Government Failing the Nation on Immigration

Government is failing to see the facts when it comes to immigration and cultural change and is failing the public by dumbing down the issue, says a new report by Elephant Policy Centre, a think tank. Its author, Christopher Crompton, explains: “Immigration is not a simple and singular issue and should not be glossed over as such. Under the umbrella of immigration is a great web of complexity,...

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Businessman sentenced for cooking the books

A Leicestershire businessman, who stole more than £180,000 through a tax scam, has been sentenced. Mark Hammond, 50, of Barrow upon Soar in Loughborough, deliberately hid sales to evade paying VAT and Corporation Tax for two companies that traded as The Blacksmith Arms bar and restaurant. A HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation revealed that Hammond, who was involved in running the...

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Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

Feelings of insecurity across several dimensions are widespread in the EU, even among those who are materially well-off. Only 1% of the EU population enjoys the highest level of security in the combined areas of personal security and security in housing, healthcare, employment and old-age income. Eurofound’s new policy brief Social insecurities and resilience looks at the results of the...

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Household spending increases slightly for second month in a row

Visa’s UK Consumer Spending Index, compiled by IHS Markit, pointed to a further increase in household spending at the end of the third quarter. That said, the +0.2% annual increase was softer than the +0.4% rise seen in August. Overall, household spending has risen in four of the past five months. Although this marked an improvement from earlier in the year, when expenditure was persistently...

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Tobacco smuggling gang jailed for 26 years

An eight-strong tobacco smuggling gang, which brought more than two million illegal cigarettes into the North East hidden among fridge freezers, have been jailed for more than 26 years. Ringleader Mohammad Zada, of Applecross Grove, Wynyard, Billingham, presided over the smuggling gang, which was caught with illegal tobacco products worth £713,037 in unpaid duty, an investigation by HM Revenue...

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