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Issue No. 2390

More homeless sleeping in bins

Refuse workers are being briefed to check that no one is sleeping in large covered bins before they are tipped into trucks.  

A recent survey of workers in the industry found a fifth had found a homeless person sheltering in a bin in the last year.

Fresh attacks on pensions

The department for Work and Pensions is considering privatising state pensions as part of its austerity savings drive.

The move could hand the pensions of some of the most vulnerable people to firms such as Capita, Serco or G4S.

Jobs axed as bonuses go up

Barclays has said it is cutting 10,000 to 12,000 jobs this year, with 7,000 losses expected in Britain.

The announcement came as the bank said it has pushed bonuses up by 10 percent.

Britain’s US drone strikes

The Ministry of Defence has admitted that British pilots borrowed US drones to launch over 250 missile attacks in Afghanistan since 2006. 

Reports to parliament about the number of drone attacks carried out by British forces have only included those involving British drones.


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Tue 11 Feb 2014, 16:32 GMT
Issue No. 2390
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