Operators of free-to-use ATMs in remote areas will receive extra money per transaction
Companies operating free-to-use cash machines in remote areas are to receive extra payments that could help stem the tide of ATM closures.
Under the changes, operators will receive increased payments of up to £2.75 each time someone withdraws cash from an eligible machine. Continue reading...
The boy will be treated at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, the UK’s first dedicated centre
A 15-year-old with a rare brain tumour is to undergo pioneering proton beam therapy at the UK’s first dedicated treatment centre.
Mason Kettley, from Angmering in West Sussex, will receive the highly targeted therapy, which helps shrink tumours and cuts the risk of side-effects. Continue reading...
Firm falls to fifth place in customer satisfaction poll with First Direct ranked best
Amazon has slipped down a list of companies ranked by customer satisfaction after consumers were asked to consider ethics when rating brands.
The online retailer, which became the world’s most valuable listed company earlier this month, had taken the top spot in the last six published biannual UK Customer Satisfaction Indexes (UKSCI). Continue reading...
National Audit Office reveals councils in England are failing to keep lid on child protection budgets
Ministers face calls for fresh investment in hard-pressed children’s social services after the public spending watchdog revealed that soaring numbers of at-risk youngsters taken into care had caused councils to overspend by nearly £1bn.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said that nine out of 10 local authorities in England were unable to keep a lid on child protection budgets in 2017-18 because of big increases in care rates, particularly among teenagers with complex needs. Continue reading...
Watchdog calls for tough sanctions to punish trusts guilty of poor governance and misuse of public funds
The education of tens of thousands of children has been damaged by academy failures and the misuse of public funds, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded.
In a report published on Wednesday, the public accounts committee (PAC) said governance of academy trusts must be strengthened, and that the Department for Education’s (DfE) oversight must be more rigorous. Continue reading...
Maintaining medicine stockpiles in the event of a no-deal Brexit will depend on the Government securing priority shipping routes through a number of alternative ports to Dover, the UK’s largest supplier of insulin has told Sky News.
More than 100,000 web pages of children being abused were removed from the internet last year, up a third on 2017, thanks to the work of a UK charity.
Despite Ant being absent from screens for most of 2018, he still claimed victory alongside Dec.
BBC One drama’s star Richard Madden also among the performers’ prize winners in London
The BBC thriller, Bodyguard, has been named best new drama at the National Television awards, and its male lead, Richard Madden, won in the best drama performance category.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the O2 in London on Tuesday evening. Also among those honoured were This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing and Peter Kay’s Car Share. Continue reading...
Ant and Dec have won the best presenter gong at the National Television Awards despite not appearing on television together in 10 months.
Motorists are being warned of hazardous driving conditions for Wednesday morning.
A three-year-old boy was hit in the face with acid in an attack organised by his father, a court has heard.
It comes as a former soldier sues the MoD after catching the disease while serving in Afghanistan.
Carl Beech, 50, filmed a boy in a toilet and made or possessed over 300 indecent images of children.
Hasan Patel, 16, accepts place after calling school’s charitable status ‘absurd and corrupt’
A teenage supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who has been accused of hypocrisy on social media for accepting a scholarship to Eton has told his critics that he will use his education to “go out and tackle injustice”.
Sixteen-year-old Hasan Patel, a self-described socialist and avid supporter of the Labour leader, has accepted a £76,000 scholarship to study at Eton College, whose former pupils include Princes William and Harry, Boris Johnson and David Cameron. Continue reading...
The father of a woman who died in a speedboat crash said the home secretary has made a "personal commitment" to ensure her fugitive killer is arrested.
After #GetTonyAFlypast started trending online the RAF have said they’ll perform a flyby to commemorate the anniversary of 10 airmen’s deaths.
James Bulger's mother is "disgusted and upset" after a film about her son's death was nominated for an Oscar.
Incident in Worcester was ploy to make estranged wife look a bad mother, court told
A husband plotted a “cowardly” acid attack on his three-year-old son in an attempt to manufacture evidence that his estranged wife was a bad mother, a court has heard.
The 40-year-old taxi driver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of conspiring with six others to carry out the attack on his own child. Continue reading...
Sophie Bennett was ‘upset at prospect of leaving facility’, which was criticised by CQC
A teenager took her own life at a mental health care home after the charity in charge laid off external therapists, employed unqualified staff and turned it into a “boot camp”, an inquest has heard.
In May 2016 Sophie Bennett, 19, from Tooting, south-west London, killed herself in a bathroom at Lancaster Lodge in Richmond, west London, a facility that helps people with mental illnesses transition back to normal life, an inquest jury at West London coroner’s court was told. Continue reading...
Police are linking the vandalism of the Bomber Command Memorial to similar paint attacks on four other memorials and statues around London.
A teenager from Sussex with a rare brain tumour today becomes one of the first patients at the UK's brand new NHS Proton Beam Therapy Centre.
