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The well-off should pay for trips to the GP, the report suggests
How to cut the deficit: Charge for trips to the GP

By politics.co.uk staff Well-off families could be charged for visits to the GP, according to a response to the government consultation on cutting the deficit. The Social Market Foundation (SMF), which has close ties to the Conservative party, also suggests imposing VAT on books and newspapers and ending free travel for pensioners. But the thrust… Read more »

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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Nuclear dispute could centre on subsidy semantics
Lib Dem hopes for ‘win-win’ nuclear solution

By Alex Stevenson Denying public subsidies to the nuclear industry could leave the Liberal Democrats in a “win-win situation” on nuclear power, the party’s former environment spokesman has suggested. Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood suggested his party’s decision to abstain on a nuclear vote in the Commons, allowing the Conservatives’ support for new power stations to… Read more »