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Brexit: Cabinet meeting kicks off crucial 48 hoursBrexit: Cabinet meeting kicks off crucial 48 hours

Theresa May will seek to rally senior ministers behind her as talks enter a critical phase.

Universal credit rollout delayed yet againUniversal credit rollout delayed yet again

Documents seen by the BBC reveal plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to address problems with the system.

Hostility to men and the elderly could become hate crimesHostility to men and the elderly could become hate crimes

Misandry - the opposite of misogyny - and ageism could both soon be included in the definition.

Royal tour: Meghan and Harry given their first baby giftRoyal tour: Meghan and Harry given their first baby gift

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are beginning a 16-day overseas tour after announcing her pregnancy.

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BBC news for Wiltshire

Woman dies as crash closes M4 motorway in BerkshireWoman dies as crash closes M4 motorway in Berkshire

The woman was airlifted to hospital and four others suffered minor injuries in the minibus crash.

Is meat's climate impact too hot for politicians?Is meat's climate impact too hot for politicians?

Climate scientists say we must eat less meat but the UK government will not sell that message.

Tributes for death crash ex-firefighter Paddy CanavanTributes for death crash ex-firefighter Paddy Canavan

Police said Paddy Canavan received treatment at the scene "but sadly died shortly afterwards".

Blasting leaves from the rail linesBlasting leaves from the rail lines

High pressure water and sand are applied to the tracks to remove "slippery" leaves.

AskTen - Ten things you may not have noticed last week!


  1. Bad week for second-home owners. The Labour Party has said it hopes to raise up to £560m a year from taxes on 174,000 second homes in England. Properties used as holiday homes would see their council tax bill doubled. The levy would not be imposed on properties let out or used for employment. The Guardian
     
  2. Brexit costing the UK £500m each week. Brexit is already costing the public purse £500m a week, according to new research. The economy is 2.5% smaller than it would have been if UK had voted remain, says the Centre for European Reform. The think tank’s analysis also concludes that the government’s austerity drive would be on the way to completion had Britain voted to stay in the EU. Financial Times
     
  3. UK workers underpaid by £15.6m. The taxman has discovered that UK workers were underpaid by a record £15.6m in the past year. HMRC found that social care, commercial warehousing and the gig economy were the sectors most likely to underpay staff. Some 200,000 workers missed out on being paid at least the minimum wage rate - the highest number since the statutory rate was introduced in 1999. BBC
     
  4. People are depending on you to lead. Will you answer the call to guide them? If you’re ready, the first person you’ve got to lead is yourself. No one else can do this for you. Only you can lead yourself to the kind of growth that keeps you energised and helps you achieve your greatest goals. [READ MORE]
     
  5. Philip Hammond sets next budget on a Monday. The chancellor has arranged the next budget for 29 October - the first time since 1962 that the government has revealed its set-piece tax and spending plans on a Monday. The move comes as Theresa May’s government risks failing to secure a Brexit deal with Brussels and amid uproar and rebellion within its ranks. The date comes before a key Brussels Brexit summit in the middle of November. Office for National Statistics
     
  6. Salary required for city home up 18%. The average salary required of a first-time buyer to purchase a home in the UK’s biggest cities has risen by 18% in the past three years. This means the requirement is above the rate of earnings growth. Research from the Resolution Foundation think-tank has signalled that one in three millennials were unlikely to own their home. The Guardian
     
  7. Woman are better drivers than men. DVLA figures show that woman are six times less likely to be disqualified from driving than men, and 23 times less likely to be disqualified for dangerous driving. RAC
     
  8. Fifa players of year: Marta and Modric. Footballers Luka Modric of Croatia and Brazilian international Marta were given Fifa’s player of the year awards at a ceremony in London last week. Modric has led Real Madrid’s male team to another successful season, while Marta has excelled with US team Orlando Pride. This is the sixth time she has won best female player. The Independent
     
The bottom line. British consumers’ estimated annual expenditure on hotels and travel as a result of having read online reviews is £14bn. However, one in three reviews on TripAdvisor, a popular travel reviews website, is fake. TripAdvisor receives 50 million visits a month from British users. The Times