnerable populations in the dark.
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Whirlpool says up to 800,000 faulty dryers exist 2 Jul 12:36pm Whirlpool says up to 800,000 faulty dryers exist
Number of dryers with increased fire risk is higher than previously thought Whirlpool has admitted that there could be up to 800,000 faulty tumble dryers in UK homes that have an increased fire risk, higher than previously thought. Last month the government ordered a
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U.S. Proposes New Tariffs on $4 Billion of E.U. Goods as Trade Dispute Grows 2 Jul 12:24pm U.S. Proposes New Tariffs on $4 Billion of E.U. Goods as Trade Dispute Grows
The United States moved to impose levies on more products than previously planned in an escalation of its fight with Europe over government aid for Boeing and Airbus.
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Gambling firms agree more funding and support for addicts 2 Jul 2:47am Gambling firms agree more funding and support for addicts
The UK's largest gambling firms have agreed to significantly bolster funding and support to tackle addiction following pressure from the government and health chiefs.
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Firms must document climate impact on profits, Treasury says 2 Jul 1:00am Firms must document climate impact on profits, Treasury says
Companies will be asked to reveal how extreme weather could jeopardise finances Britain’s leading companies, investment funds and pension schemes must show by 2022 how the climate emergency could jeopardise their finances, under government plans to boost the UK’s green credentials. Firms must document within the two-and-a-half-year deadline how extreme weather and changes to climate rules, such as a ban on plastic packaging, could hit their profits.
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Pressure on BBC and Government to cancel stripping of free TV licences from older people mounting 30 Jun 4:33am Pressure on BBC and Government to cancel stripping of free TV licences from older people mounting
Scores of readers have contacted us to voice their distress as many over-75s are now receiving letters warning them that they will have to pay for a licence from June next year.
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Under new rules for selling solar power, is it still worth it? 30 Jun 3:00am Under new rules for selling solar power, is it still worth it?
With a big outlay and a six-month wait before the launch, do you invest now, wait or skip it? Householders keen to install solar panels are weighing up their options after the government unveiled new plans for the way people will be paid for supplying renewable energy. The scheme, which will be launched in January next year, works in a different way to its predecessor – and is likely be less lucrative. With solar photovoltaic (PV) panels – the most popular domestic option – costing between £5,000 to £8,000, and six months before the new scheme is up and running, should consumers buy now, wait or skip it?
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Revealed: HMRC missed out on collecting £35bn in tax in 2018, up £2bn on the year before 27 Jun 2:37am Revealed: HMRC missed out on collecting £35bn in tax in 2018, up £2bn on the year before
The amount of money the taxman missed out on collecting in 2018 rose by £2bn, undermining government claims about effective efforts to clamp down on tax evasion.
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Why Chicken Producers Are Under Investigation for Price Fixing 26 Jun 6:54pm Updated Why Chicken Producers Are Under Investigation for Price Fixing
Claims of price manipulation have been floating around for years, but a government filing means criminal charges could follow.
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Wayfair Furniture Employees Walked Out Over Sales to Migrant Facilities 26 Jun 3:20pm Wayfair Furniture Employees Walked Out Over Sales to Migrant Facilities
Some 500 Wayfair employees signed a letter asking the furniture giant to end business with a government contractor that operates shelters for migrant children.
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Wayfair Furniture Employees to Walk Out Over Sales to Migrant Facilities 26 Jun 11:14am Updated Wayfair Furniture Employees to Walk Out Over Sales to Migrant Facilities
Some 500 Wayfair employees signed a letter asking the furniture giant to end business with a government contractor that operates shelters for migrant children.
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Price-Fixing in the Poultry Aisle? Why Chicken Producers Are Under Investigation 25 Jun 11:34pm Updated Price-Fixing in the Poultry Aisle? Why Chicken Producers Are Under Investigation
Claims of price manipulation have been floating around for years, but a government filing means criminal charges could follow.
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Wayfair Workers Plan Walkout Over Sales to Migrant Detention Facilities 25 Jun 7:46pm Wayfair Workers Plan Walkout Over Sales to Migrant Detention Facilities
Some 500 Wayfair employees signed a letter asking the furniture giant to end business with a government contractor that operates shelters for migrant children.
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Dozens of Nursing Homes With HUD-Backed Mortgages Have ‘Serious Deficiencies’ 24 Jun 5:34pm Updated Dozens of Nursing Homes With HUD-Backed Mortgages Have ‘Serious Deficiencies’
A list of the most troubled nursing homes in the country includes 74 with mortgages insured by a federal government agency that stopped inspecting such homes several years ago.
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Heathrow expansion could stop other airports developing 24 Jun 4:03pm Heathrow expansion could stop other airports developing
None of Britain's other airports will be able to have major expansions in the coming decades if Heathrow gets its third runway, the government's adviser has warned.
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Ease migration rules for Indians to win post-Brexit deals, say MPs 23 Jun 7:01pm Ease migration rules for Indians to win post-Brexit deals, say MPs
Cross-party group of MPs urges greater priority be given for trade talks with India The government must make it easier for Indians to come to Britain to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with one of the world’s fastest growing economies, a group of MPs have said. Warning that Britain is falling behind in the global race to engage with India on its path to becoming an economic superpower, the Commons foreign affairs committee said ministers urgently needed to update their strategy on India and could not rely on historical links from the days of empire.
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The economy is struggling – but that could be good news for new PM 23 Jun 7:01am The economy is struggling – but that could be good news for new PM
Amid talk of snap autumn election, could Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt do what John Major did? The new prime minister could hardly have chosen a worse moment to enter Downing Street. Growth had stalled, there was serious trouble in the Middle East, the government’s flagship policy had made it deeply unpopular. Yet at the next general election, the Conservative party won an overall majority against all the odds. That was how things panned out for John Major after he took over from Margaret Thatcher in late 1990. The economy had just entered a recession that resulted in record bankruptcies and home repossessions; oil prices were soaring after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait; and Britain had been convulsed by a summer of poll tax riots. The economy actually got a lot worse in the course of 1991 but
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Airbus shuts down subsidiary at centre of bribery investigation 23 Jun 6:26am Airbus shuts down subsidiary at centre of bribery investigation
Inquiry into claims GPT paid multimillion pound bribes to win Saudi military contract Airbus, the European aerospace group, is shutting down a subsidiary that has been at the centre of a long-running bribery investigation. The UK-based subsidiary, GPT Special Project Management, has for seven years been under investigation over allegations it paid multimillion pound bribes to secure a military contract with the government of Saudi Arabia.
