Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness. In a speech, the prime minister will announce extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers. Mental health experts said more funding was needed […]

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Migrants should have to learn English, say MPs and peers

Migrants should be expected to learn English before coming to the UK, or attend language classes when they arrive, a group of MPs and peers says. The cross-party group said speaking English was “the key to full participation in our society and economy”. They also said ministers should consider letting different parts of the UK […]

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M62 shooting: Man dies in Huddersfield police operation

A man has died in a police shooting during an operation near the M62 motorway. West Yorkshire Police said a police firearm was discharged at about 18:00 GMT on Monday in Huddersfield. A police spokesman said more than one person had been arrested but would release no further details. The case has been referred to […]

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‘Middle age health crisis’ warning

Middle-aged people in England face a health crisis because of unhealthy lifestyles, experts have warned. Desk jobs, fast food and the daily grind are taking their toll, says Public Health England. Eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise, the government body […]

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Swaleside Prison: Wing reclaimed after inmates take control

Part of a prison wing that was taken over by about 60 inmates has been reclaimed, the Prison Service has said. Specialist “Tornado” teams were sent into HMP Swaleside, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, after a disturbance at about 19:00 GMT on Thursday. A Prison Service spokeswoman said all those involved at the category […]

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Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

The government has said £440m has been found so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to superfast broadband. The cash comes from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the funds would help to bring faster speeds to homes and […]

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Sugary drinks tax ‘will benefit children most’

The health of children will benefit most from the sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry, according to a study. It predicted if sugar was cut in the sweetest drinks in response to the tax, levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes would fall, particularly among the high-consumption under-18s. Researchers said the […]

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University to lower entry grades for poor

A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades. The University of Bristol is to accept lower exam grades from disadvantaged local pupils and applicants from schools with poor A-level results. Vice-chancellor Hugh Brady said this would be a “step change” in admissions. The project is launched […]

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Train drivers begin 48-hour walkout

Rail passengers are facing travel chaos as striking train drivers bring the Southern network to a halt. Members of the Aslef union walked out for 48 hours at midnight. A further 24-hour strike is set for Friday. Around 300,000 passengers usually travel on 2,242 Southern services every weekday, but they have been told there will […]

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