Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes in England

Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes in England

“Unfair charges” levied on buyers of new-build homes could be banned in England under a proposed crackdown. Leaseholds on new-builds would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under government plans subject to public consultation. Ground rents can double every decade, crippling home owners and in some cases making a property impossible to sell. “Enough is enough. These practices are unjust, unnecessary and need to stop,” said Communities secretary Sajid Javid. The proposals,…

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NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS England has announced plans to stop doctors prescribing homeopathy, herbal and other “low value” treatments. It hopes to save almost £200m a year by ending what the head of the service called a “misuse of scarce” NHS funds. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among those up for review. But the plans to scrap prescriptions for common health problems have been criticised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for hitting…

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Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell has said he intends to record a charity single to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. “We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy,” the pop impresario wrote on Thursday. Cowell, who lives in the same London borough as the now burnt-out tower, called the blaze “heartbreaking”. It is not yet known which acts will appear on the single…

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Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple’s chief executive has confirmed it is developing a self-driving car system. But Tim Cook indicated that it is too soon to say whether it would license the tech to other carmakers or try to build its own vehicles. His interview with the Bloomberg news agency yielded his most detailed comments about the project to date. Until now, Apple had avoided publicly discussing its plans, although it had confirmed the scheme in US filings. There…

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Theresa May: Tory tax plans have not changed

Theresa May: Tory tax plans have not changed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has insisted Tory tax plans have not changed after a senior cabinet minister signalled there would be no income tax increase for higher earners. The prime minister said it was her party’s “firm intention to reduce taxes on ordinary working families”. But Sir Michael Fallon said in the Daily Telegraph that there would be no rise in income tax for higher earners. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn…

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Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig

Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig

Ariana Grande is to return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack at her concert on Monday. The American star said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” were with the victims of the Manchester attack. “I don’t want go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans,” the singer added. Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion at the Manchester Arena….

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Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Damian Green has said Conservatives will not “look again” at plans to fund social care in England, amid warnings they will be unpopular with voters. The Tory manifesto says elderly people requiring care at home would have to meet the costs but could keep £100,000. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that it would still be “a reasonable inheritance to have”. But Labour said it would leave people…

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Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices

Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices

Samsung hopes to refurbish the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices that it recalled after a battery fault led to some catching fire. If local authorities and carriers agreed, and there was demand, it may then resell the phones, Samsung said. It also unveiled two other proposals for recycling the devices, including detaching the components and retrieving the hardware’s precious metals. Samsung had faced pressure from environmental campaigner Greenpeace. The organisation had lobbied the technology…

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