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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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Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions 26 Apr 12:34pm Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions
Carmaker becomes latest firm to be subject of probe over pollution tests The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions certification process. Ford said on Friday that it was fully cooperating with government agencies, as it became the latest car manufacturer to be
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P&O sues UK government over no-deal Brexit ferry case 26 Apr 8:23am Updated P&O sues UK government over no-deal Brexit ferry case
The ferry firm is claiming a rival was unlawfully handed £33m of taxpayers' money.
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25 Apr 4:47pm Morgan Stanley to Pay California $150 Million Over Mortgage Crisis Claims
The case was the last remaining government lawsuit against the bank over financial crisis-era issues.
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Who Owns Huawei? The Company Tried to Explain. It Got Complicated. 25 Apr 1:56pm Who Owns Huawei? The Company Tried to Explain. It Got Complicated.
The Chinese tech giant wants to put to rest concerns that it is susceptible to influence by the country’s government. That has been no easy task.
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Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy 25 Apr 1:40pm Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy
Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatment The government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator. Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, accused the government of “dragging its heels”, after the sports minister, Mims Davies, said in a speech that the existing voluntary levy “does work”, moments after the chair of the Gambling Commission said the opposite.
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May faces calls for inquiry over Huawei leak 25 Apr 6:11am May faces calls for inquiry over Huawei leak
Labour and Tory MPs pile on pressure to find and sack leaker amid suspicions it could be work of leadership rival Theresa May is under growing pressure to find and sack the minister, aide or official responsible for a national security leak that revealed the government will allow the Chinese firm Huawei to supply equipment for 5G mobile phone networks. Labour and Tory MPs called on the prime minister to order an official leak inquiry led by the cabinet secretary amid suspicions that a minister with leadership ambitions handed over the information to further their own career.
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Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan resigns 25 Apr 2:43am Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan resigns
The 61-year-old has been in the role for five and a half years and says it is the right time to leave Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, has resigned after five and a half years in the job, saying now is the “right time” to leave. The 61-year-old has a 12-month notice period and will remain at the helm of the bank, which is still 62% owned by the UK government, until a successor has been found and an “orderly handover has taken place”.
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Chancellor manages to miss government borrowing target by £1.9bn despite 17 year low in the deficit 24 Apr 1:17pm Chancellor manages to miss government borrowing target by £1.9bn despite 17 year low in the deficit
Public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, fell by £17.2billion to £24.7billion for the year to March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
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Wanted: New Bank of England boss 24 Apr 7:41am Updated Wanted: New Bank of England boss
The government is using a recruitment firm for the first time suggesting it is broadening its search.
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Government borrowing lowest for 17 years 24 Apr 7:22am Updated Government borrowing lowest for 17 years
Full-year borrowing was still higher than the government's independent forecaster expected.
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Ban standing on long distance trains, says Virgin 24 Apr 6:37am Ban standing on long distance trains, says Virgin
The train operator calls for reservation-only seating, in proposals to the government's rail review.
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Hammond misses budget target but deficit at 17-year low 24 Apr 5:52am Hammond misses budget target but deficit at 17-year low
Higher government spending in the run-up to Brexit helped the chancellor miss his full-year borrowing target, despite the budget deficit sinking to its lowest level for 17 years.
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Beware the £470m home rental tax trap for accidental landlords 24 Apr 4:12am Updated Beware the £470m home rental tax trap for accidental landlords
Earlier this month, the Government put forward plans to scrap two types of tax relief for landlords who sell a property that was once their main home. The tax grab will come in from April 6, 2020.
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ASK TONY: I want to transfer my pension to a Sipp 24 Apr 4:07am ASK TONY: I want to transfer my pension to a Sipp
I would like to transfer my defined benefit local government pension to a self-invested personal pension (Sipp). This is about flexibility, rather than whether I will make more or less money by doing so.
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Beware the £470m home rental tax trap 24 Apr 3:47am Updated Beware the £470m home rental tax trap
Earlier this month, the Government put forward plans to scrap two types of tax relief for landlords who sell a property that was once their main home. The tax grab will come in from April 6, 2020.
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ASK TONY: I want to transfer my pension to a Sipp but greedy financial advisers want to take a slice 24 Apr 3:30am Updated ASK TONY: I want to transfer my pension to a Sipp but greedy financial advisers want to take a slice
I would like to transfer my defined benefit local government pension to a self-invested personal pension (Sipp). This is about flexibility, rather than whether I will make more or less money by doing so.
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Labour could soon be back and trigger a rise in prices: How to stop inflation burning up your cash 23 Apr 5:01am Updated Labour could soon be back and trigger a rise in prices: How to stop inflation burning up your cash
Here – as the prospect of a Corbyn-led Government raises the threat of a new inflationary surge – we show what you can do to stop it burning away your wealth.
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A Vicious, Untreatable Killer Leaves China Guessing 22 Apr 8:20pm Updated A Vicious, Untreatable Killer Leaves China Guessing
African swine fever, which harms pigs but not humans, has swept across the country, the world’s largest pork producer. And the government knows about only some of the cases.
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Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’ 21 Apr 3:18pm Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’
Private insurance pays hospitals much more than the federal government does for patient care. If Medicare for all means Medicare rates, expect an industry backlash.
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Unilever among firms flouting prompt payment rules 21 Apr 8:10am Updated Unilever among firms flouting prompt payment rules
Foods giant Unilever has admitted it takes 90 days to pay its suppliers – despite signing up to a Government code that promises that bills will be paid within 60 days.
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HMRC: Beware of tax rebate text message scams 19 Apr 7:20pm HMRC: Beware of tax rebate text message scams
Fraudsters send fake messages during the tax rebate period, the government warns.
