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Learners in England can use loan to help train and upskill throughout working lives

It will be the equivalent of four years of post-18 education People in England will be able to access a loan worth the equivalent of four years of post-18 education to help them study, train and retrain at any point during their working lives, the Government has confirmed. The lifelong loan entitlement (LLE) will be able to be used to pay for full or part-time study for a variety of

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Average UK house price down by 8500 from August 2022 peak

That's according to the Halifax Annual house price growth stood at 2.1% in February for the third month in a row, according to an index. Across the UK, property values increased by 1.1% month on month in February, accelerating from 0.2% growth in January, Halifax said. The average UK house price in February was £285,476. Average house prices in London have fallen by 0.9% over the past year – possibly

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Labour sets out plan for tax review to provide businesses with stability

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves will deliver a speech to manufacturing sector leader on Tuesday A future Labour government would commit to a review of business taxes and move away from an “11th hour approach” which the party says is holding back investment. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, in a speech to manufacturing sector leaders on Tuesday, is due to commit to a review of corporate taxes in a bid to create

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Bill which authorises 900 cost of living payment to millions clears Commons

It will be paid in three instalments to about eight million households on means-tested benefits A Bill which will hand millions of people £900 in cost-of-living payments has cleared the House of Commons. The Social Security (Additional Payments) (No.2) Bill received an unopposed third reading and it will now undergo further scrutiny in the House of Lords. It provides for a £900 cost-of-living payment to be paid in three instalments

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Helen Mirren joins co stars at in Shazam sequel photocall

The film is in cinemas on the 17th of March Dame Helen Mirren looked powerful as she attended a photocall for her upcoming superhero film in which she stars as the villain. The 77-year-old Oscar-winner – who plays Hespera, daughter of Atlas, in Shazam! Fury Of The Gods – donned a long bronze-toned coat paired with black leather gloves and her striking light blonde locks for the event in central

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PSG and Brazil forward Neymar out for rest of season

He suffered the ankle ligament injury last month Neymar is to undergo ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season. The 31-year-old Paris St Germain and Brazil forward suffered the injury last month. A statement from the Ligue 1 club read: “Neymar Jr has had several episodes of right ankle instability in recent years. “Following his last sprain contracted on February 20, the medical staff of Paris St

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Firefighters accept revised pay deal to avert strikes

An improved offer was made in February to the Fire Brigades Union of a 7% pay rise backdated to last July and a further 5% from July this year Firefighters have voted to accept a pay deal aimed at averting strike action, with a union leader hailing the settlement as a “testament to the power of collective action”. An improved offer was made in February to the Fire Brigades Union

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Prisoner Bronson tells parole hearing he is an angel compared with past self

Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has described himself as a “retired prison activist” but told his parole hearing he loves a “rumble”. Making his latest bid for freedom on Monday, one of the UK’s longest-serving prisoners told a panel of Parole Board judges he is now anti-violence, a man of “peace” and “almost an angel now” compared with his old self. It was his 95-year-old mother’s “last dream” to see him

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Apology after Sarah Everards killer Wayne Couzens jailed for flashing at women

The Met Police are facing criticism for failing to prevent Sarah Everard’s murder, as Wayne Couzens is finally brought to justice for a series of earlier flashing incidents The Metropolitan Police have faced criticism for failing to prevent Sarah Everard’s murder, as Wayne Couzens was finally brought to justice for a series of earlier flashing incidents. Ex-officer Couzens, 50, was supposed to be on duty and working from home when he exposed himself

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