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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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Record UK government surplus in January

Image copyright Getty Images Britain’s public finances have received a big boost ahead of the chancellor’s Spring Statement next month. Income from taxes beat public spending by £14.9bn in January, the largest monthly surplus since records began in 1993, official figures showed. The bumper surplus beat economists’ forecasts of £10bn, and was £5.6bn greater than January 2018. January is a key revenue-raising month as it is when taxpayers submit their self-assessment returns. Analysts said the reduction in borrowing should give Chancellor Philip Hammond extra money for his next economic update…

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German government unlikely to make quick decision on Huawei: source

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will probably not take a quick decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei to build Germany’s 5G network, a government source said on Tuesday. “There will probably not be a quick decision,” the source said. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage. The…

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Chinese government doesn’t get involved in Huawei’s business: German boss

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei Technologies is pictured in front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Duesseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of China’s Huawei Technologies in Germany told a German newspaper that the Chinese government does not get involved in the company’s business, adding the firm would work on being open and transparent in the debate about security of mobile networks. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its…

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German government to consult further before taking Huawei decision: source

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks, a senior source said. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors’ area during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Rinke/File Photo A decision is unlikely within the next two weeks, the source added, after ministers discussed the matter last week against a backdrop of U.S. calls on…

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Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

Image copyright AFP The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a “secretive and flawed procurement process”. The move comes days after Seaborne, one of the firms chosen, had its contract axed after its funding fell through. The government said it had carried out a “competitive procurement process”. “The Department for Transport acted transparently and competitively throughout the…

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Government ‘pledged £80m to Nissan’

Image copyright Nissan The UK pledged £80m in support to Japanese car giant Nissan in 2016 to get it to stay in the UK after the Brexit vote, a leaked letter indicates. But the pledge depended on continued production of the Qashqai and X-Trail models at the carmaker’s Sunderland plant, the Financial Times reported. The report comes a day after Nissan said it was going to make the X-Trail in Japan instead. Meanwhile, a government minister has said Nissan will still get its money. Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington…

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Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal records scheme

Image copyright PA The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by people who claimed their lives were blighted by past minor criminal convictions. The judges found a revised criminal records disclosure scheme was “disproportionate” in some respects. People need to disclose their criminal record when applying for certain jobs. The government will have to consider reform of the system, said BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman. Christopher Stacey, co-director of the charity Unlock, said it was an “important ruling”, which stands to affect…

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Brexit: Government supports Brady amendment on Ireland border

Image copyright AFP The government will support a backbench amendment to the Brexit deal that calls for the planned Irish backstop to be replaced by “alternative arrangements”. Tory MPs will be told to vote for Sir Graham Brady’s proposal when the Commons votes on a series of amendments to Theresa May’s plan on Tuesday. The government will also order its MPs to vote against a move which could delay Brexit by up to nine months. But Commons Speaker John Bercow will decide which amendments get voted on. Senior EU representatives…

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Delta postpones Airbus A220 launch due to U.S. government shutdown

FILE PHOTO: A Delta airlines flight arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., Jan. 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo CHICAGO (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines said on Friday it had decided to postpone the debut of its Airbus A220 due to delays in the Federal Aviation Administration certification process, which has stalled during the partial U.S. government shutdown. Delta had been planning to launch the new aircraft in January, but said it will now use other aircraft on the routes it had arranged to service with the A220. Reporting by…

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