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UK warned not to replicate Australia’s immigration detention centres

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Two former detainees in Australia’s notorious offshore immigration detention centres have issued a “dire warning” to UK parliamentarians ahead of a vote to replicate these centres this week. They are urging MPs not to...

BT took an age to install our community centre’s superfast broadband

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Back in March I placed an order with BT for “superfast enhanced” broadband for the community centre which I help run as a volunteer in Hastings. It is now almost six months on and we are no nearer to having a working ...

Home Office hotels for asylum seekers ‘akin to detention centres’ – report

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Conditions in hotels used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers during the pandemic are akin to detention centres, according to a report that also says accommodation is often sub-standard and sometimes unsa...

Survey suggests UK workers are beginning to return to city centres

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Figures suggest that workers started to return to city centre desks last week, with Pret a Manger hailing a comeback for takeaway sandwiches and coffee. With some firms offering free food and gifts to tempt staff back...

Franco Manca owner lauds return of workers and tourists to city centres

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The owner of the Real Greek and Franco Manca restaurant chains has said business is picking up week by week, with trading up more than a quarter over pre-pandemic levels as tourists and office workers begin to return ...

Pret a Manger in post-pandemic plan to expand beyond big city centres

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Pret a Manger is plotting to expand outside London and other big city centres as large numbers of office workers continue to work from home, with plans to open 100 franchised shops, plus about 100 of its own outlets. ...

Violence towards refugees at Libyan detention centres forces MSF to pull out

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Increasing violence towards refugees and migrants held in Libyan detention centres has forced Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to suspend its operations at two facilities, the medical charity said. MSF said its teams wi...

The Guardian view on community leisure centres: not a luxury

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One of the many discoveries of the last 14 months has been how Covid-19 seeks out underlying vulnerabilities. These are as plural and complex as the people they afflict. But one vulnerability the government has, right...

Animal rights protesters blockade four McDonald’s distribution centres in UK

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Animal rights protesters have set up blockades at four McDonald’s distribution centres across Britain which they say will impact roughly 1,300 restaurants. Activists from Animal Rebellion used trucks and bamboo struct...

High street shops in England and Wales repurposed as climate emergency centres

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Dozens of familiar high street retail units across England and Wales, including Homebase, River Island and William Hill have been converted into climate emergency centres – community hubs “for the benefit of people an...

Gnome limits: UK garden centres run out after Suez blockage

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Garden gnomes and other outdoor furniture are running out due to supply chain issues and the popularity of garden centres in the UK during lockdown. Raw materials have become increasingly difficult to come by and the ...

UK garden centres and DIY stores expected to rake in £1.4bn over Easter

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Britons are expected to spend about £1.4bn at garden centres and DIY stores this Easter as people splash out on improving their surroundings after months of lockdown, and as bank holiday getaways and trips to the pub ...

Allow school trips in summer term, UK outdoor education centres say

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Outdoor education should be reopened because children in Britain are suffering, experts and celebrities have urged. In an open letter sent to the prime minister on Thursday, explorers, authors and sporting figures joi...

PHE accused of toning down positive report on drug centres

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Public Health England has been accused of watering down a briefing on the life-saving merits of overdose prevention centres (OPCs) after a paper was retracted and then rereleased with a much less optimistic outlook on...