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Overseas students “should be removed from immigration statistics” (30 June 2014)

A former Conservative Party adviser is calling for overseas students to be removed from government immigration figures.  Read more...

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Social worker struck off register for failings in child care proceedings (30 June 2014)

A social worker has been removed from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register after lying about care proceedings for four children while she was working for Middlesbrough Council.  Read more...

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Ex-prison officers receive MoJ “call up” to form reserve force (30 June 2014)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has started to recruit a reserve force of prison officers for England and Wales.  Read more...

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Dorset police launch 12-month pilot with mental health practitioners (30 June 2014)

A 12-month pilot in which mental health professionals will work with police officers on patrol has been launched across Dorset.  Read more...

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Government to “flag up” GPs who fail to diagnose early-stage cancers (30 June 2014)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that NHS GPs who regularly fail to diagnose cancer may face having their name flagged up with a red flag on the NHS Choices website.  Read more...

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“Gradual and limited” interest rises to prevent families from cutting back on spending (30 June 2014)

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said that interest rates are likely to rise by 2.5% by 2017 – adding £175 to the average monthly repayment on an £150,000 variable rate mortgage.  Read more...

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Britain’s H-bomb veterans launch film to highlight compensation fight (30 June 2014)

Servicemen who were exposed to radiation after serving in the South Pacific and Australia in the 1950s and 1960s are hoping that a 40-minute film called Nobody told us Anything will highlight their plight after suffering radiation poisoning.   Read more...

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Hot tub “ponzi” trio jailed for fraudulent trading (30 June 2014)

Stafford Crown Court has jailed three men who used a hot-tub company to defraud customers of more than £2 million.  Read more...

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Yarl’s Wood detainees called to give evidence before MPs (30 June 2014)

The Home Affairs Select Committee is to interview former detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre, as part of a further investigation into improper sexual contact between women detained at the centre and male guards who are employed by Serco.  Read more...

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Tougher tests for EU migrants claiming out-of-work benefits in UK (30 June 2014)

Migrants from the European Union coming to the UK to work will in the future face tougher benefit rules if they are unable to find a job within six months of arriving in Britain.   Read more...

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Parents consider legal action after three-year-old suffers fractured skull in holiday accident (30 June 2014)

A three-year-old boy from Kent spent 10 days in intensive care in hospital in Turkey fighting for his life, after a speaker fell from a hotel balcony and landed on his head.  Read more...

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Young offenders to be in bed by 10.30pm, says Justice Secretary (30 June 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that from August, those held in Young Offender Institutions (YOI) will face strict bedtimes.  Read more...

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Court jails law student who cried rape to provide excuse for failing bar exams (27 June 2014)

A 30-year-old law graduate has been jailed by a court, after lying about her partner having raped her so she could provide mitigation for failing her bar exams.
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UK population increases by 400,000 to 64.1m (27 June 2014)

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the UK population increased by more than 400,000 people in 2013 – bringing the total population to 64.1 million people.  Read more...

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Health Secretary apologies to victims of Jimmy Savile who were sexually abused in NHS hospitals (27 June 2014)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile, after an inquiry found that the entertainer had abused hospital patients aged from five years to 75 – after being allowed access to NHS hospital wards during his career as a disc jockey  Read more...

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Bank of England announces “mortgage cap” to prevent housing market overheating (27 June 2014)

The Bank of England^s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) is proposing to introduce a cap on mortgage lending, to prevent borrowers from taking out home loans they would be unable to repay when interest rates rise.
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13.8m households “relying on benefits”, according to ONS figures (27 June 2014)

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that many households in the UK now receive more from the State than they pay into public funds.  Read more...

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IPPC inquiry after man dies from heart attack following police arrest (26 June 2014)

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an inquiry after a 37-year-old Asian man died from a heart attack after being arrested by police in Camden, north London.
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Ticket fraud millionaire jailed for a further six years after failing to repay proceeds of crime (26 June 2014)

A ticket fraudster had has his prison sentence extended, after failing to repay £1.25 million under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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Shelter calls for MPs to “roll up their sleeves” and build more affordable homes (26 June 2014)

Research by homelessness charity Shelter has revealed that 80% of homes for sale in the UK are beyond the means of the average working family.
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160 knife crime suspects targeted by police in dawn raids across London (26 June 2014)

Nearly 6,000 police officers staged dawn raids across London on Wednesday (25/06/14), in a further crackdown on knife crime in the capital.  Read more...

