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Private care contracts for councils ‘being cancelled’

Private care contracts for councils ‘being cancelled’

Image copyright Getty Images Ninety-five UK councils have had their private care contracts cancelled, as companies say they lack enough funding, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Research for the programme suggests one in four of the UK’s 2,500 home care companies is at risk of insolvency. One company says it cancelled its care contract […]

Brexit could place ‘huge burden’ on Parliament

Brexit could place ‘huge burden’ on Parliament

Image copyright PA Image caption The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill became law last week Parliament could be tasked with scrutinising up to 15 new bills to deliver Brexit, leaving little time for other unrelated legislation, the Institute for Government has warned. The IFG says legislation will be needed to establish new policies on […]

Man arrested over Finsbury Park toddler murder

Man arrested over Finsbury Park toddler murder

Image copyright PA Image caption Police have been making house-to-house inquiries 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 […]

Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job

Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said staff who speak up should be listened to 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 […]

Finsbury Park toddlers: Murder hunt over boy’s death

Finsbury Park toddlers: Murder hunt over boy’s death

Image copyright Met Police/PA Image caption Police are trying to trace Bidhya Sagar Das who lives at the property on Wilberforce Road where the children were found A one-year-old boy has died after being found injured in a north London flat. Police called to Wilberforce Road in Finsbury Park on Saturday night also discovered a […]

Ruth Davidson: ‘Scots do not want a referendum’

Media captionRuth Davidson says the SNP does not speak for Scotland The Scottish Conservative leader has said the majority of Scots do not want a second independence referendum. Ruth Davidson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Nicola Sturgeon’s call for such a vote was “not the will of the Scottish people”. She said: “The […]

Historical dramas ‘limit UK black actors’

Historical dramas ‘limit UK black actors’

Image caption Thandie Newton said there are no roles in British dramas, like Call the Midwife, for black and ethnic minority 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 […]

Ruth Davidson: ‘Scots do not want a referendum’

Media captionRuth Davidson says the SNP does not speak for Scotland The Scottish Conservative leader has said the majority of Scots do not want a second independence referendum. Ruth Davidson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Nicola Sturgeon’s call for such a vote was “not the will of the Scottish people”. She said: “The […]

Finsbury Park toddlers: Boy dies and girl critically ill

Finsbury Park toddlers: Boy dies and girl critically ill

Image copyright PA Image caption The children, believed to be twins, were injured in a flat in north London A one-year-old boy has died after being found injured at a north London flat. Police called to Wilberforce Road in Finsbury Park on Saturday night also discovered a girl the same age who is in a […]

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

Image copyright PA NHS services in England are facing a “mission impossible” to meet the standards required by the government, health bosses say. The warning has been made by NHS Providers, which represents hospital, mental health and ambulance trusts. It said front-line services simply do not have enough money – and predicts longer waits for […]