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Promises of a green energy jobs boom in Scotland are proving to be so much hot air | Kevin McKenna 23 Jun 1:00am Promises of a green energy jobs boom in Scotland are proving to be so much hot air | Kevin McKenna
The government stands accused of failing to protect workers as it sold off projects to EDF and other foreign firmsIn the renewables sector, the Scottish government has been perfecting a form of political alchemy over the last decade. In this, Nicola Sturgeon and her ministers have succeeded in spinning mere optimism into hard political currency. The title of its manifesto for the 2011 Holyrood election asked voters to
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Businesses push government to complete HS2 railway 21 Jun 9:48pm Businesses push government to complete HS2 railway
Business leaders have written a letter urging the next prime minister to commit to completing HS2.
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A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty After a Decade of Bribes 20 Jun 8:02pm Updated A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty After a Decade of Bribes
A settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials around the globe, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty to a Decade of Bribes 20 Jun 6:13pm A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty to a Decade of Bribes
A settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials around the globe, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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Walmart Agrees to Pay $282 Million to Settle Bribery Investigation 20 Jun 2:48pm Updated Walmart Agrees to Pay $282 Million to Settle Bribery Investigation
The settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials in Brazil, Mexico, India and China, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful 20 Jun 5:13am UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful
Exports contributed to indiscriminate civilian deaths in Saudi-led bombing campaign, court of appeal rules British arms sales to Saudi Arabia that were used in Yemen have been declared unlawful by the court of appeal because they contributed to indiscriminate civilian casualties in the bombing campaign from forces led by the Gulf kingdom. The ruling from three senior judges follows a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had accused the UK government of licensing arms sales when there was a clear risk that their use could breach international humanitarian law.
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Centrica, owner of British Gas, plans to axe 700 jobs in the summer 19 Jun 11:42am Centrica, owner of British Gas, plans to axe 700 jobs in the summer
Group blames falling customer numbers and government cap on standard energy tariffs The owner of British Gas will axe another 700 staff from its UK offices this summer as part of a total cut of 4,000 intended to weather challenges in the energy market. The latest blow to Centrica employees comes after the FTSE 100 energy firm reduced its workforce by 2,200 jobs last year and announced plans to cut another 500 in April.
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Facebook cryptocurrency: dawn of the corporation-government | Ethan Lou 19 Jun 9:12am Facebook cryptocurrency: dawn of the corporation-government | Ethan Lou
If it gets the green light from regulators, Facebook is on its way to creating its own currency – a prospect that should alarm us
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Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030 19 Jun 6:13am Updated Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030
Ministers hope that by the time the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles is introduced there will be 950,000 zero-emissions cars on the road and a robust 'nationwide' charging infrastructure.
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Trudeau’s Government Approves Expansion of Divisive Trans Mountain Pipeline 18 Jun 7:51pm Updated Trudeau’s Government Approves Expansion of Divisive Trans Mountain Pipeline
Plans to increase the size of the pipeline linking Alberta’s landlocked oil sands with British Columbia has divided the provinces and exposed a rift in the country’s Indigenous communities.
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Trudeau’s Government Is Expected to Decide on Divisive Trans Mountain Pipeline 18 Jun 2:06pm Updated Trudeau’s Government Is Expected to Decide on Divisive Trans Mountain Pipeline
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is deciding the fate of a proposal to expand a pipeline that links Alberta’s landlocked oil sands with the Pacific.
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City of Berlin backs plan to freeze rents for five years 18 Jun 10:07am City of Berlin backs plan to freeze rents for five years
German capital’s government agrees outlines of law in latest attempt to halt runaway gentrification Berlin’s government has agreed to freeze rents in the German capital for five years from 2020 in the city’s latest attempt to halt runaway gentrification.
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The government workers striking over pay 18 Jun 8:07am The government workers striking over pay
Outsourced catering and security staff at the government's business department want the London living wage.
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Petition demands government fixes pension tax relief flaw hitting low paid 18 Jun 4:57am Petition demands government fixes pension tax relief flaw hitting low paid
The Government is saving nearly £114m that could be going into the retirement pots of some 1.75m low paid people in the current tax year, it is estimated.
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UK firms overcharging loyal customers could soon face instant fines 18 Jun 3:39am UK firms overcharging loyal customers could soon face instant fines
Watchdog could get new powers over mobile, broadband and insurance providers Firms that exploit consumer loyalty by overcharging longstanding customers could soon face instant fines under plans unveiled by the government. The “loyalty penalty” is estimated to be costing customers more than £4bn a year, according to consumer groups.
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PM seeks new powers to fine firms exploiting customer loyalty 18 Jun 12:58am PM seeks new powers to fine firms exploiting customer loyalty
Plans have been announced to bolster the powers of UK regulators, as the government seeks to end so-called loyalty penalties costing UK households billions of pounds.
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The U.S. Has Its Eye on Big Tech. Will Criminal Inquiries Result? 17 Jun 3:28pm The U.S. Has Its Eye on Big Tech. Will Criminal Inquiries Result?
Could Facebook, Google or Apple be considered monopolies? Increased government oversight of the technology giants could consider that possibility.
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Tory donor lined up for trade minister role 17 Jun 2:59pm Tory donor lined up for trade minister role
Theresa May risks igniting a cronyism row during the final weeks of her premiership by lining up a Conservative Party donor as the government's next trade and investment minister.
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How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi 16 Jun 4:39pm Updated How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi
Limited consultation within the Hong Kong government, and none with the public, led to an unexpected setback for local authorities and China’s government.
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Italy’s Toying With a ‘Mini-BOT’ Worries E.U. and Investors 16 Jun 10:29am Updated Italy’s Toying With a ‘Mini-BOT’ Worries E.U. and Investors
The populist government says issuing mini-treasury bills, similar to IOUs, would help Italy deal with its debt. Others see a scheme to leave the euro.
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Betfred owners cash in on a £10m jackpot, despite the firm making a £40.7m loss 16 Jun 4:28am Updated Betfred owners cash in on a £10m jackpot, despite the firm making a £40.7m loss
The betting giant, led by 76-year-old chief executive Fred Done, has now lost £69.4 million in two years, blaming a Government crackdown on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).
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How Hong Kong’s Leader Makes the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi 15 Jun 12:59pm How Hong Kong’s Leader Makes the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi
Limited consultation within the Hong Kong government, and none with the public, led to an unexpected setback for local authorities and China’s government.
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Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents 15 Jun 2:00am Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents
The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants – but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the losses There were warnings that this month’s ban on rip-off tenant fees would result in rents being pushed up – and now Guardian Money can reveal this is already starting to happen. Just two weeks after the ban came into force, a north London lettings agent has started telling its landlords to raise all future rents by £20 a month to offset the new costs they face. And it is unlikely to be alone in proposing such a measure.
