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Porsche warns UK buyers of Brexit surcharge

Stuttgart-based Porsche said in an emailed statement to the BBC: “As one potential outcome of the Brexit negotiations, there is a possibility that a duty of up to 10% may be applied to cars imported into the UK by us after March 29. “In light of this, we have chosen to inform customers whose cars are likely to arrive after Brexit occurs to warn them that they may be affected by this tariff – allowing them to be fully informed at the point of sale and, if they wish, to…

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Childcare plan helps only fifth of families

And while the government had initially expected 324,000 more families to sign up, far more are potentially missing out. In total, an estimated 1.3 million could qualify for the help, meaning only around one in 14 eligible families has done so. That’s costing people money – the Office for Budget Responsibility had forecast spending £800m on Tax-Free Childcare in 2017-18, but that was revised down to £37m specifically because of low take-up. Payment errors In 2018, the Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey showed that the cost of a part-time…

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Bloodsports videos found on social media

‘Lucrative business’ Hare coursing, which sees hares hunted by dogs in competition against each other, was banned by the Hunting Act 2004 while cockfighting was made illegal in the 19th Century. Geoff Edmond, the RSPCA’s national wildlife co-ordinator, who viewed the online material uncovered by Countryfile, said: “We would ask for responsibility. It should be taken down – it’s illegal activity. “It’s down to these social media companies to take on that responsibility. At the moment, we are still talking to them to be responsible in the hope that that…

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Plant-based plastics going to landfill

Many businesses selling food and drink are now turning to the containers in a bid to be greener. But Keep Wales Tidy said there was a risk that they could lead to “unintended consequences” because of the lack of places that can compost them. Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution? Are we stuck with plastic straws? Four ideas to tackle coffee cup waste How it works Food waste is recycled using a process called anaerobic digestion, helping to produce electricity and fertiliser as by-products. But plant-based items, including those…

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Climate strikes: Will they have an impact?

Greta’s memorable phrase that we “cannot solve the crisis without treating it as a crisis”, reflects the thinking of many, frustrated with the slow pace of progress. That sense of crisis has been affected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impacts of global temperature reaching 1.5C, released last October. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I’m standing up for our planet’ “We are doing this because we feel that climate action really needs to happen after the IPCC report,” said Lottie, 17, who…

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UK inflation falls to two-year low

Why are prices falling? Mike Hardie, ONS head of inflation, said: “The fall in inflation is due mainly to cheaper gas, electricity and petrol, partly offset by rising ferry ticket prices and air fares falling more slowly than this time last year.” Ofgem’s energy price cap, which came into effect from 1 January 2019, helped drive down inflation, the ONS said. However, that cap is being raised and this is likely to feed into future CPI figures. Price of flats fell in England last year The ONS said that petrol…

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Hunt for cat killer ‘who mutilates pets’

Ziggy was attacked in the summer of 2017 and then again in March 2018, when he died from his injuries. Taiyou was attacked and seriously injured in November and died on 8 January following complications. Image caption Two of Yvonne Harrison’s cats have been killed by the attacker and she is so concerned she is now using GPS to track her third feline Dr Chris Bamford, from the Bay Vet Group, saw Taiyou whose injuries were too severe for treatment. “I first noticed when the owners brought them in that…

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‘I don’t know how many people I’ve stabbed’

“I did it because I wanted the older lot to like me and because I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. “To be honest with you, I’ve stabbed quite a lot of people. “If I was to sit here and count I wouldn’t be able to. People remind me, to this day, about people I’ve stabbed that I don’t remember. “We wanted to be bad – look bad, become the gang that everyone feared. We had to carry out a lot of violent crimes to…

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Veggie farmer film bids for Bafta success

Image copyright Jay Wilde Image caption Jay Wilde gave his herd to a sanctuary to spare them “a terrifying death” at the slaughterhouse The film – which covers Mr Wilde’s struggles with his conscience and the beef farming industry – made its premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, and won the grand prize at the 2018 Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival. Image caption The cows are now being cared for by Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk Despite taking centre stage on the silver screen, Mr Wilde said he would not…

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Jaguar Land Rover posts 3.4bn loss

Excluding the write-down, which affects its balance sheet but has no effect on cash, the company posted a loss of £273m. Much of the firm’s model range is currently diesel-powered, while diesel sales in Europe have been falling. Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, has embarked on a major restructuring programme to prepare for the future and boost profitability. It has already announced plans to cut thousands of jobs. It has now accepted that the value of its existing investments – such as factories, equipment and…

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New year chill for UK housing market

“There is no doubt that the next year will be important for the housing market with much of the immediate focus on what impact Brexit may have. However, more fundamentally it is key underlying factors of supply and demand that will ultimately shape the market.” Where can you afford to live? Try our housing calculator to see where you could rent or buy This interactive content requires an internet connection and a modern browser. View affordability data by UK region View affordability data by local authority area No data high…

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Scots’ life expectancy rise grinds to halt

What is the life expectancy of people in Scotland? Scotland has the worst life expectancy for all UK countries. Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a new born baby would live based on that area’s age specific mortality rates. How long are you going to live? Girls born in Scotland between 2015 and 2017 can expect to live until they are 81.1, according to the National Records for Scotland (NRR). Life expectancy for boys born in the same period is 77 years. But the NRR…

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Billionaire’s 100m gift to Cambridge Uni

Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption The David and Claudia Harding Foundation funds scientific research and education A university spokesman said the David and Claudia Harding Foundation donation would help propel the £500m fundraising drive launched last autumn to attract and support postgraduate and undergraduate students from the UK and around the world. Related Topics Cambridge University of Cambridge Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47127690

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