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News | Published January 19 2020

The Weekly Review: Jan 13 - Jan 19

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that it is "enormously likely" that the UK will agree a trade deal with the EU by the December 31 cut-off point for the Brexit transitional period.

The Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland will receive an extra £1 billion from Westminster on top of the agreed financial package as a default result of spending plans spanning the whole of the UK.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has said that the party would consider abolishing council tax and business rates should it form the next government in Wales.

Health

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that the government could put an end to the existing four-hour waiting time target for Accident & Emergency units.

Construction

According to figures released by auditors, and confirmed by the National Audit Office, the cost of the construction of two new hospitals has almost doubled following the collapse of Carillion.

Gaming

The Gambling Commission has said that there will be a ban on people using credit cards to place bets as part of new measures to tackle problem gambling.

Claire Murdoch, the head of mental health services in England, has written to five major betting companies and urged them to do more to tackle problem gambling by removing incentives.

Aerospace

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, has branded the government rescue of rival airline Flybe “a misuse of public funds”.

Education

Official annual figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the increase in university students acquiring top degree grades has plateaued, following warnings from ministers about “grade inflation”.

Transport

A report from The Wildlife Trust has said that HS2 could put rare species at risk by levelling “irreplaceable” natural habitats, including nature reserves.




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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
January 19 2020

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