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UK inflation holds steady at 3%
The UK’s key inflation rate remained steady at a five-and-a-half-year high of 3% in October, according to official figures. Falls in fuel prices were offset by higher food costs, in particular those for potato crisps, the Office for National Statistics said. October’s inflation rate was below the 3.1% figure that analysts had forecast. The pound fell following the release of the figures.
Old £10 note to disappear next year
If you still have any old £10 notes, make sure you spend them before 1 March next year. The Bank of England has announced that the old paper notes, featuring naturalist Charles Darwin, will no longer be legal tender after that date. Its days have been numbered since the new polymer tenner, depicting author Jane Austen, entered circulation in September. But the old note can still be exchanged by the Bank after the cut-off date.
Parliament to get binding vote on final Brexit deal
Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU. Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK’s exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament. Labour welcomed a “climb-down” but some MPs warned of a “sham” if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.
Third of motorists stay on road despite poor eyesight
One in three motorists is driving with eyesight below the legal standard even when advised not to do so, a survey shows. A third of optometrists have seen patients in the past month who have ignored advice and continued to drive with below-standard eyesight. Some 91 per cent of eye healthcare specialists also believe that the sight requirements for a driving licence are insufficient because they allow people to drive without any further eye checks after passing their initial test. Under the law, drivers must pass a number plate reading test when taking a driving exam, then make a self-declaration for renewing licences thereafter.
New pothole policy is ‘deathtrap for cyclists’
Cyclists’ lives are being put at risk by rules that allow council highways inspectors to leave deep potholes in the road, a coroner has warned. Peter Sigee, the assistant coroner for Greater Manchester North, said that a procedure for investigating and fixing potholes — based on new light-touch government guidance — will “increase the risk of future deaths” to cyclists.
Moped gang use hammers to smash into Apple store
Hammer-wielding thieves smashed their way into Apple’s flagship Regent Street shop and threatened a guard before making off on mopeds with thousands of pounds worth of phones and watches. The gang, wearing helmets, were filmed mounting mopeds that were waiting on the pavement and speeding off down the central London street shortly after midnight this morning. Miah Mohammad Sheful, 28, who shot the 44-second clip as he waited for a bus, said it took the suspects several attempts to smash through the door of the tech giant’s store. Mr Sheful, who works in digital marketing, said passing drivers could be heard sounding their horns, but the thieves were gone in seconds.
Petrol prices set to pump up the volume of consumers’ discontent
There is more bad news heading for households, on top of the torrid time they have had over the past year. Wages in real terms have shrunk every month since April, interest rates have risen for the first time in a decade and now fuel prices are likely to rise. Brent crude prices have increased by £13 a barrel since the middle of the year, an increase of about a fifth in sterling terms. A barrel of oil is trading at more than $63, the highest since June 2015. For Britain’s 37 million drivers, it means higher prices at the pumps and a redoubling of the income squeeze.
New online tool reveals if YOU will have to pay diesel taxes – and it’s entirely free
Restricted “clean air zones” could be in place across the UK as soon as March 2018 – but drivers are being left confused by if their car is exempt. There’s currently no official way for drivers to identify their car’s Euro emissions rating and know if they’ll be hit by extra tolls or banned – until now. Vehicle history checking service HPI has jumped into help baffled car owners – and its tool is totally free. It helps drivers identify what Euro classification their car is, and whether they will need to avoid certain areas once the new restrictions come into place after a RAC study found 38 per cent of motorists hadn’t heard of the classification system.