MPs are braced for a major public backlash when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled and a vigil will be held later today on the eve of the funeral of murdered soldier Lee Rigby
MPs braced for pay rise backlash
MPs are braced for a major public backlash today when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is expected to propose a rise to around £75,000 – but offset it with a crackdown on perks such as dinners on expenses.
The existing final salary pension scheme is also set to be downgraded to a career average system, clawing back some of the millions of pounds in extra salary.
Demand for foodbanks ‘triples’
Three times as many people received emergency supplies from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the three months from April this year compared with the same period last year, and the charity claimed the Government’s welfare changes contributed to the surge in demand.
Some 152,154 people received three days’ worth of emergency food between April 1 and June 30, up from 49,596 last year.
The charity said 52% of people were referred to the foodbanks by care professionals as a result of benefits problems, up from 43% in the same period in 2012.
EU immigrants to UK 'undercounted’
The number of immigrants arriving in Britain from the European Union was undercounted by half a million over a ten year period, a difference the size of Manchester, campaigners have warned.
The mistake was discovered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May when they compared the results of the 2011 census with the population that they had expected to find on the basis of births, deaths and official immigration figures, Migrationwatch UK said.
This discovery means that immigration between mid 1997 and mid 2010 now totals nearly four million, rather than the 3.4 million recorded.
Omega-3 linked to prostate cancer
A supplement taken by millions for its health benefits may help to trigger aggressive and lethal prostate cancer, research has shown.
Omega-3 fatty acids, derived from fish oils and lauded for their anti-inflammatory properties, were found to increase the risk of high-grade disease by 71%.
Taking omega-3 was also associated with a 44% greater chance of developing low-grade prostate cancer. Overall, the fatty acids raised the risk of all prostate cancers by 43%.
Vigil on eve of soldier’s funeral
A vigil will be held later today on the eve of the funeral of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
His loved ones will gather around the coffin of the Fusilier with comrade at arms keeping a guard of honour overnight at Bury Parish Church in Greater Manchester.
Fusilier Rigby, 25, a drummer in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.
Man died after police use taser
A man has died after police shot him with a Taser, Greater Manchester Police have said.
The 23-year-old suffered a “medical episode” and died after police fired at him with the stun gun.
Officers were responding to a disturbance in Beard Road, Gorton, in Manchester, when they used the Taser to detain the man.
Trident home ‘may be UK territory’
Defence officials are considering designating the Scottish home of Trident as sovereign United Kingdom territory, it has been reported.
Britain’s nuclear deterrent is housed at a naval base on the Clyde but the SNP wants rid of the system and Whitehall is looking at alternatives ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum next year, according to the Guardian.
The move would give Faslane the same status as the British sovereign military bases in Cyprus, the newspaper said.
NHS survival ‘needs radical change’
The NHS will not survive unless there are radical changes in the delivery of health care such as hospital closures and centralisation of services, experts said.
If there is not “fundamental change” to the health service, there could be more and more instances of the appalling care suffered by patients at Stafford Hospital, health officials warned.
An ageing population, more and more people suffering from long-term conditions and a stagnant budget are compounding factors putting pressure of the system, NHS England said.
Boston suspect pleads not guilty
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his arm in a cast and his face swollen, pleaded not guilty in his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.
As survivors of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided smile to his two sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek.
Leaning into the microphone, he told a federal judge, “Not guilty” in his Russian accent and said it over and over as the charges were read. Then he was led away in handcuffs, making a kissing gesture toward his family with his lips. One of his sisters sobbed loudly, resting her head on a woman seated next to her.
Crash missing are presumed dead
Distraught families have been told that 30 people still missing after the fiery crash of a runaway oil train are all presumed dead.
Along with 20 bodies found, that would put the death toll from Saturday’s derailment and explosions in a Quebec lakeside town at 50.
Hours earlier, the head of the US railway company whose train crashed made his first visit to Lac-Megantic since the disaster, amid jeers from residents and criticism from politicians, including the Quebec premier.