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£6bn UK pension scheme moves to stub out tobacco 15 Jun 2:00am £6bn UK pension scheme moves to stub out tobacco
Publicly owned auto-enrolment scheme says industry is now a poor investment A giant UK pension scheme with more than 8 million members is going tobacco-free across all its investments. Nest (National Employment Savings Trust), a publicly-owned scheme set up by the government, says stricter worldwide regulation, increasingly aggressive legal action by governments against the tobacco industry and falling global smoking rates have all led it to conclude that tobacco is a poor investment for its members.
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Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt 14 Jun 7:05am Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt
More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken marketConservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From
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Evening Standard and Independent could face inquiry over Saudi funds 13 Jun 9:09am Evening Standard and Independent could face inquiry over Saudi funds
Culture secretary will decide this month whether regulators should look into deal The Evening Standard and the Independent could face a government investigation into whether they can accurately present news and guarantee freedom of expression after a mysterious Saudi investor bought substantial stakes. The culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, said he had was minded to order regulators to look into the sale of 30% holdings in the two news outlets by their Russian owner, Evgeny Lebedev, on public interest grounds. A final decision will be made by the end of the month.
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NAO says 60% of help-to-buy buyers did not need state support 12 Jun 7:01pm NAO says 60% of help-to-buy buyers did not need state support
Scheme has proven controversial as housebuilders’ profits have dramatically increased More than half of people using the government’s
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Onshore wind farms in UK could cut £50 a year off energy bills 12 Jun 5:00pm Onshore wind farms in UK could cut £50 a year off energy bills
Government urged to overturn effective ban to help meet ambitious climate targets Government ministers face rising calls to lift their block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while reducing home energy bills. Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged the government to overturn an effective ban on new onshore wind farms in England, warning that it may be stifling a flood of investment into the UK’s clean energy sector.
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Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, Files for Bankruptcy 11 Jun 3:18pm Updated Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, Files for Bankruptcy
The company recently settled with the federal government over claims it illegally marketed its fentanyl painkiller.
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Whirlpool ordered by UK to recall 500,000 tumble dryers 11 Jun 2:43pm Whirlpool ordered by UK to recall 500,000 tumble dryers
‘Unprecedented’ government move comes four years after firm issued safety warning The government is to order an “unprecedented” recall of up to 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers – four years after fire safety concerns were first raised. The move is a dramatic escalation in a
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Whirlpool faces tumble dryer recall notice over fire fears 11 Jun 11:52am Whirlpool faces tumble dryer recall notice over fire fears
The government says it intends to take the "unprecedented" step of ordering a company to recall hundreds of thousands of tumble dryers over fears they pose a fire safety risk.
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HMRC outlay on Amazon over six times what firm paid in corporation tax – GMB 11 Jun 2:00am HMRC outlay on Amazon over six times what firm paid in corporation tax – GMB
UK tax authority spent £11m to use online giant’s web-hosting services in 2018, says report HM Revenue & Customs spent £11m to use Amazon’s web-hosting service last year, more than six times the £1.7m it received in corporation tax from Amazon’s main UK business, according to a new report. The UK tax authority was the second-biggest spender on Amazon services among central government departments, falling just behind the Home Office which spent nearly £16m last year, according to a report published by the GMB trade union.
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New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms 9 Jun 4:00am New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms
Government also wants to encourage people with rooftop panels to install batteriesBritain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers under new laws to be introduced this week. Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the energy they do not need to their supplier.
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British Steel collapse prompts government inquiry 8 Jun 10:19am British Steel collapse prompts government inquiry
The move by the Business Committee follows the recent liquidation of the firm, putting 5,000 jobs at risk.
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Jobs Report Is Weak, With Gain of 75,000; Unemployment Rate Still 3.6% 7 Jun 6:08pm Updated Jobs Report Is Weak, With Gain of 75,000; Unemployment Rate Still 3.6%
The government report on Friday showed a sharp decline in the pace of hiring, adding to concern that the economy is slowing.
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Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans Catch On, but Slowly 7 Jun 1:55pm Updated Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans Catch On, but Slowly
Advocates say the state-based accounts, which let disabled people work and save money without risking the loss of government aid, could help millions of people.
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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.6% 7 Jun 10:09am Updated Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.6%
The government report on Friday showed a sharp decline in the pace of hiring, adding to concern that the economy is slowing.
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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Steady at 3.6% 7 Jun 8:56am Updated Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Steady at 3.6%
The government reported a sharp decline in the pace of hiring, adding to concern that the economy is slowing.
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Brexit: Government spends £97m on consultants 7 Jun 2:16am Brexit: Government spends £97m on consultants
The government has brought in experts to make up for a lack of staff, the National Audit Office says.
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How France’s Intrusive Demands Quashed the Fiat-Renault Deal 6 Jun 8:49pm How France’s Intrusive Demands Quashed the Fiat-Renault Deal
Talks between Fiat Chrysler and Renault to create one of the world’s largest automakers ran into a familiar problem in France: the government itself.
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Brexit: Government preparation bill tops £97m 6 Jun 7:00pm Brexit: Government preparation bill tops £97m
The government has hired consultants to help it ensure supplies of food and medicines after Brexit.
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After Fiat-Renault Merger Implodes, Fingers Point to French Government 6 Jun 6:38pm Updated After Fiat-Renault Merger Implodes, Fingers Point to French Government
Talks between Fiat Chrysler and Renault to create one of the world’s largest automakers ran into a familiar problem in France: the government itself.
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Huawei, Shunned by U.S. Government, Is Welcomed in Russia 6 Jun 3:49pm Updated Huawei, Shunned by U.S. Government, Is Welcomed in Russia
A Russian cellphone company signed an agreement with Huawei for 5G equipment, signaling Russian acceptance of the Chinese supplier.
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No duty of fairness to women hit by pension age rise, court told 6 Jun 1:33pm No duty of fairness to women hit by pension age rise, court told
Government lawyer also says those affected had no right to expect notification of changes Nearly 4 million women who lost up to £47,000 each when their retirement age was increased from 60 to 66 have no right to expect fairness from the government, according to a lawyer representing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). On the second day of a judicial review at the high court brought by the campaign group Back to 60, many of whose members received little or no notice that their pension age had been changed, Sir James Eadie QC also argued that the group had no right to expect either notification of the changes or legal remedy to soften its impact.
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Parents are confused to find child benefit errors can hit their state pension 6 Jun 11:22am Updated Parents are confused to find child benefit errors can hit their state pension
Parents have virtually no understanding that they could end up with a smaller state pension if they fail to fill in a child benefit form, according to Government research.
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Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, to Pay $225 Million to Settle Fraud Charges 6 Jun 10:43am Updated Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, to Pay $225 Million to Settle Fraud Charges
Federal prosecutors accused the company of illegally marketing its powerful fentanyl painkiller and of defrauding government health care programs.
