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Councils under the most financial strain

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Away from the permutations of Brexit negotiations, ongoing leadership jostling and racism rows a less discussed debate continues a lot closer to home: the future of local government finances. As English councils strive to balance their yearly budgets, keep reserves stocked and plan future savings any service that can be cut is at risk. It has meant fewer bin collections, fewer libraries and - come
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Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Threat from Russia is ‘real’ – GCHQ

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBritain's representative Karen Pierce and her Russian counterpart Vasily Nebenzya both addressed the UNRussia's threat to the international community is "real" and "active", the head of GCHQ has warned.Jeremy Fleming's comments came after the US, France, Germany and Canada agreed with the UK that Russia was behind the Salisbury Novichok attack.In a speech in Washington, Mr Fleming said Russia's desire to
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Newspaper headlines: BA hacked and ‘reckless Russian agents’

[ad_1] Image caption The fallout from the fresh revelations about the Salisbury poisoning continues to generate headlines. A security official tells the Times the "reckless" actions of two suspected Russian agents accused of using the Novichok nerve agent could have killed 4,000 Britons. Image caption The Daily Telegraph reports on a speech given by the head of GCHQ following the naming of the two Russian suspects in the Salisbury case.
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UK schoolgirls pressured into FGM, campaigner says

[ad_1] Image copyright US Embassy/PA Image caption Leyla Hussein spoke about her efforts to tackle FGM as the proclamation was signed British schoolgirls have been pressured by their fellow students into having female genital mutilation, a campaigner against the practice has said.Leyla Hussein said girls are vulnerable as some see it as a cultural practice despite it being a crime in the UK.Her warning came as British and US agencies
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Demand for heatwave advice from NHS doubled this summer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Demand for advice on signs of heat exhaustion and preventing heatstroke more than doubled during this summer's UK heatwave, according to NHS figures.There were 1.5 million visits to the heat-related advice pages of the NHS.uk website between June and August 2018 - twice as many as the previous summer.Demand peaked in July for advice on health problems caused by the unusually high temperatures.These included heat
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Mark Lawrenson: BBC football pundit given cancer all-clear after scare

[ad_1] Mark Lawrenson won five league titles with Liverpool in the 1980sBBC Sport football pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed that he had a cancer scare earlier this year.The 61-year-old former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender wrote on social media on Thursday that he had had a "facial cancerous blemish" removed.He has now learned the cancer has not spread.Lawrenson also praised the work of the staff at Ormskirk and Whiston
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Tax cut for self-employed workers scrapped

[ad_1] Image copyright PA A planned tax cut for 2.7m self-employed workers has been scrapped by the UK government.It said Class II National Insurance contributions would not now be abolished in this Parliament.It cited concerns that low-earning self employed people would end up paying more to access the state pension and it would make the tax system more complex.The Federation of Small Businesses said it was "extremely disappointing" and would
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‘Urgent action’ at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust

[ad_1] Image caption The chief executive of the hospital trust said staff will continue to work hard to reassure the CQC and patients "Urgent enforcement action" has been taken against a hospital trust after an inspection highlighted safety fears.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust last week amid claims of staff shortages.The notice gives the CQC the ability to suspend the Trust's registration or impose restrictions
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‘Gross failures’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death

[ad_1] Image caption Kayden was 20 months old when he died There was "gross failure" in the care of a toddler who died while awaiting emergency surgery, a coroner has said."Serious and basic failings" led to an "unacceptable delay" in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft's operation on a diaphragmatic hernia, an inquest heard.Coroner Angharad Davies concluded the 20-month-old 's death of natural causes was "contributed to by neglect".The chief executive of Royal Manchester
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Salisbury Novichok poisoning: UK to brief UN on Russian suspects

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe trail taken by the Salisbury poisoning suspectsUK officials will face their Russian counterparts later as they brief the UN Security Council on two men suspected of the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Prosecutors say there is evidence to charge the pair, who the PM said are thought to be officers from Russia's military intelligence service the GRU.Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66,
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Wrest Park WW1 photos colourised to trace nurses

