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Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

Philip Hammond says next week’s Budget will set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year. But the chancellor said there was no “single magic bullet” to increase housing supply and the government would not simply “pour money in”. Ministers want to speed up developments where planning permission has been granted and give more help to small building firms, he added. Labour says ministers “still have no plan to fix the housing crisis”. The shortage of housing is expected to be one of the themes of Wednesday’s…

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New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

The Scottish government has announced plans to deal with problems in recruiting GPs. They are part of a proposed new contract for the profession, which aims to cut workload and make it easier to run practices. The NHS across the UK is having trouble attracting people to become GPs. Many doctors have stayed away from general practice because of the financial risk of having to buy or lease their own premises. The Scottish government has now announced a fund to tackle that and has promised to cut bureaucracy so GPs…

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Michael Gove plans new environment watchdog after Brexit

A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would “hold the powerful to account” and deliver a “green Brexit”. In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have “real bite” but did not outline exact powers. The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit. Mr Gove said the watchdog would be independent of government…

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News: Mövenpick plans new European expansion following key appointment

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened a new development office in London and appointed experienced hotel development professional Amir Lababedi to spearhead its expansion strategy in Europe – including the UK – and North Africa. The move signals the company’s ambitious growth plans for these core markets. In his previous role as vice president development, Middle East & Africa, Lababedi lead Mövenpick through a period of exceptional growth in the Middle East and Africa, with 47 properties across ten Arab countries. He has now assumed the newly-created position of vice…

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Vodafone plans UK fibre broadband roll-out

Vodafone has announced plans to provide up to five million UK properties with “full fibre” internet connections. The telecoms firm company is partnering with broadband network specialist CityFibre to achieve the goal by 2025. Vodafone said the initiative would deliver a “superior product at a lower cost” than relying on Openreach’s infrastructure, as it does at present. Openreach, which currently supplies broadband across the UK, said it welcomed the move. However, one expert said the BT division would be concerned. Higher demand “Full fibre” broadband refers to the fact that…

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News: Mövenpick unveils plans for new hotel in The Hague, Holland

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a lease agreement with one of Germany’s main real estate asset managers, Deka Immobilien, to operate a landmark design-led property in The Hague. The company hopes the move will accelerate its growth strategy in The Netherlands and Europe. The stylish 72-room Mövenpick Hotel The Hague will also mark a new era for the Swiss hospitality firm as it looks to evolve its interior design strategy with concepts that reflect the lifestyle preferences of modern global travellers. In keeping with its location, this new hip…

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Eddie Hearn reveals 2018 plans for Anthony Joshua ahead of Carlos Takam fight

Anthony Joshua Thursday, October 26, 2017 Eddie Hearn says British boxing has never seen anything like Anthony Joshua and has outlined his plans for 2018. Joshua will defend his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam on Saturday night in front of 70,000 spectators at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. But Hearn is already thinking ahead, with the promoter looking to take the popular 28-year-old away from Britain to showcase his skills to a wider audience. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “He wants to stay in Britain but inevitably 2018 will…

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