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  • Up to 25% wiped off house prices in some of UK's wealthiest areas
    by Rupert Jones on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Your Move says Brexit impact has led to falls in some cases of almost £500,000 in 12 monthsHouse prices in some of Britain’s wealthiest areas have had up to 25% wiped off their value in 12 months as Brexit turmoil continues, according to the estate agent Your Move. That has meant typical price falls in some cases of almost £500,000.Meanwhile, data from the property website Rightmove revealed the average asking price of a London home had fallen below £600,000 for the first time since August 2015, and was well below its peak of almost £650,000 reached a few weeks before the Brexit vote in 2016. Continue reading... […]

  • Over 23,000 shops and 175,000 high street jobs predicted to go in 2019
    by Rebecca Smithers on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Value of retail property will slump as shift to online giants continues, says reportA further 175,000 jobs will be shed from struggling UK high streets this year and the value of retail property will slump as the boom in online shopping and rise of giants such as Amazon continue to take their toll, research warns.More than 23,000 shops are forecast to close in 2019, according to the findings published on Monday in an annual report from the real estate adviser Altus Group. Continue reading... […]

  • Dianne Oxberry to be remembered in BBC special
    by Press Association on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Current affairs programme Inside Out will broadcast tribute to BBC weather presenter who died aged 51A special tribute to the BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry will be broadcast after she died aged 51.The broadcaster was a presenter for the current affairs programme Inside Out on BBC One in the north-west. A special edition of the programme will focus on her award-winning journalism, the BBC said. Continue reading... […]

  • Shareholders received record dividends of almost £100bn in 2018
    by Kalyeena Makortoff on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    But Brexit could take a bite out of future returns from UK-listed companies, says reportUK-listed firms paid record dividends last year, thanks to rising profits, but a report warns that shareholder payouts could take a big hit if Brexit goes badly.Companies listed on the UK’s main market shelled out £99.8bn in dividends over 2018, marking a 5.1% rise from a year earlier, according to the latest dividend monitor report by Link Asset Services. Continue reading... […]

  • 'This is not love': victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start
    by Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Natalie Curtis, 38, reported her husband to the police and says they dealt with it sensitivelyDomestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prisonNatalie Curtis decided to leave her husband when he marched her to a pawn shop to sell her wedding and engagement ring.“Something clicked,” she says. “I just thought, this is not love.” Related: Coercion and control: fighting against the abuse hidden in relationships Related: Bill bans ‘abhorrent’ quizzing of domestic abuse victims in court Related: Older women are victims of domestic violence, too The National Domestic Violence helpline is on 0808 2000 247 Continue reading... […]

  • Record numbers switched energy provider last year amid price hikes
    by Adam Vaughan on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    About 5.8m households moved to another electricity supplier, up 6% from 2017A record number of people switched energy supplier last year as consumers were hit with the highest number of price hikes in recent history.However, the energy industry warned that progress risked being undermined by fewer people shifting because of the government’s price cap. Related: What is the energy price cap and how does it work? Continue reading... […]

  • EU citizen registration in UK could become 'new Windrush', say migration experts
    by Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Critics warn many could be left without legal status to stay if settlement scheme failsMigration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins.From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will be able to register for the new post-Brexit “settled status”. The Home Office is extending its live trial to all EU citizens who hold a valid passport and any non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card. Related: Voters would back remaining in EU over May's Brexit deal Continue reading... […]

  • Domestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prison
    by Jamie Grierson home affairs correspondent on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Domestic abuse bill published as £66bn a year cost of abuse in England and Wales revealed‘This is not love’: victim says she saw ‘red flags’ from startHigh-risk domestic abuse offenders could face mandatory lie-detector tests when released from prison under long-awaited proposals published on Monday.The Home Office, meanwhile, has released analysis that puts the cost of domestic abuse in England and Wales at about £66bn a year. Continue reading... […]

  • World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam
    by Larry Elliott on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in schoolThe growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had been a year in which the rich had grown richer and the poor poorer. Related: Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia | Larry Elliott In the 10 years since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires has nearly doubled.Between 2017 and 2018 a new billionaire was created every two days.The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, saw his fortune increase to $112bn. Just 1% of his fortune is equivalent to the whole health budget for Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people.The poorest 10% of Britons are paying a higher effective tax rate than the richest 10% (49% compared with 34%) once taxes on consumption such as VAT are taken into account. Continue reading... […]

  • I pray in tongues every day, says archbishop of Canterbury
    by Harriet Sherwood and Haroon Siddique on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Church of England leader tells Christian radio station he speaks in tongues as part of 5am prayerThe leader of the Church of England has said that he prays in tongues every day – although the archbishop of Canterbury said it was “not usually an immensely ecstatic moment”.Justin Welby made the disclosure about his daily prayer routine in an interview with a Christian radio station, Premier. Continue reading... […]

  • GCSE pupils in England outperform those in Wales
    by Richard Adams Education editor on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    England having more than twice as many minority ethnic pupils could be factor, study saysHigher levels of immigration and the distorting effects of league tables may explain why children in England outperform those in Wales at GCSEs, according to research.The study by the Education Policy Institute found children in Wales did as well as or better than their peers in England until the end of primary school. But by the time of GCSEs at the age of 16, those in England were more likely to get grade C or above. Related: Parents queue from 3am for Cardiff school breakfast club place Related: English schools funding has fallen faster than in Wales, says IFS Continue reading... […]

