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January 20, 2018 11:21 AM Brighton and Hove City Council under pressure over millions wasted on PFI schemes

DEMANDS have been issued that the city council renegotiates a massive £1bn contract after a damning report concluded millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been wasted on Private Finance Initiative schemes. The Green Party leader called on the Labour administration to rip up the nine-figure, 25-year waste management contract issued to Veolia by Brighton 5

January 20, 2018 7:28 AM Andrew Landry takes one-shot lead at CareerBuilder Challenge in California after seven-under round of 65

American Andrew Landry is one shot ahead of the pack at the halfway point of the CareerBuilder Challenge in California. Landry, 30, hopped above first-round leader Jon Rahm with a seven-under round of 65 in the Nicklaus Tournament Course to put him on 16 under for the tournament. The Texan hit five birdies on the back nine - including one on the par-five 5

January 19, 2018 5:58 PM Trump looks to strike deal with top Democrat to avert US government shutdown

US president Donald Trump has invited senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to the White House to try to reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown. The move comes as a bitterly divided Washington hurtles toward a shutdown amid a clash over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect 700,000 younger immigrants 4

January 18, 2018 3:03 PM Your photos of south Essex’s famous landmarks

From the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, to Southend Pier, from beach huts to the beaches, there is no limit to the number of places that make our area what it is. And our photographers from our camera club have really shown how special our area is with these fantastic shots. The Echo’s camera club, a group on Facebook, is open to any and all photographers

January 18, 2018 1:10 PM University chief who complained about funding cuts was given a £45,000 pay rise for her final year before retirement

A university boss accepted a pay increase of £45,000 in the year of her retirement despite previously complaining about government ‘cuts’ to funding. Dame Julia Goodfellow, vice chancellor of the University of Kent, was paid a total of £324,000 in 2016-17, up by 16.1 per cent from £279,000 in 2015-16. The rise, revealed in the institution’s annual accounts 7

January 18, 2018 12:02 PM Lane closures and disruptions announced ahead of Sadlers Farm roundabout works

Motorists can expect delays over the coming months as Essex County Council announce lane closures as part of the works on Sadlers Farm Roundabout, including two lane closures for more than five months. Works will include the removal and replacement of the existing façade to enable vital drainage works to take place to structures on the A13 Link Road and the replacement

January 17, 2018 3:44 PM Jeremy Corbyn Hits Back At Claims He’s Too Old To Be Prime Minister

His office dismisses claims as ‘nonsense’ Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed claims that he is too old to be Prime Minister and insisted he is “extremely energetic” in the fight against the Tory government. The Labour leader’s office hit back at anonymous claims from shadow ministers that 68-year-old Corbyn’s age would be a hindrance with the next election 12

January 16, 2018 6:06 AM Bolton Council scraps £300 a week cap on social care charge

A NEW system under which the majority of Bolton’s social care recipients will face increased costs has been approved. The removal of £300 per week cap on the amount people contribute to their own non-residential care was approved at a meeting of the council’s cabinet yesterday. The move is part of a package of cuts intended to save the council £550,000. The revised 7

January 16, 2018 12:51 AM Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers' groups are trying to assess the exposure 13

January 15, 2018 11:53 PM Mander under fire over gun laws

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan has attacked Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander after a video surfaced of the then LNP police spokesman saying he was "open" to weaker gun laws. Mr Ryan on Tuesday took a swipe at Mr Mander over the March 2017 video, which shows Mr Mander discussing weaker gun laws with the Shooters Union of Australia. In the video 4