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BBC: Rise in life expectancy 'grinds to halt' Life expectancy progress in UK 'stops for first time' 25 September 2018 Image copyright Yuri_Arcurs/Getty Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982 when figures began. Women's life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years, and for men it is 79.2, the figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2015-17 show. In some parts of the UK life expectancy has even decreased. For men and women in Scotland and Wales it declined by more than a month, while men in Northern Ireland have seen a similar fall. How long are you going to live? UK among worst for life expectancy rises For women in Northern Ireland, and for men and women in England, life expectancy at birth is unchanged. The data also shows that the UK lags other leading countries for life expectancy, including Switzerland, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Of the countries the ONS compared the UK to, Switzerland was the nation with the longest life expectancy for men, while for women it is Japan. Men in Switzerland are expected to live to 81.5 years, while women in Japan are predicted to live to 87. Analysis By Robert Cuffe, BBC News head of statistics How sure can we be that you'll live as long as the ONS predicts? Not very: the ONS are not making precise predictions about what will happen in the future to determine how long you live. Medical breakthroughs, pandemics and the wars of the next 80 years are impossible to predict. Rather, they ask what would happen if you experienced today's death rates every year for the rest of your life. So these data are really telling us about death rates in the UK for the last three years. And we can be sure that picture in death rates is real. Since the 1980s, life expectancy has been going up by roughly two months a year every year, as we saw fewer deaths due to smoking or heart problems. But after 2011, that rate of improvement has been slowing. It could be because it's hard to keep on improving every year. It could be because of hard winters, or difficult flu seasons. But we're not sure about exactly what has caused this trend. What's happening Throughout the 20th century, the UK experienced steady improvements in life expectancy at birth, resulting in a larger and older population. This has been attributed to healthier lifestyles among the population as it ages, such as reduced smoking rates and improvements in treating infectious illnesses and conditions such as heart disease. But in recent years the progress has slowed, and in the latest data it has ground to a halt. The ONS said the period from 2015 to 2017 had seen particularly high numbers of deaths in the UK compared with previous years. This coincided with a bad flu season and excess winter deaths. The population of people who are 90 or over is still increasing, but this is due to previous improvements in life expectancy going back many decades. The number of centenarians decreased slightly between 2016 and 2017, reflecting low numbers of births during World War One. But the ONS said it is expected to continue to increase again from 2019. View the full article Read this BBC: UK immigration: No post-Brexit preference for EU workers, cabinet agrees UK immigration: No post-Brexit preference for EU workers, cabinet agrees 25 September 2018 People from the EU should face the same immigration rules as those from elsewhere, once the UK has completely left the bloc, the cabinet has agreed. The agreement in principle follows a recommendation of the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which was also backed by Labour. The cabinet unanimously supported a system based on skills rather than nationality, a source told the BBC. But some fear that a bar on low-skilled EU migrants may damage business. The prime minister has repeatedly vowed to end unlimited immigration from Europe after Brexit. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said: "Ending freedom of movement as it stands has become a rhetorical non-negotiable for Theresa May." The cabinet agreement came after a presentation from the MAC chairman, Prof Alan Manning, at a lengthy meeting on Monday. According to one source, the principle was agreed that the UK would not show bias towards immigrants from any one part of the world over another when granting access to work. However, one cabinet source told the BBC the agreement did not constitute a firm decision. What is the Migration Advisory Committee? An independent public body, the MAC was commissioned by the Home Office to advise the government on migration issues The panel is made up of Prof Manning and five other independent economists, along with a Home Office representative It reports on issues including the impacts of immigration, the limits on immigration under the points based system, and skills shortages within occupations The EU's principle of freedom of movement currently allows people from the European Economic Area - all EU countries, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - plus Switzerland, to travel and work within the area without visas, regardless of skills. The UK is due to withdraw from the European Union on 29 March next year, although an "implementation period" lasting until 31 December 2020 has been agreed. In that transition period, EU citizens arriving in the UK will enjoy the same rights and guarantees as those who arrive beforehand. The same will apply to UK expats on the continent. It remains unclear what would happen in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit. Please upgrade your browser Your guide to Brexit jargon Enter the word or phrase you are looking for Search Under the current immigration system, most non-EU workers are rated on whether their skills are needed by the UK economy. Last week, the MAC called for the annual limit on the number of high-skilled workers from outside the EU granted permission to work to be scrapped. Currently set at 20,700 a year, the cap - imposed by Mrs May when at the Home Office - has resulted in thousands of IT specialists and NHS candidates being denied visas. A change in the rules for NHS workers was announced in June after pressure from health bosses. Lobby groups such as the Campaign for Science and Engineering have argued that job offers in other areas, such as science and engineering, should also be exempt from the rules. Labour has proposed to scrap net migration targets altogether and introduce a "flexible work visa" available to "all those we need to come here" who could prove bona fide skills, such as doctors, scientists, or care workers. And Home Secretary Sajid Javid has previously said he was taking a "fresh look" at the Tier 2 cap. Some business groups, particularly in industries such as agriculture and hospitality, have warned that any future arrangement barring low-skilled migrants could cause huge disruption. Last month, the CBI warned the UK "risked having too few people to run the health service, pick food crops or deliver products to stores around the country" if it got the overhaul wrong. The PM could make an announcement about new immigration rules at next week's Conservative Party conference, it has been suggested. View the full article Read this BBC: Scammers steal half a billion pounds from UK banking customers Scammers steal half a billion pounds from UK banking customers 24 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images More than £500m was stolen from customers of British banks in the first half of 2018, figures have shown. Industry group UK Finance said £145m of that was due to authorised push payment (APP) scams, in which people are conned into sending money to another account. But £358m was lost to unauthorised fraud, which includes transactions made without account holders' knowledge. Unauthorised fraud victims are usually refunded by their banks, but victims of APP fraud rarely get their money back. This is because current legislation means they are liable for any losses incurred if they authorise a payment themselves. "Purchase scams", in which people are duped into paying for products or services that do not exist, were the most prevalent form of APP fraud reported in the first six months of 2018. These scams often happen online, and examples include payments made for cars or holidays that are never delivered or provided. There were also 3,866 reported cases of impersonation scams, in which criminals pretend to be from a financial institution or law enforcement, and trick account holders into transferring money. During the first six months of 2017, APP scams led to £101m in losses, but UK Finance said this year's £44m increase was partly down to four more banks reporting data. How to protect yourself against "push" fraud When you transfer money from your bank account, you are asked to enter three pieces of information: the name of the payee, their account number, and the sort code. However, only the last two are cross-checked by the bank. So putting in the correct name is no guarantee that person will get the money. UK Finance offers the following advice: Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic Don't be rushed - a genuine organisation won't mind waiting Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn't feel right Stay in control - don't panic and make a decision you'll regret The group's managing director for economic crime, Katy Worobec, said the new figures underlined that fraud was a "major threat" to the UK, and added that the "proceeds go on to fund terrorism, people smuggling and drug trafficking". Ms Worobec also emphasised that two-thirds of all unauthorised fraud was successfully thwarted by UK financial institutions. But Gareth Shaw, of the consumer group Which?, said the banks' efforts to tackle fraud had been "woefully insufficient". APPs were the subject of a "super-complaint" made in September 2016 to regulators by Which?, which has been calling for banks to shoulder more responsibility when victims are tricked in this way. "They have not done enough to protect their customers, who continue to lose life-changing sums of money to ever-more sophisticated crooks," Mr Shaw said. But he welcomed plans by the Payments System Regulator to introduce a reimbursement scheme for victims of APP fraud. View the full article Read this BBC: Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry 'must uncover truth' Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry 'must uncover truth' By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 24 September 2018 Image copyright SPL Emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis have been heard at the start of the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. The public inquiry is looking at how thousands of NHS patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s in what has been dubbed the worst-ever NHS treatment disaster. In a video played to the inquiry, one man described how he felt he lost his entire life after finding out at the age of 43 that he had been infected with hepatitis C when he was a child. He was given an injection of blood products when he was eight for a swollen knee that was misdiagnosed as haemophilia. "I lost everything. I lost my whole life the day I found out - everything ended," he explained. 'I don't want him to have died in vain' Both my husbands died from scandal 'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C' With her identify hidden, one woman said she became infected with HIV through her husband who was a haemophiliac, and who had been given contaminated blood. She said when they found out they were left stunned and devastated. "This was the mid-1980s and the climate of fear, discrimination and stigma associated with HIV and Aids was horrendous," she added. "We coped the best we could. We were silenced, and we kept quiet." Another victim, a widow, whose husband John died of Aids in 1994 and who also had hepatitis C, said: "I feel we have been treated very badly. Nobody has listened to us over the years." There have been previous inquiries into the scandal, but this is the first UK-wide public inquiry that can compel witnesses to testify. It comes after decades of campaigning by victims, who claim the risks were never explained and the scandal was subsequently covered up. