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June 15, 2018 11:24 AM Universal Credit system is 'bad value for money' and took too long to roll out, damning report finds

The centrepiece of the sweeping Tory reforms to the benefit system is bad value for money and may never pay off for the taxpayer, the Whitehall spending watchdog said yesterday. The introduction of Universal Credit has taken years longer than it should have done, it may cost more than the old system of handouts it is replacing, and it has caused hardship 8

June 14, 2018 10:00 AM Where you can pick strawberries this season

Helloooo strawberry season! It’s a sure sign that summertime is here when strawberries hang heavily from their runners. Last year more than 137,000 tonnes of strawberries were sold in the UK, with shoppers spending upwards of £1.3 million on the classically British berry. And the cold start to the year (remember that snow?!) mixed with the recent warm days and cooler 7

June 14, 2018 5:15 AM Drake announces the release date for his upcoming album Scorpion

Drake has announced the date for his highly anticipated upcoming album. Titled Scorpion, the new music will be released on June 29, according to a post on the Canadian rapper’s Instagram account. The 31-year-old Toronto native posted a black-and-white image of himself, along with his signature and the phrase, “Scorpion 2018”. It is unclear if it is the album’s 10

June 8, 2018 5:50 AM Kim Yong Un can’t pay his hotel bill

Just one day after President Donald Trump announced the US-North Korea summit is back on, the US and Singapore are looking for ways to bear the cost of Kim Jong Un’s accommodation, including the North Korean leader’s preference for a five-star, $6,000 a night hotel. The Washington Post reports that paying for North Korea’s accommodation during the June 12 summit 2

June 7, 2018 8:33 PM Oprah Winfrey is brought to tears as she gets a first look at the Smithsonian museum exhibit honoring her legacy

For 25 years, Oprah Winfrey brought women to tears with heartbreaking stories, breathtaking makeovers, and generous gifts that would go down in history. But this week it was Oprah's turn to cry as she got a first glimpse at a new Smithsonian exhibit to honor her incredible legacy. Oprah couldn't help but shed a few tears as she walked through 'Watching

June 6, 2018 11:09 AM New banking option for Ryedale residents

RYEDALE District Council is working in partnership with Community First Credit Union to offer an alternative banking option. Residents in Ryedale can open a current account with card access and online banking facilities through the credit union. They also offer loans, savings accounts and a budgeting account which assists households to manage their monthly 7

June 5, 2018 11:46 AM Next store in Bouverie Place, Folkestone to close next month

One of Folkestone's biggest branded high street stores will be closing next month. Next in the Bouverie Place shopping centre will close on Saturday, July 14. But the company has said all 24 jobs at the branch in the town centre have been saved by transfers to Dover, when the new store at the St James Retail Park opens just days later. A spokesman for Next said: "The Folkestone 7

June 5, 2018 11:14 AM Great Expectations at the Theatre Royal

CHARLES Dickens’ Great Expectations is one of the best loved and well known of novels, peopled with iconic characters and exploring perennial themes of family and class, love and loss, belonging and alienation. Studied for GCSE, adapted time and again, in the theatre and for both the big and small screen, it is a brave company that decides to take up the story 1

May 17, 2018 10:23 AM Blogger reveals how he managed to fly first class from Hong Kong to New York for just $75 (and he didn't miss out on a single perk)

A blogger has revealed how he managed to fly first class from Hong Kong to New York for just £50 - saving a massive £13,000 in the process. Ramy Wahby filmed his extravagant journey - that cost less than most train tickets - as he travelled on a Cathay Pacific Airlines flight to JFK Airport last year. Mr Wahby had racked a whopping 70,000 air miles using 2

May 17, 2018 9:59 AM The Pope declares offshore tax havens 'ticking time bombs' that will hurt the world's poor the most

The Vatican has declared offshore tax havens and other financial loopholes gravely immoral and unjust 'ticking time bombs' that would hurt the poor. The Pope's doctrine and social justice offices called for an ethical global financial system that valued equality more than profits of derivatives and credit default swaps. The document, approved by Pope Francis 5