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Follow the day’s political developments as they happen, including prime minister’s This Morning interview about attempts to reduce some university fees
The prime minister is now taking questions from journalists. She is asked why she has not committed to reducing interest rates on debts and reintroducing maintenance grants.
May says the government has taken action: it has raised the repayment threshold and has frozen fees.
It is time to take action to ensure that the system is “flexible enough to ensure that everyone gets the education that suits them”, Theresa May says.
The prime minister says the review will focus on four key questions:Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:50:00 GMT
Cambridge graduate blackmailed victims over dark web and encouraged rape of child
A scientist and university academic who is one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles has been jailed for 32 years after blackmailing a string of vulnerable victims, many teenagers, into carrying out depraved sexual and physical acts.
Matthew Falder, 29, a Cambridge graduate, admitted 137 offences against 46 victims, male and female, including blackmail, voyeurism, making indecent images of children and encouraging the rape of a child.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:30:36 GMT
Notes and coins set to fall to just 21% of sales by 2026, raising questions for those who rely on the cash economy
Britain will move beyond “peak cash” this year, according to data gathered by the Guardian that suggests notes and coins are rapidly being supplanted as the favoured payment method, particularly in cities.
Debit cards are set to overtake cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK later this year, according to UK Finance, which represents leading finance and banking firms.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:14 GMT
Rights group says site of massacre in Rakhine state is being flattened on government orders after exposés of two other mass graves
WARNING: this report includes a graphic image that readers may find disturbing
The government of Myanmar is bulldozing over the site of a Rohingya mass grave in an effort to destroy evidence of a massacre committed last year by the military, according to a rights monitoring group.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:10:48 GMT
Resolution Foundation says young Britons have suffered biggest reversal in fortunes save for young Greeks
Britain’s millennial generation, born since 1981, have suffered a bigger reversal in financial fortunes than their counterparts in most other developed countries except Greece, according to a study.
The report by the Resolution Foundation paints a gloomy picture for all young adults across the developed world – apart from the Nordic countries. It highlights how incomes are depressed, jobs scarce and home ownership is slumping for the millennial generation compared with the baby boomers that preceded them.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:31:38 GMT
Hospital considers retaining £530,000 it received from scandal-hit charity
Great Ormond Street hospital (Gosh) is reconsidering whether to return £530,000 it collected in donations from the controversial Presidents Club, after allegations of groping and sexual harassment at a men-only fundraising gala.
The London children’s hospital, which had vowed to return all of the money it received from Presidents Club events, said on Monday it was now reconsidering the decision to ensure it had the maximum funds to support the hospital and its patients.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:25:42 GMT
Calls for windfall tax as data shows PFI profits will equal 20% of extra £1.3bn for schools
Schools will have paid £4.8bn to private finance initiative operators by 2020, generating an estimated £270m of profits for the companies from taxpayer money, analysis has revealed.
The study has bolstered calls for a windfall tax on the PFI firms that build and run schools, with the figures also showing that they will have cashed £60m in corporation tax cuts, including £27m in the four years to 2020.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:48:24 GMT
Huge rise in air temperature above north pole will allow chilly winds from eastern Europe to blast UK, Met Office warns
Britain will be gripped by a potentially lengthy cold snap as sudden stratospheric warming looks poised to cause temperatures to tumble.
Forecasters have warned that the meteorological event has disturbed the jet stream – allowing chilly winds from eastern Europe to blast the UK – and could last well into March.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:50:23 GMT
Fast food chain blames contract with delivery firm DHL, with more than 600 outlets still shut
The fast food chain KFC has been forced to temporarily close most of its UK outlets after problems with a new delivery contract led to a chicken shortage.
More than 600 KFC outlets remain shut after a weekend of closures.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:07:40 GMT
Secret service teams clashed in November when Chinese agents tried to stop case carrying US nuclear codes from entering Beijing’s Great Hall of the People
A skirmish involving the United States “nuclear football” reportedly broke out in Beijing last year just hours after Donald Trump had flown in for what he later hailed as an “absolutely terrific” visit.
Trump arrived in the Chinese capital on 8 November for what his hosts had promised would be a “state visit-plus”.Continue reading...
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:15:52 GMT
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