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Teachers attack plans to extend the official retirement age to 68 and say they should be getting their pensions at 60

Teachers say their pension age should be reduced to 60. They attacked plans to extend the official retirement age to 68, saying the pressures of the job would make it ‘an impossibility’ for many. Delegates at the NASUWT union’s annual conference in Birmingham voted unanimously to campaign for teachers to have a normal pension age [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|UK Affairs|Comments Off on Teachers attack plans to extend the official retirement age to 68 and say they should be getting their pensions at 60

Offshoring jobs and buying robots creates better new jobs, say economists

Buying robots to take over repetitive jobs and offshoring basic tasks to foreign workers is not bad for employment in the UK - instead, it creates more and better paid jobs. Overall productivity receives a boost as relatively unproductive jobs are automated or performed more cheaply overseas, freeing up resources domestically for higher productivity work. [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|Business, UK Affairs|Comments Off on Offshoring jobs and buying robots creates better new jobs, say economists

US may tie social media to visa applications

The Trump administration has said it wants to start collecting the social media history of nearly everyone seeking a visa to enter the US. The proposal, which comes from the state department, would require most visa applicants to give details of their Facebook and Twitter accounts. They would have to disclose all social media identities [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|UK Affairs|Comments Off on US may tie social media to visa applications

Industry planning jobs cull to offset Brexit

More than a fifth of manufacturing firms are planning to lay off workers to cope with the costs of Brexit, according to a survey that suggests the sector is already losing business. More than one in 10 (11%) of manufacturers say that they have already lost contracts, according to Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|Business, UK Affairs|Comments Off on Industry planning jobs cull to offset Brexit

Tony Blair: It is not too late to stop Brexit

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it is not too late to stop Brexit, as the UK reaches one year to go until it leaves the European Union. Mr Blair, a Remain campaigner, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it was "more likely... than a few months ago" that Brexit could be stopped. [...]

By | March 31st, 2018|UK Affairs|Comments Off on Tony Blair: It is not too late to stop Brexit

Theresa May: Brexit allows more spending on NHS and schools

Theresa May has said that Brexit means there will be more money available to spend on the NHS and schools. The prime minister told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg Brexit "would deliver a country that will be different" but with the chance "of a bright future". The PM visited England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with [...]

By | March 31st, 2018|UK Affairs|Comments Off on Theresa May: Brexit allows more spending on NHS and schools

We’ve not got enough beds or staff – NHS bosses

The NHS in England does not have enough beds or staff, health bosses say, ahead of the new financial year next week. NHS Providers, which represents chief executives, warned the service was facing an impossible task in 2018-19. The group said it meant hospital waiting lists would grow and long A&E waits continue. But the [...]

By | March 29th, 2018|Health, UK Affairs|Comments Off on We’ve not got enough beds or staff – NHS bosses

Jeremy Hunt calls for 1p tax hike which could raise £5billion for cash-strapped NHS

Jeremy Hunt called for a new NHS tax – as nearly 100 MPs urged the PM to launch an inquiry into the future funding of the health service. The Health Secretary threatened a damaging rift with the Treasury by saying he believed the public would back a new tax where cash is funnelled directly to [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|Health, UK Affairs|Comments Off on Jeremy Hunt calls for 1p tax hike which could raise £5billion for cash-strapped NHS

The UK might be kicked out of EU plans to build an alternative to GPS

The UK’s decision to part ways with the European Union has reached a new frontier: space. According to reports from The Financial Times, the EU is trying to exclude the UK from its €10 billion Galileo project; an ongoing plan to launch 30 satellites that will provide an alternative to the US-controlled global positioning system [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|Space, UK Affairs|Comments Off on The UK might be kicked out of EU plans to build an alternative to GPS

David Davis says a deal with EU is ‘incredibly probable’

It is "incredibly probable" that the UK will reach a final deal with the EU, the Brexit secretary says. David Davis defended planning for a stalemate, saying it was like having home insurance when "you don't expect your house to burn down". He also hit back at Tory Eurosceptic concerns about what has been agreed [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|UK Affairs|Comments Off on David Davis says a deal with EU is ‘incredibly probable’