As many as 200 British jihadists, who fought alongside ISIS in Syria, are still believed to be alive and would pose a very significant threat if they ever returned home, according to the UK's most senior counter terror police officer.
Former Kingdom Services Group employee describes ‘intolerable’ working atmosphere
Firm ‘uses aggressive tactics’ to collect millions in fines for councils
When I took on the job I had an interview with the area manager, who told me the rate of pay, and then said: “The sky’s the limit in terms of what you can earn.” They explained that my earnings were based on the amount of fines issued.
I started working for them in 2015. I was there for two years, going around a sprawling county in Wales. I travelled around in a council van and company vehicle issuing fines for crimes like dog-fouling, littering and fly-tipping. Continue reading...
Charlotte Brown's family speak following a meeting with the home secretary about the case.
A decrease in visitors coming to Britain and a fall in spending are in stark contrast to a worldwide increase in international arrivals, according to UN data
The number of people visiting the UK on holiday fell in 2018. This was contrary to predictions and bucked the global travel trend, which saw worldwide international arrivals increase 6% year on year. The figure for worldwide arrivals has reached 1.4 bn, two years earlier than expected, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In contrast, the UK saw a decline of 5.3% in overseas tourists and a 2.3% fall in spending, despite earlier suggestions that a record year in 2017 would continue into 2018.
The drop in inbound tourism to the UK has been attributed to a fall in interest among Europeans, who account for two-thirds of overseas visitors. Research by VisitBritain showed that interest in visiting the UK since the Brexit referendum fell from 76% in August 2016 to 69% in autumn 2018. Continue reading...
Brent councillor Eleanor Southwood
says the London borough is leading the way in cracking down on those who make tenants’ lives a misery
I agree wholeheartedly with outrage about rogue landlords profiting from housing benefit (Law must change, says council that paid £500,000 to rogue landlord, 22 January). But focusing frustration on Brent council – where we’re leading the way in cracking down on landlords who make their tenants’ lives a misery – is regrettable.
Since 2016 we’ve secured over 140 prosecutions and in excess of £1.1m in fines, and issued over 100 civil penalty notices; last month we secured a historic victory by using the Proceeds of Crime Act in response to finding 31 people crammed into a four-bedroom house. Continue reading...
Healthcare for all | Books | Ofsted | Markeaton footbridge | Antony Gormley | Elderly drivers
In 1999, we had a student from Ghana on a summer school at Oxford who needed immediate hospitalisation. At A&E, he asked if they wanted to see his passport and medical insurance. The nurse said: “Sir, all I need to know is that you’re sick.” Let’s keep that kind of NHS (‘I thought they were killing me’: NHS trust halted asylum seeker’s cancer treatment, theguardian.com, 21 January).
• It is not possible to own too many books (Tom Gauld cartoon strip, Review, 19 January). It is, however, common not to have enough space for all your books, a problem that I and many others experience. Continue reading...
US president’s company refusing to build affordable homes in estate near Aberdeenshire golf course
Donald Trump’s property firm faces a £5m surcharge because it has refused to include any affordable homes in a new luxury housing estate beside his Aberdeenshire golf course.
The Trump Organization, which is run by the president’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr, wants to build 550 luxury homes and “leisure units” in fields a few hundred metres from their 18-hole golf course north of Aberdeen. Continue reading...
The coffins of Victor and Edna Barnett were carried in by pall bearers from RAF Cosford.
After Molly Russell took her own life, her family found distressing material through her Instagram account.
Average weekly earnings were up by 3.4% in November – the biggest rise since July 2008
The spending power of British workers increased to its highest level in two years in November following the biggest rise in real pay since September 2016.
Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 3.3% on the year, the biggest increase since 2008 and well ahead of inflation, which fell to 2.3% in November. Continue reading...
The High Street cake chain says rescue talks with banks have failed and it has run out of money.
A child's death at a hospital in Glasgow has been linked to an infection spread by bird droppings.
The former England captain Wayne Rooney was speaking “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication and swearing at a Washington DC airport last month, it has emerged.
Deadspin obtained the incident report from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, and published the details on Tuesday. According to the report, the arresting officer was dispatched after receiving a report of a person trying to go through a secure door. Continue reading...
Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration, putting up to 3,000 jobs at risk, after it was unable to extend its bank facilities amid allegations of fraud.
Almost 3,000 jobs at risk at chain plunged into crisis after finding a £40m black hole in accounts
Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration, putting more than 3,000 jobs at risk, after it failed to secure a financial lifeline from its banks.
About 70 of the cafe group’s nearly 200 stores and concessions will close immediately, with the loss of about 900 jobs. Continue reading...
Scarlett Neill stayed on the phone to the emergency services until help arrived.
The man, who was locked in a custody row, wanted to show the boy's mum in a bad light, a jury hears.