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Russia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmamentRussia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmament

The ex-Soviet president says scrapping a Cold War missile deal will undermine nuclear disarmament.

Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbourRed Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

None of the 40 passengers onboard were hurt and the vessel has been refloated.

Brexit: Hold your nerve, Raab tells 'jittery' ToriesBrexit: Hold your nerve, Raab tells 'jittery' Tories

Brexit secretary says "the end is in sight" in talks with the EU and MPs should wait to see the deal.

Jamal Khashoggi death: UK, France and Germany challenge SaudisJamal Khashoggi death: UK, France and Germany challenge Saudis

The UK, France and Germany demand urgent clarification on how Jamal Khashoggi died.

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BBC news for Kent

Benny the beluga: Fireworks display on hold for whale's safetyBenny the beluga: Fireworks display on hold for whale's safety

The whale has been swimming in the River Thames off Gravesend since 25 September.

MPs sign up for £2m of free overseas tripsMPs sign up for £2m of free overseas trips

MPs have accepted more than £2m worth of free travel over the last two years, BBC analysis reveals.

Banks closures: 13 million people have lost half of local branchesBanks closures: 13 million people have lost half of local branches

Where have all the branches gone? BBC analysis finds nearly 6,000 local banks have closed since 2010.

Tunbridge Wells man died after misdiagnosis of sepsis symptomsTunbridge Wells man died after misdiagnosis of sepsis symptoms

Student Tim Mason would not have died from sepsis if he had been correctly diagnosed, a coroner says.

AskTen - Ten things you may not have noticed last week!


  1. Bad week for second-home owners. The Labour Party has said it hopes to raise up to £560m a year from taxes on 174,000 second homes in England. Properties used as holiday homes would see their council tax bill doubled. The levy would not be imposed on properties let out or used for employment. The Guardian
     
  2. Brexit costing the UK £500m each week. Brexit is already costing the public purse £500m a week, according to new research. The economy is 2.5% smaller than it would have been if UK had voted remain, says the Centre for European Reform. The think tank’s analysis also concludes that the government’s austerity drive would be on the way to completion had Britain voted to stay in the EU. Financial Times
     
  3. UK workers underpaid by £15.6m. The taxman has discovered that UK workers were underpaid by a record £15.6m in the past year. HMRC found that social care, commercial warehousing and the gig economy were the sectors most likely to underpay staff. Some 200,000 workers missed out on being paid at least the minimum wage rate - the highest number since the statutory rate was introduced in 1999. BBC
     
  4. People are depending on you to lead. Will you answer the call to guide them? If you’re ready, the first person you’ve got to lead is yourself. No one else can do this for you. Only you can lead yourself to the kind of growth that keeps you energised and helps you achieve your greatest goals. [READ MORE]
     
  5. Philip Hammond sets next budget on a Monday. The chancellor has arranged the next budget for 29 October - the first time since 1962 that the government has revealed its set-piece tax and spending plans on a Monday. The move comes as Theresa May’s government risks failing to secure a Brexit deal with Brussels and amid uproar and rebellion within its ranks. The date comes before a key Brussels Brexit summit in the middle of November. Office for National Statistics
     
  6. Salary required for city home up 18%. The average salary required of a first-time buyer to purchase a home in the UK’s biggest cities has risen by 18% in the past three years. This means the requirement is above the rate of earnings growth. Research from the Resolution Foundation think-tank has signalled that one in three millennials were unlikely to own their home. The Guardian
     
  7. Woman are better drivers than men. DVLA figures show that woman are six times less likely to be disqualified from driving than men, and 23 times less likely to be disqualified for dangerous driving. RAC
     
  8. Fifa players of year: Marta and Modric. Footballers Luka Modric of Croatia and Brazilian international Marta were given Fifa’s player of the year awards at a ceremony in London last week. Modric has led Real Madrid’s male team to another successful season, while Marta has excelled with US team Orlando Pride. This is the sixth time she has won best female player. The Independent
     
The bottom line. British consumers’ estimated annual expenditure on hotels and travel as a result of having read online reviews is £14bn. However, one in three reviews on TripAdvisor, a popular travel reviews website, is fake. TripAdvisor receives 50 million visits a month from British users. The Times