Labour hints at giving Bank of England green mandate if elected

John McDonnell welcomes governor’s warning on risks of climate change to financial systemThe Bank of England’s powers to tackle climate change risks in the financial system could be given an overhaul to reflect the scale of the “emergency” facing the p…

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Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers

Financial sector warned it risks losses from extreme weather and its stakes in polluting firmsThe global financial system faces an existential threat from climate change and must take urgent steps to reform, the governors of the Bank of England and Fra…

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Working 9 to 9: Chinese tech workers push back against long hours

Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other big firms are sharing evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime Chinese tech employees are pushing back against the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a we…

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UK sounds alarm over rising debt levels in poorest countries

International development secretary calls for creditors such as China to be transparentBritain’s international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has sounded the alarm over rising debt levels in the poorest countries amid fears heavy repayments wil…

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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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Hammond plays down Brexit delay increasing chance of second vote

Time likely to be too tight for referendum before end of October, says chancellorPhilip Hammond has played down the possibility that the UK could use the delay to Brexit to hold a second referendum and stressed that he still expects the UK to leave the…

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