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Image copyright Sunesis Image caption The race is on – parents have until midnight to apply for primary school places Parents of rising-fives in England have until midnight tonight to apply for primary school places for their children. It can be a tense time, with the most popular schools often…

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Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of parents in England are struggling to get subsidised childcare as they grapple with a glitchy website eight months after it was set up. In some cases, money meant for fees has become stuck in tax-free childcare accounts, leaving some parents unable to pay their…

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Image copyright iStock/Getty More than three quarters of UK workers are worried their pay could fall in future due to rising prices, a report by a think tank has warned. It found four of five of those currently in work fear the impact of inflation – ucurrently at its highest…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Carillion worked on the Battersea Power Station revamp The troubled government contractor Carillion has held talks with its creditor banks this weekend and further meetings are planned for Monday, the BBC understands. The construction firm owes £900m to RBS, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Santander….

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Image copyright Getty Images British retailers have published sales figures for the trading period up to and including Christmas, and while there have been record takings for some, the festive season proved gloomy for others. Consumers are continuing to alter their buying habits to factor in that American import Black…

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Image copyright Carillion The future of troubled engineering company Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. Sources say the firm has a “matter of days” as…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers…

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Image caption Nicci and Andrew Fletcher are now in their 50s “What people don’t realise is it’s a form of bereavement. There were days I couldn’t get out of bed. I just couldn’t face the world.” Nicci Fletcher, 50, says she and her husband Andrew felt “real grief” at not…

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Image copyright B&M Discount retailer B&M’s rapid expansion in the UK appears to have paid off after it revealed strong sales figures for the past three months. In contrast to many of its rivals which are closing shops, B&M opened 19 new shops in the 13 weeks to 23 December….

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