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OECD warns over risks of raising interest rates

Interest rate setters face a “difficult balancing act” amid the threat of a potential housing market correction and risks to the wider economy from raising borrowing costs, according to an influential think tank.

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Virgin East Coast passengers will be able to bid for first class upgrades from £5 via an app (Martin Keene/PA)

Virgin East Coast to auction empty first class seats to standard fare payers

Rail passengers unhappy at the prospect of a journey in standard class can now bid for an upgrade.

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Staff described being forced to reduce care packages for elderly people (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

‘Intense pressure’ to ration social care for vulnerable people, says report

Social workers are facing “intense pressure” to ration social care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, a report has claimed.

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Ryanair is shelving up to 50 flights daily over the next six weeks (Rui Vieira/PA)

Ryanair passengers ‘told to pay twice for extras when rebooking’

Some Ryanair passengers who rebooked flights after the airline announced mass cancellations have reported having to pay again if they had chosen to pick seats or take hold luggage.

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GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said (Yui Mok/PA)

Smokers ‘should be told of little evidence on benefits or harms of e-cigarettes’

GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said.

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Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales in 2016, official statistics show (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Oliver is still top boys’ name but what has dethroned Amelia for girls?

Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales in 2016, official statistics show.

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Police at the scene in Jeffrey Street in Newport, after a 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

Newport arrests bring total held over Parsons Green bombing to five

Two more men have been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green bombing, taking the total to five, Scotland Yard said.

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Ministers must ease restraint on public service pay, think tank warns

Public services will struggle to recruit and retain the staff they need unless ministers ease the restraint on pay, a leading economic think tank has warned.

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Prices rise for used diesel cars despite plan for ban from 2040

The price of used diesel cars has increased despite plans to ban the sale of new diesel vehicles from 2040 to tackle air pollution, research has revealed.

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Retail sales defy expectations in surge

UK retail sales jumped in August as shoppers continued to spend despite strong price rises.

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Wetherspoon’s slashes prices in Tax Equality Day protest

Wetherspoon’s is slashing prices across nearly 900 pubs in the UK to protest against tax discrepancies that allow supermarkets to undercut pubs on alcohol sales.

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Qatar Airways says the world's first double beds in business class will take the passenger experience 'to a new level' on flights from London to Doha (Qatar Airways/PA)

Qatar Airways launches double beds in business class

The world’s first double beds in business class will take the passenger experience “to a new level” on flights from London to Doha, an airline has claimed.

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A drone takes off from a lifeboat at Caister in Norfolk (Sam Russell/PA )

Lifeboat crew trial drones on search and rescue operations in world first

A lifeboat crew is trialling drones for use in sea search and rescue operations in what is thought to be a world first.

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CCWater is challenging the industry to provide a better service (Rui Vieira/PA)

Water company progress ‘stalls’ as more than two million customers report issues

Water customers had to make more than two million calls to resolve problems last year as progress by companies on service “stalled”, figures show.

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A train pulls in to the platform at Parsons Green tube station (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Third arrest in Parsons Green train bomb probe

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said.

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Rubbish bags are piled up in front of bins in Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

Birmingham refuse collectors await High Court judge delivering redundancy ruling

Refuse collectors fighting for jobs in the wake of a dispute which has led to piles of rubbish being left in Birmingham streets are waiting to hear whether a High Court judge will intervene.

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Tata Steel have signed a memorandum of understanding (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp plan merger deal

Tata Steel and German firm Thyssenkrupp have taken the first step towards a merger deal by signing a memorandum of understanding.

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Web giant Google has pledged £1 million to help fund projects to counter online and offline extremism (Yui Mok/PA)

Google creates £1m fund to help find ‘solution’ to online extremism

Web giant Google has pledged £1 million to help fund projects to counter online and offline extremism.

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Experts say the figures are 'worryingly high' (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

One in four girls aged 14 suffer from depression, study shows

Almost one in four teenage girls are depressed, researchers have found.

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Almost quarter of ambulance staff in some areas off with stress in 2016-17 – GMB

Up to nearly one in four ambulance staff in parts of the country took time off work because of stress in the last financial year, according to new figures.

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