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Assisted dying judgment may lead to “right to die” compromise (26 June 2014)

Judges at the Supreme Court have paved the way for a possible review of current law banning assisted dying.   Read more...

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Serco chief apologises for failure in standards at Yarl’s Wood (25 June 2014)

The chief executive of Serco^s UK central government division, Dr Bob McGuiness, has issued an apology, after it was revealed 10 Serco employees have been dismissed following allegations of improper sexual contact with detainees at Yarl’s Wood women’s immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire.  Read more...

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Cannabis users and schizophrenia patients “share genes” (25 June 2014)

The findings of a new study show that people with schizophrenia and drug users who smoke cannabis share similar genes – and suggest that cannabis users may be more likely to develop schizophrenia than those who do not use cannabis.  Read more...

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Researchers for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) say mental health conditions among children in Britain may have increased (25 June 2014)

Researchers for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) say mental health conditions among children in Britain may have increased over the last 10 years.  Read more...

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Children’s Minister promises “swift action” if councils fail to protect vulnerable youngsters (25 June 2014)

The government’s Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has responded to the findings of a report by the think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which revealed a catalogue of failings in child protection across the UK.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes after employee loses both legs in baling machine (25 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Sussex firm and the manufacturer of a remote control, after a scrap metal worker became trapped in the doors of a baling machine and had both legs amputated as a result.  Read more...

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Mental health budget cuts impacting on care for refugees with PTSD (24 June 2014)

The number of traumatised refugees arriving in the UK from war zones such as Syria and Iraq may be having a serious impact on Britain’s already stretched mental health services, according to one psychotherapist.  Read more...

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UN says refugee numbers now compete with WWII refugee figures (24 June 2014)

To coincide with World Refugee Day, a new report published by the UN has revealed that the number of refugees across the world is set to top 50 million for the first time since World War II.  Read more...

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Court told pregnant teenager was murdered by “abusive” ex-boyfriend (24 June 2014)

Oxford Crown Court has heard how a “violent” and “controlling” man killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend just hours after she told him she was expecting his child.  Read more...

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Market trader resorted to £15,000 benefit fraud after falling into financial difficulties, court hears (24 June 2014)

A market trader who claimed he was unemployed has been convicted of a £15,000 benefit fraud.
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Duncan Lewis Islamic Law Department, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation, Muslim Council of Britain launch Engage, Educate, Empower Campaign (23 June 2014)

Khadeejah Welfare Foundation, Duncan Lewis Solicitors Islamic Department, the Muslim Council of Britain and the National Association of Muslim Police launch Engage, Educate, Empower Campaign.   Read more...

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Success of Tech City “shows UK needs migrant workers” (23 June 2014)

The success of London Tech City – based at Old Street in east London – is one example of how migrants can benefit the UK, The Daily Telegraph reports.  Read more...

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Children’s mental health charity says services for young people are nearing “breaking point”. (23 June 2014)

Children’s and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds has said that cuts to mental health budgets have had a serious impact on children’s mental health services, with many services having reached “breaking point”.  Read more...

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British schoolgirls missing in suspected child abduction case (23 June 2014)

A British father is searching for his two young daughters who may have been abducted by their Thai mother while on a visit to Thailand during the school holidays.  Read more...

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Bank of England committee warns that interest rates could rise “this year” (23 June 2014)

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has warned that interest rates could rise faster than expected as a result of stronger than expected growth in the economy.  Read more...

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£464,000 for tsunami police forensics expert who developed PSTD (23 June 2014)

A police scientist has been awarded £464,000 in compensation, after developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his duties after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  Read more...

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Philanthropist heading for Britain’s biggest divorce payout (20 June 2014)

A leading hedge fund boss and his wife are locked in battle over what could become the UK’s largest ever divorce settlement.  Read more...

