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Ulez: Cost of expanding zone could cost £130m, Sadiq Khan confirms

SOURCE: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ulez-cost-london-one-hundred-thirty-million-pounds-sadiq-khan-b944516.html The cost of expanding the ultra-low emission zone could reach £130m, Sadiq Khan has confirmed. A network of 750 cameras–400 in the enlarged zone and 350 on its new boundary–is being built to detect drivers of […]

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Abortion in Northern Ireland: at the interface between politics and law

SOURCE: https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2021/03/22/abortion-in-northern-ireland-at-the-interface-between-politics-and-law/ Abortion reform in Northern Ireland has had a fraught history, to say the least. Matters appeared to finally come to a head when in 2019, the UK Parliament enacted the Northern Ireland (Executive […]

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NHS staff in England will receive three per cent pay rise backdated to April

SOURCE: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/nhs-pay-3-rise-backdated-april-dhsc-government-boris-johnson-b947025.html NHS staff in England are to receive a three per cent pay increase after a day of confusion ended with an announcement that the Government had accepted recommendations from the pay review body. […]

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Fears coronavirus lockdown will increase child poverty in UK as latest figures show rise of almost a fifth in the last four years

SOURCE: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2020/may/coronavirus-lockdown-increase-child-poverty-in-uk/ Child poverty was rising rapidly before coronavirus hit family incomes Between 2014/15 and 2018/19, child poverty increased by nearly a fifth, from 15.6% to 18.4%, before the pressure of rising housing costs on […]

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Smuggling gangs, boats and political point scoring – the migrant crisis

SOURCE: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/refugees-migrant-crisis-boats-calais-uk-b947719.html Migrant crossings are at record levels, with thousands of vulnerable people falling prey to organised crime gangs. Susannah Butter reports on the government’s next crisis E very time Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi and his […]

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We have no confidence in Priti Patel, says Police Federation

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/22/we-have-no-confidence-in-priti-patel-says-police-federation Rank-and-file police officers have overwhelmingly supported a vote of no confidence in the home secretary, Priti Patel, the first such move in more than a decade. In a scathing announcement, the Police Federation of England and […]

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British high street lost 11,000 shops in 2020, study shows

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/24/british-high-street-lost-11000-shops-in-2020-study-shows More than 11,000 outlets permanently disappeared from high streets, shopping centres and retail parks in Great Britain last year, with independent retailers and villages faring far better than chain stores and city centres. […]