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BREXIT STAFF SHORTAGES
The government’s need for temps to fill vacancies caused by Brexit fallout has led it to sign a six-year, £15bn outsourcing contract.

PRIVATE PILOTS
The mystery crash of the private flight carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala raises questions about the murky world of so-called ‘grey charters’.

SUSPICION OVER BELL ENDS
The reputation of Dr George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester, is finally restored. Well, kind of.

CHINESE PUZZLE
The £76m maths teacher exchange scheme between schools in England and Shanghai isn’t as brilliant as the schools standards minister claims.

IT’S UNFAIRBNB!
AirBnB is lobbying hard to fend off criticism that it warps the market in rented homes and leaves tourists vulnerable to unregulated accommodation.

WOODHILL WOES
Failures by jail staff and overstretched mental health workers led to the preventable death of a vulnerable young inmate at Woodhill prison, an inquest has decided.

GAME OF RISK
The equity release industry isn’t putting enough aside for a possible downturn – and the revolving door between regulators and actuaries isn’t helping.

DEEPCUT UPDATE
An anonymous letter accuses the Army of presenting ‘potentially misleading’ material to the inquest into the death of teenage Deepcut recruit Geoff Gray.

LONDON’S LEASEHOLD LIZARDS
An offshore freehold owner is in a protracted legal battle with flat owners as he tries to hold on to a lucrative fiefdom in London’s Docklands.

IRA BOMBINGS
Lawyers for relatives of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings will contest ‘incredulous’ claims that no official body holds any material relevant to the 1974 atrocity.

HIGH PRINCIPALS
An East Midlands university’s six-day break from social media was timely for its vice-chancellor, recently identified as the area’s highest paid VC, thanks to a £64,000 pay rise in 2018.

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