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Couple sue after falling ill with sickness and diarrhoea on board P&O’s Oriana cruise ship (20 June 2014)

A couple from Gunnislake in east Cornwall are suing cruise operator P&O, after a dream cruise on the Oriana liner turned into a nightmare because of holiday food poisoning.  Read more...

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Depression in women may be linked to higher heart attack risk (20 June 2014)

A new study by US researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has found that young or middle-aged women with depression have double the risk of dying prematurely from a heart attack, compared with those without depression.  Read more...

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Bedroom tax does not take into consideration UK’s smaller homes, say reasearchers (20 June 2014)

Researchers at the University of Cambridge say that the “bedroom tax” may be fundamentally flawed because more than half the homes in England are smaller than the present-day standard of space recommended for homes.  Read more...

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£10,800 for patient who lost two teeth as a result of alleged failings in dental care (19 June 2014)

A Tonbridge dental patient who lost two teeth after receiving poor dental treatment won £10,800 in compensation, the Kent and Sussex Courier reports.  Read more...

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“Renters’ Manifesto” launched to help those unable to afford to buy (19 June 2014)

Campaign group Generation Rent has launched a manifesto calling for more help for the thousands of young Londoners unable to afford their own homes.  Read more...

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Police detain travel insurance fraud suspects in dawn raids (19 June 2014)

City of London police have arrested 11 people in dawn raids across London, in connection with fraudulent travel insurance claims.  Read more...

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Tragedy of couple jailed for two years, after allowing their nine children to live in squalor (18 June 2014)

An unemployed couple who left their five children living in lice-infested squalor have been jailed by a court in Gloucester.  Read more...

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Mental health patients have a higher risk of being killed, say researchers (18 June 2014)

A new study by the University of Manchester has found that mental health patients are two and a half times more likely to be the victim of unlawful killings or manslaughter than those without a mental health condition.
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£5m compensation for genetic scientist who suffered brain damage after ambulance crew sat round the corner for 102 minutes (18 June 2014)

A genetic scientist who suffered severe brain damage after an ambulance took nearly two hours to arrive at her home has been awarded a £5 million compensation settlement.  Read more...

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Roma teen brutally beaten in suspected vigilante attack in Paris (18 June 2014)

President Hollande has condemned a savage assault on a teenager from a Roma camp in a Paris suburb.
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Jail for benefit fraudster who invented fictitious children to claim tax credits (17 June 2014)

A 42-year-old woman has been jailed for 12 months by Liverpool Crown Court, after she was found guilty of benefit fraud involving concocting lies about the number of children she had, to claim £43,000 in child tax credits.  Read more...

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London homeowners wishing to sell “may have missed out” on peak property prices (17 June 2014)

London homeowners wanting to sell may have missed the peak in property prices, according to a report in the Evening Standard newspaper.   Read more...

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Italy may cease patrolling Libya for migrants, says Minister (17 June 2014)

Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has warned that the Italian Navy and Coastguard may no longer mount rescue operations involving migrants who get into trouble trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in makeshift vessels.  Read more...

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Taxi driver with multiple driving convictions faces jail after killing teenager (17 June 2014)

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court took just one hour to convict an off-duty taxi driver of causing the death of a 17-year-old student by dangerous driving.  Read more...

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Four jailed after knife attack left victim a quadruple amputee (17 June 2014)

A court in Hove has jailed four men found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, after the man they stabbed contracted a blood infection – and ended up having all four of his limbs amputated.  Read more...

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As MPs vote on knife crime Amendment, council tells MPs that CPS is “too soft” on gang culture (17 June 2014)

Hackney Council in east London has warned MPs that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being “too cautious” about charging gang members with knife crimes – and is also failing to make sure knife crime cases are dealt with by CPS staff who understand the “complexities” of gang violence.  Read more...

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New law criminalises forced marriage from today (16 June 2014)

A new law which makes forced marriage a criminal offence in the UK takes effect from today (16/06/14).
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Care criteria should 'reflect needs of autistic people' (16 June 2014)

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has said that adults with autism spectrum disorders face a “devastating” scale of neglect and abuse – and many people with autism say they stay at home to avoid abuse or harassment from the public.  Read more...

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National mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness runs the service in Exmouth. (16 June 2014)

A mental health service in Exmouth, Devon, has used Men’s Health Week – which ran from 9-15 June – to encourage more men in Devon to come forward and seek help for a mental health condition.  Read more...