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Strategies: ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now. 19 Apr 1:46pm Strategies: ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now.
The popularity of proposals for a government-run, single-payer system among Democratic presidential candidates has hurt health care stocks, despite their strong earnings.
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Are You a Very English Butler? The U.K. Government Needs You 19 Apr 10:00am Are You a Very English Butler? The U.K. Government Needs You
The Foreign Office has advertised for two butlers responsible for delivering “V.I.P. hospitality” and managing a wine cellar. Maximum annual salary: £30,000.
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Trump’s Nafta Revisions Offer Modest Economic Benefits, Report Finds 18 Apr 7:14pm Updated Trump’s Nafta Revisions Offer Modest Economic Benefits, Report Finds
A government study challenges the president’s claims that the proposed North American trade pact makes far-reaching changes to the 1994 agreement.
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17 Apr 7:14pm New U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Aim to Choke Off Government’s Finances
The Trump administration cut off the central bank’s access to United States currency and limited its ability to conduct international financial transactions.
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New blow for women due to blunder over rise in state pension age 17 Apr 10:51am New blow for women due to blunder over rise in state pension age
Campaigners are calling for compensation for women unable to prepare for the loss of income after the Government increased their state pension age from 60 to 66 in 2020 and then to 67 by 2028.
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New £9,000 pension hammer blow for women due to another blunder with the rise in state pension age 16 Apr 5:43pm New £9,000 pension hammer blow for women due to another blunder with the rise in state pension age
Campaigners are calling for compensation for women unable to prepare for the loss of income after the Government increased their state pension age from 60 to 66 in 2020 and then to 67 by 2028.
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ONS harnesses big data in effort to quickly spot economic trends 15 Apr 11:41am ONS harnesses big data in effort to quickly spot economic trends
Novel ways of monitoring the UK economy include counting the number of trucks on roads Government statisticians are trying to harness the power of big data technology, monitoring the number of lorries on roads and company VAT receipts, in an attempt to more rapidly spot changes taking place in the UK economy. The
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No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months 15 Apr 9:46am No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months
Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch, FOI finds Not a single rogue landlord has been issued with one of the government’s new banning orders, a year after the key new power in the battle to root out the country’s worst rental property owners was launched. New laws which took effect in April 2018 mean that slum landlords handed one of the new bans by the courts are prevented from letting out housing across England. Their details must also be entered on to central government’s new rogue landlord database for local authorities to share.
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‘No-fault’ eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences | Simon Jenkins 15 Apr 6:43am ‘No-fault’ eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences | Simon Jenkins
The government is right to curtail landlords’ section 21 powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorestTheresa May’s government can get some things right.
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One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority 15 Apr 2:04am Updated One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority
In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.
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Not enough babies? Not enough state support for families 13 Apr 12:00pm Not enough babies? Not enough state support for families
When governments withdraw from child-friendly policies, their citizens are, unsurprisingly, more reluctant to procreateWhen a baby is conceived there are usually three parties involved, and one of them is the government. Without financial and other kinds of support from the state, people are more reluctant to have children, according to official statistics. It’s a phenomenon seen across the developed world since the 1990s, when direct state intervention appears to have taken over from a more general sense of economic wellbeing as the main driver of procreation.
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Brexit: British Steel seeks £100m government loan to meet EU rules 13 Apr 11:24am Brexit: British Steel seeks £100m government loan to meet EU rules
The steelmaker is asking for help after the EU froze UK companies out of its carbon credits scheme.
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British Steel in talks about £100m government loan 13 Apr 5:53am British Steel in talks about £100m government loan
The UK's second-biggest steel producer is seeking an urgent £100m‎ government loan after Theresa May's failure to secure a Brexit deal left it frozen out of an EU-wide carbon trading scheme.
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13 Apr 12:05am Updated Big Bank Earnings Reflect Strength in the Economy
JPMorgan Chase and PNC Financial Services Group reported growth in the first quarter, despite a federal government shutdown that lasted for most of January.
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China Yields on Malaysia Rail Project as Global Infrastructure Program Is Re-Examined 12 Apr 5:59pm China Yields on Malaysia Rail Project as Global Infrastructure Program Is Re-Examined
The government said work on the East Coast Rail Link would resume after its price tag, originally projected at up to $20 billion, was cut nearly in half.
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Malaysia Approves Chinese Rail Project After Price Is Slashed 12 Apr 3:46pm Updated Malaysia Approves Chinese Rail Project After Price Is Slashed
The government said work on the East Coast Rail Link would resume after its price tag, originally projected at up to $20 billion, was cut nearly in half.
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Grant Thornton facing another probe following the collapse of government contractor Interserve 11 Apr 4:51pm Grant Thornton facing another probe following the collapse of government contractor Interserve
The Financial Reporting Council is investigating Grant Thornton’s sign off of Interserve’s statements in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The accountant is already under scrutiny over its audit of Patisserie Valerie
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Turkey’s Plan for Economy Is Seen as Tepid Response to Downturn 11 Apr 1:21pm Updated Turkey’s Plan for Economy Is Seen as Tepid Response to Downturn
Amid political turmoil, a blueprint by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government avoids the tougher steps economists say are needed to reverse a recession.
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The Times and Sunday Times editorial merger gets green light 11 Apr 8:14am The Times and Sunday Times editorial merger gets green light
The government has signalled that the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Times and Sunday Times newspapers should be able to merge their editorial teams.
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Murdoch wins preliminary backing to merge his Times titles 11 Apr 6:28am Updated Murdoch wins preliminary backing to merge his Times titles
Rupert Murdoch's Times and the Sunday Times should to be allowed to merge resources, the government rules.
