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Universal credit: Rent arrears double for benefit claimants.

Mon 12 Nov 2018, 12:09 pm by papa_umau

Council tenants on universal credit have on average more than double the rent arrears of those still on housing benefit, a BBC investigation has found.

In Flintshire, north Wales, one of the first counties to test the new payment, the council says rent arrears have gone up by £1m.

One claimant there said a mistake left him with just £29 a month to live on.

But the UK government said it had …

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Bisto owner plans Brexit stockpile.

Tue 13 Nov 2018, 12:20 pm by papa_umau

Premier Foods has said it intends to stockpile raw materials in the run-up to Brexit as fears grow over gridlock at UK ports.

The firm, which owns Bisto, Oxo and Mr Kipling, said it was taking steps "in the absence of certainty over the arrangements for the UK's departure from the EU".

Premier Foods said it expected to spend up to £10m on the preparations.

It also hopes to sell its Ambrosia …

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Michelin workers' shock at factory closure.

Tue 06 Nov 2018, 12:07 pm by papa_umau

Dundee Michelin factory workers have spoken of their shock after the company announced its intention to close the plant, with the loss of all 845 jobs.

The tyre factory will close by mid-2020 after the French firm deemed it "unsuitable" in the current climate.

Workers were sent home until Thursday following a meeting at the factory officially confirming the closure.

Some employees told BBC …

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Armed Forces: Recruits don't need to have lived in Britain.

Mon 05 Nov 2018, 12:01 pm by papa_umau

More foreign nationals living abroad will be able to join the Armed Forces, the government is to announce.

Currently, only 200 Commonwealth citizens per year can apply without having lived in the UK for five years.

But in a bid to recruit more servicemen and women to the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Ministry of Defence is lifting this cap.

The Armed Forces is short of 8,200 soldiers, sailors …

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Niels Högel: German ex-nurse admits killing 100 patients.

Tue 30 Oct 2018, 12:02 pm by papa_umau

A former nurse in Germany has admitted murdering 100 patients during the first day of his trial in the northern town of Oldenburg.

Detectives say Niels Högel, 41, administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care at two hospitals in north of the country.

His motive, prosecutors say, was to impress colleagues by resuscitating the very patients he had attacked.

Högel is already …

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Leicester City owner among five dead in helicopter crash.

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 12:00 pm by papa_umau

The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed.

Billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when the aircraft spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball on Saturday.

It had just cleared the King Power Stadium when it came down at 20:30 BST.

The Duke of Cambridge said …

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NHS waste handler stripped of contracts.

Tue 09 Oct 2018, 12:50 pm by papa_umau

A firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after hundreds of tonnes of waste from hospitals was allowed to pile up at its sites.

Health Minister Stephen Barclay said new arrangements have been made with Mitie to replace the service by Healthcare Environment Services (HES).

"NHS services continue to operate as normal", Mr Barclay told MPs.

HES has said it had highlighted the need to invest in …

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More takeaways on high street despite anti-obesity push.

Tue 23 Oct 2018, 11:51 am by papa_umau

UK high streets have the highest concentration of fast food outlets in almost a decade, figures show.

Despite town halls attempting to limit their spread, in most areas the number of takeaways per 100,000 people was at its highest since 2010.

Research suggests people most exposed to them are nearly twice as likely to be obese.

An industry group said proposals to introduce calorie labels on …

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Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad.

Mon 22 Oct 2018, 12:09 pm by papa_umau

One of the world's biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of "staggering hypocrisy" over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit.

The Marlboro maker said the move was "an important next step" in its aim to "ultimately stop selling cigarettes".

But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to promote its smoking alternatives, such as "heated tobacco".

"This is a …

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