UK air pollution still down despite return to normal traffic – study

UK air pollution still down despite return to normal traffic – study Exclusive: reduced congestion most likely reason for lower nitrogen dioxide, scientists say Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Air pollution has remained at lower levels in UK towns and cities despite a return to near-normal traffic levels after the easing […]

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Firm with links to Gove and Cummings given Covid-19 contract without open tender

Firm with links to Gove and Cummings given Covid-19 contract without open tender Research company owned by associates of senior Tory and PM’s adviser gets £840,000 job Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Cabinet Office has awarded an £840,000 contract to research public opinion about government policies to a company owned […]

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Chocolate and sweet sales face further curbs in No 10 obesity drive

Chocolate and sweet sales face further curbs in No 10 obesity drive Supermarkets in England may be stopped from displaying unhealthy food at end of aisles Supermarkets in England could be stopped from placing chocolate and sweets as impulse purchases at the end of aisles as part of a government drive to improve the health […]

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Cost of rolling out universal credit rises by £1.4bn, say auditors

Cost of rolling out universal credit rises by £1.4bn, say auditors NAO says benefit may not be able to meet aim of getting more people into work There is still no evidence that universal credit benefit is meeting its central aim of getting more people into work – while the costs of implementing it have […]

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Police in England and Wales face inquiry into possible racial bias

Police in England and Wales face inquiry into possible racial bias Exclusive: IOPC to look for any pattern of discrimination in use of force and stop and search Cases that highlight claims of police racial profiling in England Police across England and Wales face an inquiry to establish whether they racially discriminate against ethnic minorities […]

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UK coronavirus live: beauty salons, outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to reopen in England

UK coronavirus live: beauty salons, outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to reopen in England Dowden says beauty salons can reopen on Monday; theatres can put on outdoor shows from this weekend; repaying crisis debt will take ‘decades’ and higher taxes likely, says IFS Full story: gyms and pools to reopen in England IFS: Sunak’s jobs […]

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Trump’s taxes may be released to grand jury, supreme court rules – live

Trump’s taxes may be released to grand jury, supreme court rules – live Justices issue 7-2 decision returns may be given to New York jury Court send congressional subpoenas case back to lower courts Berman reportedly says Barr pressured him to resign 1.3m workers filed new unemployment claims last week Sign up to our First […]

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Judges quash decision not to prosecute diplomat over alleged trafficking

Judges quash decision not to prosecute diplomat over alleged trafficking CPS to ‘look again’ at case involving woman working for UAE family in London A woman who says it seems the Crown Prosecution Service did not consider her “trafficked enough” after being brought into the UK by a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates is […]

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Boots to cut 4,000 jobs as John Lewis to shut eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk – business live

Boots to cut 4,000 jobs as John Lewis to shut eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk – business live Grim day in UK retail as Boots announces plans to cut 4,000 jobs and John Lewis Partnership shuts eight stores Latest: Boots Opticians stores to close amid jobs cuts John Lewis won’t reopen eight stores […]

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Three police officers in UK accused of racist remarks on WhatsApp

Three police officers in UK accused of racist remarks on WhatsApp Cambridgeshire force investigates alleged comments relating to actor Kayode Ewumi A police officer has been suspended and two others placed on restricted duties after allegedly racist remarks were exchanged on a WhatsApp group under an image of the British actor and writer Kayode Ewumi. […]

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UK coronavirus live: repaying crisis debt will take ‘decades’ and higher taxes likely, says IFS

UK coronavirus live: repaying crisis debt will take ‘decades’ and higher taxes likely, says IFS IFS analysis of chancellor’s plans says ‘reckoning’ will have to come to repair battered public finances Mass unemployment feared despite Rishi Sunak’s ‘plan for jobs’ Global coronavirus live: latest updates 12.49pm BST Scots can meet people from other households indoors […]

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Hillingdon hospital boss blames staff for A&E closure after Covid-19 outbreak

Hillingdon hospital boss blames staff for A&E closure after Covid-19 outbreak Exclusive: Sarah Tedford issues letter saying outbreak was because some staff were not wearing masks, as 70 workers self-isolate Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The chief executive of the hospital that serves Boris Johnson’s constituency, which has shut its A&E […]

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Liz Truss warns Boris Johnson over Brexit border plans

Liz Truss warns Boris Johnson over Brexit border plans International trade secretary tells PM and chancellor plans risk smuggling and damage to UK reputation An extraordinary cabinet row has erupted over Brexit with Liz Truss warning that Boris Johnson’s border plans risk smuggling, damage to the UK’s international reputation and could face a legal challenge […]

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Mass unemployment feared despite Rishi Sunak’s ‘plan for jobs’

Mass unemployment feared despite Rishi Sunak’s ‘plan for jobs’ Economic experts, unions and Labour sound warning after summer statement Rishi Sunak has been warned he will need to act far more decisively to prevent mass unemployment this autumn after unveiling a £30bn mini budget designed to tempt nervous consumers out their Covid-19 hibernation. The chancellor […]

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Rishi Sunak unveils stamp duty holiday and hospitality VAT cut

Rishi Sunak unveils stamp duty holiday and hospitality VAT cut Chancellor also announces £9bn reward for firms bringing back furloughed workers Summer statement: chancellor’s key points at a glance Analysis: Sunak tries to kickstart UK’s economy Stamp duty: what is it and what has the chancellor changed? Rishi Sunak promised to leave “no one without […]

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Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air

Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air It may be best near-term way to remove CO2, say scientists, but cutting fossil fuel use remains critical Spreading rock dust on farmland could suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air every year, according to the first detailed global […]

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