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MPs call for better regulation of the bailiff industry to better protect vulnerable people 11 Apr 4:59am Updated MPs call for better regulation of the bailiff industry to better protect vulnerable people
The Government should introduce new regulation for the bailiff industry ‘to stop unfit enforcement agents and companies from practising’, MPs have said.
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Fears a chaotic Brexit or an escalation of the US - China trade row will derail the global economy 10 Apr 4:51pm Fears a chaotic Brexit or an escalation of the US - China trade row will derail the global economy
Low interest rates are helping to offset a downturn in growth in the world economy, the IMF said. But rising levels of government and company debt are storing up potential problems.
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RUTH SUNDERLAND: Threat of polarised politics puts the world economy in a precarious position 10 Apr 4:50pm RUTH SUNDERLAND: Threat of polarised politics puts the world economy in a precarious position
Polarised politics are a mounting threat to financial markets. In the UK the Brexit debacle has so far left markets unperturbed, but one can imagine the response to a Corbyn government.
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Stagecoach barred from rail franchise bids over pensions row 10 Apr 4:18am Stagecoach barred from rail franchise bids over pensions row
DfT disqualifies group from South Eastern, East Midlands and West Coast processes The government has blocked Stagecoach, the operator of some of the UK’s busiest railway lines, from bidding for three new rail franchises amid a furious row over pensions. The
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Even under a Labour Government you can still make tasty profits 9 Apr 5:37am Updated MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Even under a Labour Government you can still make tasty profits
All is not lost. History shows that, over time, shares generate steady, inflation-beating returns, whoever is in charge at Westminster.
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Wall Street loves socialism for bankers, but not for ordinary people | Robert Reich 8 Apr 10:28am Wall Street loves socialism for bankers, but not for ordinary people | Robert Reich
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon decries socialism. Unless of course it’s the banks that need a government bailout In his annual letter to shareholders, distributed last week, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took aim at socialism, warning it would be
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Social media firms to be penalised for not removing child abuse 8 Apr 4:58am Updated Social media firms to be penalised for not removing child abuse
Senior police and children’s charities welcome plan to hold top executives liable for not taking down harmful content New laws proposed to tackle social media companies streaming child abuse, extremism, terrorist attacks and cyberbullying have been welcomed by senior police and children’s charities. Launched on Monday, the Online Harms white paper outlines what the government says are tough new laws for internet companies and the ability to enforce them.
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Should I use my £100k savings to buy an annuity? Steve Webb replies 8 Apr 2:36am Should I use my £100k savings to buy an annuity? Steve Webb replies
I'm 55 and in a local government pension scheme. I know I can retire now but the pension will be too low to survive on. Could I buy an annuity with my £100k savings? If so how can I go about it?
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Government accused of promoting inequality by stealth 5 Apr 8:15am Government accused of promoting inequality by stealth
Exclusive: benefits for the rich up by 43% while social security payments fall, says thinktank More generous tax relief means the government is providing more in-work cash support to Britain’s richest households than poor families are receiving,
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Pensions dashboards given the green light by the Government 5 Apr 3:43am Updated Pensions dashboards given the green light by the Government
The new dashboards will enable workers to see details of all the pensions they have amassed at different companies and with different providers in one place online.
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Lorries face huge queues in a no-deal Brexit 4 Apr 1:05pm Lorries face huge queues in a no-deal Brexit
The government is drawing up plans for dealing with a massive increase in the number of lorries needing official paperwork in the wake of a potential no-deal Brexit.
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Nearly half of motorists have received a parking ticket at some point 4 Apr 12:09pm Updated Nearly half of motorists have received a parking ticket at some point
More than three in five motorists want the Government to crack down on rogue car parking firms, with 43% saying private parking firms use intimidation to force drivers into paying unfair charges.
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Govt could put more freight on trains in no-deal Brexit 4 Apr 5:01am Govt could put more freight on trains in no-deal Brexit
The Government has been making plans to put more freight on to cross-channel trains in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Sky News can reveal.
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MARKET REPORT: Investors jump aboard Stagecoach 3 Apr 4:52pm MARKET REPORT: Investors jump aboard Stagecoach
This included strong growth from its UK bus operations and the Virgin Rail Group, in which it has a stake. Its wider rail business is set to be boosted by a settlement with the Government.
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Ministers told housing developers cannot be trusted to fix leasehold scandal 3 Apr 4:52pm Ministers told housing developers cannot be trusted to fix leasehold scandal
In a deal with the Government, the UK's biggest builders agreed to help victims struggling with rip-off leases. But MPs have warned the agreement puts too much faith in companies.
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Malaysia sell luxury superyacht seized in 1MDB scandal for £95m 3 Apr 9:50am Malaysia sell luxury superyacht seized in 1MDB scandal for £95m
Government says it has agreed to sell 300ft yacht to casino operator Genting Malaysia Malaysia has sold a luxury superyacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from the nation’s 1M sovereign wealth fund for $126m (£95.5m). The 300ft (91.5-metre) yacht Equanimity was seized from the fugitive financier Jho Low off the coast of Bali last year as part of a global investigation into the
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Government to consider blanket ban on pavement parking in England 3 Apr 7:49am Government to consider blanket ban on pavement parking in England
A blanket ban on the pavement parking across England would bring the country in line with the capital, which has prohibited car drives from parking up kerbs since 1974.
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Brexit: Government did not speak to French ports in no-deal plan 2 Apr 1:45pm Brexit: Government did not speak to French ports in no-deal plan
In a leaked document, the Department for Transport admits it has not engaged with French port operators.
