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Homeless families rehoused out of London ‘up five-fold’ – BBC News

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‘No choice’ Kate Webb, head of policy at housing charity Shelter, explained high London property prices mean “councils are finding it much harder to find landlords that will work with them”. Councils are struggling to secure long term leases on properties to use for temporary accommodation, so are forced into per-night rental agreements, or to look beyond the capital, she said. The number of nights rented under these arrangements has more than tripled from 540,000 to 1.8m over the past five years, 14 councils in London confirmed. “Because councils can’t find anything affordable and suitable in their own local area, […]

Deer numbers ‘being badly managed’ – BBC News

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The committee calls for greater focus and urgency to address the challenges of deer management across Scotland. Convener Graeme Dey MSP said: “The Committee welcomes the fact that some progress has been made but it’s clear that some Deer Management Groups and the Scottish Natural Heritage need to raise their game to deliver the step change needed. “Habitats damaged by deer take a long time to recover. We simply can’t go on like this if we’re to achieve the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy targets. “That’s why we’ve outlined recommendations for Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government to act to protect […]

The UK’s first online dating profile photographer – BBC News

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What she did know about, however, was online dating. Having spent seven to eight years doing it, her friends considered her a connoisseur. Image copyright Saskia Nelson Image caption Saskia’s photo shoots are always outside, to get away from the “studio portrait” feel Initially available in London, Hey Saturday has over the past four years expanded across the UK, and is now about to launch in New York. Saskia and her team of seven photographers, all of whom are female, currently photograph up to 50 clients per month. Saskia says that from day one she realised the photographs couldn’t look […]

More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’ – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHarriet Mulvaney says she thought she was active before her heart attack but she was really “just busy” More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around 1.2bn each year. Harriet Mulvaney experienced a heart attack at 44 and decided to make changes to her lifestyle. “Looking back on it now I would say I was very inactive. I thought I was active but actually […]

Extra school places and building repairs in 2.4bn boost – BBC News

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There will be 980m for extra school places, including an expansion in selective schools. Speaking last week, the education secretary promised a “new model” for grammars and said local communities would have a “choice over how selection works”. There will be 1.4bn to improve the condition of schools, with 1,500 school building projects to be funded. But a recent report from the National Audit Office said that it would cost 6.7bn to get all schools in England into an acceptable state of repair. Last week the public accounts committee published a hard-hitting report accusing the Department for Education of failing […]