News archive from 6 November 2018

Universal credit plans overhauled after Esther McVey bows to warnings

Universal credit plans overhauled after Esther McVey bows to warnings

The government has overhauled its proposals for transferring people on to universal credit after its own expert advisers issued a stark warning that it was not doing enough to stop thousands of vulnerable claimants being put at risk of hardship. In a...

Guardian, 00:02 in Politics
 
Liverpool make transfer offer to Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot

Liverpool make transfer offer to Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot

Liverpool have made a ‘powerful’ offer to Adrien Rabiot to complete a transfer switch to Anfield, reports say. Rabiot is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season and is open to a move away from Ligue 1. Metro.co.uk understand Manchester City...

Metro, 00:03 in Sport
 
Plans for digital currency spark political crisis in Marshall Islands

Plans for digital currency spark political crisis in Marshall Islands

The only female leader in the Pacific Islands is facing a no-confidence challenge after pushing ahead with the controversial introduction of a digital currency for the Marshall Islands. In February this year President Hilda Heine announced plans to...

 

Huge increase in Birmingham residents using foodbanks - and campaigners blame Universal Credit

The number of Birmingham residents depending on food banks to survive has shot up. And campaigners say the introduction of the new Universal Credit benefit system is to blame. Figures from charity the Trussell Trust, which runs food banks, show that...

 

How Birmingham Airport will be transformed with £500m investment

Birmingham Airport has unveiled plans for a £500 million investment in the transport hub over the next 15 years which it hopes will increase capacity by five million passengers a year. A major portion of that spending will see it create a larger...

 
£600m underspend on tax-free childcare to return to Treasury

£600m underspend on tax-free childcare to return to Treasury

Labour has accused the government of failing to support hard-pressed families after it emerged that a £600m underspend on its tax-free childcare (TFC) scheme is to be returned to the Treasury. The underspend on the troubled programme was uncovered by...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 
Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

An Australian man has died after being attacked by a shark at a popular tourist spot in Queensland. The location - Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands - was also the scene of two non-fatal shark attacks in September. Police said the latest victim,...

BBC, 00:22 in World News
 
Landmark day for State Pension equality

Landmark day for State Pension equality

From Tuesday women in the UK will begin to qualify for their State Pensions at the same age as men - currently 65. The move to equalise male and female pension ages began 25 years ago, under John Major's government, and has been gradually phased in....

BBC, 00:25 in Business
 

One in five of us has already done our Christmas shopping

Whisper it… but almost one in five of us has already done almost all the Christmas shopping. Some 18% of Britons are reckoned to bought most of their gifts by the end of October - a much higher proportion than any of our European neighbours. The...

BBC, 00:25 in Business
 
How the humble lamp-post could help power our cities

How the humble lamp-post could help power our cities

As more than two-thirds of us will be living in cities by 2050, scientists and tech firms are looking at new ways to harness renewable energy within the built environment. But at what cost? One day, your office windows will be harvesting energy from...

BBC, 00:25 in Business
 

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Nine in 10 operations to remove children's tonsils 'unnecessary'

Nine in 10 operations to remove children's tonsils 'unnecessary'

More than 88% of surgeries to remove children’s tonsils are unnecessary, according to new research, with experts warning the procedure could do more harm than good. According to researchers, about 37,000 tonsillectomies were performed on children in...

 
Patients facing NHS tests 'bottleneck'

Patients facing NHS tests 'bottleneck'

A rising number of patients are facing long waits for key NHS tests as UK hospitals struggle with staff shortages, a BBC investigation shows. Tests such as scans and biopsies are crucial for diagnosing illnesses. But tens of thousands of patients are...

BBC, 00:43 in Health
 
‘Morning people’ have lower breast cancer risk

‘Morning people’ have lower breast cancer risk

Women whose body clocks mean they are "morning people" have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, say UK researchers. The team at the University of Bristol says the reason why still needs to be uncovered. It adds the findings are...

BBC, 00:43 in Health
 
'Too many children' have tonsils removed unnecessarily

'Too many children' have tonsils removed unnecessarily

Thousands of children are having their tonsils removed unnecessarily, costing the NHS millions of pounds each year, according to experts. They found seven in every eight children given tonsillectomies were unlikely to benefit from the operation. NHS...

BBC, 00:43 in Health
 


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