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Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The firm operates the Motability scheme which provides wheelchairs, cars and scooters to the disabled. Mr Bett’s level of pay was described as “obscene” by MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who chairs Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee,…

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Chancellor pledges £400m for ‘little extra’ for schools

Image copyright Getty Images Schools in England are to receive a one-off £400m to buy “that extra bit of kit”, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced in his Budget. The money is worth, on average, £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school, he said. Unions said Mr Hammond’s gesture would “infuriate” head teachers. His announcement comes as England’s school leaders have been campaigning for better funding for schools, saying their budgets have been squeezed. Responding to the chancellor’s £400m one-off cash injection, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the…

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Budget: Hammond says extra £1bn to be given to the MoD

Image copyright PA Image caption The money will also go on Dreadnought – the UK’s nuclear deterrent submarine programme The chancellor has pledged an extra £1bn, between now and the end of next year, to boost the UK’s defences. In his Budget speech, Philip Hammond said the plan was to modernise key areas such as anti-submarine warfare and cyber capabilities. He said the extra funding was prompted by “stark reminders” in the past year of the scale, scope and complexity of the threats we face”. The extra £1bn for defence…

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Budget 2018: Extra £420m to tackle potholes

Image copyright PA Local councils in England are to get an extra £420m to tackle a growing number of potholes. Chancellor Philip Hammond will make the announcement in Monday’s budget, alongside a £28.8bn fund to upgrade England’s motorways. But the Asphalt Industry Alliance has said more than £8bn would be needed for a one-time fix of potholes in England. Labour criticised the move to invest heavily on major roads, arguing money should be spent on public transport. In the budget, Mr Hammond will announce £25.5bn for Highways England for major…

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Reality Check: What extra policing do we pay for?

On Friday, BBC Radio 5 Live’s phone-in discussed the cost of policing the Royal Wedding. Reality Check had already looked into the question of how much the taxpayer could be contributing to this. Jill, the first caller, said that public money should be paying for policing at the wedding because we also pay for police at events such as football matches, film stars’ weddings and film premieres. So, is Jill right? The policing of football matches is almost entirely publicly funded. In 2012, Leeds United won a High Court action…

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Teacher banned for claiming extra cash for school trips

Image copyright Google Image caption Mr Malengela taught French at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon A languages teacher has been banned from the classroom for claiming extra cash from parents for school trips, a conduct panel has concluded. David Malengela, 41, had responsibility for organising overseas trips at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon. The disciplinary hearing was told he asked parents for additional “behaviour deposits” and charged pupils 20 euros each just to board the coach. The panel said his actions were “calculated and deliberate”. Read more Cambridgeshire stories The…

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A swipe is not enough: Tinder trials extra control for women

(Reuters) – The Indian edition of dating app Tinder is trialing a new feature which gives women an additional level of scrutiny and security before they allow men to start messaging conversations, with a view to rolling the function out globally. FILE PHOTO: The dating app Tinder is shown on an Apple iPhone in this photo illustration taken February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Illustration The “My Move” feature allows women to choose in their settings that only they can start a conversation with a male match after both have approved each…

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Chakrabarti denies anti-Semitism code ‘sullied’ by extra statement

Image copyright PA Image caption Baroness Chakrabarti carried out a review into anti-Semitism in Labour for Jeremy Corbyn Critics of Labour over anti-Semitism should “come back into the room” now it has changed its guidelines, Baroness Chakrabarti says. The shadow attorney general defended extra wording added to an international definition of anti-Semitism, which has now been adopted in full. The statement says the definition and examples should not undermine free speech on Israel. Critics say the new code has been “sullied” by the extra wording. The extra statement says that…

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Extra police powers as the Notting Hill Carnival begins

Image copyright AFP Image caption One million people are expected to attend the Carnival during the two-day event Extra stop-and-search powers have been granted to police as the Notting Hill Carnival got under way in west London. Scotland Yard imposed the Section 60 order from 09:00 BST until midnight following “incidents of violence… across the city over the last week”. Over two days there were five separate shootings while a man was fatally stabbed in Deptford on Saturday night. One million people are expected at the Carnival over the weekend…

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Leafs RFA Nylander says ‘no extra pressure’ for new deal

Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent forward William Nylander doesn’t yet have a contract in place as training camp nears, but he remains optimistic a deal will get done. Mar 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (39) skates against the Calgary Flames at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Calgary 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images “I’ve said all along that (first-year general manager Kyle Dubas) wanted to take things slow, and I’m fine with that,”…

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