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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 […]

Carrying acid in public could lead to six months in jail

Carrying acid in public could lead to six months in jail

Image copyright Getty Images People caught twice carrying acid in public will receive a mandatory six-month prison sentence, the Home Office has proposed. It is aimed at curbing the number of acid attacks committed, which has more than doubled in five years. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she intended to ban the sales of corrosive […]

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Media captionMichel Barnier said there was “deadlock” over the UK’s Brexit bill The EU is to begin preparing for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, while refusing to discuss the matter with the British government. An internal draft document suggests the 27 EU countries should discuss trade among themselves while officials in Brussels prepare […]

Birmingham Islamic faith school guilty of sex discrimination

Birmingham Islamic faith school guilty of sex discrimination

Image copyright Southall Black Sisters Image caption Anti-segregation protestors gathered outside the court at an earlier hearing An Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys and girls is unlawful sex discrimination, a court has ruled. The case was heard at the Court of Appeal as Ofsted challenged a High Court ruling clearing the Al-Hijrah school […]

Security guard in Tesco Extra Reading roof protest

Security guard in Tesco Extra Reading roof protest

Media captionThe man’s wife says “he will not be coming down willingly” A security guard who claims he was “sacked for no reason” from Tesco has spent the night protesting in the supermarket’s roof space. He has been on the girders above the checkouts in Tesco Extra, Reading, for more than 17 hours, live-streaming on […]

Bethnal Green sex assaults: Girl attacked three times in hour

Bethnal Green sex assaults: Girl attacked three times in hour

Image copyright Met Police Image caption The girl was approached by a third man in Cornfield Street A teenage girl was sexually assaulted by three different men within an hour as she walked home from a night out. Police said the 17-year-old was attacked in Bethnal Green, east London, after becoming separated from friends. They […]

BCC: ‘Robust’ manufacturing fails to boost UK growth

BCC: ‘Robust’ manufacturing fails to boost UK growth

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

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier could start preparing for a transition period The EU is to begin preparing for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, while refusing to discuss the matter with the British government. An internal draft document seen by the BBC suggests the 27 […]

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich A mental health trust has been put back in special measures after its board “failed” to address serious concerns raised since 2014, a report says. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust […]

Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The award was presented by Ian Walker and Julian La Bastide, who had both met the princess Prince Harry has paid tribute to his late mother’s work in raising awareness of HIV and Aids, and urged more people to “embrace regular testing”. The prince was speaking at the Attitude magazine […]