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UK air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies

Air traffic controllers are warning that UK skies are running out of room for record numbers of planes. Friday is likely to be the busiest day of the year, with air traffic controllers expecting to handle more than 8,800 flights ...

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Sports Direct profits more than halve

Profits at Sports Direct have plummeted nearly 60%, which the retailer said was largely due to the weaker pound. The slide in sterling means the firm has had to pay more for its imported goods, and its underlying pre-tax profit ...

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Working parents face rising holiday childcare costs

Working families in the UK face rising childcare costs and a scarcity of council run childcare provision this summer, a survey has suggested. The cost of holiday childcare has risen 4% since 2016 to an average of £125 per week, ...

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State pension age rise brought forward

Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and ...

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Credit and debit card surcharges to be banned

Consumers are no longer to be charged extra for paying by debit or credit card, the government has said. From January next year, businesses will not be allowed to add any surcharges for card payments. The worst offenders currently are ...

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UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June

The UK’s inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May, official figures have shown. It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices. ...

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Train punctuality to be measured accurate 'to the minute'

Train passengers will soon be able to judge the punctuality of their journeys with much greater accuracy. From today the industry trade body, the Rail Delivery Group, is publishing average national punctuality statistics to the minute, not just to within ...

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HS2 route to destroy new homes in Yorkshire

Newly built homes in Yorkshire will be demolished by the HS2 rail line, the government has confirmed. The line’s eastern route, to Leeds from Birmingham, will run east of Sheffield, with some trains going into the city via new spur ...

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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high ...

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Brexit: Hammond warns of UK investment uncertainty

Chancellor Philip Hammond has told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that businesses are holding off from investing in the UK because of uncertainty about Brexit. “It is absolutely clear businesses where they have discretion over investment, where they can hold ...

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