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UK farming ‘needs protection’ post-Brexit, MPs warn

UK farming ‘needs protection’ post-Brexit, MPs warn 4 January 2018 Related Topics Brexit Image copyright PA Image caption The MPs say imports of food produced with lower welfare standards should not be allowed Post-Brexit trade deals could pose the biggest peacetime threat to the UK’s food security if welfare standards and farmers are not protected, MPs say. Imports of food produced with lower welfare standards should not be allowed, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology warns. Concerns have been raised that a deal with the US could include chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef. Defra said it was “committed to...

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Dormant bank accounts to yield £330m more for good causes

Dormant bank accounts to yield £330m more for good causes 3 January 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Accounts not used for 15 years are being targeted under the voluntary scheme A further £330m in cash from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be spent on good causes in the UK. Roughly a third of the money will be used to provide accommodation for homeless people and those with mental health conditions in England. The dormant bank account initiative was first launched by Gordon Brown when he was prime minister. Since 2008 £360m has so far been...

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