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarbara, wife of one of the contaminated blood victims, says the inquiry is "too little, too late" A short history of the scandal About 5,000 people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders are believed to have been infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses over a period of more than 20 years - nearly 3,000 of them have since died. This was because they were injected with blood products used to help their blood clot. It was a new treatment introduced in the early 1970s. Before then patients faced lengthy stays in hospital to have transfusions, even for minor injuries. Britain was struggling to keep up with demand for the treatment - known as clotting agent Factor VIII - and so supplies were imported from the US. But much of the human blood plasma used to make the product came from donors such as prison inmates, who sold their blood. The blood products were made by pooling plasma from up to 40,000 donors, and concentrating it. People who underwent blood transfusions were also exposed to the contaminated blood - as many as 30,000 people may have been infected. By the mid-1980s the products started to be heat-treated to kill the viruses. But questions remain about how much was known before this, and why some contaminated products remained in circulation. Screening of blood products began in 1991 and by the late 1990s, synthetic treatments for haemophilia became available, removing the infection risk. 'We have been betrayed and lied to' Steve Dymond is now in his early 60s. He initially had only mild symptoms of haemophilia and led an active life. During the 1980s his health began to suffer. His muscles were sore, his joints ached and he was always exhausted. After going to hospital following a minor hand injury in the mid-1980s, he was told he had been treated with Factor VIII that had not been heat-treated. The concern was that he may have been exposed to HIV. At the time it took 18 months to get a diagnosis - a wait that his wife Su Gorman said put their lives on hold. He was given the all-clear, but in the 1990s was diagnosed with hepatitis C. He is now clear of hepatitis C, although his health has continued to suffer. Two years ago he suffered a near-fatal stomach bleed, has suffered hearing loss and has a damaged liver, leaving him at risk of cancer. He said people have been "betrayed and lied to" throughout, with the government, health professionals and drug companies all guilty of trying to avoid responsibility. "It is difficult to try to imagine - even though there is a public inquiry - how they will be able to get past these walls of obfuscation," said Mr Dymond. Why have an inquiry now? The government has been strongly criticised for dragging its heels. There have been previous inquiries. One was led by Labour peer Lord Archer of Sandwell and was privately funded. It held no official status and was unable to force witnesses to testify or force the disclosure of documents. Meanwhile, the Penrose Inquiry, a seven-year investigation launched by the government in Scotland, was criticised as a whitewash when it was published in 2015. Greater Manchester mayor and former health secretary Andy Burnham has repeatedly called for a probe into what happened. Image caption Mr Burnham said he was prepared to approach the police about the issue Mr Burnham claimed in the House of Commons last year that a "criminal cover-up on an industrial scale" had taken place. The government announced there would be an inquiry only after it faced a possible defeat in a vote on an emergency motion. What's next? The inquiry could last more than two years. Payments have been made to some of the people who were infected - the first fund was set up as long ago as 1989. But if the new inquiry finds culpability, it opens the door to victims seeking large compensation payouts through the courts. Retired judge Sir Brian Langstaff, who is leading the inquiry, said it marked the start of something which several people had campaigned for over many years. He said there had already been more than 100,000 documents submitted, with the prospect of lots more to come. Speaking at the start of the inquiry, he said if the campaigners were right there was a "real chance" the numbers affected could rise as there would be people out there who did not yet know they had been infected. "It is a truly sobering thought," he added. Liz Carroll, chief executive of The Haemophilia Society, called on the inquiry to work diligently to "uncover the truth, bring justice and ultimately closure for victims and their families". "This scandal devastated generations of people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. "Our members have waited decades for this to be properly investigated." Read more from Nick Follow Nick on Twitter View the full article Read this BBC: Brexit: Labour conference vote wording agreed Brexit: Labour conference vote wording agreed 24 September 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Labour members are to vote on keeping "all options on the table" on Brexit, including possibly campaigning for a new referendum, the BBC understands. A source said the party's ruling body had agreed on the conference motion on what the party should do about Brexit if it cannot get a general election. Leader Jeremy Corbyn had previously said he would prefer the issue to be resolved by a general election. But he has accepted he would be "bound" by the outcome of a conference vote. 'Consensus in room' The party's National Executive Committee discussed the text of the motion during a meeting which lasted several hours on Sunday evening. And a source told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg: "There was consensus in the room opposing the Tories' chaotic approach to the Brexit negotiations... and that a general election should be called as soon as any deal is voted down by parliament. "It was then agreed that if we cannot get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote." She said that the phrase "on the terms of Brexit" had been removed from an earlier draft of the motion, meaning that the option to campaign for an in/out referendum remained open. Laura Kuenssberg: Why is Labour arguing about its Brexit motion Brexit: What happens next? All you need to know about Brexit The Labour Party has never formally rejected the option of a further vote, but both Mr Corbyn and his deputy, Tom Watson, have indicated they would prefer it to be resolved by a general election. Image copyright EPA Pressed on the issue on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr Corbyn, who has said he is not calling for another referendum, said "our preference" is for a general election that would then allow a Labour government to negotiate the UK's future relationship with Europe. He said: "Let's see what comes out of conference. Obviously I'm bound by the democracy of our party." Snap election? Mr Corbyn also told the programme the UK "could be" close to a general election. Amid speculation that Labour could force a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May if Parliament rejects any Brexit deal, he said: "We will be putting our case to Parliament and we will see what happens after that. We are absolutely ready for it." He said Labour would be prepared to vote down any deal Mrs May came back with, if it did not meet a series of tests Labour has set out. