Study reveals rise in children raised in squalid rental homes
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Study reveals rise in children raised in squalid rental homes

A quarter of a million families bringing up babies and infants in England are living in privately rented accommodation that fails to meet the decent homes standard, it has emerged. The number of households bringing up children aged under four in squalid conditions, which can include damp walls, broken heating and infestations of rats, has…

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Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action
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Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

Landlords must remove dangerous, Grenfell Tower-style cladding from their buildings or face enforcement action, the government has warned. The communities secretary, James Brokenshire, has written to about 60 building owners and developers, including some of the UK’s biggest property firms, explaining the actions they must take to avoid penalties. The clampdown on buildings wrapped in…

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Amount of NHS land earmarked for sale is soaring, figures show
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Amount of NHS land earmarked for sale is soaring, figures show

Ministers have been accused of “selling off the NHS family silver” after figures revealed that the amount of health service land being earmarked for sale to private developers is soaring. The NHS is seeking buyers for 718 different plots of land or buildings it owns across England, prompting fears that underfunding has forced cash-strapped NHS…

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Swedish election: far right on course for sizeable gains in vote
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Swedish election: far right on course for sizeable gains in vote

Sweden faces a protracted period of political uncertainty after an election that left the two main parliamentary blocs tied but well short of a majority, and the far-right Sweden Democrats promising to wield “real influence” in parliament despite making more modest gains than many had predicted. The populist, anti-immigrant party won 17.6% of the vote,…

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Sexual assaults in women’s prison reignite debate over transgender inmates
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Sexual assaults in women’s prison reignite debate over transgender inmates

A leading prison reformer has said prisoners who have committed violent offences against women should not be able to transfer to women’s prisons if they have not legally changed their gender, after it emerged that a transgender inmate had sexually assaulted fellow prisoners after transferring to a women’s prison. Karen White was on remand for…

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Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year
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Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year

The Metropolitan police are increasingly dropping investigations into serious crimes such as sexual offences, violent attacks and arson within hours of them being reported, the Guardian can reveal. The UK’s largest force “screened out” 34,164 crimes without further investigation on the day they were reported in 2017, compared to 13,019 the year before. In the…

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