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18 Jan 2:16pm Treasury minister downplays need for immediate tax rises
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Rapid economic recovery from Covid recession could help ministers avoid increasing taxes, says Jesse Norman A Treasury minister has downplayed the need for immediate tax rises to tackle record levels of government borrowing caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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18 Jan 1:28pm Crossrail 2: more than £115m spent before project mothballed
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Work on new London rail line paused last year as part of TfL’s emergency deal with government More than £115m was spent on Crossrail 2 before work on the scheme for a new north-south rail line through London was suspended in November. The costs for the development and design of the line, which was once hoped to be operational in the early 2030s, were shared between the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
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18 Jan 12:36pm Fishing trucks protest at Westminster against Brexit red tape
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Fishers ‘losing their livelihoods’ as delays hamper exports to the EU and trucks return empty Fishing lorries from Scotland and Devon descended on Westminster on Monday to stage a protest against the Brexit red tape they say is either delaying or ruining exports of their fresh shellfish to the EU. Trucks with slogans including “Brexit carnage” and “Incompetent government destroying shellfish industry” parked metres from Downing Street but they stopped short of carrying out their threat last week to dump fresh fish close to No 10.
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18 Jan 10:35am Britain has plenty of cash to bail out big business, yet nothing for the poorest | Simon Jenkins
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Boris Johnson is refusing a £20-a-week rise for those hardest hit by his pandemic policy We can see the U-turn coming, the tyres burning, the wheels screaming. The government will surely sooner or later decide to continue the £20-a-week uplift in universal benefits until the crisis ends. So why not do it now? Boris Johnson today ordered his
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18 Jan 9:13am UK reimposes Covid-related travel restrictions on film and TV crew
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Executives and crew arriving in the UK will have to isolate for 10 days in reversal of move made to get film production back up and running Film and TV crew are no longer exempt from coronavirus restrictions related to job travel, it has emerged. The UK government’s
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18 Jan 8:07am London borough of Newham tops UK parking fines table
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East London council, which issued most fines and collected most money, is described as ‘parking fine capital of UK’ The London borough of Newham has been described as the “parking fine capital of the UK” after research showed it charged motorists more than £10.6m in a year for breaking rules. The east London council issued 239,000 parking fines between August 2019 and July 2020, according to data collected through freedom of information requests by Comparethemarket.
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18 Jan 7:52am UK supermarkets face more inspections over Covid-19 compliance
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Councils to ensure retailers are enforcing mask wearing, social distancing and limits on numbers
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18 Jan 7:34am Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm
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Indigenous communities say planned Øyfjellet turbines will interfere with migration paths Indigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway. The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths.
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18 Jan 6:59am Prominent film industry names sign letter asking for government support for UK cinemas
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Steve McQueen, Barbara Broccoli and Christopher Nolan join fellow film-makers and actors in call for more funding for large cinema chains hit hard by the pandemic A group of the film industry’s most high-profile and influential names – including Steve McQueen, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Danny Boyle – have published
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18 Jan 3:27am Take That producer sells rights to string of early hits
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Deal includes Ian Levine’s producer royalties to A Million Love Songs, Could It Be Magic and I Found Heaven British songwriter and producer Ian Levine has sold his rights to a string of smash hits by pop group Take That to music publisher One Media iP Group. The deal covers producer royalties to tracks from the group’s 1992 debut album Take That & Party – which was certified platinum twice in the UK – including A Million Love Songs, Could It Be Magic and I Found Heaven.
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18 Jan 2:00am Is our solicitor wrong when she says we owe £10,500 in stamp duty?
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We are replacing our main residence but my husband owns a buy-to-let flat
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18 Jan 2:00am Vulnerable person cut off from landline and broadband for weeks
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TalkTalk service was cut off when the road was dug up and Openreach has not fixed it
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18 Jan 1:00am UK gambling firms accused of exaggerating scale of black market betting
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Report by PwC under fire as industry expects tougher regulation in upcoming government review Gambling firms have been accused of concocting a “dodgy dossier” to exaggerate the scale of black market betting, in an attempt to influence an upcoming government review expected to result in tougher regulation. Gambling industry figures recently seized on a report claiming that 200,000 people in the UK spend £1.4bn on black market sites every year, warning that tougher regulation could drive more people into the arms of “unscrupulous” operators.
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17 Jan 7:01pm Home buyers face unexpected tax bill when stamp duty kicks in
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Rightmove says buyers could be hit with £15,000 bill as rush to complete is causing delays Thousands of home buyers could be hit with an unexpected tax bill of up to £15,000 each if the
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