London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. The first victim…

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Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will press the chancellor to give public sector staff more pay. He made the comments following a speech in which he praised the way NHS staff and the other emergency services responded to the recent terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. He said, in particular, he had “a great deal of sympathy” for the case made by nurses for an end to the pay cap. The cap…

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Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests. The charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It found 48% in the public sector took time off for their well-being, compared with 32% in the private sector. Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, called on organisations to combat a “culture of fear and silence in…

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Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London

Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London

Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus. Over the next three weeks, about 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London. The vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will be controlled by a computer. However, there will be a trained person on board who can stop the shuttle if required during the tests. Oxbotica, which developed the technology behind…

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service

Fans gathered to honour Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service in Los Angeles on Saturday, three months after the actresses died. The mother and daughter were remembered in the 1,200-seat theatre at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The event included a tribute song by James Blunt and a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Singin’ in the Rain’s Reynolds, 84, and Star Wars actress Fisher, 60, died within…

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IBM gives out-of-office patent to public

IBM gives out-of-office patent to public

IBM has been granted a patent for its out-of-office email system but has promised that it won’t enforce it. The “invention”, officially recognised in January, is described by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as “stupid patent of the month”. The patent was filed in 2010 at a time when many tech firms made grabs for all kinds of technological innovations. IBM said that it would “dedicate the patent to the public”. It…

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'The public perception of him is wrong' – Hodgson backed after Leicester talks

'The public perception of him is wrong' – Hodgson backed after Leicester talks

Premier League champions Leicester have held informal talks with former England boss Roy Hodgson about him becoming their new manager. However, it is thought the 69-year-old was just one potential candidate spoken to in the search for Claudio Ranieri’s replacement. And acting boss Craig Shakespeare could stay in charge until the end of the season if results continue to improve. Ranieri was sacked on 23 February, nine months after winning the title. The Italian departed…

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NHS 'tobacco free' campaign launched by Public Health England

NHS 'tobacco free' campaign launched by Public Health England

A “truly tobacco-free NHS” needs to be created to help smoker patients quit their habit, health officials say. Only one in 10 hospitals enforces a smoking ban outside health service buildings, and Public Health England (PHE) wants all hospitals to offer help to quit as part of patients’ treatment. More than a million smokers are admitted to NHS hospitals every year. PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said it was not about “forcing people” to quit,…

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