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Refugee Week launches, as new poll shows support for refugees among first-time voters (16 June 2014)

The start of Refugee Week today (16/06/14) has been marked by a new YouGov poll, which shows that eight out of 10 first-time voters eligible to take part in the May 2015 General Election are proud of the UK’s history of tolerance and acceptance towards refugees and migrants – and want the UK to continue this tradition.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes two companies over death of five-year-old in South Wales (16 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two companies based in South Wales, following the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped in the mechanism of a sliding gate in July 2010.  Read more...

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Legal action over allegations of poor hygiene at some Butlins holiday camps (12 June 2014)

More than 200 holidaymakers who stayed at Butlins holiday camps are taking legal action over allegations of failures in hygiene at the holiday camps – including a smell of raw sewage and dirty swimming pools.  Read more...

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Grandparents tell of legal battle to prevent granddaughter being taken into care (12 June 2014)

The parents of a young mother with a mental health condition have spoken of their fight with Essex County Council to prevent their baby granddaughter being taken into care.  Read more...

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Construction company fined over “wholly preventable” work accident (12 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a construction company, after a sub-contractor fell from height from a staircase and broke his collarbone.  Read more...

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Immigration amendment lessens risk of failed asylum seekers going into hiding” (11 June 2014)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has this week announced new measures to prevent failed asylum seekers going into hiding in the UK to avoid being deported.   Read more...

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Milburn calls for cross-party cooperation to end child poverty (11 June 2014)

Government watchdog the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has said the government’s target of ending child poverty will not be achieved by 2020.  Read more...

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Police on alert for domestic violence spike, as World Cup gets underway (11 June 2014)

Police on alert for domestic violence spike, as World Cup gets underway  Read more...

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High cost of bringing overseas spouses to UK “forcing many families to live apart” (10 June 2014)

The Migrants Rights Network has claimed that 47% of working Britons would be unable to live in the UK with a spouse from overseas because of the coalition government’s tough rules on spousal visas.  Read more...

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Penalties for speeding and motoring offences quadruple (10 June 2014)

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright has announced that motorway speeding fines will increase to £10,000 – with the penalty for speeding on dual carriageways and other roads quadrupling to £4,000.
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Welfare cuts forcing more families into food poverty, say charities (10 June 2014)

A report by three charities has blamed the government’s welfare reforms for an increase in the number of families using food banks.  Read more...

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Highway Code overhaul to allow self-drive cars on Britain’s roads (10 June 2014)

The government is considering reforms to the Highway Code to meet the demands of technological developments such as driverless cars.  Read more...

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Prisons having to adapt to rise in over-60s being jailed (9 June 2014)

Britain’s prisons are having to adapt to an increase in older inmates, with the prison population now including more pensioners found guilty of crimes involving drugs and historic sex abuse charges.  Read more...

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Five-figure payout for mother left with screw lodged in spine after surgery (9 June 2014)

A 36-year-old mother-of-two will spend the rest of her life in pain because doctors wrongly inserted a piece of metal into her spine during surgery, causing permanent nerve damage.  Read more...

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Clairvoyants in court over £80k benefit fraud (9 June 2014)

A couple who claimed they could “barely walk” have been prosecuted for benefit fraud, after investigators filmed the husband working out in a local gym.  Read more...

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MoJ introduces measures to reduce insurance fraud (9 June 2014)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is targeting whiplash claimants once more, with the aim of reducing insurance fraud and bogus whiplash claims.  Read more...

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Another baby taken into care just hours after birth (9 June 2014)

A mother with a mental health condition has had her baby taken away hours after the birth, after a judge ruled that social workers did not have to tell her what was going to happen.  Read more...

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Italian Navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours (9 June 2014)

A change in the weather boosted the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy last week, with the result that between Tuesday and Friday (5-6 June), the Italian Navy rescued a total of 2,500 illegal immigrants trying to reach European shores via Italy.
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Crackdown on 30-year mortgages expected (9 June 2014)

The Bank of England is expected to crack down on long-term mortgages, after a significant rise in the number of mortgages lasting 30 years or more.  Read more...