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City watchdog told to review London Capital & Finance collapse 1 Apr 1:34pm City watchdog told to review London Capital & Finance collapse
Government orders FCA inquiry into £236m scandal surrounding investment firm The City watchdog has been ordered by the government to launch an independent review of how it handled the collapse of London Capital & Finance, the investment firm at the centre of
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Bookmakers accused of bypassing new FOBT rules with roulette-style games 1 Apr 1:12pm Bookmakers accused of bypassing new FOBT rules with roulette-style games
New high-stakes games pop up after government reduces stakes from £100 to £2 Bookmakers have been accused of trying to cheat rules curbing
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JPMorgan’s Role in Nigerian Oil Deal Has Come Back to Haunt It 31 Mar 7:43pm Updated JPMorgan’s Role in Nigerian Oil Deal Has Come Back to Haunt It
A JPMorgan Chase account in London was used to send roughly $900 million to government officials involved in a scheme to profit from an offshore oil field.
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New rules will rescue investors: Fortress that protects £85,000 of cash AND investments 31 Mar 8:29am New rules will rescue investors: Fortress that protects £85,000 of cash AND investments
More of investors' money will be protected by an official Government-backed rescue scheme from April 1. The change is designed to make it easier for consumers to understand the scheme.
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Parents face shock rise in childcare costs as government cuts bite 31 Mar 1:00am Parents face shock rise in childcare costs as government cuts bite
Up to half of nurseries set to close or reduce services they offer, survey warnsParents will be forced to pay higher fees for childcare this year because of a lack of government funding, new research suggests. Nurseries and childminders are being driven out of business, while staff feel stressed, demoralised and even suicidal. The
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Smart meter installation is stalling despite Government deadline of 2020 30 Mar 6:01am Updated Smart meter installation is stalling despite Government deadline of 2020
There has been a 2 per cent decrease in domestic smart meter installation in the final quarter of 2018 when compared to the three months before, BEIS said.
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How Sovereign Citizens Helped Swindle $1 Billion From the Government They Disavow 29 Mar 6:50pm Updated How Sovereign Citizens Helped Swindle $1 Billion From the Government They Disavow
Tens of thousands of far-right extremists subscribe to a paranoid ideology that lends itself seamlessly to financial crime.
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Maria Ressa, Journalist Critical of Duterte, Is Arrested Again in Philippines 29 Mar 2:18pm Updated Maria Ressa, Journalist Critical of Duterte, Is Arrested Again in Philippines
The arrest comes as the Duterte administration steps up its campaign against Rappler, a news outlet that has been sharply critical of his government.
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The funeral industry is preying on grieving people. This must stop | Claire Brandon 29 Mar 10:16am The funeral industry is preying on grieving people. This must stop | Claire Brandon
I advise people in financial need, and have seen how some are exploited. A new government investigation is long overduePrice increases at double the rate of inflation for 14 years, certain unscrupulous funeral directors targeting bereaved customers’ vulnerability, people left unable to afford to bury loved ones due to vicious benefits cuts. No wonder the Competition and Markets Authority has announced it will launch an in-depth market
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Huawei poses national security risks, says UK watchdog 28 Mar 8:10am Huawei poses national security risks, says UK watchdog
NCSC report casts doubt over Chinese firm’s future involvement in telecoms The government-led watchdog set up to vet Huawei products has given a damning report on the cyber security risks posed by the Chinese company’s involvement in the British telecommunications industry. The
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Victory for some leaseholders who have seen ground rents double 28 Mar 7:37am Victory for some leaseholders who have seen ground rents double
More than 40 leading property developers and freeholders have signed a Government-backed pledge to stop leaseholders being trapped in unfair and costly deals.
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Centene to Buy WellCare for $15.3 Billion, Creating Health Care Giant 27 Mar 5:46pm Updated Centene to Buy WellCare for $15.3 Billion, Creating Health Care Giant
As the Affordable Care Act comes under renewed attack, Centene is betting big on government-funded health care.
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Council tax in England rises as authorities brace for more cuts 27 Mar 12:23pm Council tax in England rises as authorities brace for more cuts
Tax for people living in band D homes increases by an average of £78, or 4.7%, Council tax in England for people living in band D homes has gone up by an average of £78, or 4.7%, after councils up and down the country approved their budgets for the next financial year, according to government data. Councils are warning that they are bracing themselves for a potential £3bn cut in funding, which could affect services, despite council tax increases.
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Venezuela hit by fourth massive blackout in less than three weeks 27 Mar 9:15am Venezuela hit by fourth massive blackout in less than three weeks
Government blames ‘criminal imperialist attack’ but many suspect blackouts are result of crumbling infrastructure caused by years of corruption Venezuela has suffered its forth massive blackout in less than three weeks, leaving at least of 12 of its 23 states without electricity and reinforcing the sense of crisis in the country. Many of the cities and regions affected by Wednesday’s outage had yet to recover from two other
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Automation threatens 1.5 million workers in Britain, says ONS 25 Mar 10:40am Automation threatens 1.5 million workers in Britain, says ONS
Women and part-timers most at risk, while supermarket checkout jobs fall by 25% About 1.5 million workers in Britain are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to government estimates, with women and those in part-time work most affected. Supermarket checkout assistants have already borne the brunt of the phenomenon, the
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How to stop landlords profiting from homelessness? Compulsory purchase | Ellie Mae O’Hagan 25 Mar 8:45am How to stop landlords profiting from homelessness? Compulsory purchase | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
London councils are paying £14m a year in ‘incentives’ to private landlords. Only radical measures will solve this crisisAlthough most of today’s headlines are taken up by the fact that Brexit has descended into the political equivalent of a skip being set on fire, it’s important to remember that this government has been diligently trashing the country in other ways too.
