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A big drop in the number of nurses from the EU registering to work in the UK has been blamed by the Government on new language tests rather than Brexit. Health minister Lord O'Shaughnessy (pictured) said ministers were aware of the 96% fall in EU-trained nurses applying to register with…
Tackling poverty and inequality should be priorities in developing Scotland's city deals, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said. The charity has urged the UK and Scottish governments to work with city leaders and businesses to ensure more people benefit from economic growth. JRF said progress was crucial with just…
Theresa May's offer on residency rights for EU citizens following Brexit is "a first step, but not sufficient", the president of the European Commission has said. Jean-Claude Juncker's comment came shortly after the Prime Minister accepted that her proposals, which envisage a new "settled status" for EU nationals, will be…
Firms are being urged to step up their preparations for Brexit after a new study found that employers are "totally unprepared" for a fall in migration once Britain leaves the EU. A survey of 500 business leaders by the Resolution Foundation showed a huge gap between the kind of immigration…
Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann wants Northern Ireland's health trusts to be merged into a single body in an overhaul of the healthcare system. The party's manifesto says that to reform the region's "broken" healthcare system the UUP would merge the five health and social care trusts and put in…
The NHS could face a bill of £1 billion every year if retired British expats who are currently cared for in Europe need to receive their treatment in Britain, a new report has suggested. If all the British pensioners who currently receive health care in other countries through European Union…
The Tory manifesto will keep the commitment to reducing net migration the "tens of thousands", with Theresa May setting out a series of measures aimed at getting the numbers down. The manifesto will double the charge levied on firms employing migrants, and increase the amount paid by migrant workers and…
Theresa May is unveiling a "new deal for workers" including protections for people in the "gig economy", a statutory right to leave for those who need to care for a family member and a commitment to further increases in the national living wage. In a further sign of the Prime…
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