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More than one million food parcels needed for winter charity predicts

Food banks could hand out a record more than one million emergency parcels this winter, according to projections from the Trussell Trust network. The organisation, which supports more than 1,300 food bank centres across the UK, said there is an ever-growing need as it set out its prediction for the months ahead. Between December 2022 and February, a total of 904,000 emergency food parcels were provided, but “unprecedented need” could […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 8

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Sunak could visit Israel as soon as Thursday reports

Rishi Sunak could visit Israel as soon as Thursday, according to reports, amid growing concerns about the crisis in the Middle East. The Prime Minister could reportedly travel to the country as part of a wider trip to the region, including stops in Jordan and Egypt, Sky News reported. It would follow visits from US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Downing Street has said it will not […]

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Families with children most likely to suffer cost of living hardship study

Families with children are more likely than other households to suffer serious financial hardship and mental health problems as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, research has found. The study also shows that while these families are regularly bearing the brunt of high inflation, it is single parent families that are most frequently struggling to cover basic needs including food, household bills and debt repayments. The report by Action for […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 4

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Schools campaign to challenge the concept of mild asthma

A campaign has been launched in schools to challenge the concept of “mild” asthma – by telling teachers to dial 999. Asthma + Lung UK Scotland has launched a new campaign aimed at schools to help spot the first signs of an asthma attack. The common condition is often misconceived as “mild”, but the charity wants caregivers to take urgent steps if symptoms do not improve. Around 71,000 youngsters have […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 6

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Artist makes ink from clone of Newtons apple tree that fell in storm

An artist has made ink from a clone of Newton’s apple tree that was blown down by Storm Eunice in Cambridge last year. The fallen tree was a scion of the original apple tree which was said to have inspired Sir Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of gravity by watching an apple fall from it in the 1660s. The clone was planted at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden in 1954 […]

todayOctober 16, 2023 5

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Autumn holidays up 26 after washout summer

A holiday company has reported a surge in bookings for autumn breaks after the UK’s “washout” summer. On The Beach said bookings for holidays in October and November are up 26% compared with a year ago. Some 58% of UK adults are considering or definitely going on holiday in that period, a survey commissioned by the travel retailer suggested. Zoe Harris, chief customer officer at On The Beach, said: “We […]

todayOctober 16, 2023 9

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Owen Farrell steers England into World Cup semi finals after Fiji fightback

Owen Farrell steered England into the semi-finals of the World Cup after Steve Borthwick’s side faced down a Fiji fightback in a dramatic 30-24 victory in Marseille. England appeared to be cruising into the next round when they led 24-10 heading into the final quarter thanks to tries by Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant and Farrell’s pinpoint kicking at Stade Velodrome. But their foundations shook when Peni Ravai went over […]

todayOctober 16, 2023 8

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More foreign offenders to be sent home amid plans to ease prison pressures

The Government will pledge to send more foreign prisoners home, with ministers under pressure to act amid serious pressure on prison capacity. Justice Secretary Alex Chalk has already signalled plans to send fewer “low-level offenders” to prison, as he prepares to set out a range of reforms covering England and Wales later on Monday. The announcement will also see plans to bring forward legislation that would allow prisoners to be […]

todayOctober 16, 2023 8

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Third celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after dance off

Paralympic champion Jody Cundy said he had an “absolute blast” on Strictly Come Dancing as he became the third celebrity to be eliminated from the competition. The athlete, who celebrated his 45th birthday during Saturday’s live show, ended up in the dance-off against 40-year-old comedian Eddie Kadi after he failed to impress the judges with his salsa. His performance on Saturday to Bellini’s Samba de Janeiro with his partner Jowita […]

todayOctober 15, 2023 4

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