French workers cherish their welfare state. That’s why they’re striking | Cole Stangler

Macron’s proposed retirement reforms are his latest attempt to erode the safety net. Tomorrow the people are fighting backIt’s shaping up to be one of France’s biggest strikes in recent memory. Responding to calls from unions to protest against the gov…

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One of UK’s biggest care home operators investigated over finances

Regulator concerned about Advinia Group’s cash flow and ability to repay loansOne of the UK’s biggest care home operators, which looks after about 3,000 elderly residents, is being investigated by regulators, heightening concerns over the state of Brit…

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Boris Johnson says BBC should ‘cough up’ for TV licences of over-75s

PM signals his government will not step in to subsidise benefit despite 2017 manifesto pledgeBoris Johnson has reignited the row over who should fund free TV licences for the over-75s, urging the BBC to “cough up”.The prime minister has signalled that …

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Cashless Britain: over-55s and low earners at risk of being left behind

Study warns banks to adapt offerings to help consumers to use mobile or online bankingWith Britons increasingly turning to digital payments, consumers aged over 55 and those on low incomes “risk being left behind” by banks, according to new research.Th…

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