Review into prescription drug addiction in England

The growing problem of prescription drug addiction is to be reviewed by health officials, the Government has announced.

The talks are seen as a final opportunity to salvage the devolved institutions (Niall Carson/PA)

Stormont to host last-ditch talks to save powersharing in Northern Ireland

Last-ditch negotiations to save powersharing in Northern Ireland will begin at Stormont later.

There is a child poverty crisis, a report warns (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Growing ‘crisis’ of child poverty in the UK, study warns

Half of children in some parts of the UK are growing up in poverty, revealing a “growing crisis”, a new report warns.

Research by The Prince?s Trust found that concerns about job prospects are playing on the minds of 16 to 25-year-olds

Young people ‘trapped’ in jobs amid fears over future employment, study finds

Almost half of young people fear there will be fewer jobs in the next few years, hitting their levels of confidence and happiness, a new study shows.

Universal free school meals

Too early to tell if universal free school meals are beneficial, research finds

Universal free school meals save parents both time and money but it is too early to say whether it is beneficial for health or education, new research has found.

The study said the amount of teenagers who had assaulted people was 'surprisingly large' (David Jones/PA)

One in three teenagers ‘have physically assaulted someone’

A “surprisingly large” number of teenagers have physically assaulted someone, new research shows.

Bacteria may help identify pregnant women at risk of giving birth prematurely, say scientists (Andrew Matthews/PA Images)

Bacteria link to premature birth discovered

Women at risk of giving birth prematurely could be identified by looking at bugs living in their reproductive tract, a study suggests.

Staff at 61 universities are likely to strike in a row over pensions (Nick Ansell/PA)

University strikes ‘much more likely’ as bitter pensions row continues

Strikes at 61 universities are “much more likely” to go ahead after talks over potential changes to pensions ended without an agreement between unions and employers, the University and College Union (UCU) has said.

There was no steak on the menu at Wetherspoon on steak club night (Tim Ireland/PA)

Steak ‘absent from Wetherspoon menu’ on steak club night

Wetherspoon customers were left disappointed when the chain appeared to pull steak from its menu on steak night.

Court of Protection hearings

Man accused of revealing information aired in Court of Protection could be jailed

A man could be jailed after being accused of publishing private information aired in a specialist court where judges consider issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions.

The Momentum campaign group holds a "Keep Corbyn" demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

No campaign to oust moderate Labour MPs, says Momentum boss

The left-leaning Momentum group of Corbynist Labour activists will not campaign nationally for the deselection of moderate MPs, its chairman has pledged.

John Worboys appeal rejected

Newspapers call for Parole Board to reveal report on Worboys release decision

Two national newspapers have threatened to launch a legal challenge if the Parole Board does not disclose its reasons for approving the release of black cab rapist John Worboys from prison.

The number of dropped cases due to a failure to disclose evidence has increased, according to the BBC (Nick Ansell/BBC)

Hundreds of prosecutions collapse over failure to disclose evidence – report

More than 900 criminal cases were dropped last year due to a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence, it has been reported.

(Virgin Media)

Virgin Media to offer its flagship V6 box as free upgrade to TV customers

Virgin Media is to offer existing TV customers a free upgrade to its V6 box as part of an accelerated roll out of the device.

The National Trust is developing habitat to save threatened high brown fritillary butterflies (Matthew Oates/National Trust Images/PA)

Habitat restoration scheme to save threatened butterfly

Almost 150 acres of natural habitat is being restored in a bid to save the UK’s most endangered butterfly, the National Trust said.

The Union Flag, Saltire and European flag fly outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

Scottish Government denies flag change

The Scottish Government has said there has been no change to policy around flags displayed on its buildings amid claims the Union flag will no longer be flown on certain occasions.

Concerns about the treatment of social tenants were brought into focus by the Grenfell Tower fire last June (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Ed Miliband and Grenfell Tower survivor join new social housing commission

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and a resident of Grenfell Tower who prophesied the disaster are to join a new commission scrutinising social housing in Britain.

The ever-hungry rabbit is an example of a species that uses "gut instinct" to survive (Nick Ansell/PA Images)

No need to be clever when you have gut instinct, say scientists

Gut instinct may be as vital to survival as having a big brain, new research suggests.

Transport spending is 'dangerously unbalanced', according to IPPR North (Richard Woodward/PA)

Lack of transport investment in North is ‘indefensible’

Planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the north of England, according to a new study.

The Ministry of Justice has come under fire over an electronic tagging scheme (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

Delayed tagging overhaul a ‘catastrophic’ waste of money – report

A new electronic monitoring scheme for supervising offenders has been condemned by MPs as a “catastrophic” waste of taxpayers’ money.

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