Tag Archives: The Guardian

UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal

Foreign policy UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal Funds to be announced along with plans to revise Le Touquet accord on asylum seekers Workers build the 1km ‘Great Wall of Calais’ aimed at preventing refugees from trying to reach Britain. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to ...

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Taxpayers to foot £200bn bill for PFI contracts – audit office

Private finance initiative Taxpayers to foot £200bn bill for PFI contracts – audit office Cost of privately financing projects ‘can be 40% higher’ than using public money Chair of the public accounts committee, Labour MP Meg Hillier, has launched a scathing critique of the private finance deals. Photograph: PA Taxpayers will be forced to hand over nearly £200bn to contractors ...

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Family doctors working 'beyond safe levels', says GPs' leader

Health Family doctors working ‘beyond safe levels’, says GPs’ leader As doctors describe dealing with up to 70 patients a day, college warns of risks to public health Patients face longer waits to see a GP, says the Patients Association. Photograph: Alamy GPs across Britain are working above safe levels because of relentless and unmanageable workloads, leading doctors have warned. ...

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Sport protects mental health of children who experience trauma

Mental health Sport protects mental health of children who experience trauma Study finds abused or neglected children who play sports are less likely to develop mental illness A teenage boy playing football. People who had traumatic childhoods were more likely to be mentally healthy if they played sport as adults. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Taking part in sport protects children ...

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Turning offices into homes threatens affordability – study

Housing Turning offices into homes threatens affordability – study LGA estimates more than 7,500 affordable homes lost in England due to conversions that do not go through planning system Barnet council’s former head office in north London is being converted into 254 flats. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian More than half of all new homes in some areas have ...

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MPs call for overhaul in oversight of England's academy school chains

Academies MPs call for overhaul in oversight of England’s academy school chains Extent to which failing trusts are ‘stripping assets from their schools’ is of particular concern National Education Union holds a public meeting about Wakefield City Academies Trust, which collapsed last year. Photograph: Gary Calton for the Observer Parents are being “left in the dark” over who really runs ...

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Worboys' victims launch crowdfunding appeal against release

John Worboys Worboys’ victims launch crowdfunding appeal against release Two women hope to raise £10,000 for judicial review of decision to free sexual attacker John Worboys has served 10 years of an indefinite sentence. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA Two victims of the serial sexual attacker John Worboys have launched a crowdfunding appeal for a legal challenge against the controversial decision to ...

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Facebook to expand inquiry into Russian influence of Brexit

Facebook Facebook to expand inquiry into Russian influence of Brexit Tech giant looks into spreading of disinformation after MPs criticised scope of first investigation Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters Facebook has bowed to pressure from MPs and said it will deepen its investigation into whether Russian agents used the platform to spread fake news in the hope of influencing the Brexit vote. ...

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Justine Greening warns that young people could undo Brexit

Brexit Justine Greening warns that young people could undo Brexit Former education secretary says leaving the EU will only be sustainable if deal works for young people Justine Greening: ‘If Brexit doesn’t work for young people in our country, in the end it will not be sustainable.’ Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Former education secretary Justine Greening has warned that young ...

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Home Office pays out £15,500 to asylum seeker over data breach

Government data Home Office pays out £15,500 to asylum seeker over data breach Sensitive information given by government staff to officials in man’s Middle East home country The Home Office has paid out £15,500 to an asylum seeker after admitting handing over sensitive information to his home country. Photograph: Alamy The Home Office has paid out £15,500 in compensation after ...

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