Grenfell tragedy: Councils plan £380m fire safety spend

Councils across the capital will be spending a total of about £383m to make social housing safer following the Grenfell fire, research by BBC Radio London has found. About half of London’s boroughs have asked for financial help, which the government has not yet agreed to. Of 33 London boroughs contacted following the disaster in June, 26 responded with estimated ...

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Reg Buttress: Oldest shop worker dies after retiring

A 94-year-old great-grandfather, who was thought to be one of Britain’s oldest shop workers, has died two months after retiring. Reg Buttress began working at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Cwmbran, Torfaen, in 1981, aged 59. The former coal miner and steam engine driver retired in September after celebrating his 94th birthday. Mr Buttress had retired once before at the age of ...

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Sinn Féin 'glorifying murder', says DUP's Foster

Sinn Féin must stop glorifying the murders of innocent people, the Democratic Unionist Party has said. Speaking after meeting Theresa May in Downing Street, DUP leader Arlene Foster said remarks made about IRA terrorism at Sinn Féin’s annual gathering were “quite disgraceful”. She said the DUP would continue to work towards the restoration of devolution. Sinn Féin’s leader Gerry Adams ...

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Gaia Pope death: Arrested family want police apology

A 19-year-old wrongly arrested on suspicion of Gaia Pope’s murder has been “on the verge of a mental breakdown”, his mother has said. Nathan Elsey was detained alongside his grandmother Rosemary Dinch, 71, six days after Miss Pope, 19, disappeared. Deborah Elsey said she had “no idea” why her son was a suspect and has called on Dorset Police to ...

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National Lottery players could win £10,000 a month for life

Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, is planning to introduce a new game which offers winners a monthly income for the rest of their lives. Instead of winning a lump sum, those taking part in the new game could win as much as £10,000 a month, providing them with a lifetime annuity. Camelot said it was one of the ...

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Death and the discount rate – UK companies weigh pensions tweaks

LONDON (Reuters) – Some of Britain’s biggest companies are considering wiping millions or even billions of pounds from their pension deficits by changing a couple of key assumptions, including when staff are expected to die. FILE PHOTO: Pensioners sit on a bench in a park in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo Retailer Tesco (TSCO.L) paved the ...

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Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in northeastern Nigeria

YOLA/BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday in the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is ...

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Northern Ireland's DUP says Sinn Fein's 'glorification of terrorism' makes devolution difficult

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said on Tuesday recent comments by its main nationalist rival Sinn Fein amounted to “glorification of terrorism” and made restoring the pair’s devolved power-sharing government more difficult. Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and her deputy Nigel Dodds leave 10 Downing Street, London, Britain November 21, ...

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UK factories enjoy best month for new orders since 1988 – CBI

LONDON, (Reuters) – – British factories enjoyed the biggest deluge of new orders in nearly three decades this month, an industry survey showed, adding to signs that the post-Brexit vote fall in the value of sterling is helping manufacturers. A worker inspects a component on the fuel inlet production facility at Futaba Industrial in Foston, central England January 21, 2014. ...

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Bank of England rate-setters air differences over rate hike

LONDON (Reuters) – Bank of England rate-setters spelled out their differences on Tuesday over the central bank’s first rate hike in a decade, as they focussed on the challenge of deciding when low unemployment was about to push up inflation. The Bank of England is seen through the columns of the Royal Exchange in the City of London, Britain, November ...

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