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1 in 4 seeking debt help are single families, says Citizens Advice

Analysis released today by Citizens Advice shows the struggle that many people, particularly single-parent families, have with debt as the cost of living crisis begins to bite. Citizens Advice’s figures show that around 280,000 people in England and Wales sought one-to-one help with debt in 2021, with many more using its website. Of those, almost…

Up to 22,500 archaeological sites under theat from climate crisis, experts say

‘Historical time capsule’ at risk at one site, archaeologist says

MPs blast DWP’s ‘shameful’ underpaying of widows, divorcees & dependent women pensioners

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) estimates it has underpaid 134,000 pensioners, mostly women, over £1 billion of their State Pension entitlement, with some of the errors dating as far back as 1985. In January 2021, DWP started an official exercise to correct the errors, the ninth such exercise since 2018. The errors –…

Giant panda’s gut bacteria help it remain chubby despite bamboo diet, researchers say

Pandas eat low-nutrient meals of fibrous bamboo leaves for the majority of the year but manage to stay fat and healthy

Climate crisis increasing risk of premature birth and childhood illness

Climate hazards – including rising temperature, pollution and wildfires – are increasing the risk of pre-term birth.

Labour MP Jack Dromey has died aged 73

Labour MP Jack Dromey has died suddenly today, his family has said. Aged 73, he passed away in his flat in his Birmingham Erdington constituency. Jack Dromey was elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington in 2010, being reelected in 2019 with a majority of 3,601. Dromey had been serving as a Shadow Home Affairs spokesperson. He…

Developers to face legal action if they reject £4bn plan to tackle cladding crisis

The Housing secretary Michael Gove will today announce plans to overhaul the government’s previous proposals for tackling the cladding crisis. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 in which 72 people died, recommendations from phase 1 of the Grenfell inquiry has led to major changes in fire safety standards. But the Fire Safety Act 2021…

Small business minister defends tax hike amid cost of living surge

Small business minister Paul Scully has this morning defended the government’s forthcoming tax hike, and floundered when asked the price of a pint of milk. The MP for Sutton and Cheam was quizzed on the cost of living on Sky News’s Breakfast programme presenter: “I’m just wondering how in touch you are with all of…

Downing Street issues warning over Khan ‘drugs decriminalisation’ plan

Moves by London mayor Sadiq Khan to effectively decriminalise drugs in the capital would face strong opposition from Downing Street, the prime minister’s spokesman indicated as he warned “illegal drugs destroy lives”. At the Downing Street lobby briefing this morning, the PM’s spokesperson was asked about reports in the Telegraph suggesting London’s mayor planned to end prosecution of…

Shadow culture secretary calls for ‘more clarity’ over restrictions as government waits on data over Christmas

Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell has called for “more clarity” over data on the Omicron variant that could trigger fresh restrictions in England after Christmas. Speaking to Sky News, Powell said the decision to impose new restrictions would be “finely balanced”, but more transparency was needed over what thresholds would need to be passed for…

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