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Overseas hiring spree planned for care homes in England amid winter fears

Government plans to boost staff numbers with more foreign workers, with NHS managers sent abroad to recruit

Foreign workers could be recruited for care homes in England amid concerns about staff shortages this winter, under government plans.

The health secretary, Steve Barclay, wants the overseas recruitment spree to include sending NHS managers to countries such as India and the Philippines to hire thousands of nurses, the Times reported.

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Four in 10 under-30s locked into rent contracts that exceed 30% of pay

Great Britain figure at five-year high, with housing groups warning it is too much to manage

Under-30s renters in Great Britain are facing a financial crisis, with the number paying an unaffordable share of their earnings to landlords hitting a five-year high, according to research.

Four in 10 young renters are now locked into expensive new contracts that exceed 30% of their pay, a level that housing groups have warned is too much to manage.

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Strike reforms will be imposed if rail workers do not accept deals, says Grant Shapps

Transport secretary accuses union chiefs of not putting offers to members and says ‘it’s time for union bosses to get out of way’

Railway reforms at the heart of some strike action will be imposed by legislation if workers do not agree to new deals, the transport secretary has suggested.

The UK is gripped once again by a run of strikes hitting train operators across the country and underground services in London.

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Apple security flaw ‘actively exploited’ by hackers to fully control devices

The vulnerability has affected various models of the iPhone, iPad and Mac, with experts advising updating products to secure them

Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices.

On Wednesday the company said it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”.

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Drought declared in parts of Wales after water levels plummet

Natural Resources Wales and Welsh government take decision as extended heatwave affects rivers and reservoirs

A drought has been officially declared in parts of Wales after an extended period of dry weather and low rainfall caused water levels to plummet.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the threshold to trigger drought status in south-west Wales was met on Friday.

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Retail sales in Great Britain rise despite cost of living crisis

July rise of 0.3% driven by online promotions but clothing sales continue to fall

Retail sales in Great Britain unexpectedly rose in July as consumers continued spending despite concerns over the cost of living crisis.

The Office for National Statistics said sales volumes rose by 0.3% on the month, after a revised fall of 0.2% in June, with a range of online sales promotions helping to overcome a broader trend for a decline in spending.

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NHS leaders warn of ‘humanitarian crisis’ if government doesn’t act on energy costs

Health sector says many people could be forced to skip meals to afford to heat their homes as cap on energy costs set to rise

Health sector leaders have warned the UK faces a “humanitarian crisis” of worsening health outcomes unless the government does more to help with rising energy costs.

Families are looking ahead to a grim winter as experts predict the cap on energy bills will hit close to £3,600 a year from October, before rising again next year.

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London man, 44, charged with murder of 87-year-old on mobility scooter

Lee Byer will appear before magistrates over killing Thomas O’Halloran who was stabbed in Greenford, west London

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London.

Lee Byer, of Southall, west London, will appear before magistrates on Friday over the killing of O’Halloran, who was stabbed in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.

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