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Northern firms throw weight behind HS2 and new east-west rail line 6 Jun 7:29am Northern firms throw weight behind HS2 and new east-west rail line
Businesses overwhelmingly support plans for two new high-speed lines, research finds The vast majority of businesses in the north of England want the government to continue with HS2 and to build a new east-west link from Liverpool to Hull, research has found. A total of 5,000 businesses of all sizes were asked for their view on the benefits to business of Northern Powerhouse Rail, a new £39bn transpennine rail line, which would link to HS2, the hotly contested high-speed route from London to Leeds and Manchester via Birmingham.
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‘Socialism for the rich’: the evils of bad economics 6 Jun 1:00am ‘Socialism for the rich’: the evils of bad economics
The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality – and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good. By Jonathan Aldred In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. Many people believe this is a problem, but, equally, many think there’s not much we can do about it. After all, the argument goes, globalisation and new technology have created an economy in which those with highly valued skills or talents can earn huge rewards. Inequality inevitably rises. Attempting to reduce inequality via redistributive taxation is likely to fail because the global elite can easily hide their money in tax havens. Insofar as increased taxation does hit the rich, it will deter wealth creation, so we all end up poorer. One strange thing about these arguments, whatever their merits, is how they stand in stark contrast to the economic orthodoxy that existed from roughly 1945 until 1980, which held that rising inequality was not inevitable, and that various government policies could reduce it. What’s more, these policies appear to have been successful. Inequality fell in most countries from the 1940s to the 1970s. The inequality we see today is largely due to changes since 1980.
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Fiat Chrysler drives away from Renault merger talks 6 Jun 12:52am Fiat Chrysler drives away from Renault merger talks
Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its offer to merge with Renault - and blamed the Frnch government.
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6 Jun 12:17am Updated European Union Warns Italy to Reduce Spending and Borrowing
The warning by the European Commission was expected in the face of a populist government that intends to cut taxes and increase spending and despises Brussels.
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France to End Disposal of $900 Million in Unsold Goods Each Year 5 Jun 11:58am Updated France to End Disposal of $900 Million in Unsold Goods Each Year
The government plans to outlaw the destruction of brand-new consumer products, a practice that companies use to stop goods from being stolen or sold at steep discounts.
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Women pension age case goes to High Court 5 Jun 10:09am Updated Women pension age case goes to High Court
A judicial review begins into the government's handling of the increase from 60 to 65 years old.
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Home solar panel installations fall by 94% as subsidies cut 5 Jun 7:41am Home solar panel installations fall by 94% as subsidies cut
Labour accuses UK government of ‘actively dismantling’ solar power industry
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Women take state pension age fight to the High Court 5 Jun 2:47am Women take state pension age fight to the High Court
Changes to the state pension age for women are at the centre of a landmark discrimination case brought against the government.
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11,000 People Who Prepare Your Airline Food Are Considering a Strike 5 Jun 12:45am Updated 11,000 People Who Prepare Your Airline Food Are Considering a Strike
A shortage of controllers hastened the end of the government shutdown this year. Now catering employees hope a similar dynamic will help them win better pay.
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F.D.A. Can Act Against Stem Cell Clinic, Judge Rules 4 Jun 11:43am Updated F.D.A. Can Act Against Stem Cell Clinic, Judge Rules
A Florida judge says the agency is entitled to an injunction against a stem cell clinic that has blinded patients and challenged the government’s authority to regulate it.
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Japanese women call for ban on mandatory high heels at work 4 Jun 4:15am Japanese women call for ban on mandatory high heels at work
Thousands of people have backed a campaign in Japan calling for the government to ban workplaces from including high heels in their mandatory dress codes for women. 
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3 Jun 11:25pm Fiat and Renault Try to Reassure French Officials and Nissan
With Renault’s board set to meet Tuesday to discuss a merger, France’s finance minister wants the government to have a seat on any new board, and Nissan spoke of a “fundamental review” of its current alliance.
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US tech stocks slide as Google, Facebook and Apple fear antitrust investigations 3 Jun 8:00pm Updated US tech stocks slide as Google, Facebook and Apple fear antitrust investigations
US government reportedly considering separate investigations into whether tech giants are engaged in anti-competitive practices US tech stocks were dragged down on Monday amid fears US antitrust officials were preparing to investigate Apple, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet, as the political winds turn against the tech sector.
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Pensions must do right thing on climate change, says minister 3 Jun 1:01am Pensions must do right thing on climate change, says minister
Call for support for schemes moving people’s money from fossil fuels into renewables Pension schemes should be supported for moving people’s money out of fossil fuels and into renewables because the financial risks from the climate crisis are “too important to ignore”, a government minister will say on Monday. The pensions minister, Guy Opperman, is due to tell a conference that pension and investment managers must “do the right thing” and take their environmental and social responsibilities seriously to help combat the climate emergency.
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Former chancellor Alistair Darling may face court clash as Iran bank sues the UK 2 Jun 6:16am Former chancellor Alistair Darling may face court clash as Iran bank sues the UK
Former chancellor Alistair Darling could be called to give evidence in the High Court this month in a £1.25 billion showdown between the Government and a state-backed Iranian bank
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Trump’s banning of Huawei could be the beginning of the biggest trade war ever | John Naughton 2 Jun 2:00am Trump’s banning of Huawei could be the beginning of the biggest trade war ever | John Naughton
Don’t expect the Chinese government to roll over in the fight against the tech giant Until recently, the only thing the average citizen could have told you about Huawei, the Chinese tech giant, was that s/he hadn’t the faintest idea of how to pronounce it (it’s “hwa-wei” btw, according to Wikipedia). And then, suddenly, this unpronounceable company seemed to be all over the news. Now it’s at the centre of a burgeoning geopolitical row. How did that happen? I blame the Australians, who have a government only marginally less dysfunctional than our own. According to a
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2 Jun 12:39am Updated China Strikes Defiant Stance on Trade Against Trump
In a new white paper, Beijing blamed the United States for the breakdown in trade talks. Some companies, like FedEx, are already feeling pressure from the Chinese government.
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Rents look set to rise as Government ban on tenancy fees comes into force 1 Jun 5:31am Rents look set to rise as Government ban on tenancy fees comes into force
In order to remain profitable, landlords look set to increase rents to cover the additional fees they are now faced with and as a result, tenants will continue to feel the burn.
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A Nursing Home Chain’s Collapse Leaves the Government on the Hook 31 May 11:13am Updated A Nursing Home Chain’s Collapse Leaves the Government on the Hook
The failure of the Rosewood Care Centers is the biggest default in the history of a little-known program that underpins 15 percent of the nation’s nursing homes.