  • McDonald's, fancy dress and a VW? Britons are doing death differently
    by Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent on January 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Survey finds that 40% want their funeral to be a celebration of life, not a gloomy, sombre affair Britons are increasingly shunning traditional funerals in favour or more unusual send-offs, which last year included a McDonald’s-themed drivethrough event and a service for a magician where the undertakers wore red noses.Two-fifths of UK adults now want their funeral to be a celebratory affair, according to Co-op Funeralcare, while soaring demand for personalisation means the provider has seen requests for alternative hearses, such as adapted Land Rovers and rainbow-hued vehicles, rise by a fifth in three years. Related: The changing face of funerals: why we did it our own way… Related: How to organise a funeral without paying unnecessary costs Continue reading... […]

  • Corbyn holds back from conceding to calls for second EU referendum
    by Heather Stewart and Jessica Elgot on January 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Labour leader seeks to balance pressure from rival wings of party before PM reveals her Brexit plan BJeremy Corbyn is likely to refrain from making fresh moves towards backing a second referendum until after the government’s Brexit plan B is voted on later this month, as he seeks to balance pressure from rival wings of his party.Labour strategists believe there is a firm majority both in the shadow cabinet and in parliament against an immediate shift towards full-throated support for a referendum, the Guardian understands. Related: MPs to ambush May with amendments to stop no-deal Brexit Related: Norway Plus is not a silver bullet to resolve Brexit impasse Continue reading... […]

  • Hedi Slimane serves something for everyone in Celine's debut menswear show
    by Morwenna Ferrier in Paris on January 20, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Coats of a rich and varied palette and nods to New York art rock underwrite the broad vision of Slimane’s collectionThe mood ahead of Sunday night’s Celine show, the last one on the final day of a damp and cold Paris fashion week, was always going to be fraught.Almost a year has passed since Hedi Slimanewas sworn in as the artistic director of the French fashion house, and just a few months have elapsed since he showed a womenswear collection that raised hemlines and in doing so, razed its no-nonsense, thinking woman’s aesthetic to the ground, prompting reviews that read like obituaries and the Hollywood Reporter comparing him to Donald Trump. Continue reading... […]

  • Starwatch: Taurus the bull – the oldest named constellation
    by Stuart Clark on January 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Taurus is prominent in the southern sky for northern hemisphere starwatchers, with two open clusters and the red giant Aldebaran The winter skies of January are a great time for northern hemisphere viewers to search out the constellation Taurus, the Bull. The chart shows the view looking south at 20:00 GMT on 21 January 2019. Of all the constellations that humans have named, this is the oldest. It was recognised across the world’s early cultures as a bull. Before that, in prehistoric times, it was possibly depicted on the 17,000-year-old paintings in the Lascaux caves, France. The constellation is not the brightest, but the face of the bull is well marked by a V-shaped collection of stars called the Hyades. The red giant star Aldebaran represents the eye of the bull. It is not a member of the Hyades but sits in front of it. At 65 light years away, it is roughly half way between the Sun and the Hyades. Above the shoulder of the bull is another famous star cluster: the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. It is a tight knot of stars, and is the only obvious star cluster that can be recognised by the naked eye. In mythology, Taurus is often challenging Orion, the hunter. Continue reading... […]

  • Shutdown: Trump 'amnesty' hint angers right and fails to draw Democrats
    by Jon Swaine in New York on January 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    President defends offer rejected by Pelosi before speechOutside the Washington circus, shutdown havoc spreadsDonald Trump raised the possibility of one day granting amnesty to migrants living in the US illegally, after Democrats rejected his latest plan to fund a wall along the southern border and reopen the US government. Related: Trump whisperers: are Stephen Miller and Fox keeping the shutdown alive? And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting! Related: The shutdown has exposed Trumponomics for what it is: a disaster | Robert Reich Continue reading... […]

  • 'No solutions' to Irish backstop in May's Brexit call with cabinet
    by Heather Stewart, Jessica Elgot and Lisa O'Carroll on January 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Statement on Monday expected to focus on finding a remedy to issue that threatens to split Tory partyTheresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop.The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. Related: MPs to ambush May with amendments to stop no-deal Brexit Related: NHS plans alternative transport routes to avoid no-deal medicine shortage Continue reading... […]

  • MI5 named among top LGBT-inclusive employers
    by Press Association on January 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Stonewall says the employers ‘play crucial role in changing society’ by proudly supporting LGBT staffSecurity service MI5, a bank and a fire brigade have been named among the best LGBT employers by an equality charity.Law firm Pinsent Masons is said to be the best lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) employer in the UK. Related: Stonewall defends 'vital' LGBT children's books after spate of ban attempts Continue reading... […]

  • Mike Ashley in talks over rescue bid for struggling HMV
    by Sarah Butler on January 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Sports Direct boss could link film and music retailer to other parts of his high street empireMike Ashley is considering a rescue bid for HMV, the music and film retailer that collapsed into administration last month.The Sports Direct boss is understood to have held talks with suppliers to the ailing business about a rescue deal, which could see him link the HMV brand to other parts of his high street empire including House of Fraser, Sports Direct or potentially Game Digital, in which Sports Direct owns a 25% stake. Related: UK shoppers rein in spending as fears grow over economy Continue reading... […]

  • Zimbabwe warns brutal crackdown is 'foretaste of things to come'
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on January 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Presidential spokesman’s words add to concerns over harsh response to protestsA brutal crackdown in Zimbabwe that has followed protests against fuel price rises is “just a foretaste of things to come”, the president’s spokesman has said.The harsh words will increase concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in the poor southern African country, coming after a week in which police and soldiers have beaten civilians, shot 12 people dead and detained at least 600 people, many without charge. Continue reading... […]