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Bank of England decides to change the Sterling to plastic

Bank of England decides to change the Sterling to plastic

New polymer banknotes to be introduced, beginning with Sir Winston Churchill £5 note in 2016.

The decision on polymer notes will mark the beginning of the end for 320 years of paper notes from the Bank. The move by Threadneedle Street follows Bank governor Mark Carney’s native Canada, where plastic notes are being rolled out, and Australia, where they have been in circulation for more than two decades.

Carney launched a public consultation on polymer banknotes, seen as cleaner and more durable, shortly after arriving at the Bank this summer. However, the Bank’s notes division has been considering read more

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Child Safety – 181 workers fired by Councils

Child Safety – 181 workers fired by Councils

More than 180 teachers, social workers and other council staff were sacked last year after being judged to be a risk to children.

In 2012/13 some 3,651 local authority workers were investigated over allegations they had either harmed or abused children or were unsuitable to work with them, figures show.

The statistics – obtained following Freedom of Information requests to councils in England and Wales – show that 695 of those local authority probes were then investigated by police.

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Ofsted: Schools ignoring bad behaviour

Ofsted: Schools ignoring bad behaviour

Schools where behaviour is a problem will be subjected to spot checks by inspectors for the first time in a bid to drive up education standards, the Ofsted chief inspector has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that teachers were too often ignoring low-level disruption and “horseplay” leading to a culture of “casual acceptance” of misbehaviour that is holding schools back.

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Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.

Cpl Andrew Garthwaite, 26, from South Tyneside, was badly injured in Afghanistan when a Taliban grenade took off his right arm.

He is believed to be the first person in the UK to have such a bionic arm.

It involved surgery, including having his nerve system rewired, and months of learning how to use the new arm.

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1.5 million UK pensioners struggling with food poverty

1.5 million UK pensioners struggling with food poverty

More than 1.5 million British pensioners are now living in food poverty and the situation is set to worsen this winter, according to new research.

The Centre for Economics and Business says a quarter of over-65s have had to make cutbacks on food over the past three years, and over one million are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition because they are struggling to afford basic nutritious food.

The reason is that while the cost of living has continued to rise, incomes have not kept pace.

Increasing food prices in particular have hit the elderly the most.

The study shows over-65s will spend an read more

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Glasgow Helicopter Crashes Into Pub

Glasgow Helicopter Crashes Into Pub

Police have warned that the number of people killed when a police helicopter crashed into a busy Glasgow pub will rise in the “coming hours” after confirming one death.

The Chief Constable of Scotland Police said they were now dealing with a “search and recovery operation” after rescue teams worked through the night to try and pull people from the wreckage of The Clutha Vaults pub.

But he said they were still hoping to find survivors alive in the remains of the building.

At least six people died when the helicopter crashed through the roof of the lively city nightspot, which was read more

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Computer Glitch Delays UK Flights

Computer Glitch Delays UK Flights

A technical problem at an air traffic control centre has led to delays and cancellations at major airports, including London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Thousands of passengers have seen their flights delayed by a “technical problem” at southern England’s main air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire.

Airports in the south east of England – the world’s busiest airspace – have been hardest hit, with the knock-on impact disrupting flights across the UK and further afield.

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UK Weather: Britain is hit by worst floods in 60 years

UK Weather: Britain is hit by worst floods in 60 years

A powerful Atlantic storm has killed two people, caused travel chaos and threatened the east coast of England with the worst flooding seen in 60 years.

Emergency services launched rescue operations as hurricane-force winds moved south from Scotland, some of which topped 142mph in mountainous areas of Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire.

One man was killed when he was struck by a falling tree in a park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and a lorry driver died when the HGV he was driving was blown on top of two cars on the A801 near Bathgate, read more

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