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Rents look set to rise as Government ban on tenancy fees comes in next week 31 May 4:24am Rents look set to rise as Government ban on tenancy fees comes in next week
In order to remain profitable, landlords look set to increase rents to cover the additional fees they are now faced with and as a result, tenants will continue to feel the burn.
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Yes, India’s Economy Is Growing, but Can You Trust the Data? 30 May 2:33pm Updated Yes, India’s Economy Is Growing, but Can You Trust the Data?
Jobs data has been delayed, and economists are skeptical about how the Modi government has calculated growth. Small businesses may be hurting.
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Half of job growth to be limited to London, inequality inquiry finds 29 May 7:01pm Half of job growth to be limited to London, inequality inquiry finds
UK2070 commission urges government to emulate German reunification to bridge gap London and the south-east will see more than half of the UK’s future job growth if the government does not address the massive gulf between the capital and everywhere else, an independent inquiry into the UK’s deep–rooted inequalities has warned. Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service and chair of the
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ALEX BRUMMER: Matt Hancock recognises that the Tories must be the pro-business party 29 May 4:50pm ALEX BRUMMER: Matt Hancock recognises that the Tories must be the pro-business party
A dismal failing of the current Tory government has been neglect of the concerns and triumphs of business. Partly this is the fault of the business organisations.
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Government spends almost £100m on Brexit consultants 29 May 1:53pm Government spends almost £100m on Brexit consultants
Exclusive: leaked Whitehall report criticises departments for lack of transparency Nearly £100m of public money has been spent on private consultancy firms recruited by the government to provide Brexit advice including no-deal planning, a leaked Whitehall report obtained by the Guardian reveals. The draft report by the National Audit Office, which scrutinises spending for parliament, details how government departments have paid at least £97m to Brexit consultants up to April this year and criticises them for not meeting transparency standards.
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Malaysia cracks down on imported plastic waste - video 29 May 10:06am Malaysia cracks down on imported plastic waste - video
The Malaysian government says the country has become a dumping ground for rich nations as it announces it will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from. Malaysia became the world's main destination for plastic waste after China banned its import last year. 'We will fight back,' Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin said. 'We will fight back. Even though we are a small country, we cannot be bullied by developed countries'
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UK needs more skilled workers from abroad, government told 29 May 8:28am UK needs more skilled workers from abroad, government told
Shortage occupation list must be expanded to plug gaps amid Brexit uncertainty, advisers say The list of occupations eligible for the UK’s non-European skilled work visas should be expanded “as soon as possible”, with the uncertainty caused by Brexit a major consideration, government advisers have said. The migration advisory committee (MAC) said psychologists, occupational therapists, vets, archeologists and web designers were among the professions that should be added to the official shortage occupation list (SOL).
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Northern rail: Mayors call for government takeover 29 May 6:56am Updated Northern rail: Mayors call for government takeover
Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram urge a government takeover amid continuing passenger woe.
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Move fast for a Help To Buy Isa with only six months remaining 29 May 4:33am Updated Move fast for a Help To Buy Isa with only six months remaining
Homebuyers have just six months left to sign up to a savings plan that comes with a 25 per cent Government bonus when they buy their first property
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Hopes of saving British Steel rise as potential buyers emerge 28 May 10:56am Updated Hopes of saving British Steel rise as potential buyers emerge
Insolvency Service says several bidders are expressing interest in the Scunthorpe steelworks Government officials are hoping a saviour can be found for British Steel after speaking to 80 potential bidders. They said “multiple parties” had expressed an interest in taking on all or part of the business. The Insolvency Service has been seeking buyers since British Steel
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Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel? 25 May 11:00am Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel?
The loss of strategic industrial capacity – and well-paid jobs – suggests every avenue ought to be exploredTo see the Scunthorpe steelworks in action is to witness British manufacturing prowess at its most visually stunning. Huge slabs of steel, glowing orange with heat, flow seamlessly through the plant, destined to become anything from paperclips to the steel ropes that support the Humber Bridge. Even from a safe distance, the searing 1,000-degree temperature created by this round-the-clock process is uncomfortable to bear.
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Virgin Trains takes government to court over West Coast route 24 May 7:06am Virgin Trains takes government to court over West Coast route
Virgin, Stagecoach and SNCF allege DfT breached its duties in barring them from tendering Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains has launched a legal action against the government’s decision to bar it from bidding for the West Coast rail franchise from 2020. The high court action – filed by Stagecoach, French national operator SNCF and Virgin Trains, which operate the West Coast route as a partnership – alleges that the Department for Transport breached its statutory duties barring the consortium from the tendering process. The partners are also demanding a judicial review.
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Stagecoach launches second legal action over Government block on rail bids 24 May 5:43am Stagecoach launches second legal action over Government block on rail bids
Stagecoach is disputing the Government decision to ban it from rail franchise bids unless it agrees to shoulder potentially huge staff pension liabilities.
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Bidders circle around British Steel amid frantic effort to find buyer for collapsed firm 24 May 3:01am Bidders circle around British Steel amid frantic effort to find buyer for collapsed firm
British Steel flopped after the Government refused to supply £30million to keep it going – which Business Secretary Greg Clark said would have been illegal under EU ‘state aid’ rules.
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High court judge leads inquiry into London Capital & Finance scandal 23 May 9:59am High court judge leads inquiry into London Capital & Finance scandal
Judge will also look at watchdog’s oversight of firm which went bust owing 11,000 investors a total of £236m The government has launched an independent inquiry into the collapse of London Capital & Finance, the investment firm at the centre of a mounting
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Hackers Are Holding Baltimore Hostage: How They Struck and What’s Next 23 May 9:22am Updated Hackers Are Holding Baltimore Hostage: How They Struck and What’s Next
Two weeks ago, attackers seized parts of the computer systems that run the city’s government. So far, it hasn’t given in to ransom demands.
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British Steel collapses, putting 25,000 jobs at risk 23 May 5:32am Updated British Steel collapses, putting 25,000 jobs at risk
Furious workers and their families slammed the government, saying ministers should hang their heads in shame, for not intervening to save British Steel as the manufacturer today collapsed.
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Parent firm of Acacia Mining proposes taking it off the stock market in a £621m deal 22 May 5:03pm Parent firm of Acacia Mining proposes taking it off the stock market in a £621m deal
Canadian mining giant Barrick has offered to buy the 35 per cent of shares it does not already own, at a heavily discounted price. The offer is an attempt to end a dispute with the Tanzanian government.
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PMQs: Corbyn and May on saving British Steel and jobs 22 May 7:37am PMQs: Corbyn and May on saving British Steel and jobs
Jeremy Corbyn says the government has "again failed our steel industry" with thousands of jobs at risk at British Steel and in its supply chain.
