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Wage growth slows despite jobless fall

[ad_1] Wage growth slipped to 2.7% from 2.8% in the three months to May, while unemployment fell by 12,000 to 1.41 million, official figures show.The unemployment rate remained at its joint lowest since 1975 at 4.2%. The wage growth slowdown is likely to dampen expectations of an interest rate rise when Bank of England policymakers next meet in August. Wage growth is one of the key figures that the Bank
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Transgender van driver sues for gig economy discrimination

[ad_1] A transgender woman who worked as a van driver in the gig economy is bringing a discrimination claim against courier company Gnewt Cargo.Hayley, formerly Stanley, from London, claims she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender reassignment.The debate around employment rights in the gig economy usually focuses on monetary benefits like holiday pay. London-based Gnewt Cargo says it ended its relationship with Hayley after she deliberately damaged
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Some slime toys have ‘potentially unsafe levels’ of boron – Which?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents need to be confident the toys they buy will not harm their children, Which? said Some children's slime toys contain potentially unsafe levels of a chemical which can cause vomiting and impair fertility, according to Which?.An investigation by the consumer group into 11 popular slime products found eight contained higher than recommended levels of a chemical called boron.One product had more than
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Millions to face hosepipe ban in north-west England

[ad_1] Image caption Carlisle and north Eden Valley are exempt from the forthcoming ban England's first hosepipe ban this summer has been announced by United Utilities despite other water companies saying they have adequate supplies. United Utilities (UU) said a temporary ban affecting seven million people in the north west of England from 5 August would "safeguard essential supplies".It said reservoir levels were already low amid the heatwave, and hot
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UK heatwave: Hidden landscapes the heatwave is revealing

[ad_1] As the summer sun continues to beat down on the British Isles, ghosts are appearing in the yellowing fields.Normally kept hidden by lush grasses and crops, old and prehistoric features are making themselves known through imprints on fields and lawns, some for the first time in known memory.It's hard to see these features from the ground - but with the rise of drones for aerial photography, they can be
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Kent and Medway NHS hernia policy ‘may be rationing’ surgery

[ad_1] Image caption Surgeons say the only curative treatment for groin hernia is surgery Groin hernia patients are having to "prove their pain" and show they have complications to get surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said.In Kent and Medway, patients are having to show their hernia has grown larger or become "incarcerated" to access operations, the RCS claimed.The RCS said harsher restrictions may amount to "rationing".NHS Clinical
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Crane numbers ‘could rise by 50%’ in next 50 years

[ad_1] Image copyright WWT Image caption Research predicts a 50% increase in breeding cranes over the next 50 years Common cranes which were reintroduced to England less than 40 years ago after a 400-year absence are now here to stay, research has found.There could be a 50% increase in breeding pairs of cranes in the UK within 50 years, according to a study.Efforts to populate parts of the country with
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Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Should we or shouldn't we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children?An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is "no absolute reason not to pursue it".But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said the report - which calls for further research both medically and socially.Inquiry chair, Prof Karen Yeung,
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AI will create as many jobs as it displaces – report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Artificial Intelligence (AI) will create as many jobs in the UK as it will displace over the next 20 years, a report has claimed.The analysis by accountancy giant PwC found AI would boost economic growth, creating new roles as others fell away. But it warned there would be "winners and losers" by industry sector, with many jobs likely to change. Opinion is split over AI's