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Most children in UK's poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis

More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty as the impact of cuts to benefits continues to be felt by the least well-off families, according to a new study.

An analysis published by the End Child Poverty coalition of charities shows that the biggest increases in child poverty in the past two years have occurred in areas already identified as deprivation hotspots.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:01:15 GMT
Wednesday briefing: Children face no escape from poverty trap

Benefit freeze is major factor in emerging poverty crisis, says report … Shadow over Phil Neville’s England women’s role … Cape Town running out of water

Good morning. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories this Wednesday morning.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:30:24 GMT
Paradise Papers firm worked for bank linked to terrorist financing and organised crime

Appleby client FBME is banned from US financial system

The firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s chemical weapons programme.

Appleby represented the Cayman Islands holding company of FBME Bank for at least a year after the US Treasury published an extraordinary roster of allegations against the bank, and acted as its agent for more than a decade beforehand.

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:56:28 GMT
England women's coach Phil Neville deletes tweets

• Twitter account had posts referring to domestic violence
• Former Everton captain ‘honoured’ to have role

Phil Neville says he feels “honoured” to have been given the job of coaching the England women’s team but his appointment immediately became embroiled in controversy after highly dubious tweets Neville appears to have sent a few years ago began to circulate, with one making light of domestic violence.

The message, which was posted via Neville’s long-standing Twitter handle @fizzer18 on 1 July 2011, reads: “Relax I’m back chilled – just battered the wife!!! Feel better now!” Another from the same account, and which was sent on 3 December 2012, reads: “U women of [sic] always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”.

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:42:00 GMT
Liam Fox backs call to use 'Brexit dividend' to fund NHS

Trade secretary appears to share Boris Johnson’s view but says promises cannot yet be made

Liam Fox has said it would be unthinkable not to spend some of the “Brexit dividend” from leaving the EU on funding the NHS, but the government could not make any promises at this point.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:51:58 GMT
UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

Exclusive: government accused of hypocrisy as documents show opposition to urban waste plan

The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to develop “ambitious new future targets and milestones”, confidential documents have revealed.

A 25-year environment plan was launched earlier in January by the prime minister, Theresa May, who particularly focused on cutting plastic pollution. The plan, aimed partly at wooing younger voters, says “recycling plastics is critical”.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:01:22 GMT
MP calls for tougher laws after women 'groped' at men-only charity gala

Equalities chair says act needs ‘real teeth’ after allegations about men-only event

The chair of the parliamentary committee on women and equalities, Maria Miller MP, has suggested strengthening the Equalities Act, after details emerged of a men-only charity dinner – attended by senior figures from business and politics – at which hired “hostesses” were allegedly groped, sexually harassed and propositioned by guests.

Senior female politicians lined up to condemn “stomach-churning” behaviour by attendees of the Presidents Club charity dinner, held at London’s exclusive Dorchester hotel and hosted by comedian David Walliams.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:05:04 GMT
More than 900 criminal cases collapse over undisclosed evidence

BBC reports last year’s figures for England and Wales reveal sharp rise due to police or CPS failures

More than 900 criminal cases were dropped in England and Wales last year due to a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, this marked a 70% increase in the number of collapsed cases over the course of two years.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:15:29 GMT
Afghanistan: car bomb explodes outside Save the Children office in Jalalabad

Government spokesman says attackers have entered the aid agency and 11 people have been injured

Attackers have entered the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after a car bomb exploded outside.

Provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the aid agency was targeted early on Wednesday morning.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:16:48 GMT
Ant and Dec big winners at National Television awards

Jodie Whittaker dedicates award to sexual abuse survivors and Suranne Jones calls for equal gender representation

Ant and Dec were the big winners at the National Television awards as they collected their 17th TV presenter prize in a row.

The pair – who were making their first public appearance since Ant McPartlin announced his separation from his wife – also won the inaugural Bruce Forsyth Entertainment award in memory of the showbiz all-rounder who died last year.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:08:01 GMT

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