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JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Make pensions fairer... axe the lifetime allowance  24 Mar 8:09am Updated JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Make pensions fairer... axe the lifetime allowance 
There is a pensions ‘time bomb’ ticking away in the background which the Government must at some stage address, argues the Mail on Sunday.
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As government flounders, investors find a way to curb executive pay 24 Mar 3:00am As government flounders, investors find a way to curb executive pay
An unlikely hero – the Investment Association – is wading into pension inequality with a simple, compelling propositionWhen the former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin reluctantly agreed, in the wake of the bank’s collapse and nationalisation, to
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What will power our homes in the future? The This is Money podcast 22 Mar 8:08am What will power our homes in the future? The This is Money podcast
The Government wants to scrap gas boilers in new homes by 2025 – but what are the viable alternatives? And how much will they cost?
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Government borrowing falls to lowest level in 17 years thanks to a surge in tax receipts 22 Mar 4:34am Updated Government borrowing falls to lowest level in 17 years thanks to a surge in tax receipts
The public sector borrowed £200m in February, significantly down on the £1.2bn borrowed a year earlier. It has given Chancellor Philip Hammond a war chest of more than £26bn.
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Hundreds of gagging orders imposed by govt in run-up to Brexit 21 Mar 1:03pm Hundreds of gagging orders imposed by govt in run-up to Brexit
Sky News can reveal that the government has taken out hundreds of gagging orders as part of its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
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Steel group Meridian on brink of collapse 21 Mar 7:13am Steel group Meridian on brink of collapse
One of Britain's biggest steel stockholding businesses is in last-ditch talks to avoid collapse just days after MPs accused the government of neglecting the wider steel industry.
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Bereaved people do NOT have to return state pension wrongly paid to the deceased 21 Mar 4:37am Updated Bereaved people do NOT have to return state pension wrongly paid to the deceased
People who receive state pension overpaid in error after someone's death are not legally obliged to refund it, the Government has confirmed.
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Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur 20 Mar 6:44pm Updated Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur
Deap Ubhi has spent his tech career bouncing around. Now he’s tangled up in a little battle over one of the biggest government I.T. contracts in history.
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Government spends £7m as no-deal ferry bookings start 20 Mar 1:40pm Government spends £7m as no-deal ferry bookings start
The money covers the first fortnight of the services, which will transport vital goods such as medicines.
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Amyas Morse: ‘I’m angry when ministers waste taxpayers’ billions’ 20 Mar 3:00am Amyas Morse: ‘I’m angry when ministers waste taxpayers’ billions’
The outgoing National Audit Office chief says every wasted £1bn could pay for millions of visits to A&E and ambulance callouts I still get angry – and that is the word for it, angry – 10 years into the role, when I see badly-thought-through programmes and wasted public money,” says outgoing watchdog chief Sir Amyas Morse. “And the reason I’m angry is because the citizen ends up picking up the tab. They are the ones who end up suffering.” For almost a decade, as comptroller and auditor general – the head of the National Audit Office – it’s been Morse’s statutory duty to keep an eagle eye on the spending of central government departments, holding ministers and civil servants to account for cost overruns, project mismanagement and profligacy with taxpayers’ money.
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Most people want higher taxes on rich to support poor – OECD 19 Mar 4:02pm Most people want higher taxes on rich to support poor – OECD
‘Deeply troubling’ survey of 21 countries finds 60% believe they are not getting ‘fair share’ A majority of people living in developed countries want their government to increase taxes on the rich in order to help the poorest in society, according to a major global study. In all of the 21 countries included in
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HS2 would widen UK north-south divide and should be axed, says report 19 Mar 2:38pm HS2 would widen UK north-south divide and should be axed, says report
Thinktank says London would benefit most and money should go to less wealthy areas instead The government’s planned HS2 high-speed rail project will make the UK even more divided and should be scrapped in favour of boosting services in the less well-off parts of the country, a left-leaning thinktank has said. A report from the
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Merkel Staying Out of Merger Talks Between Germany’s Top Banks 19 Mar 1:10pm Merkel Staying Out of Merger Talks Between Germany’s Top Banks
A potential merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is a private economic affair and the government should stay out of it, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
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Axe HS2 and invest in north and Midlands, says thinktank 19 Mar 10:02am Axe HS2 and invest in north and Midlands, says thinktank
Two-fifths of benefits of £56bn project will go to London, says New Economics Foundation The government’s planned HS2 high-speed rail project will make the UK even more divided and should be scrapped in favour of boosting services in the less well-off parts of the country, a left-leaning thinktank has said. A report from the New Economics Foundation found that 40% of the benefits of the controversial project would go to London and that the £56bn budget would be better spent on upgrading the existing network and smaller-scale local projects.
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ALEX BRUMMER: What if Government had disposed of RBS and held onto Worldpay in 2010? 19 Mar 5:35am Updated ALEX BRUMMER: What if Government had disposed of RBS and held onto Worldpay in 2010?
It would own a fintech payments champion valued at £32.5bn and ridded itself of a troublesome bank of the same value.
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Interserve fights to keep contracts as rivals circle 18 Mar 3:31pm Interserve fights to keep contracts as rivals circle
Government contractor fends off interest in its deals from firms such as Mitie and Serco Outsourcing firm
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Police begin criminal inquiry into failed training firm 3aaa 18 Mar 1:11pm Police begin criminal inquiry into failed training firm 3aaa
Specialist fraud unit to investigate allegations made by Department for Education Police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud at the UK’s largest government-funded apprenticeship provider. Derbyshire constabulary said its specialist fraud investigation unit has begun a formal fraud investigation into the collapse of 3aaa, which was training 4,216 apprentices at companies including Ocado, Volkswagen and the National Grid.