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NHS “rationing” hits student mental health services (9 June 2014)

NHS mental health services for students have been badly hit by the government’s budget cuts across mental health services.  Read more...

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Housing shortages “fuelling hostility towards migrants”, says Labour MP (9 June 2014)

Labour MP Margaret Hodge has said that the government’s failure to build new homes in London has resulted in hostility being directed at migrants in the UK.  Read more...

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Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill to receive a second reading (9 June 2014)

Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill has passed its first hurdle through the House of Lords and will now be given a second reading.  Read more...

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IMF warning over interest rate risks for homeowners (9 June 2014)

A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned homebuyers in the UK that they risk becoming vulnerable to hikes in interest rates if they overextend themselves financially when applying for mortgages.  Read more...

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Reforms of gang injunctions expected to triple number imposed (9 June 2014)

Changes to gang injunctions will make it easier for the police and courts to prove that an individual’s conduct is “characteristic” of gang behaviour.  Read more...

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More babies poisoned after contaminated feeds (9 June 2014)

There are fears that more babies may have been poisoned as a result of contaminated feeds in neonatal units across the UK.  Read more...

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Thalidomide victims launch legal action for compensation (6 June 2014)

Eight thalidomide victims are to take legal action against drugs manufacturer Grunenthal, 50 years after the thalidomide scandal.  Read more...

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Soldier killed in training exercise at Army base (6 June 2014)

A solider has died and another has been injured after a truck overturned at a military base in Cumbria on Wednesday (04/06/14) morning.  Read more...

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Tax-free childcare extended to children aged up to 12 (5 June 2014)

The Queen’s Speech has included plans to extend the government’s tax-free childcare limit of £2,000 to children up to the age of 12.
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High Court rules drug dealer injured in car crash is entitled to compensation (5 June 2014)

A man injured in a road accident while he was taking part in criminal activity has won the right to claim compensation in a High Court ruling.
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Wiltshire Council green lights £40m affordable housing building programme (5 June 2014)

Wiltshire Council has announced a £40 million housing initiative to build affordable new homes, including new retirement homes for the elderly.  Read more...

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New police custody suite signals “a massive change” for mental health patients (4 June 2014)

Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, Lord Adebowale, has said that improvements made to the treatment of mental health patients in police custody are “evidence of progress”.  Read more...

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Women will have to “breed for Britain” if immigration is cut, says MP (4 June 2014)

After generations of women being advised to delay motherhood in favour of study and a career, Labour MP Stella Creasy has said that women in the UK would have to “breed for Britain” if immigration was reduced.  Read more...

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Briton killed in holiday accident, after falling over wall in the dark (4 June 2014)

A British holidaymaker has died after falling over a wall and plunging 30 feet the popular Spanish holiday island Menorca.  Read more...

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More migrants rescued by Italy’s navy, as Calais authorities continue to clear camps (2 June 2014)

The Italian Navy rescued 3,500 illegal immigrants from the seas off the coast of Italy last week, as the influx of refugees fleeing war zones in Africa and the Middle East escalates.  Read more...

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High Court rejects Judicial Review over bedroom tax imposed on disabled teenager’s family (2 June 2014)

The family of a 14-year-old disabled youngster has vowed to carry on their fight over having to pay the Bedroom Tax.
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Link between cynicism and increased risk of dementia (2 June 2014)

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland say that people who have a tendency towards being cynical may have an increased risk of dementia illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more...

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More UK homes left unoccupied, ONS statistics show (2 June 2014)

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that for the year 2011 – the most recent for which data is available – there were 1.1 million homes in the UK with no regular occupant.  Read more...

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Foster mother who abused children in her care due for release (2 June 2014)

A foster mother jailed for 14 years in 2007 for abusing children in her care is due to be released from prison in July, according to a Daily Mail report.  Read more...

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Income from drugs and prostitution to be included in UK GDP (2 June 2014)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that income from crimes such as prostitution and drug dealing must be included in official estimates of the UK economy from autumn this year.  Read more...

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Private college fined £100,000 after employee develops industrial disease (2 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted private school Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire after a stonemason employed by the college developed potentially fatal lung disease.  Read more...

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