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UK faces ‘literary crisis’ as 1.5 million 11-year-olds unable to read properly by 2025

A campaign launched by a coalition of teachers, charities and publishers has revealed that 40% of poorer children in the UK are not proficient readers, with England now being one of the developed world’s most unequal countries in reading. A report by the campaign Read On. Get On has...


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UK to challenge bankers’ bonus cap in EU court

The UK Treasury’s objection to the proposed EU bankers’ bonus cap will be heard in the European Court of Justice on Monday. If introduced, the new rules will cap all bankers’ bonuses awarded from 2014 at a years basic salary. If shareholders approve, this may be increased to double...


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Scottish referendum: Yes campaign takes the lead

The ‘Yes’ campaign has taken the lead for the first time in the Scottish independence debate, according to a shock poll, with less than two weeks until the vote. The YouGov poll put the campaign for independence in front in a marginal 51-49 point lead, ahead of the referendum...


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Good Money Week goes live with new website

The build up to Good Money Week, a national campaign encouraging everyone to make more responsible and ethical investments and financial decisions, has begun with the launch of its new website. Some tickets are now available for a range of events taking place across the country from October 19...


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Green Party prepares to challenge Labour in battle for the left

As the Green Party conference began on Friday, its members have announced their determination to challenge both the government and the opposition – putting themselves forward as the only left wing alternative working for the common good. The party is holding its annual conference at Conference Aston in Birmingham,...


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Radio Taxis Credit Union votes to merge with London Capital

Two London credit unions are to merge and create one of the largest such organisations in England, joining together some 11,000 members. Earlier this week, members of Radio Taxis Credit Union voted unanimously to merge with London Capital Credit Union, in a move that will create a new organization...


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Ban Ki-Moon encourages people to give on the International Day of Charity

Charities play a crucial role in helping our society wherever public spending is lacking and they need support from the public now more than ever, the UN secretary-general said on International Day of Charity on Friday. The event coincides with the anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize...


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Expand cities into greenbelt to solve housing crisis, says Wolfson Prize winner

The winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize has suggested that the UK solve its housing crisis by allowing existing towns and cities to expand into the greenbelt. David Rudlin, an urban planner, was unveiled as the winner at a gala dinner on Wednesday night, picking up a prize...


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Sir David Attenborough warns of the ‘escalating erosion of wildlife’

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned, ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, that the continued destruction of the environment “threatens us all”. However, he insists we still have a chance to save it. Individual responsibility that promotes conservation and the pursuit of “game-changing” solutions to problems facing...


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Household air pollution puts one-in-three at risk of early death

A report has found that a third of the world’s population use plant-based solid fuels, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking and heating, putting three billion people at risk of ill health due to dirty air in poorly ventilated homes. The report, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine...


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Vivienne Westwood invests £1m into renewable energy start-up Trillion Fund

Fashion mogul and environmental activist Vivienne Westwood has become a major shareholder in Trillion Fund, a renewable crowdfunding platform for wind and solar farms. Westwood will be now act as an ambassador for the project, which allows people to use crowdfunding to engage and invest in renewable energy projects...


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Agricultural PPPs may be keeping African farmers in poverty, Fairtrade warns

By prioritising profits over the needs of smallholder farmers, agricultural public-private partnerships (PPS) across Africa may be worsening poverty, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. In a new report Fairtrade, the leading global not-for-profit, warns that increasingly popular PPPs may not be the solution to global hunger and poverty that some...


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Japanese annual Taiji cove dolphin slaughter begins

Japan’s highly controversial annual dolphin slaughter, held in the waters by the town of Taiji, has officially begun. It is expected to last six months and will result in hundreds of dolphins being herded into a cove and butchered. A local official of the Taiji fisheries association, talking to...


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Sir Richard Branson set for Virgin Banking float worth £2bn

Virgin’s banking arm, estimated to be worth £2 billion by city insiders, is set to be floated on the financial markets later this year, with some hinting that the launch will come as early as October. Richard Branson’s banking firm has been performing strongly this year, with the launch...


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High court legal challenge to stop badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset fails

This year’s pilot badger cull in southern England will continue, despite a high court legal challenge by the Badgers Trust to ensure independent oversight of the techniques employed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The cull will now continue without independent oversight, irrespective of...


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