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Electric cars: switching tariff could save £300-plus a year
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Electric cars: switching tariff could save £300-plus a year

You’ve taken delivery of a shiny new electric car, and the plug-in charger is being installed next week. You’re almost ready to go – just don’t forget to switch to a specialist electricity tariff. If you don’t, your bills could end up at least £300 a year higher than they need to be. Over the...

Cut of £40m in help for tenants will ‘drive up homelessness’
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Cut of £40m in help for tenants will ‘drive up homelessness’

The government is cutting the funding it gives to councils in England and Wales to help struggling tenants by more than a fifth, with critics warning the move will drive up homelessness following the recent end of the Covid evictions ban and the end of the furlough scheme in September. Discretionary housing payments (DHPs) provide...

Leftist teacher holds razor-thin lead in Peru presidential election
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Leftist teacher holds razor-thin lead in Peru presidential election

The scion of a jailed autocrat and the son of illiterate peasant farmers are fighting vote by vote for the presidency of Peru in an election which has thrown into sharp relief the Andean country’s deep fault lines of class and geography. With more than 94% of the official vote counted, hard-left candidate Pedro Castillo holds...

Dozens of schools in English Covid hotspots reintroduce mask rules
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Dozens of schools in English Covid hotspots reintroduce mask rules

Dozens of secondary schools in England have reintroduced mask requirements in the classroom, despite government guidance dropping the rule in May. As many pupils returned from the half-term break, schools in areas with high Covid infection rates, including many in the north-west such as Tameside, Cheshire and Oldham, as well as Bedford, Kent and Staffordshire,...

Jailed Catalan separatist leader signals support for pardon from Madrid
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Jailed Catalan separatist leader signals support for pardon from Madrid

The former Catalan regional vice-president jailed for his role in the failed attempt to secede from Spain almost four years ago has signalled his support for a pardon from the Madrid government and suggested that unilateral efforts to secure independence are now “neither viable nor desirable”. Oriol Junqueras, who leads the Catalan Republican Left party (ERC), said...