The Tories just got the starkest warning about Universal Credit yet

Support us and go ad-free The Tories are still going to cut Universal Credit by £20 a week. Now, a think tank has given a stark warning about the effect this will have. But will the government listen? And was the £20 uplift really adequate in the first place? Universal Credit chaos As The Canary …
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Studies about waning vaccine effectiveness could be a warning for the government

Support us and go ad-free Clinical experts have warned that the effectiveness of a second coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine against the Delta variant will likely wane after three months. But the Johnson government appears to be ignoring these warnings. And according to one leading clinician, the UK government may simply be making matters worse. Effectiveness waning …
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Warning to UK that EU will not hesitate to act if Brexit deal is breached

The European Union’s top official warned that the Brexit trade deal has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to take action if Boris Johnson breaches its terms. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said she hoped the EU would not have to use the measures contained within the agreement. But she noted the …
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Stark warning from Chris Whitty – UK has not yet hit the peak of Covid-19 infection

The UK has not yet hit the peak of the current wave of Covid-19 infection, with the next few weeks being “the worst” of the pandemic for the NHS, England’s chief medical officer has warned. Professor Chris Whitty said the vaccine rollout offered hope that lockdown restrictions could be lifted in the coming months, but …
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Ministerial aide sacked for leaking letter warning against leaking to right-wing blog

Support us and go ad-free Downing Street has sacked a ministerial aide after an investigation into the leaking of a letter warning Conservative MPs not to leak. Andrew Lewer was dismissed as a parliamentary private secretary at the Home Office after a “canary trap” probe led by chief whip Mark Spencer, multiple Whitehall sources confirmed …
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Warning over rising air pollution when coronavirus restrictions end

Air pollution could rise significantly as coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions end, a think tank warned as it called on cities to reboot stalled plans to tackle the problem. The fall Levels of toxic air fell dramatically in many places in the spring as the country went into full lockdown, Centre for Cities said. But analysis shows …
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Charity issues warning that fuel poverty will kill terminally ill people quicker this winter

Fuel poverty will kill people quicker this winter as terminally ill people struggle to afford to heat their homes, a charity has warned. At risk High energy bills, delays in accessing benefits, and the other costs associated with their illness are leaving terminally ill people struggling to afford their heating costs, said end of life …
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Financial regulator issues warning notice against former government go-to Carillion

The UK’s financial regulatory body has issued a warning notice against Carillion, saying the collapsed engineering giant and relevant directors acted “recklessly”. Non-full disclosure The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said announcements made in December 2016 and in March and May 2017 did not accurately or fully disclose the financial performance of the company. The FCA …
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HS2 breaks its promise and evicts a community’s beloved nature reserve without warning

Bailiffs have evicted tree protectors from a protest encampment at Calvert Jubilee Nature Reserve in Buckinghamshire. Part of the reserve is due to be destroyed to make way for the HS2 high speed trainline. Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has accused HS2 of not giving them notice of the eviction. BBOWT owns the …
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‘Time is running out’. Education union issues stark warning on coronavirus testing crisis.

The National Education Union (NEU) has called for immediate government action on the UK’s testing crisis. Leaders of the union wrote to the prime minister on 20 September to urge the adoption of emergency measures to maintain the safety of schools. General secretaries of the NEU, Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, asked that school …
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