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DealBook Briefing: Boeing Comes Under Government Scrutiny 18 Mar 7:45am Updated DealBook Briefing: Boeing Comes Under Government Scrutiny
In the wake of two fatal crashes, Boeing finds itself with prosecutors and regulators inspecting its development processes and safety assessments.
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Hammond could and should have ended his crippling freeze on benefits 17 Mar 2:59am Hammond could and should have ended his crippling freeze on benefits
Of course Brexit creates uncertainties. But the chancellor has funds available now to fulfil the pledge to end austerityLow-income families will be hit hard in April by government spending cuts and tax rises. Philip Hammond might have considered the double whammy that awaits them when he stood up last week to deliver
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Brexit ferry contracts could cost government millions more 16 Mar 9:46am Updated Brexit ferry contracts could cost government millions more
The government's no-deal ferry contracts will require further payments if Brexit is delayed.
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Brexit delay could cost millions in extra payments to ferry firms 16 Mar 6:19am Brexit delay could cost millions in extra payments to ferry firms
Estimated extra cost of £28m will be fresh blow to transport secretary Chris Grayling Any delay to the UK leaving the European Union could cost the government tens of millions in extra payments to keep its no-deal ferry contracts in place. The extra costs will be a fresh political blow to the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, after the collapse of one contract with an operator that had no ferries and a lawsuit by Eurotunnel that was settled out of court at a cost of £33m.
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How should I fund my help-to-buy home purchase? 16 Mar 3:00am How should I fund my help-to-buy home purchase?
I’m wondering if I should try to borrow more in a mortgage and get a smaller government loan
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Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit 15 Mar 8:01pm Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
New measures will allow international students to seek employment for up to a year International students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit. The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.
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Interserve goes into administration after rescue deal rejected 15 Mar 2:25pm Interserve goes into administration after rescue deal rejected
Ownership falls to lenders but company will continue trading and operating public services The government contractor
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Private parking firm crackdown as government reveals new laws 15 Mar 12:36pm Updated Private parking firm crackdown as government reveals new laws
In a victory for This is Money’s campaign against the private parking sharks, a bill that could potentially stop motorists’ details from being flogged to private firms has today become law.
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Interserve tumbles into administration after shareholders reject rescue plan 15 Mar 12:15pm Updated Interserve tumbles into administration after shareholders reject rescue plan
Interserve, which employs 45,000 people and holds crucial Government contracts for a range of services in prisons, schools and hospitals, will be immediately sold to its lenders.
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Interserve to go into administration after rescue deal rejected 15 Mar 8:50am Interserve to go into administration after rescue deal rejected
Ownership will fall to lenders but company can continue trading and operating public services Government contractor Interserve is to go into administration after its largest shareholder, the US hedge fund Coltrane, led a rebellion against financial restructuring plans drawn up by the company’s lenders. The result of the vote, held at an emergency meeting of shareholders, fires the starting gun on a “pre-pack” administration of the company likely to be completed by the end of the day. Interserve has thousands of government contracts such as hospital cleaning, school meals and maintenance of military bases in the Falklands. It also operates the probation service.
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UK signs post-Brexit trade deal with Fiji and Papua New Guinea 14 Mar 1:41pm UK signs post-Brexit trade deal with Fiji and Papua New Guinea
Ministers rush to do deals with countries UK trades with under EU free trade arrangements Britain has signed a post-Brexit trade deal with the Pacific islands of Fiji and Papua New Guinea, as the government rushes to sign as many agreements as possible before 29 March. The Department for International Trade
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SIMON LAMBERT: OBR rumbles the sneaky probate fee death tax 14 Mar 5:49am Updated SIMON LAMBERT: OBR rumbles the sneaky probate fee death tax
The Government’s decision to shove through a £155million raid on bereaved families is a pretty disgraceful move and it got busted for claiming it is a fee by the OBR yesterday.
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Have government savings schemes flopped? Take up of flagship accounts low, OBR says 14 Mar 4:49am Updated Have government savings schemes flopped? Take up of flagship accounts low, OBR says
The budget watchdog today slashed the bonus it expected the Government to have to pay to Lifetime Isa savers by 2021 in half, in another blow for a product often criticised as a gimmick.
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FTSE LIVE: Government reveals no-deal tariff cuts ahead of Spring Statement; Morrisons profits rise 13 Mar 1:06pm Updated FTSE LIVE: Government reveals no-deal tariff cuts ahead of Spring Statement; Morrisons profits rise
Ahead of today's (rather overshadowed) Spring Statement, the Government has said it will slash tariffs on some goods entering the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Making Tax Digital: Figures suggest late surge in firms getting to grips with it 13 Mar 12:57pm Making Tax Digital: Figures suggest late surge in firms getting to grips with it
The Government is being urged to delay the Making Tax Digital programme amid fears that businesses won’t be ready to meet the 1 April deadline due to lack of understanding and high costs of compliance.
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Most imports tariff-free under no-deal plan 13 Mar 9:55am Updated Most imports tariff-free under no-deal plan
The government announces that most imports into the UK would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Government to slash tariffs to zero in case of no-deal Brexit 13 Mar 4:03am Updated Government to slash tariffs to zero in case of no-deal Brexit
Tariffs on 87% of UK imports cut to zero to avoid £9bn shock to consumers and business Tariffs will be slashed to zero on 87% of imports to the UK as part of a temporary no-deal plan to prevent a
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UK announces no-deal tariff plan 13 Mar 3:35am Updated UK announces no-deal tariff plan
The government announces that most imports into the UK would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Majority of UK import tariffs set at zero in a no-deal Brexit 13 Mar 1:58am Majority of UK import tariffs set at zero in a no-deal Brexit
Britain would slash tariffs on the vast majority of goods entering the country in a no-deal scenario, the government has confirmed.
