The care home industry has called on the government to ensure that £2bn of funding earmarked for social care makes its way to frontline services rather than getting stuck within local authorities. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, announced in the budget that an extra £2bn of funding will be granted to social care in England over
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Volkswagen pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges in a brazen scheme to get around US pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles by using software to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests. The German automaker has already agreed to pay $4.3bn in civil and criminal penalties – the largest
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George Osborne has been accused of dragging the reputation of politicians “deeper into the gutter” by trading his insider knowledge of government to Donald Trump’s favourite investment firm – and pulling in the highest-ever earnings of a sitting MP. As his successor Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the government’s latest austerity budget on Wednesday, the register
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Backbenchers unhappy at plans to increase national insurance for the self-employed promised to rebel against the introduction of the tax rise in the autumn, after Theresa May said on Thursday she would delay a vote on the issue. The prime minister hoped her announcement that the centrepiece of Philip Hammond’s first budget would be reviewed
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Touts who use computer software to harvest concert tickets in bulk and resell them at vast mark-ups face unlimited fines as part of a crackdown on highly profitable resale sites such as Viagogo, StubHub and GetMeIn. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a package of measures to curb the growing power of
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A group of anti-capitalist councillors in Barcelona are hoping to topple the statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood at the foot of La Rambla for more than a century, arguing that the city should not be celebrating the explorer’s colonial legacy. The 197ft (60-metre) high memorial, topped with a bronze statue of the Genoan
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