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Inflation fuels jump in Government debt costs as borrowing hits £4.9bn

Inflation fuels jump in Government debt costs as borrowing hits £4.9bn

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Government borrowing hit £4.9 billion in July. It is significantly ahead of the predictions of analysts, who had forecast £2.8 billion in borrowing last month, and brings the total budget deficit for the year so far to £55 billion. Nevertheless, borrowing was £0.8 billion below levels from the …

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Self-driving vehicles ‘on UK roads by 2025’ under new Government plans

Self-driving vehicles ‘on UK roads by 2025’ under new Government plans

Self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads by 2025 under new plans unveiled by the Government and backed by a £100 million investment to boost the rollout. Some cars, coaches and lorries with self-driving features could even be operating on motorways in the next year, the Government said. The Department for Transport said the self-driving …

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Tory candidates face hustings as Truss accused of wanting ‘devastating cuts’

Tory candidates face hustings as Truss accused of wanting ‘devastating cuts’

The Tory leadership candidates face further hustings with voting party members, as frontrunner Liz Truss was accused of showing “her true colours” in an unearthed 2009 paper promoting vast government spending cuts. Ms Truss called for patients to be charged to see their GP and for doctors’ pay to be slashed by 10% in the …

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‘Humanitarian crisis’ in UK if action not taken on energy bills, say NHS bosses

‘Humanitarian crisis’ in UK if action not taken on energy bills, say NHS bosses

Health sector leaders warn the UK faces a “humanitarian crisis” of worsening health outcomes unless the Government does more to help with rising energy costs. Families are looking ahead to a grim winter as experts predict the cap on energy bills will hit close to £3,600 per year from October – before rising again next …

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Drought declared in part of Wales after heatwave and low rainfall

Drought declared in part of Wales after heatwave and low rainfall

A drought has been officially declared in part of Wales after an extended period of dry weather and low rainfall caused water levels to plummet. Natural Resources Wales said the threshold to trigger drought status in south-west Wales was met on Friday. The decision was taken by NRW and the Welsh Government’s Drought Liaison Group …

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Labour demands recall of Parliament as cost-of-living crisis bites

Labour demands recall of Parliament as cost-of-living crisis bites

Labour has written to Boris Johnson, as well as the two Tory leadership contenders, demanding that Parliament returns early in order to tackle soaring energy bills. Sir Keir Starmer has unveiled a “fully costed” £29 billion plan to freeze the cap at the current level of £1,971 for six months from October, saving the average …

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Edinburgh waste workers ‘very angry’ as strike begins across the city

Edinburgh waste workers ‘very angry’ as strike begins across the city

Cleansing workers in Edinburgh have begun a strike which is due to last for 11 days during the busy festival season, with a union organiser saying staff are “very angry” at the current pay offer. On Thursday, picket lines were organised at waste and recycling centres across the capital and a rally was held outside …

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Aberfeldy Multi Sports Festival and Middle- Distance Triathlon to Take Place This Weekend

After successfully running under Covid restrictions last year, the Aberfeldy Multi Sports Festival and Middle- Distance Triathlon are gearing up for their return this weekend free from restrictions. The events kick off on Saturday 20th of August from 10am with the 10km hill race us Drummond Hill, with Swimming in Loch Tay taking centre stage …

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