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General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election. They say they would make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Their plans involve offering “fixed term” council houses to be sold off after 10 to 15 years, with any proceeds reinvested in social housing. Labour said the plans were “political spin, with no substance”. “There’s no commitment on the number of new affordable homes or on new funding,” said the party’s ...

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Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election

Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election. Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May. The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament. A senior Conservative declined to say if the scheme would be brought back if the prime minister was re-elected. Probate ...

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U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance

Plans to increase National Insurance levels for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. In a letter to Tory MPs, he said: “There will be no increases in… rates in this Parliament.” Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said the U-turn showed a government “in chaos”. Mr Hammond had faced a backlash by Conservative backbenchers last week, who accused him of breaking a general election ...

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Institute for Fiscal Studies backs National Insurance increase

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the chancellor was right to raise National Insurance contributions for the self employed in his Budget. The rise will see millions of self-employed workers pay an average of £240 a year more, but ministers say those earning £16,250 or less will pay less. Philip Hammond’s move has been heavily criticised, but the IFS analysts said the current system needed reform. “It distorts decisions, creates complexity and is unfair,” it said. “A tax system which charges thousands of pounds more in tax for employees ...

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Quarterback movement may increase cost of Jimmy Garoppolo trade

4:33 PM ET One can only imagine how much the price for Jimmy Garoppolo went up in a few hours time on Wednesday afternoon. In short order on Wednesday it became known that: The Bears had targeted and come to a virtual agreement with free-agent-to-be Mike Glennon, last of the Bucs. Glennon seems earmarked for Chicago on Thursday. The Bills agreed to a re-worked deal with Tyrod Taylor that kept him off the free-agent market. The 49ers had signed Brian Hoyer. That’s three potential teams out of the quarterback market, ...

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Researchers increase the storage capacity of DNA to 214 petabytes per gram

Hard drives and NAND flash memory can store a lot more data than they could just a few years ago, but they’ve still got nothing on DNA. The genetic material in nearly every cell of your body has a vastly higher storage capacity than a hard drive, and it could potentially last for hundreds of thousands of years. The problem has been efficiently encoding data in DNA. Now a pair of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have developed a process for storing 214 petabytes of ...

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Steam Prices May Increase in Australia And New Zealand Due To New Tax Jurisdictions

Steam will be including sales tax in storefront prices across 10 countries including Australia and New Zealand, to comply with new tax jurisdictions requiring sales tax be applied to digital goods and services. In an email sent to Steam parners today, the following countries will be adding region-appropriate sales tax to all purchases, from the months listed: March 2017: Switzerland 8% South Korea 10% Japan 8% New Zealand 15% Iceland 24% South Africa 14% India 15% April 2017: Serbia 20% May 2017: July 2017: Australia 10% The email states that ...

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Is texting to blame for 2016’s increase in vehicular deaths?

Early results say US traffic fatalities increased by 3% to as much as 6% in 2016 over 2015. Texting and other smartphone apps are cited frequently by safety officials for the increase. They’re also pointing to the usual suspects, too: seat belts not worn, seat belt laws not enforced, speeding, drunken driving, and legislators unwilling to pass more safe-driving laws. The size of the increase depends a lot on how you define the numbers. In raw data, National Safety Council data shows an increase of 6% in 2016 over 2015. ...

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Chief nurse: 'Cut hospital beds to increase care at home'

Cutting hospital beds and using the money for care at home could mean better treatment for patients, according to NHS England’s chief nursing officer. Prof Jane Cummings writes in the Daily Telegraph that freeing up the money put into “old and expensive buildings” is one way the health service can improve. Staying in hospital too long can often make patients more ill, she claims. Prof Cummings also says “outdated models of care” need to change. The article is in response to a review set up by the NHS which split ...

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Minecraft PC Price May Increase in Your Region

Minecraft developer Mojang is making adjustments to the price of its sandbox creation game in order to “align with the United States Dollar.” For regions such as Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, this means an increase in price, so those interested purchasing it should do so before May 23, when the new prices will go into effect. “If you haven’t bought Minecraft yet, it might be worth purchasing in the next week if your pocket money allowance isn’t aligned with the United States Dollar,” Mojang said. “You could end up ...

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