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'We've been caught in a leasehold trap'

Image copyright Ian Rice When Ian Rice bought his new home two years ago, he didn't really think about the leasehold. Now he's angry that he was "mis-sold" an unfair contract."We feel we've been caught in a leasehold trap. The developers weren't honest with us. They told us we had to use their solicitors, who…
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More security for zero-hours workers

Image copyright Getty Images "Working on a zero-hours contract made me feel exhausted and negatively affected my mental health."This statement comes from a former theme park worker, but is a typical view of the estimated five million UK people with no job security.Now some zero-hours contract workers are set to be offered greater security under…
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Tory leadership contest: Do tax plans add up?

Image copyright Getty Images In the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, Conservative leadership contenders are setting out how they want to run the UK.But what are some of the candidates saying about tax and spending, and do their sums add up?Boris Johnson Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People would only start…
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UK wage growth faster than expected

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth beat market and economist expectations in the three months from February to April.Pay rose by 3.4% compared with a year ago. After taking inflation into account, wage growth was 1.4%, official figures show.The unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974…
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NDAs: MPs call for ban on 'gagging clauses' over 'cover-up' fears

Image copyright Hannah Martin Image caption Hannah Martin said she had been forced out of her job and made to sign a gagging clause after having a baby MPs have called for a ban on "gagging clauses" used by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment.Maria Miller, chairwoman of the Women and Equalities…
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More Glasgow and Aberdeen airport strikes begin

Image copyright Unite Image caption Unite members at the two sites walked out at both airports from 04:00 until 16:00 The second of two 12-hour strikes has gone ahead at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports.The move followed stalled talks between the AGS Airports group and the Unite union over pay and pensions.The first strike took place…