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Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants 12 Mar 8:01pm Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants
Philip Hammond to promise action on plan to tackle Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple A fresh bid to curb the market power of US tech giants will be signalled by Philip Hammond on Wednesday when he welcomes the findings of an independent review calling for government action to ensure companies including Google, Facebook and Apple face stiffer competition. The chancellor will use his annual spring statement to promise action after a review conducted for the Treasury by Jason Furman, Barack Obama’s chief economic adviser, concluded that the
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Turkey Enters Recession, a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near 11 Mar 2:25pm Updated Turkey Enters Recession, a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near
Turkish government figures show two consecutive quarters of declining growth amid falling investor confidence, shrinking investment and rising prices.
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Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins 11 Mar 7:48am Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins
High court to hear five challenges to plans for UK’s biggest aviation hub Five judicial reviews challenging the legality of the government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow airport have begun in the high court. Protesters against the decision by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, to approve the expansion demonstrated outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday before the start of the hearing.
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Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Border Wall Funding 10 Mar 1:54pm Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Border Wall Funding
The president’s third budget request to Congress on Monday is expected to propose cuts to government programs and ask for border wall funds.
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Interserve chief warns shareholders – back us or lose it all 10 Mar 1:51pm Interserve chief warns shareholders – back us or lose it all
Chairman says the government contractor stands to ‘run out of money’ on Friday The chairman of ailing government contractor
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Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Wall Funding 10 Mar 1:31pm Updated Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Wall Funding
The president’s third budget request to Congress on Monday is expected to propose cuts to government programs and ask for border wall funds.
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Only half of FTSE 250 pay full tax: Wizz Air paid just 3.8% levy thanks to its Swiss base 10 Mar 8:52am Updated Only half of FTSE 250 pay full tax: Wizz Air paid just 3.8% levy thanks to its Swiss base
A study of the FTSE 250 index found 89 of the 187 businesses listed have used legal methods to reduce their effective tax rate below the Government’s headline rate.
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Will online shops be hit with a new 2% Amazon tax? 10 Mar 8:50am Updated Will online shops be hit with a new 2% Amazon tax?
High Street minister Jake Berry has told MPs that the Government is considering a '2 per cent tax on online retail' – prompting experts to speculate on the possibility of a new Amazon tax.
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Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies 9 Mar 5:46am Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies
Plan will address ‘power imbalance’ and insecurity of rentals, says shadow minister A Labour government would oblige private landlords to offer tenancies of indefinite length, based on the German system, in an attempt to give renters more security. The plan, announced by the shadow housing secretary, John Healey, would seek to protect tenants from arbitrary eviction without having to give a reason. In Germany, these include failure to pay rent or committing an offence in the property.
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Actually, the rich pay lots of tax. But on income, not their wealth | Patrick Collinson 9 Mar 2:30am Actually, the rich pay lots of tax. But on income, not their wealth | Patrick Collinson
Rather than cut income tax, the government would do better to tax the country’s real wealth We know that giant multinationals are engaged in industrial-scale tax avoidance. We know from the
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Help to Save: Nearly 100,000 people have opened an account 7 Mar 12:51pm Updated Help to Save: Nearly 100,000 people have opened an account
Almost 10,000 people in January signed onto a Government saving scheme offering up to £1,200 in free money, but three million could still be missing out.
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Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind 7 Mar 7:20am Updated Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind
A deal between the UK and the wind industry will ensure 30% of electricity comes from offshore wind by 2030.
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Huawei Sues U.S. Government Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban 7 Mar 7:13am Huawei Sues U.S. Government Over What It Calls an Unfair Ban
The Chinese electronics giant says that Washington is unfairly targeting it as a security threat.
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New York City’s required paid time off proposal will drive businesses away | Gene Marks 7 Mar 6:00am New York City’s required paid time off proposal will drive businesses away | Gene Marks
The proposed bill will be a tough challenge – shouldn’t the decision of how employees are paid be left up to the owner of the business? Should a government require a business to provide paid time off for its employees? That’s what New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants.
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Huawei sues US government over product ban 7 Mar 5:02am Updated Huawei sues US government over product ban
The Chinese telecoms firm takes action against claims its products present security risks.
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Huawei sues US over government ban on its products 7 Mar 3:49am Huawei sues US over government ban on its products
Chinese company files lawsuit claiming restriction is unlawful, harms consumers and violates constitution Huawei is suing the US over a government ban on its products, raising the stakes in a protracted diplomatic incident between China, the US and Canada, where a senior Huawei executive is facing extradition. In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese telecoms equipment and smartphone manufacturer said it had filed a lawsuit in the US district court in Plano, Texas, home to the company’s US headquarters, calling for the ban on US government agencies buying Huawei equipment or services to be overturned.
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Huawei sues US government over tech contracts ban 7 Mar 12:00am Huawei sues US government over tech contracts ban
The Chinese technology firm Huawei is taking the US to court after it was banned from bidding for some government contracts.
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Government throws its weight behind offshore wind power expansion 6 Mar 7:01pm Government throws its weight behind offshore wind power expansion
Deal with wind sector aims to produce one third of UK’s electricity needs by 2030 The government will throw its weight behind an expansion in the use of offshore
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UK targets a third of power from offshore wind by 2030 6 Mar 7:01pm UK targets a third of power from offshore wind by 2030
The government is targeting a "revolution" in green energy as part of a deal with industry to bolster power provision, coastal communities and businesses at the same time.
