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Pension contribution hike to hit pay packets

Pension contribution hike to hit pay packets

Millions of workers could see their take-home pay fall in six weeks' time when the amount they have to pay into their pension pot increases. Analysis for the BBC has examined how pay will be hit when higher contribution rates for those with...

Sunday, 04:11 in Regional
 
Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside "personal preferences" and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory members of Parliament, the prime minister said "history will judge us all" over the...

Sunday, 02:05 in Regional
 

Heather Nauert withdraws nomination as US envoy to UN

US President Donald Trump's pick to be America's new UN ambassador, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn her nomination for the post. Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, said in a statement on Saturday that the decision was made "in the best...

Sunday, 02:04 in World News
 
Cambridge time expert fears sundials are 'old hat'

Cambridge time expert fears sundials are 'old hat'

A self-confessed "time enthusiast" says getting young people to love sundials is an "uphill struggle". Dr Frank King, a Cambridge academic, is the mathematical brain behind some of the country's most striking timepieces. The...

Sunday, 01:56 in Regional
 
Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting

Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting

Chaka Khan is officially back. Mind you, she's one of those artists who has never really gone away - such is the breadth of her back catalogue. Along with her big hits, there are the songs you didn't realise were even sung by her; the covers by newer...

Sunday, 01:54 in Art & Culture
 
Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed at a prominent intellectual by a group of "yellow vest" protesters in Paris. Police stepped in to protect the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut after he was bombarded...

Sunday, 01:49 in World News
 
The soldier with a secret talent - ballet

The soldier with a secret talent - ballet

Twenty-two-year-old Alex Smith is a serving soldier in the British Army who nearly went into a very different profession - ballet. For two years he kept his talents a secret from his fellow soldiers. Trooper Alex Smith of the Queen's Dragoon Guards is...

Sunday, 01:25 in Regional
 
Has Meghan's accent changed since marrying Prince Harry?

Has Meghan's accent changed since marrying Prince Harry?

A lot has been written about the Duchess of Sussex in recent months, from speculation on her relationships with other members of the Royal Family to endless discussion of how much she cradles her baby bump. Now even her accent has become a topic of...

Sunday, 01:25 in Regional
 
How Lidl learnt to be less German in the UK

How Lidl learnt to be less German in the UK

Lidl, along with its fellow German discounter Aldi, might be growing strongly in the UK right now but it wasn't always that way. Its former UK boss, Ronny Gottschlich, says that in the early years the discounters were really small players. "If...

Sunday, 01:25 in Regional
 
The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar

The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar

At home, Nina Hartstone juggles caring for three children, co-chairing the PTA and feeding the cat. At work, she's a Bafta-winning sound-editor who is off to Hollywood to see if she can add an Oscar to her collection of awards for her work on music...

Sunday, 01:25 in Regional
 
Concern over 'hidden' Universal Credit council costs

Concern over 'hidden' Universal Credit council costs

Controversial changes to the benefits system are leaving Welsh councils with hidden costs, it has been claimed. Universal Credit aims to make claiming simpler by combining several benefits. But 16 out of Wales' 22 councils said UK government is not...

Sunday, 00:29 in Regional
 
Scottish prisoners forced to double-up in cells

Scottish prisoners forced to double-up in cells

More than 1,400 prisoners in Scotland have had to share a single cell with another inmate, according to the justice secretary. Humza Yousaf revealed the figures in a letter to Labour justice spokesman Daniel Johnson. They showed 12% of Scotland's...

Sunday, 00:29 in Regional
 
Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates, 77% said they...

Sunday, 00:24 in Regional
 
Lee Radziwill: Jackie Kennedy's sister dies aged 85

Lee Radziwill: Jackie Kennedy's sister dies aged 85

Lee Radziwill, the socialite and younger sister of former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has died at the age of 85, US media report. Radziwill, who became a fashion icon and counted Andy Warhol and Truman Capote among her friends, died at...

Sunday, 00:20 in World News
 
Bloodsports videos taken down from Facebook and YouTube

Bloodsports videos taken down from Facebook and YouTube

Facebook and YouTube have taken down content promoting illegal animal bloodsports following an investigation by the BBC's Countryfile programme. But both websites still host users who feature graphic videos and photos showing banned cockfighting and...

Sunday, 00:17 in Regional
 


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