Inflation falls back for the first time since June to 3%


The rate of inflation has eased for the first time since June last year, falling to 3% in December as growth in food costs slowed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said a weaker increase in air fares compared to the same month in 2016 also contributed to the 0.1% fall in consumer price inflation from 3.1% in November – ...

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Harry Uzoka death: Two charged with model’s murder


Image copyright Harry Uzoka Image caption Harry Uzoka died at the scene in west London on Thursday Two men have been charged with the murder of a London model who was killed by a stab wound to the heart. Harry Uzoka, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday. George ...

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Brexit creeps up UK risk managers’ worry list – survey


LONDON (Reuters) – Risk specialists in British businesses are more worried about Brexit and other regulatory change than they were a year ago, though cyber attacks remain the biggest concern, a survey showed on Tuesday. Protesters wave the EU and Union flags outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Britain, December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls The risk of changes in legislation ...

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Scotland braced for worst Arctic blast of the winter | UK | News


Continued snow showers will cover the country today but snowfall is expected to intensify tomorrow when up to eight inches of snow is predicted to fall on higher ground. Even low-lying areas have been told to expect up to three inches of the white stuff, with resulting blizzards enough to spark travel chaos on the roads. South of the Border, ...

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Emergency govt meeting as ministers battle with Carillion collapse fallout


The Government is holding an emergency meeting over the collapse of construction firm Carillion as ministers battle to keep public services running. The COBRA committee, which responds to disasters and emergencies, will meet on Monday night after the crisis-stricken firm plunged into liquidation amid £900m of debt and a £587m pension deficit. Carillion, which employs 20,000 workers across Britain, had ...

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Carillion: The company entrenched in public life


Image copyright Carillion Plc Carillion is usually described as a construction company, its name often seen emblazoned across major projects. One of its contracts was with HS2, but it also supplied children in Oxfordshire with school dinners, maintained prison grounds in Cambridgeshire and set up a solar farm in West Sussex. Describing itself as an “integrated support services business”, it ...

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Former England striker Regis dies aged 59


LONDON (Reuters) – English soccer mourned former West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City and England striker Cyrille Regis on Monday as a role model and pioneer for the country’s black footballers after his death at 59. FILE PHOTO: Football – Leyton Orient v Milton Keynes Dons – Sky Bet Football League One – The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road – 12/10/13 Ex ...

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Carillion collapse raises job fears


Image copyright Carillion Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK’s second biggest construction company. Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts. Its failure means the ...

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Immigration report: Brexit could rebuild public trust in broken system | UK | News


A raft of critical official reports has shown that thousands of foreign national prisoners remained after the end of their sentences despite a Government pledge to boot them out. The latest report says: “Brexit is a chance to restore trust in an immigration system that is viewed, by a significant proportion of the public, as broken. “This confidence, however, cannot ...

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