[ad_1] Image copyright London Metropolitan Archives/Royal Sun Alliance Image caption A nurse and a staff sister on the terrace at Wrest Park in Silsoe A rare collection of photos of "forgotten" World War One nurses have been transformed into colour in an effort to trace their identities.They were taken at Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, which is thought to have been the first wartime country house hospital.English Heritage, which now
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Boxing their way out of Grenfell grief

[ad_1] Dale Youth Boxing club was on the second floor of Grenfell Tower but was destroyed by water damage. Since the fire they've carried on training in a disused car park.The club has produced World Champions such as George Groves and is credited with keeping many young people in the area off the streets. Enter the DIY SOS team and volunteers pulling together to create a new home for the
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NHS chief calls for Premier League clubs to tackle gambling addiction

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Premier League football clubs should do more to help tackle gambling addiction, the head of NHS England has said.Simon Stevens described gambling addiction as one of the "new threats" facing the NHS and said reports that foreign betting companies weren't "co-funding help" for addicts were "deeply concerning".Independent charity, Gamble Aware, said the relationship between sport and gambling had "reached a tipping point".The Premier League declined
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Primark fire: Cordon to remain for at least four months

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArgento boss Peter Boyle says the building should be demolishedThe cordon around Belfast city centre's Primark store is likely to be in place for at least four months, after a major fire devastated the listed building.A blaze burned for three days at the retailer's flagship store in Bank Buildings.Fourteen businesses within the safety cordon are currently unable to trade.Speaking after a
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BBC presenter Rachael Bland dies at 40

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #YouMeBigC team talk about the importance of their podcast and friendshipBBC presenter Rachael Bland has died at the age of 40, almost two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.Her family confirmed she died peacefully at home in the early hours of this morning.Bland was a familiar voice on Radio 5 Live as a newsreader and presenter, and won praise
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National Action: Five arrested in police raids

[ad_1] Image caption National Action was proscribed in December 2016 Five people including a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group.Two men from Birmingham aged 22 and 28, a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman from Halifax and the teenager from Nottingham are being held by police in the West Midlands.They are suspected of being members of National Action.A number of properties are
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Islington stabbing victim, 18, critically ill

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The teenager was found with stab wounds in York Way A teenager is critically ill in hospital after he was stabbed during an altercation in north London.A group of suspects is being hunted by police after the victim, 18, was found with stab wounds in York Way, Islington.Officers were called at about 22:00 BST on Tuesday, but found the suspects had already fled, the
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Meat testing: A fifth of samples reveal unspecified animals’ DNA

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More than a fifth of meat sample tests in 2017 found DNA from animals not on the labelling, the BBC has learned.Out of 665 results from England, Wales and Northern Ireland collected by the Food Standards Agency, 145 were partly or wholly made up of unspecified meat.The FSA said the levels were consistent with "deliberate inclusion" - but added testing had targeted those businesses suspected
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Labour anti-Semitism ‘caveats’ criticised – BBC News

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The Labour leader leaving the NEC meeting on Tuesday Jewish groups have criticised Labour's ruling body for including "caveats" when it adopted an anti-Semitism definition in full.The National Executive Committee on Tuesday accepted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition and accompanying examples. But a statement was also agreed by the NEC aimed at protecting free speech.The Jewish Leadership Council said this addition would "drive
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The joy of a £4m jackpot

[ad_1] Melissa Ede won £4m last Christmas thanks to a National Lottery scratchcard. The money has transformed her life, writes the BBC's Mike Thomson, and even seems to be bringing her happiness.On a grey and blustery afternoon in Hull, I'm a passenger in a gleaming white BMW convertible gliding through the city's wind-blown streets. People turn their heads as the car cruises past, top down and radio blaring. Many smile