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21 Jul 10:27am Private firms given £9.2bn of NHS budget despite Hancock promise
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Record 2018 total comes after health secretary pledged no privatisation on his watch The amount of the NHS budget going to private healthcare firms has reached unprecedented levels, despite the health secretary’s pledge to roll back outsourcing of patient care. The Department of Health and Social Care handed a record total of £9.2bn last year to private providers such as Virgin Care and the Priory mental health group, its
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21 Jul 9:02am Tenants will be given access to rogue landlord database
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Move follows Guardian/ITV News investigation that found contents were to be kept secret Campaigners have welcomed government plans to open up its rogue landlord database to prospective tenants, as part of proposals to give greater protection to renters. A package of reforms published for consultation includes proposals to stop no-fault evictions, which the charity Shelter has described as “far and away the most important thing the government can do” to help renters.
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21 Jul 8:46am Cycle hire firms urged to help clear dumped bikes from canals
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Trust says it is recovering 100 bikes a year – docked, dockless, even electric – in London alone Hundreds of dockless bikes are being dumped into canals and rivers and most operators are unwilling to help clean up the mess, the body responsible for the UK’s waterways has complained. The Canal and River Trust said it was growing increasingly frustrated by the number of hire bikes abandoned in and beside its 2,000-mile network. It said more than 100 hire bikes a year were being thrown into canals in London alone.
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21 Jul 5:36am UK defence minister rebuffs criticism over tanker seized in Gulf
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Tobias Ellwood denies Britain took ‘eye off the ball’ and says priority is to reduce tensions
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21 Jul 5:00am If the economy is so good, why are some truckers doing so poorly?
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Is the economy to blame? Sure. But there’s something else behind the trucking industry’s woes: mismanagement Times are good right? Economic growth is strong. Unemployment is low. Business and consumer confidence remains high. It’s pretty easy to say that most small business owners are doing pretty well this year. Except if you’re in the trucking business. That’s according to a number of recent reports that cover the freight industry. They are not great.
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21 Jul 3:00am Millions face hardship as Zimbabwe comes close to ‘meltdown’
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Rising inflation has hit those already struggling with food, fuel and medicine shortages Millions of people in Zimbabwe face hardship, hunger and chaos as the economy comes close to
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21 Jul 3:00am Market Harborough reveals the key to being ‘liveable’: homes we can afford
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East Midlands town is unexpected winner in a search for the best places for affordability and quality of life. Its proud residents explain why they like it “We’ve still got a fishmonger. How many places still have that?” asked Kate Gander, listing the merits of her home, Market Harborough. In fact, she struggled to find anything negative at all to say about the Leicestershire town. “It’s got fantastic railway connections and it’s not too overrun by big businesses,” she said.
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21 Jul 2:59am Greedy parking enforcement companies are issuing hefty fines to carers and nurses
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Private companies are issuing hefty penalty charge notices – sometimes even in a hospital’s own car parkCommunity nurse Gemma Hayes* was on call and on a tight schedule. She left her car in the residents’ car park of a block where her last patient of the day lived and displayed her professional carer’s badge on the dashboard. When she returned she’d been charged £60. “I was allocated 30 minutes for the call but spent an extra 45 minutes unpaid overtime as the elderly, housebound patient had additional needs,” says Hayes, who earns £24,200 and regularly works an extra unpaid hour on top of her eight-hour shifts. “I appealed, offering confirmation that I was carrying out a patient visit. It was rejected.
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21 Jul 2:00am Facebook’s plan for a cryptocurrency is right to set alarm bells ringing |John Naughton
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The tech giant now seems to imagine itself a state. Its reach must not go unchallenged Now that Wimbledon is over, if you’re looking for something interesting to watch, can I suggest heading over to
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21 Jul 2:00am Iran, Heathrow, HS2 – and Brexit: the big decisions facing the new prime minister
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The next PM takes office on Wednesday – and already has his work cut out After 24 hours of formalities that will end on Wednesday afternoon with the Queen inviting the new leader of the Tory party to form a government, the transfer of power from the 76th prime minister of the United Kingdom to the 77th will be a clinical and fairly brutal business. “We have been told we will have to be out of the building – having handed in our phones – and have left through the Cabinet Office within half an hour of proceedings ending at the palace,” said a member of Theresa May’s Downing Street staff. “From that moment, we are out of a job.”
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21 Jul 2:00am As the controversy mounts, Facebook still seems to click
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The social media giant is set to unveil its second-best results this week, despite a privacy ruling and fears over LibraFacebook is expected to report its second most profitable quarter ever on Wednesday, even in the wake of
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21 Jul 2:00am Margrethe Vestager scares the tech giants. If we leave the EU, we’ll miss her
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Trump says the competition commissioner hates the US, but what she really hates is tax avoidanceThe greatest economic threat facing Europe is of falling hopelessly behind the US and China in adopting the next generation of technology. That is the view of many across Europe’s industrial and financial sectors who watch with wonder the proxy battle between the US and Chinese administrations on behalf of their tech giants. Business leaders from Dublin to Warsaw are open-mouthed – not so much at the often-bizarre tug of war between the two sides as at the fact that these economic blocs can lay claim to almost all the world’s tech giants.
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21 Jul 12:59am Do you dream of a shorter working week? Reality might soon catch up... | Sonia Sodha
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More leisure time will remain out of reach for many until their conditions improveSummer holiday season is upon us, and one of the little sun-lounger fantasies I like to indulge, undoubtedly along with millions of others, is the idea of jacking it all in and buying a one-way ticket to somewhere drenched in sunshine all year round but so cheap you can make your savings stretch. Then I get back to the 9-5, and the September drizzle, and file it away until next summer. But what if there’s a bit more substance to this daydream – at least to the notion of working less, if not giving it up altogether? The idea of a shorter working week may sound fantastical but it’s gaining traction on the left: last year the TUC backed a four-day week, and the shadow chancellor John McDonnell has commissioned a
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