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British Steel to enter insolvency after rescue talks with government fail 22 May 5:32am British Steel to enter insolvency after rescue talks with government fail
Steelmaker directly employs 5,000 people and thousands more in the supply chain British Steel is expected to enter insolvency, putting 5,000 jobs directly at risk and endangering thousands more in the supply chain
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US may blacklist Chinese surveillance kit firm Hikvision - reports 22 May 2:59am US may blacklist Chinese surveillance kit firm Hikvision - reports
Fears grow that world’s two largest economies are on edge of full-blown tech cold war The US is reportedly considering restricting Hikvision, a Chinese surveillance equipment provider active in Xinjiang, from buying US components, escalating already tense ties between the world’s two largest economies. According to the New York Times, the US commerce department is considering placing Hikvision on a trade blacklist that requires US companies to obtain government approval before supplying components to it.
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Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England 22 May 1:00am Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England
Government confirms ban on sale and use of items from April next year Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the government has confirmed. The move, which has been
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British Steel on verge of collapse as government talks stall 21 May 3:10pm British Steel on verge of collapse as government talks stall
Corbyn calls for nationalisation of Brexit-hit producer if £30m loan not forthcoming
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Who are the villains of the British Steel crisis? | Nils Pratley 21 May 2:45pm Who are the villains of the British Steel crisis? | Nils Pratley
The government has been dithering for years, Brexit remains uncertain, and its owners a worry Choose your villain in
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As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money 21 May 12:41pm Updated As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money
The government profited and looked away as thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in New York were ravaged by exploitative loans.
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British Steel should be nationalised, urges Labour 21 May 11:40am British Steel should be nationalised, urges Labour
The UK's second-biggest steel maker has been seeking £75m in government backing to help it stay afloat.
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British Steel on verge of administration 21 May 10:09am Updated British Steel on verge of administration
The UK's second-biggest steel maker has been seeking £75m in government backing to help it stay afloat.
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British Steel on brink of administration, putting 5,000 jobs at risk 21 May 9:18am Updated British Steel on brink of administration, putting 5,000 jobs at risk
Brexit-hit producer needs £30m loan from government, which is ruling out nationalisation British Steel is on the brink of collapse unless it can secure £30m in emergency funding from the government, putting about 5,000 jobs directly at risk and endangering thousands more in the supply chain. Andrew Stephenson, a junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), refused to give details in parliament on Tuesday of ongoing talks between the government and British Steel. However, he ruled out nationalisation of the company.
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British Steel on brink of administration, putting 25,000 jobs at risk 21 May 4:27am Updated British Steel on brink of administration, putting 25,000 jobs at risk
UK’s second largest steel producer needs emergency loan of £30m from government British Steel is on the brink of collapse unless it can secure £30m in emergency funding from the government, putting about 5,000 jobs directly at risk and endangering thousands more in the supply chain. The UK’s second-largest steel producer is preparing to call in administrators on Wednesday unless the government steps in with a loan on Tuesday.
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How to make a pension last a lifetime: The essential guide to financial success in retirement  21 May 4:20am Updated How to make a pension last a lifetime: The essential guide to financial success in retirement 
Four years ago, the Government brought in a rule change that had dramatic consequences for retirees.The reforms, known as 'pension freedoms', gave savers unprecedented flexibility.
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British Steel teeters on the brink of collapse 20 May 5:43pm British Steel teeters on the brink of collapse
Britain’s second-largest steel producer was on the brink of collapse on Monday night amid growing signs that an emergency government loan would fail to materialise, putting a total of close to 25,000 jobs at risk.
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Government bid to put workers on company boards in tatters as big firms make mockery of idea 20 May 11:47am Updated Government bid to put workers on company boards in tatters as big firms make mockery of idea
Our survey of the 100 biggest listed companies found none had appointed a worker to its board of directors since the reforms came into force on January 1.
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Google blocks Huawei access to Android updates after blacklisting 20 May 5:34am Google blocks Huawei access to Android updates after blacklisting
Reported move could hit Huawei Technologies’ ability to run phone operating system Google has suspended Huawei’s access to updates of its Android operating system and chipmakers have reportedly cut off supplies to the Chinese telecoms company, complying with orders from the US government as it seeks to
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A senior adviser to the German government fears another European crisis could be brewing. 19 May 7:26pm A senior adviser to the German government fears another European crisis could be brewing.
A senior adviser to the German government fears another European financial crisis could be brewing.
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Is your child vegetarian? They could get a university grant! 19 May 5:11am Is your child vegetarian? They could get a university grant!
For the majority of families who cannot afford to fund a course – and living costs – a May 24 deadline is looming to apply for Government-backed student loans.
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British Steel in talks with government to avert collapse 17 May 2:12am British Steel in talks with government to avert collapse
The firm has borrowed money from its backers as it seeks a "permanent solution" to its financial woes.
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How to Prepare for the Next Recession: Automate the Rescue Plan 17 May 1:47am How to Prepare for the Next Recession: Automate the Rescue Plan
Deciding in advance how the government fights downturns could make them less severe and avoid political gridlock.
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How does Labour plan to pay for its energy nationalisation policy? 16 May 1:02pm How does Labour plan to pay for its energy nationalisation policy?
Taking back control from private shareholders will cost a Labour government billions The Labour Party has announced plans to
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DVLA sold 6.8m driver details to parking ticket firms last year 16 May 11:48am Updated DVLA sold 6.8m driver details to parking ticket firms last year
The number of driver details sold to private parking companies reached a new high last year, according to analysis of government figures.
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Government announces new register for retail landlords 15 May 7:03pm Government announces new register for retail landlords
New BBC research into who owns the High Street prompts government announcement on a new register for landlords.
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Why are our holidays a rip-off — just because we travel on our own? 15 May 4:44am Updated Why are our holidays a rip-off — just because we travel on our own?
Retired local government officer Jayne Tee (pictured with her late husband Bill) cancelled her holiday to Majorca after she found out she would have to pay a supplement for what she thought was a single room.
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First-time buyers 7 times more likely to pick Lifetime Isa than Help to Buy one 15 May 3:48am Updated First-time buyers 7 times more likely to pick Lifetime Isa than Help to Buy one
The rules of the Lifetime Isa mean that under-40s can save up to £4,000 a year into a tax-friendly account, and the Government adds up to £1,000 on top of that.
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Arriva sues government over East Midlands franchise 12 May 10:23am Arriva sues government over East Midlands franchise
The train operator joins rival Stagecoach in taking legal action over the government's decision.
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PUNT OF THE WEEK: Online retailer Koovs sells Western fashions to Indian customers 11 May 6:32am Updated PUNT OF THE WEEK: Online retailer Koovs sells Western fashions to Indian customers
The firm faced a major setback when the Indian government removed high-denomination notes from circulation, as many orders were paid for on delivery. But it recently bagged £10.5m of funding.
