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Vauxhall plans 400 job cuts at Ellesmere Port as sales fall

Vauxhall plans 400 job cuts at Ellesmere Port as sales fall

Image copyright Vauxhall Vauxhall is cutting about 400 jobs at its Ellesmere Port car plant due to falling sales. The carmaker, now owned by France’s PSA Group – maker of Peugeot and Citroen – is “facing challenging European market conditions,” a spokesman said. Ellesmere Port, which makes the Astra models, will move staff from two […]

Inflation ‘to cause £300 benefit squeeze’- think tank

Inflation ‘to cause £300 benefit squeeze’- think tank

Image copyright PA Benefit freezes combined with the predicted rise in inflation could set some low-income households back £300 next year, a think tank has warned. September’s inflation data will be released on Tuesday, and some analysts predict the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be 2.9%. The Resolution Foundation says loss of income due to […]

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

The chancellor has described the European Union’s Brexit negotiators as “the enemy” – a remark he subsequently described as a “poor choice of words”. During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators “the opponents” and said they should “behave like grown-ups”. But he tweeted later: “I was making the point that we are […]

Plans to limit holiday sickness claims

Plans to limit holiday sickness claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a spike in fake sickness claims by UK holidaymakers, industry bodies say Efforts to crack down on UK tourists making fake claims for holiday sickness are being stepped up by the government. It is proposing rules that would limit payouts by travel companies, which it hopes […]

Uber lodges appeal over London ban

Uber lodges appeal over London ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London Uber has filed an appeal against the decision by London authorities to deny it a licence to operate in London. Last month, Transport for London (TfL) refused Uber a new private hire licence, saying the ride-hailing firm […]

BCC: ‘Robust’ manufacturing fails to boost UK growth

BCC: ‘Robust’ manufacturing fails to boost UK growth

Image copyright Getty Images Despite progress in the manufacturing sector, the UK economy grew at a muted rate in the third quarter of 2017, says the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). It says the number of manufacturers reporting improved domestic sales and orders rose in the quarter to their highest level since early 2015. Export […]

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s, new research indicates. They have been hit by substantial cuts to housing benefit, with government support expected to fall “further and further behind” the cost of housing, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Over the […]

Ryanair to challenge Lufthansa’s Air Berlin deal

Ryanair to challenge Lufthansa’s Air Berlin deal

Image copyright Reuters Ryanair is set to challenge a Lufthansa deal to to buy parts of failed German carrier Air Berlin. The budget Irish airline said it would take the €210m deal to European competition authorities. Lufthansa plans to use Air Berlin planes to expand its Eurowings budget airline business. Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy […]

Ryanair to challenge Lufthansa’s Air Berlin deal

Ryanair to challenge Lufthansa’s Air Berlin deal

Image copyright Reuters Ryanair is set to challenge a Lufthansa deal to to buy parts of failed German carrier Air Berlin. The budget Irish airline said it would take the €210m deal to European competition authorities. Lufthansa plans to use Air Berlin planes to expand its Eurowings budget airline business. Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy […]

Royal Mail wins strike injunction

Royal Mail wins strike injunction

Image copyright Getty Images Royal Mail has won an injunction in London’s High Court preventing next week’s 48-hour strike. The postal firm’s workers had been set to walk out from 19 October in protest over pensions, wages and jobs. But the company said the strike would be “unlawful” if the Communication Workers Union (CWU) did […]