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Anyone convicted of a severe or sexual crime may very well be banned from driving a taxi or mini cab beneath new authorities proposals. All drivers in England and Wales may be compelled to put in CCTV of their automobiles which may very well be accessed within the occasion of a criminal offense being reported.
Those are two of the concepts from the Department for Transport which thinks susceptible passengers want extra safety. A nationwide licensing database may be created to cease a driver banned from working in a single space of the nation merely shifting to a different the place checks are extra lenient.
Fears round taxi journey have typically targeted on unlicensed drivers, however the case of serial rapist John Worboys – pictured above – highlighted the hazard these licensed can pose too. The sexual abuse scandals in Rotherham and Rochdale additionally concerned licensed drivers, some with felony data.
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A deal has been reached – in precept a minimum of – behind closed doorways in Washington to keep away from one other US authorities shutdown. The earlier shutdown – wherein many non-essential discretionary authorities features have been discontinued – started on 22 December, lasted 35 days, price $11bn and left 800,000 workers with out pay.
The root reason for the troubles is disagreement over border safety, specifically, President Trump’s wall between the US and Mexico – he desires the cash to fund it, rival Democrats do not wish to give it to him.
Not a lot is thought concerning the settlement reached on Monday evening – or whether or not the president will again it. He instructed supporters in Texas he hadn’t had time to check it, however insisted: “We’re building the wall anyway.” Reports say the deal consists of $1.375bn (£1.07bn) in funding for bodily obstacles – far in need of the $5.7bn President Trump has been demanding.
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A significant government-backed evaluate into the way forward for information within the UK has stated public cash must be used to help native journalism to forestall it disappearing altogether. Readership of native newspapers has plummeted lately, with many closing down. Dame Frances Cairncross says a brand new Institute for Public Interest News might work in an analogous method to the Arts Council, channelling cash to worthy sources. She can be recommending the creation of a regulator to supervise tech giants like Google and Facebook to make sure their information content material is reliable.
But BBC media editor Amol Rajan stated the evaluate was most placing for what it neglected – no name, for instance, to make social media corporations pay for the privilege of utilizing information content material created by others.
‘I want GoFundMe did not must exist’
By Dave Lee, BBC North America expertise reporter
In right this moment’s world, for a sick youngster, going viral can imply the distinction between life or dying. Or it means an injured firefighter has the possibility of a full restoration. Indeed, California-based GoFundMe has turn out to be the final hope for a lot of Americans, in a rustic the place social security nets might be tragically laborious to come back by. The web site has a rising variety of worldwide customers too. For some, the success of GoFundMe stands as proof of humanity’s innate want to assist one another. For others, the positioning’s continued existence is a monument to inequality.
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What the papers say
A blended bag within the papers on Tuesday. The admission by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd that the roll-out of common credit score has led to a rise in using meals banks is the principle story for the Independent and the Daily Mirror. “It’s all our fault” is the Mirror’s headline. The Daily Mail highlights the case of a nurse who died from cervical most cancers after mistakenly being given the all-clear six instances. Julie O’Connor was “let down by the NHS she loved”, it says. On Brexit, the Guardian studies that Theresa May hopes to persuade the Commons to provide her one other fortnight’s grace to maintain pushing for modifications to her withdrawal settlement in Brussels. An unnamed ally tells the Financial Times: “We had a series of meetings where they effectively told us they were not prepared to give us the things that we need.” The Sun says cupboard ministers consider Mrs May is making ready to resign as prime minister this summer season – after delivering Brexit – so she will be able to affect the selection of her successor.
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