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Northern Ireland ‘lags behind in helping abused kids’ says DUP report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report calls for more understanding of why children may end up in trouble Northern Ireland lags well behind Wales and Scotland in helping young children who are neglected or abused, a report released by the DUP suggests.Hope for Every Child looks at the support available to those who suffer Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)."Wales and Scotland are well ahead of NI in terms
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Prime Minister launches Brexit ‘business councils’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minster Theresa May has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.Big names on the forums include Tesco boss Dave Lewis, ITV chief Carolyn McCall, entrepreneur James Timpson, and CBI head Carolyn Fairbairn.Each council will meet three times a year, twice with Mrs May and once with a senior cabinet minister.They will
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Ministers press ahead with probate fee shake-up

[ad_1] The government is to press ahead with plans to substantially increase the cost to bereaved families of settling the estates of deceased relatives.At the moment, most people pay a flat fee of £155 for a court order giving executors the legal authority to administer the assets in an estate.It will be replaced by a sliding scale of fees linked to an estate's value, ranging from £250 to a £6,000
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Knife debate: Street, McGovern, Blakeley, Halligan, Campbell

[ad_1] The Politics Live panel looked at the causes of knife crime in Britain's bigger cities, and what the potential solutions might be. There have been 119 homicides in the capital so far in 2018 - three times the figure for 2017.After London's mayor said it could take 10 years to solve the problem, Jo Coburn heard from Conservative mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street, Labour MP Alison McGovern,
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Leave.EU and Arron Banks insurance firm face £135,000 in fines

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The campaign group Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by its founder Arron Banks face fines of £135,000 from the UK's Information Commissioner.It follows an investigation into the misuse of personal data by political campaigns.The report says more than a million emails sent to Leave.EU subscribers contained marketing for the Eldon Insurance firm's GoSkippy services.The UK voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the EU in
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‘Press reset’ to win back overseas students

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Overseas student numbers are "flatlining" and the government must "press reset" to tempt them back, says a cross-party group of MPs and Lords. International students bring huge benefits, but restrictive policies mean they increasingly go to the US, Canada or Australia, says the report. A key recommendation is to remove students from immigration targets. This contradicts a recent Migration Advisory Committee report which found no
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‘Gambling regulator didn’t want £2 max fixed odds bet’

[ad_1] The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on betting and gaming has told BBC Radio 5 Live the Gambling Commission didn’t want a maximum £2 betting stake on fixed-odds betting terminals, and had preferred a £30 limit instead.Tory MP Philip Davies told Stephen Nolan the watchdog thought this would be sufficient to curb the harm caused by the machines.The government has announced plans to cut the maximum stake to
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Defence savings needed to plug £7bn black hole

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The Ministry of Defence is estimated to spend over £193bn on equipment projects, including developing four new Trident nuclear submarines The Ministry of Defence must find savings to plug a £7bn hole in the armed forces equipment budget, the National Audit Office has warned.The spending regulator said the MoD's current forecast for spending over the next 10 years remained "unaffordable".Estimates say projects, including four
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Local matters: How councils’ cash struggles are playing out

[ad_1] Away from Brexit-dominated Westminster, the financial squeeze faced by councils is an issue that is not going away.Local authority leaders in England say they are struggling to pay for services like social care, waste collection, libraries and road maintenance.The government says they have been given more money and has promised a fairer system to fund councils.But the plight of Northamptonshire County Council shows the extent of the problems faced
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Kate Osamor referred to watchdog over son’s drugs conviction

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Image caption Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Kate Osamor (r) is a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn A Labour frontbencher has been reported to Parliament's standards watchdog over her son's drugs conviction.Ishmael Osamor, son of Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor, resigned from Haringey Council after pleading guilty to possession of drugs valued at £2,500.He continues to work for his mother as