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In Huawei Case, Prosecutors Ask Judge to Remove Lead Lawyer 10 May 7:08pm In Huawei Case, Prosecutors Ask Judge to Remove Lead Lawyer
In a bank fraud case against the Chinese telecom giant, the government said James M. Cole had a conflict of interest from his time as deputy attorney general.
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Does GDP tell the whole economic story? 10 May 4:45am Updated Does GDP tell the whole economic story?
The government's official number-crunchers realise that we need new ways to measure living standards.
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Britain must do more to stop drug firms from lining their pockets | Stephen Doughty 10 May 4:00am Britain must do more to stop drug firms from lining their pockets | Stephen Doughty
Overcharging for life-saving medicines costs lives, yet the UK seems reluctant to support efforts to encourage fairer pricing In a year when the British government should be working to secure progress towards universal health coverage, they are failing to champion access to life-saving medicines globally. The Italian government has put forward a draft resolution to
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Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay 9 May 5:13pm Updated Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay
A study of 25 states provides a rare glimpse of the stark disparities between what private insurers and the federal government paid for inpatient and outpatient care.
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Grenfell Tower: Government to pay £200m for safer cladding 9 May 1:43pm Updated Grenfell Tower: Government to pay £200m for safer cladding
Ministers had previously said owners of private residential tower blocks in England should foot the bill.
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Passengers could face extra charge to pay for airline failures 9 May 10:18am Passengers could face extra charge to pay for airline failures
Airlines should add a levy of "less than 50p" per ticket to pay for the repatriation of passengers when carriers go bust, according to a government-commissioned review.
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Airlines criticise proposed 50p flight-protection levy 9 May 9:37am Airlines criticise proposed 50p flight-protection levy
Review prompted by Monarch collapse also calls for changes to airline insolvency rules Air passengers should pay a 50p levy to ensure they can be flown home should their airline go bust, a government review has proposed. The
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Government was warned about Brexit ferry payouts 8 May 7:08pm Government was warned about Brexit ferry payouts
Government settles with Channel Tunnel firm after accusation of "secretive" no-deal Brexit contracts.
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White Collar Watch: Elizabeth Holmes’s Possible Defense in Theranos Case: Put the Government on Trial 8 May 2:33pm White Collar Watch: Elizabeth Holmes’s Possible Defense in Theranos Case: Put the Government on Trial
The defense may claim regulators improperly brought actions against the company for its blood analysis technology when there was nothing improper taking place.
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Stagecoach takes legal action over franchise bid ban 8 May 1:11pm Stagecoach takes legal action over franchise bid ban
Transport operator Stagecoach has launched legal action against the government after it was barred from bidding for a series of rail franchises.
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8 May 11:47am Updated Global Stocks Stabilize After Wall Street’s 2-Day Slump
Despite President Trump’s taunting of the Chinese government, investors appeared to be shaking off fresh trade tensions between America and China.
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SSE cuts 444 jobs blaming tough competition and price cap 8 May 10:20am SSE cuts 444 jobs blaming tough competition and price cap
Energy supplier SSE is to cut 444 jobs in its retail division as it faces up to the "challenges" of tough competition, the government's price cap and higher costs.
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Britain passes one week without coal power for first time since 1882 8 May 9:05am Britain passes one week without coal power for first time since 1882
Landmark follows government pledge to phase out electricity from coal by 2025
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Labour-backed report urges trials of universal basic income 6 May 7:01pm Labour-backed report urges trials of universal basic income
John McDonnell,who commissioned study, hints a form of UBI could become policy A Labour-basked report has called for the launch of universal basic income trials across the UK. Universal basic income (UBI), which takes the form of regular cash payments from the government to all adult citizens, has emerged as a popular concept in recent years because it could top up low pay and reduce inequality. A feasibility study commissioned by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said a pilot scheme would work in the UK.
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Ministers spend extra £160m on Brexit consultant contracts 6 May 1:32pm Ministers spend extra £160m on Brexit consultant contracts
It comes after the government signed £100m of Brexit consultant contracts in February.
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No change for coins as government commits to keeping 1p and 2p 2 May 7:01pm No change for coins as government commits to keeping 1p and 2p
Ministers had wanted to scrap lesser-used coins and £50 note but faced huge backlash Britain’s 1p and 2p coins and £50 notes are no longer under threat after the government committed indefinitely to not changing the types of cash in use. Ministers had been
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Refugees missing out on jobs in UK, say humanitarian groups 2 May 4:17am Refugees missing out on jobs in UK, say humanitarian groups
New guidelines drawn up to help employers recruit and support refugees at work Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and opportunities for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country are being missed, humanitarians have warned. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in conjunction with the charity Business in the Community (BITC) and the UK government, have drawn up guidelines on how to help businesses recruit refugees.
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Pensioners pay an extra £4BILLION a year in tax than previously thought as HMRC releases figures 1 May 8:23pm Pensioners pay an extra £4BILLION a year in tax than previously thought as HMRC releases figures
Pensioners are left counting the £4 billion extra cost of their income tax, new HMRC figures have revealed. But campaigners have hit out at the Government in the wake of the new findings.
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Friends of the Earth to appeal high court’s Heathrow runway decision 1 May 12:43pm Friends of the Earth to appeal high court’s Heathrow runway decision
Campaigners argued expansion plan was inconsistent with Paris climate agreement Friends of the Earth will appeal against the decision by judges to dismiss five legal challenges to expansion at Heathrow airport, the charity said on Wednesday, because the decision is “outdated in an ecological and climate emergency”. The group mounted one of five judicial reviews challenging the legality of the government’s decision to allow a third runway at the airport.
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British Steel receives £120m government loan 1 May 12:14pm British Steel receives £120m government loan
Government makes emergency loan to cover an EU bill for carbon dioxide emissions The government has given British Steel an emergency £120m loan to cover an EU bill for carbon dioxide emissions, after the delay in reaching a Brexit withdrawal deal forced it to intervene. The business secretary, Greg Clark, told parliament on Wednesday that British Steel would have faced a bill of more than £600m from EU regulators if the government had not given it the support.
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Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway 1 May 9:33am Updated Heathrow campaigners lose challenge against third runway
High Court judges rule in favour of the government's decision to approve airport expansion plans.
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Government agrees £120m emergency loan to bail out British Steel 1 May 9:27am Government agrees £120m emergency loan to bail out British Steel
Business secretary Greg Clark has confirmed a £120m government bridging loan to the UK's second-biggest steel producer after it requested emergency support to make a repayment to an EU-run environment scheme.