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Lammy: 'Can you hear us Jeremy Corbyn?" However, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has ruled out a snap election this autumn, saying the idea was "for the birds". The UK is due to leave in March 2019 and Theresa May has been negotiating with other EU leaders on the UK's future relationship with the bloc. Talks hit a stumbling block at a summit in Salzburg on Thursday when EU leaders rejected Mrs May's plan for Brexit - known as the Chequers agreement, and she warned them she was ready to walk away rather than accept a "bad deal". Worker representation In a statement on Sunday, the prime minister said "many in Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP are trying to thwart Brexit at every step and seeking to exploit this moment for political gain" by calling for another referendum and extending Article 50 to delay Brexit. Labour's conference in Liverpool began on Sunday with policy announcements on plans for worker representation on company boards and to make employers provide up to 10 days paid leave for victims of domestic violence. Announcements on Monday will include: Plans to force all large firms to give shares to their workers netting them up to £500 a year each Proposals to scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason A policy to ban the creation of new academy and free schools in England Brexit is among eight issues to have been chosen for debate at the conference in Liverpool after a ballot by Labour members and trade unions. The others are Palestine, the economy, housing, schools, government contracts, in-work poverty and justice for the Windrush generation. View the full article Read this BBC: Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier 23 September 2018 Related TopicsLabour Party Conference Image copyright PA Image caption Labour's annual conference is taking place in Liverpool Labour's annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs. Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency's local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called "trigger ballot". Delegates in Liverpool voted for that threshold to be reduced to 33%. The deselection campaign is seen by some Labour MPs as an attempt to "purge" critics of Jeremy Corbyn. Two MPs on the right of the party - Frank Field and John Woodcock - have quit the whip in recent times, complaining of a culture of bullying and intimidation in the party. Those on the left of the party say they are out of step with the direction of Labour and point to the fact Mr Field lost a vote of confidence among members of his local constituency party in Birkenhead in July. Other MPs including Kate Hoey and Gavin Shuker have recently lost no confidence votes, although these have no official force in the party and are not the same as "trigger ballots". Supporters of the new rules voted through on Sunday say they will end the "job for life" culture, while others said they do not go far enough. But calls during the debate for compulsory open selection contests before every general election were not heeded. Shuker vote 'not start of deselection' Why Corbyn allies want MP selection change Conference delegate Steve Arloff, from Bradford West Labour Party, said Labour MPs should not assume they have "some God-given right to be selected unopposed, expecting it to be a job for life". He went on: "Many sitting MPs who have lost the respect and confidence of local parties cling on to their positions in Parliament with scant regard for the people who work their socks off to put them there. "Hundreds of thousands of us members demand that things are done differently." Unite general secretary Len McCluskey explained his union's position by saying it wanted to offer 100% support to Mr Corbyn. He said: "The proposition being put forward by our leader is something I am prepared to trust. There are certain MPs who are almost asking to be deselected. "They really don't want to be part of this exciting transformation that is taking place." Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson pictured at the conference on Sunday Earlier, deputy leader Tom Watson told Sky News's Ridge On Sunday that mandatory reselection would be "very destabilising for the party". "We are potentially close to a general election, maybe any day," said Mr Watson. "What we don't want is MPs having to defend their positions in their local areas when they could be campaigning in Parliament for social policy that affects the many, not the few." View the full article Read this Bristol man cleared of police assault after officer found ‘not acting in execution of duty’ A police officer was “not acting in the execution of his duty” when he wrongly arrested a Bristol man in Castle Park https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-man-cleared-police-assault-2031949 Read this NCA: Harrow drug dealer jailed for nine years after 12 kilos of cocaine found in his car Home News Harrow drug dealer jailed for nine years after 12 kilos of cocaine found in his car Return to News A drug dealer found with 12 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £1.2 million has been jailed for nine years today (Friday 21 September) at the Old Bailey. Stuart Reid, 31 from Harrow was arrested by the joint National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP). On 1 August this year, Reid, from Grange Road, Harrow was stopped in his car on the North Circular Road in Ilford by officers from the Met Police’s ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) team following a request by the OCP. Reid pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing. Officers searched the car and found 12 blocks of cocaine wrapped in brown paper on the back seat of the vehicle. Matt McMillan, NCA Operations Manager, said: “Disrupting the supply of Class A drugs is crucial in our efforts to tackle organised crime and the violence it causes in and around London. “Reid received a nine year sentence at the Old Bailey today, which highlights the seriousness of his offence. “We will actively target drug dealers like Reid, who are involved in serious and organised crime including the distribution of illicit drugs, which blight the lives of so many, lead to further criminality and fuels violence and exploitation.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this Read More Police News