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Home Office makes thousands in profit on some visa applications

The Home Office is making profits of up to 800% on immigration applications from families, many of whom are eligible to live in the UK but are turned down on technicalities and forced to reapply – and pay again. Guardian analysis of Home Office figures on the fees for applications shows a vast discrepancy between how much it costs the government to ...

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Sadiq Khan and John Biggs open Tower Hamlets affordable housein scheme

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs have opened the brand new Watts Grove development in Bow Common, Tower Hamlets.   The Borough has a population of more than 300,000 – one of the fastest growing in London and the new housing is a major step towards the Tower Hamlets Mayor’s target of providing 1000 affordable homes.    Built on ...

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Oxford and Cambridge top world university rankings

Two UK universities occupy the top spots in a global ranking for the first time. The University of Oxford is top of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with Cambridge University second, up from fourth place last year. A key factor in the rankings is income and both universities saw this rise in the past year, partly in the form ...

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Brexit: ‘Significant differences’ over exit bill says Davis

The differences between the UK and EU over the Brexit “divorce bill” remain significant, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary told MPs the UK was rigorously vetting the EU’s demands and the two sides had “very different legal stances” over what was owed. While talks were proving “tough and at times confrontational”, he said he hoped they could be ...

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UK Aid support to victims of devastating floods in South Asia

The UK has stepped up its support for communities worst affected by flooding in Nepal, and continues to provide assistance in Bangladesh. The International Development Secretary has today (Wednesday 30 August 2017) announced that the Department for International Development (DFID) will allocate further support to the flood response in Nepal, including by providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, as ...

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Public marks 20 years since Princess Diana’s death

Tributes are being paid to Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death. Dubbed the “people’s princess” by then prime minister Tony Blair, she died after a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997 aged 36. On Wednesday, her sons – Prince William and Prince Harry – visited the growing floral tributes being left to her at Kensington Palace. Harry ...

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No decisive progress on Brexit – Barnier

Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says there has been “no decisive progress” on key issues in talks with the UK. He said the two sides were “quite far” away from being in a position to begin talks on future trade arrangements. He claimed the UK did not feel “legally obliged” to honour its “obligations” after leaving the bloc in ...

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Greens call for urgent inquiry into East Sussex chemical cloud

The Green party has called for an urgent investigation into the chemical cloud that closed beaches across East Sussex on Sunday. Caroline Lucas, the party’s co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, said an inquiry was needed to determine “how this gas came to be in our atmosphere and engulfing our beaches, and an action plan put in place to ensure this never ...

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Tory election campaign lacked clear policy message, MPs tell review

Theresa May is being urged by Conservative MPs and defeated candidates to offer voters clear messages on policy and to shake up the party machine after June’s catastrophic election performance. An internal review being carried out by the former minister Eric Pickles and set to be discussed at the party’s October conference will contain painful home truths about the campaign, which ...

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Brexit UK and EU negotiators call for more progress

The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has expressed concern about progress so far, as the third round of Brexit talks gets under way. He warned that UK “ambiguity” must be removed and progress on “separation” issues made before any talks on the future EU-UK relationship. For his part, UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said both sides had to show ...

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