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News | Published January 26 2020

The Weekly Review: Jan 20 - Jan 26

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

Economy

Businesses say that food prices going up could be one of many outcomes of Brexit after chancellor Sajid Javid told the Financial Times that the UK will diverge from some EU rules.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Secretary General of the OECD has urged to the UK to hold off on its planned tech tax.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that the UK’s employment rate has risen to a new high of 76.3 per cent, largely due to a record number of women in full time work.

The coronavirus outbreak has disturbed financial markets around the world, following the city of Wuhan being put under lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

Politics

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the heads of the European Commission and Council, signed the Withdrawal Agreement, prior to the UK’s departure from the European Union next Friday.

Conservative party chairman James Cleverly has told Sky News that the government is exploring moving the House of Lords out of London permanently.

The government’s EU Withdrawal Bill has been held up after losing three votes in the House of Lords.

Housing

A report by University College London has criticised planners and engineers for allowing new housing developments to be built next to roads which do not accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

Transport

Secretary for transport, Grant Shapps, has demanded more information regarding plans for HS2, following estimates of the cost of the project rising to £106 billion.

Environment

The Committee on Climate Change has released a report which reveals people ought to cut their consumption of meat and dairy by one fifth in order to combat climate change.

Health

According to a new report from The Alzheimer’s Society, one in ten dementia patients spend over a month in hospital after being admitted.

NHS England and ministers have drawn up a plan to establish rapid response teams to help elderly patients in their homes. 

Energy

Rolls-Royce have told the BBC about their plans to construct, install and operate mini nuclear power stations by 2029. 




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