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'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contracts

Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Some firms said they could not recruit or retain the staff they needed. The Local Government Association said it was the result of “historic under-funding” and an ageing population. The government declined an ...

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Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had suffered discrimination. Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to create “a culture of openness” where staff feel they can speak up about patient safety. Barrister Sir ...

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Brexit could place 'huge burden' on Parliament

Parliament might have to scrutinise up to 15 new bills to deliver Brexit, leaving little time for other legislation, the Institute for Government has warned. The IFG says legislation will be needed to establish new policies on areas such as customs and immigration. The extra measures will place “a huge burden” on Parliament and government departments, the think tank says. ...

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'Homophobia' row over Bishop of Llandaff selection

A gay clergyman has accused the Anglican Church in Wales of homophobia after he was rejected for a job as a bishop. The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, was not chosen as the Bishop of Llandaff earlier this month. A current bishop said it would be “too much of a headache” to appoint him, he claimed. ...

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Man dies taking part in 5k run in a Nottingham park

A man has died after taking part in a 5km run in a park in Nottingham. The 43-year-old collapsed on Saturday morning during the weekly Forest Rec Park Run in Forest Recreation Ground. Fellow runner James Herbert, 33, said the man had been running 30 metres in front of him when he fell to the ground. Mr Herbert and two ...

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Finsbury Park toddler death: Man arrested over murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a boy and the attempted murder of a girl, both aged one. Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, believed to be the children’s father, had been wanted in connection with an incident at a flat in Finsbury Park, north London. The children, thought to be twins, were found at the flat ...

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Historical dramas 'limit UK black actors'

Actress Thandie Newton has said she “can’t work” in the UK because there are no roles for black and minority ethnic actors in historical dramas. London-born Newton said the number of costume dramas had led to “slim pickings for people of colour”. Her criticism comes after British Film Institute research found that 59% of UK films since 2006 had no ...

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Blair: Labour should reconsider Brexit stance

Labour should be prepared to alter its stance on Brexit – and if necessary argue that Britain should stay inside the EU, Tony Blair has said. The former PM told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Labour should change its position if the government delivers a Brexit deal the people do not like. He urged Labour to hold ministers to account ...

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Women 'should be told' sex of foetus in pregnancy scan

Women should be told the sex of the foetus when they are scanned during pregnancy, a senior, retired obstetrician has said. Prof Wendy Savage told the Mail on Sunday that withholding the information because of fears over sex-selective abortions was “outrageous”. Some hospitals have a policy not to reveal the sex, but Professor Savage said it was a woman’s right ...

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Opposition MPs join forces to oppose grammar schools

A powerful new cross-party campaign is threatening to derail Theresa May’s plans to expand the number of grammar schools in England. Former Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is joining forces with Lib Dem ex-Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour ex-shadow education minister Lucy Powell to oppose the proposals. Mrs Morgan says the priority should be to make all schools good. ...

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