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Policing facing a ‘perfect storm’ due to budget cuts and rising crime

Policing facing a ‘perfect storm’ due to budget cuts and rising crime 4 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Policing in England and Wales is facing a “perfect storm” due to staff shortages and rising crime, a senior police chief is expected to say. Policing services are routinely based on fewer people working more hours and days, Ch Supt Gavin Thomas will warn. The president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales will say such a model is “fundamentally flawed”. He is due to deliver a speech at the group’s annual conference on...

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Coastal communities among worst off in UK, report finds

Coastal communities among worst off in UK, report finds 4 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Yarmouth ranked lowest in England and Wales for post-16 education The UK’s coastal communities are among the country’s worst off for earnings, employment, health and education, a report for the BBC has found. The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown. Average wages are £3,600 a year lower in these “pockets of deprivation”, according to the think tank. Meanwhile, the minister for coastal communities has announced £40m in funding...

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Hammond’s vow to North ahead of meeting with mayors

Hammond’s vow to North ahead of meeting with mayors 4 September 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Hammond will say Brexit makes regional growth more, not less, important Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised to keep backing the Northern Powerhouse ahead of a meeting with three of the region’s leading politicians. He is to meet Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Liverpool’s Steve Rotheram and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen for the first time since their May elections. Mr Burnham and Mr Rotheram, both former Labour MPs, have warned the north is losing out over transport...

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Nicola Sturgeon ‘to scrap public sector pay rise cap’

Nicola Sturgeon ‘to scrap public sector pay rise cap’ 3 September 2017 From the section Scotland politics Image copyright Getty Images Nicola Sturgeon will scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay rises when she sets out her legislative plans for the coming year, it is understood. The first minister will announce the measure when she reveals her 2017-18 programme for government on Tuesday. The SNP had committed to lifting the pay cap for public sector workers earlier this year, describing it as “increasingly unsustainable”. Scottish Labour described the move as a “U-turn”. Labour’s bid to scrap the cap...

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