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Almost 6m UK households ‘struggling to pay telecoms bills’

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Almost 6 million UK households are struggling to pay their mobile, landline and broadband bills, with the cost of living squeeze forcing many to cut back on essentials such as food and clothes, cancel or change a serv...

‘It feels like a sinking ship’: inside Britain’s struggling nurseries

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It is 9am and nursery manager Michelle Shaw is in her office, eating toast at her desk as a buzzer repeatedly blares. She reaches above her head to lift a phone receiver. “Push the gate,” she says between bites, as pa...

‘It’s basically impossible’: pandemic backlog leaves learners struggling to sit driving tests

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Learners are struggling to sit driving tests due to a chronic backlog of pupils due to the pandemic. Here, a driving instructor and three learners share how they have been affected. Chiedza Chogugudza has been searchi...

Struggling health systems brace for 5,000 Covid-linked daily hospital admissions amid early flu peak

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Australia’s three most populous states are facing shortfalls of more than 6,500 hospital and healthcare staff as the nation’s health system braces for Covid hospitalisations to rise to more than 5,000 cases a day. Thi...

Small and medium-sized firms struggling with ‘a hat-trick of hurt’

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Britain’s army of more than a million small and medium-sized businesses are stockpiling raw materials and ordering components six months ahead to overcome supply shortages that prevent them from meeting customer deman...

UK banks must be more flexible to help struggling borrowers, says City watchdog

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The City watchdog has warned UK lenders to do more to support struggling borrowers hit by the cost of living crisis, including offering payment holidays and waiving interest for some of the most at-risk customers. In ...

Ofwat asks water firms to do more for people struggling to pay bills

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The regulator Ofwat has urged water companies to do more to help people across England and Wales who are struggling to pay their utility bills as the cost of living squeeze tightens. Ofwat has published a new set of g...

Energy bills: struggling families forced to ‘seek refuge in McDonald’s’

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Families struggling to cope with energy bills are seeking shelter in McDonald’s, with one charity saying hard-pressed parents and children are spending their evenings in the fast food restaurants, relying on the facil...

‘Giving hope’: UK universities twin with struggling Ukraine counterparts

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When Prof Gavin Brown, pro vice-chancellor at Liverpool University, first made contact with academics at Sumy State University (SSU) in north-eastern Ukraine a few weeks ago, he did not expect to come off the call and...

Life in the Arctic: the reindeer herders struggling against the climate crisis – video

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As the arctic warms four times faster than the global average, Europe’s only indigenous population is under threat. For centuries, the Sámi people have herded reindeer throughout northern Europe. Now, warmer winters a...

Britain’s welfare system ‘unfit for purpose’ with millions struggling, experts warn

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Britain’s welfare system is “unfit for purpose” and in urgent need of reform, experts warned on Sunday amid fears that millions more families will struggle to make ends meet amid the dual pressures of the pandemic and...

Tim Dowling: the cat and I are both struggling with the new cat flap

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I am on my hands and knees on the kitchen floor, trying to install a new cat flap while the cat watches. “The central ring section is adjustable,” I tell the cat. “You know, depending on the thickness of your door.” T...

White House defends Kamala Harris after reports suggest she is struggling in role – video

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The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, disputed recent media reports that the US vice president, Kamala Harris, is struggling with her role in Joe Biden's administration. ‘She's a key partner,’ Psaki said. ‘She's...

District line blues: a journey through London’s struggling economy

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The morning rush hour used to be the busiest time of day for Jayant Amin’s newsagent in the heart of the City of London, before Covid-19. Having watched five neighbouring shops close in the building he occupies opposi...

Disabled people struggling to hire carers after Brexit

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Disabled people are struggling to hire carers to help with vital daily tasks due to low pay and Brexit, the Observer has been told, with ministers refusing to ease immigration restrictions to address the crisis. Accor...

Struggling renters find help where they can as US evictions moratorium ends

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Chandra Dobbs was stunned when the police officer showed up on her doorstep with a fat packet of eviction papers. She thought she had more time. “I didn’t think I was going to be evicted because I applied for rental a...

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