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Image copyright PA Ministers should consider strengthening the safety net for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, a report suggests. Help for this group introduced in response to the financial crisis will be largely withdrawn by 2022. Academics, commissioned by lenders’ trade body UK Finance, said the government should review…

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Image copyright Mat Fascione Image caption The oil is transported to the Kinneil terminal at Grangemouth where it is processed and stabilised One of the UK’s most important oil pipelines is being closed after a crack was discovered in Aberdeenshire. The Forties pipeline carries crude North Sea oil across land…

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Image copyright PA Hundreds of schools across England and Wales have closed due to snowy weather. More than 400 schools are shut in Wales. And in Birmingham, the city council has closed all of the schools it runs. Hundreds more have closed in counties across huge swathes of central England…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cost of Christmas: Some seasonal favourites have gone up in price since last year From boxes of chocolates to mince pies and even Brussels sprouts, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a table piled high with food. But the price of the festive grocery…

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Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time in what is being regarded as a step towards legitimising the digital currency. Trading opened at 23:00 GMT Sunday on the Cboe Futures Exchange in Chicago, valuing Bitcoin at $15,000. The currency’s futures were…

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Image copyright Getty Images The overall pupil absence rate is 4.5%, according to the latest figures from the Department for Education. One in 10 of those school children are classed as “persistently absent”. A persistently absent child is one who misses school for at least 10% of the time. Secondary…

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