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About second homes, nice places, finding a son and shopping lists

‘It’s about keeping places alive’: Wales’s radical second-homes policy Measures aim to preserve communities and keep more homes available for locals but critics say they are ‘anti-tourist’ From next year, councils will be able to raise discretionary council tax premiums for second homes to 300% – so a £1,000 bill for a permanent resident wouldContinue reading “About second homes, nice places, finding a son and shopping lists”

The Independent 2022 August 29 – September 04

August 29 Billions more set to be slashed from overseas aid projects, Save the Children warns Billions more will be slashed from overseas aid projects within weeks unless ministers abandon rules diverting a quarter of funds to the costs of Ukrainian refugees in the UK, Save the Children is warning.   The alarm has beenContinue reading “The Independent 2022 August 29 – September 04”

The Independent looking at the 2nd week of August

August 08 Armed police sent to heart attack patients as crisis-hit NHS buckles under surging demand Police officers are being forced to cover for other services – including responding to ambulance calls – as the NHS buckles under surging demand.   The chief inspector of the UK’s forces warned that up to a third ofContinue reading “The Independent looking at the 2nd week of August”

The Independent from July 11 – July 24

July 11 Nadhim Zahawi vows to publish tax returns if he becomes PM amid HMRC probe Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has vowed to publish his tax returns if he wins the Conservative Party leadership contest and becomes prime minister, following The Independent’s revelation that HMRC experts are investigating his financial affairs.   The leadership hopeful claimedContinue reading “The Independent from July 11 – July 24”

2022 July 22: 1,900 dead from heat in Spain and Portugal

The deadly consequences of the appalling heat seizing large parts of the world are beginning to emerge. A Union Jack flying among rubble and destruction following a large blaze in Wennington, Greater London this week. Dozens of fires broke out across the UK amid a record-breaking heatwave (Leon Neal/Getty Images) Spain and Portugal have reportedContinue reading “2022 July 22: 1,900 dead from heat in Spain and Portugal”

Brits have less access to green space than ever – and it’s getting worse

The amount of green space near developments built since 2000 in England and Wales has declined 40%.
In the cities, people are finding ways to take back control of what few green spaces, often badly neglected, they can get their hands on.

Criminal barristers vote for strike action over legal aid rates

Barristers have voted to go on strike in a row over legal aid funding, PA Meda reports. PA says:   The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which represents barristers in England and Wales, said several days of court walkouts will begin from next week. The promised industrial action, announced on Monday following a ballot of members,Continue reading “Criminal barristers vote for strike action over legal aid rates”

A possible Quakers’ extinction crisis

A look at the Quakers or Society of Friends

Rising prices in Great Britain and help from the government

The British Government announced Thursday 3 February that the energy regulator’s new price cap – the maximum amount suppliers can charge customers for each unit of energy will add hundreds of pounds onto the annual bill for 22 million homes.

Omicron possibly mildest coronavirus variant so far

The WHO and Coronavirus experts are increasingly convinced the new Omicron variant is ‘super mild’ and has, so far, not led to a jump in Covid death rates anywhere in Southern Africa.