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Government will audit how Eurotunnel spends £33m settlement 6 Mar 2:05pm Government will audit how Eurotunnel spends £33m settlement
The Department for Transport will ensure a £33m settlement benefits "the wider economy".
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MPs demand answers on no-deal tariff plans 6 Mar 9:46am MPs demand answers on no-deal tariff plans
MPs have demanded to be given details of the government's plans for post-Brexit trade tariffs after Sky News revealed they would be cut sharply if there is no deal.
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VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Government must act now to prevent a cashless calamity 6 Mar 4:59am Updated VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Government must act now to prevent a cashless calamity
We warned last year how Britain was sleepwalking into a cashless crisis. Today a report claims we could end up having to order our cash through the post or pick it up from secure lockers.
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Election blow for Coalition as Australia falls into per-capita recession 6 Mar 2:42am Election blow for Coalition as Australia falls into per-capita recession
Labor says slow growth ‘is a damning indictment of the economic stewardship of Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg’ Australia has fallen into a per-capita recession for the first time in 13 years, as a slowing economy buffets the government’s strong economic message just three months out from the federal election. Scott Morrison has increasingly staked the Coalition’s election chances on the economy, warning repeatedly “the economy will be weaker under Labor”. This week the prime minister again
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Department for Transport issues pothole warning 5 Mar 7:00pm Department for Transport issues pothole warning
The government wants companies that dig up the roads to guarantee they remain pothole-free for five years
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Apprenticeship take-up down by a quarter 5 Mar 7:00pm Apprenticeship take-up down by a quarter
Public spending watchdog says the government has "some way to go" to show the scheme is value for money.
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Government plans to slash up to 90% of tariffs in no-deal Brexit 5 Mar 1:15pm Government plans to slash up to 90% of tariffs in no-deal Brexit
The Government will slash Britain's trade tariffs to more than at any point in history if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, Sky News has learnt.
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Council tax bills in England to rise an average of 4.5% 5 Mar 1:21am Council tax bills in England to rise an average of 4.5%
The Local Government Association said councils had "little choice" in order to protect services.
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Verify: Investigation slams government ID scheme 4 Mar 7:16pm Verify: Investigation slams government ID scheme
Only a third of universal credit claimants who use Gov.UK Verify have been able to authenticate their identity.
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Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government 4 Mar 5:32pm Updated Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government
The suit is likely to argue that banning government agencies from using the company’s equipment amounts to an unconstitutional legislative punishment.
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Gagging orders against whistleblowers face legal curbs 4 Mar 1:05am Gagging orders against whistleblowers face legal curbs
The use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and other so-called gagging orders to stop workers reporting crimes, harassment or discrimination are to face new legal curbs, the government has announced.
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Huawei: Meng Wanzhou sues Canadian government over arrest 3 Mar 7:28pm Huawei: Meng Wanzhou sues Canadian government over arrest
Chinese CFO claims she was detained and interrogated before being told she was under arrest Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officers of Chinese tech giant
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Orders gagging workers to be curbed 3 Mar 7:01pm Orders gagging workers to be curbed
The government wants to stop firms buying the silence of workers who make accusations of wrongdoing.
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Firms face ban on use of gagging clauses to silence whistleblowers 3 Mar 7:01pm Firms face ban on use of gagging clauses to silence whistleblowers
NDAs will not be able to keep workers from whistleblowing, after high-profile alleged cases The government has announced proposals to prevent employers from using gagging clauses to stop people reporting criminal behaviour, harassment or discrimination to police. Ministers have decided to act following high-profile cases including that of Sir Philip Green, the chair of Arcadia Group,
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Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 3 Mar 2:42am Updated Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96
A favorite of corporations, museums and government, he was given wide leeway in expressing his restless imagination in refined but daring ways.
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Help to buy has had its day. Time to tax the builders and close the scheme 3 Mar 2:00am Help to buy has had its day. Time to tax the builders and close the scheme
Osborne’s plan to assist first-time buyers has created colossal windfall profits. The Treasury deserves some of that moneyIf the major banks – rather than housebuilders – were the chief beneficiaries of the government’s help-to-buy scheme, the financial regulator would probably list it as a scam. Ministers would be up in arms and bankers would again be the pariahs they were in 2008. Help to buy is a government scheme that supports the purchase of a newbuild home. It was launched in 2013 and given a reboot last year that will now allow it to run until 2023.
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U.K. Government to Pay Eurotunnel £33 Million Over Brexit Contracts 1 Mar 2:29pm Updated U.K. Government to Pay Eurotunnel £33 Million Over Brexit Contracts
Eurotunnel sued the Department for Transport over the handling of contracts to provide extra freight capacity.
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Congress Faces Fall Deadline to Address Debt Ceiling 1 Mar 2:16pm Congress Faces Fall Deadline to Address Debt Ceiling
The clock starts ticking this weekend for Congress to reach a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, before the government runs out of money to pay its bills sometime this fall.
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Help-to-buy scheme pushes housebuilder dividends to £2.3bn 1 Mar 12:53pm Help-to-buy scheme pushes housebuilder dividends to £2.3bn
Flagship policy of former government drives up firms’ profits along with house prices Britain’s biggest housebuilders paid out £2.3bn in dividends in their most recent financial year, as the help-to-buy subsidy pumped up their profits and house prices. The nine biggest housebuilders listed on the London Stock Exchange declared the dividend payouts in their last full financial years, according to an analysis by AJ Bell, an investment platform.
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Government pays Eurotunnel £33m over Brexit ferry case 1 Mar 11:29am Updated Government pays Eurotunnel £33m over Brexit ferry case
Government settles with Channel Tunnel firm after accusation of "secretive" no-deal Brexit contracts.
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