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Inflation swap hits NS&I index-linked certificates will now track the consumer prices index 1 May 9:08am Updated Inflation swap hits NS&I index-linked certificates will now track the consumer prices index
The certificates pay inflation plus 0.01 percentage points for two, three or five years. They are popular because they are protected against rising prices and backed by the Government.
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High court dismisses attempt to block Heathrow third runway 1 May 8:14am High court dismisses attempt to block Heathrow third runway
Campaigners argued expansion plan was inconsistent with Paris climate agreement Campaigners fighting to stop the expansion of Heathrow have failed in their attempt to block the new runway in the high court. Five judicial reviews were challenging the legality of the government’s decision to
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UK government cancels Brexit ferry deals 1 May 8:10am Updated UK government cancels Brexit ferry deals
The cancellation of contracts for extra Brexit ferry services could cost the taxpayer more than £50m.
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Help to Buy catch has left thousands of first-time buyers forced to borrow cash 1 May 4:14am Updated Help to Buy catch has left thousands of first-time buyers forced to borrow cash
The Government scheme allows people to make an initial deposit of £1,200 and save £200 a month thereafter. They then receive a 25 per cent boost when they buy their first home.
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British Steel gets £100m government loan to pay carbon bill 30 Apr 3:19pm Updated British Steel gets £100m government loan to pay carbon bill
The steelmaker asked for help after the EU froze UK companies out of its carbon credits scheme.
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Care homes deserve better than junk bond opportunists | Nils Pratley 30 Apr 2:06pm Care homes deserve better than junk bond opportunists | Nils Pratley
If the government can act on public services providers such as Carillion, why not on social care? Can we not ban hedge funds and private equity firms from owning care homes? Or, at the very least, write rules to prevent would-be debt wizards playing games of financial leverage in a sector that ought to be a model of balance-sheet stability? Yes, it’s the annual (or so it feels) crisis at a large provider of residential care. Four Seasons, with 17,000 elderly people under its roofs these days, is a multiple offender. A Qatari-backed buyout firm lost its shirt when it paid £1.5bn for Four Seasons back in 2006. Then it was Guy Hands’ turn when his private equity outfit, Terra Firma,
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Four Seasons care home operator collapses into administration 30 Apr 12:36pm Four Seasons care home operator collapses into administration
About 17,000 residents and 22,000 jobs at risk as Labour hits out at government neglect Care homes operator
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Shell awaits court ruling on complicity in deaths of Ogoni Nine 30 Apr 10:50am Shell awaits court ruling on complicity in deaths of Ogoni Nine
Widows of Nigerian activists accuse oil firm of instigating crackdown against protesters A Dutch court may decide on Wednesday if Shell was complicit in the Nigerian government’s execution of the Ogoni Nine, environmental activists who were trying to fight the petroleum company’s exploitation of their oil-rich homeland. The widows of four of the activists accuse Shell of instigating a brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters that led to the deaths of the Ogoni Nine in 1995.
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Operators say government should lose oversight of rail 30 Apr 2:02am Updated Operators say government should lose oversight of rail
Long-distance routes should also be serviced by more than one company to spark competition, they said.
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Ditch franchise system as part of rail reforms, says industry body 29 Apr 7:01pm Ditch franchise system as part of rail reforms, says industry body
Multiple operators on intercity routes and devolved commuter networks among proposals The rail industry has called for a new system that ditches franchising in favour of multiple operators on long-distance routes and devolved commuter networks in major cities. The Rail Delivery Group, which speaks for train operating companies, Network Rail and HS2, said its plans would provide a “step-change in accountability and customer focus”. Proposals include a new fares system and transferring direct control away from government to a new independent body.
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Rolls-Royce and Persimmon among companies named over late payments 29 Apr 7:55am Rolls-Royce and Persimmon among companies named over late payments
Rolls-Royce, Balfour Beatty and Persimmon are among 17 companies named and shamed after the government toughened guidelines designed to tackle the problem of late payments.
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Anti-fracking activists hail resignation of shale gas tsar 28 Apr 11:06am Anti-fracking activists hail resignation of shale gas tsar
Natascha Engel quit government role after six months over ‘ridiculous’ regulations Anti-fracking campaigners have welcomed the resignation of the government’s shale gas commissioner, who quit in frustration at “ridiculous” regulations limiting drillers from causing earth tremors, which she claimed were hobbling the industry. Natascha Engel
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Fracking commissioner resigns after six months 28 Apr 7:27am Updated Fracking commissioner resigns after six months
Natascha Engel says the government's approach to fracking has created a de facto ban on it.
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China urges UK to ignore pressure over Huawei 5G decision 28 Apr 6:28am China urges UK to ignore pressure over Huawei 5G decision
Government told to make independent decision after move to involve Chinese company sparked criticism China’s ambassador to the UK has urged the government to ignore external pressure over a politically and diplomatically charged decision to involve the Chinese firm Huawei in building the 5G communications network. In China’s first official comments on the row, Beijing’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, urged the UK to make the “right decision independently” over the suppliers for the new network.
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Make Huawei decision independently, China ambassador tells UK 28 Apr 6:14am Make Huawei decision independently, China ambassador tells UK
Government urged to ignore external pressure over decision to involve company in 5G plans China’s ambassador to the UK has urged the government to ignore external pressure over a politically and diplomatically charged decision to involve the Chinese firm Huawei in building the 5G communications network. In China’s first official comments on the row, Beijing’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, urged the UK to make the “right decision independently” over the suppliers for the new network.
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Labour is right to speak out on rabbit-hutch Britain | Julia Park 27 Apr 2:45am Labour is right to speak out on rabbit-hutch Britain | Julia Park
MPs have demanded that rules allowing offices to be converted into tiny flats must be scrapped Let’s get one thing out of the way. Converting offices to residential use is not morally reprehensible nor does it necessarily produce bad housing. What is wrong is giving developers free rein to turn any office building (wherever it is, whatever it looks like – and whether or not it’s in use) into homes that we all know aren’t good enough. The Conservative/Lib Dem government conjured up this form of permitted development right (PDR) in 2011. It would tick a lot of boxes: consistent with a deregulatory agenda;
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Ford Says Justice Dept. Has Opened Criminal Inquiry Into Emissions Issues 26 Apr 4:29pm Updated Ford Says Justice Dept. Has Opened Criminal Inquiry Into Emissions Issues
The carmaker said it had notified other state and federal agencies about “issues relating to road load estimations” and that it was cooperating with all government inquiries.
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Ford Says Justice Department Has Opened Criminal Inquiry Into Emissions Issues 26 Apr 12:45pm Ford Says Justice Department Has Opened Criminal Inquiry Into Emissions Issues
The carmaker said it had notified other state and federal agencies about “issues relating to road load estimations” and that it was cooperating with all government inquiries.
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