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Cruel cap on public servants’ pay to cost East of England economy £1.2bn

The ‘cruel’ cap on public servants’ pay is set to cost the East of England economy £1.2 billion by 2020, GMB has revealed. With public sector workers currently subjected to a one per cent pay cap – meaning that their earnings are kept below inflation - the East of England is in line to miss out on billions in lost wages, highlighting how self-defeating the policy is. Between 2017 and 2020, each worker will be an average of £3,300 out of pocket....

Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs at risk of extinction

Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs are at risk of extinction thanks to the soaring popularity of a rival breed which starred in Downton Abbey, according to a top breeder. Millions of viewers watched Lady Mary take up the 'unladylike' hobby of pig breeding during the final series of the hit BBC drama in 2015. Her pig of choice was the Oxford Sandy and Black - and since then the number of breeding Gloucestershire Old Spot sows has halved. There are now...

Lawyers draft first ever legal manual of space warfare

An international coalition of lawyers are set to draft the first ever legal manual of space warfare. The manual, which will set out the legal parameters for military uses of outer space, will provide guidance on issues such as the legality of attacking satellites and firing lasers from space in time of war. International lawyers from the University of Exeter’s Law School are to join scientists, government representatives and academics to strengthen the rule of law in outer space –...

Incredible luxury tree house goes on show at the Chelsea Flower Show

An incredible luxury tree house will go on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower 2017 today. The tree house is made from Kebony, a wood recommended by leading architects, and will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke tree house creations. Located on the show’s prestigious Main Avenue, the stand will feature a natural woodland planting scheme designed by Architectural Plants, a prestigious nursery with an enthusiasm for the sculptural qualities of...

Tories hijack Google to cover up Dementia Tax blunder

The Conservatives have hijacked Google to cover up their dementia tax blunder which has sparked outrage amongst the electorate. Labour has gained 11 points on the Tories in just three weeks after Theresa May unveiled controversial social care plans in her manifesto. Under her plans there will be a significant shift in the way elderly care is paid for, with many people warning that it could deter older people from seeking care. That, combined with means testing for winter fuel payments and...

Woman has heart attack DURING job centre meeting but too scared to leave as feared losing benefits

A grandmother suffered a heart attack during a job centre employment meeting and was too scared to get up and leave, for fear of losing her benefits echoing the film I, Daniel Blake. In the Ken Loach film, the lead suffers a similar situation, but this woman had an attack DURING an appointment, but was ignored by the interviewer. Grandmother Salena Hannah, 50 was attending the Job Centre is Salisbury on 2nd May at 1pm. She explained: “I had been...

Watch – Awful! Flytippers dump 100 tonnes of rubbish

Shocking pictures show more than 100 tonnes of rubbish - including dangerous asbestos - dumped by flytippers next to a beauty spot. The enormous mound of rubble, containing building materials and even human waste, will cost the taxpayer more than £20,000 to remove. Council workers are currently trawling through the mass of waste to find traces of those responsible before the clean-up can begin. It's been dumped close to the Wat Tyler Country Park near Basildon, Essex, known for its...

Watch – Tory Councillor says pregnant candidate will be ‘too busy changing nappies’

Jon Wright commented on a Facebook profile posted by Catherine Atkinson who is standing for the Erewash seat in the general election. He suggested that she would not be able to do her job "whilst on maternity leave" and would be "too busy changing nappies to be a voice for the people." Cllr Wright made the comments after Mrs Atkinson, of Ilkeston, Derbys, posted a message describing herself as a barrister with a two-year-old son and a husband who served...

Jamie Oliver brands May’s plans to scrap free school meals a “disgrace”

Jamie Oliver says Theresa May's plans to scrap free school lunches is a disgrace. Government subsidies on school lunches are set to be removed under plans outlined in the Conservative's manifesto, which could cost working families around £480 extra per child a year at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. The policy was introduced in 2014 at a time when four in ten children who did not receive free school meals were officially in poverty. These children are...

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