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Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks, government says

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material Combustible cladding could be banned on high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has announced, despite a review of building regulations concluding it was not necessary. James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, announced a consultation on a ban in a statement to the House of Commons about ...

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Home Office suspends immigration checks on UK bank accounts

Decision is second such U-turn following NHS data-sharing after problems highlighted by Windrush scandal The Home Office is to suspend controversial immigration checks on thousands of bank accounts in the wake of the Windrush scandal. The department is in the process of contacting banks and building societies to instruct them to reduce the scope of the checks, which were introduced ...

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Theresa May pledges £400m to remove Grenfell-style cladding

PM says cost of safety work should not eat into social housing maintenance budgets The government will commit about £400m to cover the cost for councils and housing associations of replacing potentially dangerous cladding from high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, Theresa May has announced. Speaking at prime minister’s questions, May said it would be wrong ...

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Average person will need £260,000 for retirement, says report

Younger workers without own property will have to save much more to enjoy a basic income The average person will have to save £260,000 over their lifetime to enjoy a basic income in retirement, climbing to £445,000 if they are unable to get on the property ladder, according to a report by a former government pensions minister. In a gloomy ...

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Brexit at PMQs: Corbyn tells PM to ‘step aside’ and let Labour do deal

Theresa May should “step aside” and let Labour do the Brexit deal if she cannot even get her ministers to agree on their aims, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The “uncertainty” facing the UK because of the lack of cabinet agreement on future trade plans was holding back economic growth, Labour’s leader said. Major employers were considering moving jobs abroad because ...

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Home Office accused of ‘shambolic incompetence’ over skilled migrants

Letters from immigration minister Caroline Nokes appear to show she knew about deportations months earlier than she claimed The Home Office has been accused of being unfit for purpose and guilty of “shambolic incompetence” after letters written by Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, appeared to contradict what she told a parliamentary committee about when she became aware of the problems ...

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UK needs Brexit ‘safe harbour’ – David Miliband

David Miliband has urged the UK to seek a “safe harbour” after Brexit by staying in the European Economic Area. The ex-Labour foreign secretary said Jeremy Corbyn, who has ruled out the so-called Norway model, risked becoming the “midwife of a hard Brexit”. Ministers say EEA membership would require the UK to accept most EU rules as well as freedom ...

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Sadiq Khan: UK citizenship fees leave children in limbo

London mayor fears another Windrush scandal with young facing fees of more than £1,000 Children and teenagers born in Britain are being left in limbo without access to education or employment because of £1,000 fees to gain citizenship, Sadiq Khanhas said, saying the government may face another Windrush-style scandal. The mayor of London said the fees many young people were ...

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Complex rules for universal credit see one in five claims fail

Thousands feared to be out of pocket after applications turned down for ‘non-compliance with the process’ Fears are emerging over the complexity of the government’s new welfare system after data revealed that one in five applicants is being turned down because they are failing to comply with the application process. Ministers have already been forced to slow down the rollout ...

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