Council tax debts in England soar 40% in six years

Charities say ‘huge issue’ of arrears is now as big a problem as credit card debtsCouncil tax debts in England have soared by nearly 40% in six years, Guardian research has found, with charities warning these arrears now rival credit card debts as thei…

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UK stands down 6,000 no-deal Brexit staff – after spending £1.5bn

Civil service to stand down its no-deal contingency plans in light of new departure dateThe government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit, at an estimated cost of £1.5bn.The civil servants who had…

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Councils stall on adding charging points for electric vehicles

Exclusive: funding cuts blamed as 107 councils say they have no plans to expand networkAt least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles.More than 100 local council…

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The Guardian view on the biggest privatisation: the land beneath our feet | Editorial

A new book helps us understand what is happening in Britain today by exposing the scale of the sell-off of the state’s estateIn her memoirs the late Margaret Thatcher wrote that privatisation must be “at the centre of any programme of reclaiming territ…

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