Calls grow for British Army, RAF and Royal Navy to MERGE into unified force | UK | News

It follows reports of plans to bring all three services more closely together in a cost-cutting exercise ahead of the impending Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy review. According to senior sources, moves under consideration could see a joint budget, more centralised control and the culling of top brass carrying out duplicate roles across headquarters of all three branches. Though the plans takes inspiration from Canada, which fused its services into a single defence force in 1968, all three branches would maintain their separate identities.  Instead, they would build on…

Britons to REFUSE to hand over bank statements to BBC – ‘Invasion of privacy!’ | UK | News

Following the BBC‘s decision to scrap free TV licence for the over-75s, which came into effect from August 1, it has emerged some pensioners were asked to send bank statements in the post to prove they were exempt from the £157.50 annual fee. Those who receive pension credit are exempt from paying the charge, and officials told some over-75s to send the private document to prove they receive the benefit. The move has been heavily condemned, but the BBC said TV Licensing offices were not “actively seeking bank statements”. In…

Brexit news: UK fishing industry to flourish post-EU as Brussels resistance dismissed | UK | News

Marine ecology lecturer Bryce Stewart from the University of York insisted the UK fishing industry could thrive after Brexit. While speaking to CGTN, Mr Stewart claimed the UK could increase its fishing quotas and see significant profits. He also addressed the growing frustration from France, Spain and Portuguese fishermen and what impact this would have on the UK. Mr Stewart noted the EU will be unhappy with whatever fishing deal is agreed as it is unlikely to be as good as the one they currently have. Mr Stewart said: “The…

Manchester lockdown: ‘Major incident’ for 2.8m as COVID-19 cases soar – ‘Army on alert’ | UK | News

A major incident was announced today after senior police, local authorities and other agencies met this weekend to discuss the current regional outbreak. It is feared the army could be drafted in to support police in Manchester if necessary. Huge spikes of coronavirus have been seen in Manchester, Tameside and Oldham. Infection rates for the week to Thursday show cases per 100,000 people still rising in every part of the area, which encompassed more than 2.3million people. The figures show cases in Manchester and Tameside have more than doubled in…

Royal Mint to produce new coin with the first BAME person to feature in UK history | UK | News

The Royal Mint Advisory Committee is working on a new coin that will include the first-ever BAME person on UK currency. The news comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak wrote to the Royal Mint to encourage them to place more BAME people on to the UK’s currency. M Sunak has taken on the role of Master of the Mint, a duty linked to his position as Chancellor. In a letter to the Royal Mint Mr Sunak said: “I am writing today to the chair of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, Lord…

Pimlico Plumbers boss savages workers for ‘milking the system’ with furlough scheme | UK | News

Roughly 30 workers at the firm were either fired or took voluntary redundancy when they refused to come back to work on Friday, Mr Mullins said. The 67-year-old millionaire controversially accused some of his staff of “milking the system” after the Government agreed to pay 80 percent of the wages of people who couldn’t work due to the pandemic. Of the unprecedented Government scheme rolled out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to combat the economic devastation wreaked by coronavirus, he said: “I think it’s been badly abused and milked by a…

POLL: BBC demands to see pensioners’ bank statements – Would you be happy to provide them? | UK | News

As of yesterday, the BBC stopped allowing over-75s to access the BBC for free – meaning millions of pensioners now have to fork out the annual £157.50 fee. Those who receive pension credit are exempt from paying the charge, but it has emerged many over-75s were asked to prove they received the benefit by sending over their bank statements in the post. The move, which has prompted outrage, was highlighted after callers to a hotline set up to help pensioners with the charge were told to send bank statements to…

BBC wants to see pensioners bank statements – Tory MP fears security breach | UK | News

Caroline Abrahams director of Age UK said: “It will be extremely frustrating for older people to hear how potentially risky the process of apply ing for a free licence may be. “Creating and sending copies of personal and sensitive financial material can expose older people to ID theft and fraud.” In response to the story, Conservative MP Esther McVey said: “Surely not?! Security alert.” This news comes as the BBC ploy to charge the licence fee for over-75s has floundered after the organisation’s website crashed when pensioners attempted to pay.…

BBC website crashes on first day of new charge for over 75s TV licence fee | UK | News

People trying to pay their TV licence on the website were met with the message “temporarily unavailable while we update it for the changes to over-75s licences” when they tried to log on. The site was down for maintenance on Friday night, according to reports in the Sunday Times. The BBC said there were always plans for the TV Licensing website to be offline on Saturday, with services resuming that night. The farce comes after the taxpayer-funded corporation’s decision to renege on its deal struck with former George Osborne in…