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Report calls to restrict payday loan adverts

Almost three quarters (74%) of parents want payday loan companies to be banned from broadcasting television and radio adverts before the 9pm watershed, according to a new study.

Report calls to restrict payday loan adverts Credit: PA

The research found that over one third (34%) of children find the adverts to be fun, tempting or exciting, and this group were significantly more likely to say they would consider using a payday loan in the future.

The statistics form part of a report by The Children's Society which calls for restrictions on loan advertising to join those already in place to protect children from adverts for gambling, alcohol, tobacco and junk food.

Manchester devolution 'will be blueprint' for UK cities

English cities should be able to set its own taxes, the director of a think tank has suggested, calling for full devolution in Manchester.

Phillip Blond, of ResPublica, said:

Financial freedom must come to Greater Manchester. Its population is bigger than Northern Ireland's. Its economy is bigger than Wales. And it has a higher growth rate than Scotland.

This is why it should be able to set its own taxes. It should have an elected Mayor.

These plans outlined in today's report, will allow it to turn its fortunes around, lifting the population out of the doldrums. This is a blueprint for independence for cities in England.

– Philip Blond


Manchester 'should lead devolution' in the UK

Manchester should be given income-tax raising powers and complete control of spending within five years as a blueprint for granting full devolution to English cities, a think tank said.

General view of the Trafford Centre in Manchester Credit: PA

Scotland's independence referendum - and the extensive new powers promised even in the event of a No vote - has refocused attention on local powers in the rest of the UK, including England.

ResPublica said a Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with an elected mayor and assembly as in London, should first be given power over property taxes and then income taxes and the right to reinvest savings to increase revenue.

The new authority would also be expected to commit to devolving further to localities within its area, according to the "Devo Max - Devo Manc" report.

Beckham urges Scotland 'to stay together'

Footballer David Beckham has added his voice to the campaign against Scottish independence, urging voters north of the border not to ditch a bond which was "the envy of the entire world".

The ex-England captain said he was proud to have represented the UK as part of the team that secured the 2012 Olympics for London and then was "thrilled to watch us competing together against the world" at the Games.

David Beckham, who has added his voice to the campaign against Scottish independence, urging voters north of the border not to ditch a bond Credit: PA

"We worked together to bring the greatest sporting event of them all to our nation and I was thrilled to watch us competing together against the world", he said in an open letter, released by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign group as it announced it had secured the backing of more than 100,000 people for its appeal to keep the UK together.

"I took as much satisfaction in seeing Sir Chris Hoy or Andy Murray win gold as I did watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah do the same in the Olympic Stadium.

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."


Prince Harry to celebrate landmark 30th birthday

Prince Harry turns 30 today, reaching a landmark age after a turbulent childhood, some controversial gaffs and a successful army career.

Prince Harry has been widely praised for his Paralympian-style Invictus Games. Credit: PA

The Prince has plenty to celebrate - his Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women has been hailed a success.

He also won the respect of the public by serving in Afghanistan, successful international tours and his charity work.

Harry will inherit an estimated £10.7 million from his late mother's estate, which a financial planning expert believed could "support him and a future family for generations".

Johnson: Britain 'mad' not to deploy forces against IS

Britain would be "mad" not to deploy its military prowess to tackle Islamic State, London Mayor Boris Johnson said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said:

For all our occasional spasms of self-doubt, we are one of the great powers of the world with some of the finest armed forces. We would be mad not to use our defence capability, where we can, to make the world a better place.

– Boris Johnson

Hammond to attend Paris summit over IS advance

The brutal murder of one British aid worker and threat to kill a second will add urgency to efforts today to form a substantial international coalition to mount an assault on Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will attend a summit in Paris as Washington seeks military commitments from more regional and global allies for the fight to push back the jihadist advance.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: PA

Queen joins in on Scottish referendum debate

A new and unexpected voice was added to the Scottish independence debate today. Buckingham Palace had said the Queen would not be commenting on Thursday's referendum, but today she suggested that Scots should "think carefully about the future" before they vote.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Edinburgh, where both sides are taking their campaigning down to the wire.

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