Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds are to be banned in England from April next year in a move campaigners have welcomed but warned will “only scratch the surface” in tackling the damage that non-degradable waste is doing to the environment.
The Bank of England could be set a target for house price inflation under plans being explored by the Labour party, with tougher powers to restrict mortgage lending to close the gap between property prices and average incomes.
England’s child protection and support services are in financial crisis, with the heaviest cuts burden falling disproportionately on the north of the country and in the most deprived areas, research by the UK’s ‘big five’ children’s charities found.
The National Health Service (NHS) England has seen a significant rise in the number of men applying to be nurses, following a recruitment drive aimed at changing attitudes towards a career long stereotyped as female-dominated.
Deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) — an academic qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in the UK — analysis by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) showed.
Northeast England would suffer the biggest decline in economic output of any UK region by the middle of the 2030s if the country leaves the EU without a deal, according to an analysis of government figures by Britain’s leading business lobby group.