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Budget predictions: what's at stake for pensions, savings, house purchases and tax? - the Telegrpah







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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:56 — No Comments

Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns - The Guardian

National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of house building to be doubled across a swath of central England

Construction workers on a building site

Philip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade local authorities to build the first new towns in half a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Brexit, the ministers, the professor and the spy: how Russia pulls strings in UK - Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian

The charges filed against a Trump aide shocked the US – but also shed new light on the complex connections that link Russia to Brexit and the Foreign Office

The Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, left, with Joseph Mifsud at the Russian embassy.

On “or about” 25 April 2016, a member of Donald Trump’s campaign team emailed his line manager with good news. His efforts to make contact with the highest levels of power in Moscow had borne fruit: “The Russian…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:34 — No Comments

Everything we know about the Paradise Papers: The super-rich whose financial details have been leaked - The Telegraph

When the Panama Papers were released in 2016, they thrust a spotlight on the tax affairs of the rich and powerful.

Some 18 months later, the so-called Paradise Papers have yet again brought the matter under global scrutiny - and feature high-profile players from much closer to home.

The disclosure of 13.4million previously-secret documents…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Half of NHS hospitals say care has worsened in past year - Alex Matthews-King, The Independent

NHS performing worse than previous years despite investment and ‘major drives’ to boost performance

More than half (51 per cent) of NHS trust's financial directors say patient care in their area deteriorated in the last 12 months, and waiting time targets have…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 3, 2017 at 9:05 — 1 Comment

First interest rate rise in 10 years adds to UK mortgage burden - Richard Partington, The Guardian

Bank of England’s raised cost of borrowing, from 0.25% to 0.5%, may add £22 a month to average variable interest rate loans

Millions of homeowners face higher mortgage payments after the …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 3, 2017 at 8:52 — No Comments

David Davis says he will consider plans for Brits to keep opt-in EU citizenship after Brexit - Jon Stone, The Independent

Brexit Secretary says he has spoken to the European Parliament's Brexit chief about the idea

David Davis has said he will look at proposals that would allow British nationals to opt-in and keep their European Union citizenship after Brexit.

The Brexit Secretary said he would “look seriously” at “associate…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 3, 2017 at 8:46 — No Comments

Hundreds of trainee GPs facing hardship as outsourcing firm fails to pay - Louise Tickle, The Guardian

Exclusive: Payment delays by Capita leave some trainees unable to cover mortgages and forced to ask for emergency funds

Hundreds of trainee GPs have not received their salaries from the outsourcing…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 3, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

EU launches investigation into Britain for letting multinational corporations avoid tax - The Independent

Government introduced new tax loophole for multinationals in 2013

The European Commission…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 27, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

Downing Street says soaring population proves UK needs tougher immigration laws - The Independent

The Government has promised to reduce net migration down to the ‘tens of thousands’

Downing Street has said forecasts indicating Britain’s population will pass the 70 million mark before the end of the next decade prove the need to bring net migration down.…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 27, 2017 at 12:38 — No Comments

China’s rise, America’s fall - David Malone

Will the rise of China mean the fall of America? In a word, yes. Although decline might be more accurate.

Why do I think this? Because China is about to launch the PetroYuan and when it does so the demand for dollars and for dollar denominated debt will shrink. When it does I question whether the world will be so sanguine about the level of debt that America carries. If that happens then the value of the dollar is in…

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Added by joe taylor on October 25, 2017 at 16:17 — No Comments

Research: Commissioning in Children’s Services – What Works? by Simone Vibert, Demos

Research available to download using this link:https://www.demos.co.uk/project/commissioning-in-childrens-services-what-works/

Despite significant policy attention and political action, looked-after children and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) remain some of the most vulnerable children in the country with their later life outcomes – social,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments

Research: Work in Brexit Britain: reshaping the nation’s labour market - Resolution Foundation

Available to download using this link: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/work-in-brexit-britain-reshaping-the-nations-labour-market/

Almost a year after voting to leave the European Union the negotiations for the UK’s departure began on 19thJune 2017. Those negotiations and the exact nature of the agreements they lead to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Self-harm among teenage girls up 68% in three years, shows research - May Bulman, The Independent

Study also shows self-harming is more common among teenagers in deprived areas

Self-harm among teenage girls has risen by 68 per cent in three years, research has revealed.

The study by researchers at…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:43 — No Comments

John Bercow insists MPs have the 'right' to try and prevent Brexit - Jack Maidment, The Telegraph

MPs have the “right” to try and delay or even block Brexitwhen they are given a vote on the UK’s withdrawal deal, John Bercow has said.

The Commons Speaker said it is an “opinion, rather than a constitutional fact” among hard-line Brexiteers that MPs have a “responsibility” to agree to whatever deal may be struck…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:26 — No Comments

Young face growing mortgage debt burden - Kevin Peachey, BBC

Young first-time buyers are increasing their overall mortgage debt in order to tackle short-term financial pressures.

The average mortgage term is lengthening from the traditional 25 years, according to figures from broker L&C Mortgages.

Its figures show the proportion of new buyers taking out 31 to 35-year mortgages has doubled in 10 years.

That means lower monthly repayments, but a bigger overall bill owing to the extra interest…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:17 — No Comments

Tory disdain for democracy reduces Parliament to a talking shop - Jeff Goulding

Older heads than mine may be able to remember a more shambolic and inept government than that of Theresa May. I can’t. However, if that were the only problem, we’d have seen the back of them by now.

Their naked cruelty and obvious disdain for the…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments

Minority Report: Race and Class in post-Brexit Britain

This report by the Runnymede Trust and CLASS think tank explores the intersection of race and class in post-Brexit Britain. Click link below to access full report:

http://classonline.org.uk/pubs/item/minority-report-race-and-class-in-post-brexit-britain

Below is the Foreword to pique your interest: 

In the aftermath of the 2016…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 14:24 — No Comments

Research: Impact of Universal Credit Round 4

The roll-out of Universal Credit looks set to continue this winter with work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, rejecting suggestions to pause the process in order to smooth out the flaws in the system, particularly the 42 day wait for the first benefit payment which has resulted in many claimants being forced into debt and rent arrears . Opposition to this continuation has been expressed by 14 Tory backbenchers as well as Labour MPs Jim McMahon, Jo Platt as well as a stern warning from…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 13:41 — No Comments

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