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70% in work scheme ‘don’t get jobs’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Nearly 70% of people who go through the government’s main welfare-to-work scheme fail to find sustained employment, a committee of MPs says. The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee said the £5bn Work Programme – launched in … Continue reading

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Term-time holiday fines ‘unworkable’

Image copyright Tomwang112 Image caption Parents can be fined for taking children out of lessons for holidays A “common sense approach” should be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays, the Local Government Association says. … Continue reading

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Hospitals to get own savings targets

Image copyright SPL Hospitals in England are being given their own individual savings targets as part of a drive to save money. The figures are being sent to 137 hospital trusts by Lord Carter, who has been appointed by the … Continue reading

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Fans ‘left weeping’ as 1D cancel show

Image copyright PA Image caption Liam Payne (L) and his band mates sold out three shows in Belfast One Direction have cancelled a Belfast concert at the last minute after band member Liam Payne became sick and could not go … Continue reading

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Asia shares inch ahead, euro firm before ECB

SYDNEY Asian shares eked out cautious gains on Wednesday as concerns about corporate earnings hobbled Wall Street while investors counted down to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting later in the week. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan … Continue reading

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Oil falls after industry report shows surge in U.S. crude stocks

SINGAPORE Oil prices fell on Wednesday after data from an industry group showed a larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude inventories last week, fanning worries over global oversupply, even as a slightly weaker dollar provided some support. Brent crude for December … Continue reading

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Japan export growth slows sharply, raising fears of recession

TOKYO Japan’s annual export growth slowed to a crawl in September as slumping sales in China shrank the volume of shipments, raising fears that weak overseas demand may have pushed the economy into recession. Ministry of Finance data showed exports … Continue reading

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China aims to lure private investors to projects: state media

SHANGHAI China will look to push out tax breaks, introduce financial incentives and streamline approval processes for infrastructure projects seeking private investment, state media reported, as Beijing looks to drum up so far tepid interest for such schemes. The comments … Continue reading

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Girl dies nearly nine years after crash

Image caption Cerys Edwards would be sadly missed, her family said A girl left brain-damaged in a crash caused by a speeding driver has died, after being on a ventilator for almost nine years. Cerys Edwards was 11 months old … Continue reading

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IRA ‘army council’ still exists

Media captionNorthern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: “The Provisional IRA of The Troubles is well beyond recall” The IRA’s ruling body, the ‘army council’ still exists, but has a “wholly political focus”, says the Northern Ireland secretary. Theresa Villiers was detailing … Continue reading

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