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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The target is for children to have about 30 hours per week in paid-for nursery provision The public spending watchdog has questioned plans to fund increased nursery provision in Scotland. Audit Scotland said in a report there was a “significant risk” councils would not…

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Image copyright Getty Images Girls start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and discover more expensive shampoo and make-up. At the ages of seven to nine, weekly spending is higher among boys (£8.50) than girls (£7.50), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Girls’ spending then overtakes…

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Image copyright LFB Image caption The damage caused to a seventh floor flat in Shepherd’s Bush, London Faulty household appliances – primarily washing machines and tumble dryers – account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said. It said the number of fires has…

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Image copyright Getty Images Another major financial mis-selling scandal is “already erupting” according to a report by MPs into British Steel’s pension scheme. Members were exploited by “vulture” financial advisors and “apparently neglected” by government, Tata Steel and regulators, said the Work and Pensions Select Committee. The UK government has…

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Image caption Tara Westover secretly bought the textbooks that she needed to pass tests for university There can’t be many people with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge who never got a single school-age qualification. But Tara Westover’s story is more like something from another era, than a tale…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toyota held the top spot in global vehicle sales for four years in a row, until 2016, when it was pipped at the post by the Volkswagen Group The biggest carmakers on the planet are posting their sales numbers for 2017 – so who…

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Image copyright Getty Images The Premier League has seen a decline in the money raised from the sale of rights to broadcast matches in the UK. In total BT and Sky bid £4.4bn to screen the lion’s share of 200 games for each season between 2019-2022. That amount falls short…

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Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England’s primary schools will take a new times tables check this spring. Some 7,250 pupils in 290 primaries, are expected to take part in the trials of the new multiplication check. The five-minute test, taken by children in Year 4,…

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Image copyright Getty Images A teacher from north London, named as a top-10 finalist in a global teaching award, has warned of the poor living conditions of her pupils. Andria Zafirakou says some pupils at her Brent secondary school have to do their homework in the bathroom, because their housing…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNetwork Rail chief executive, Mark Carne Network Rail is to move away from big projects in its next five-year funding period in favour of spending its cash on maintaining its current network. Britain’s rail and track operator has published its plan from…

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