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1. The NHS spends millions to hire an army of £ 200,000 of bureaucrats
The NHS is hiring an army of 42 new executives for salaries of up to £ 270,000 each as Boris Johnson faces growing anger over his tax hike to fund healthcare.
More than £ 9million will be spent to employ dozens of CEOs of new integrated care boards, each of whom will earn more than the Prime Minister. Read the full story.
2. Don’t start booster doses too early, JCVI scientist warns
Giving booster shots too early could leave vulnerable people unprotected when they need it most, a member of the vaccines committee warned, as a decision on deployment is expected this week.
The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunizations (JCVI) is expected to meet on Thursday to discuss the results of the COV-Boost study, which tested the use of seven Covid vaccines as a third dose. Read the full story.
3. Awkward council employee approves ad demolition while “testing” software
A junior council employee “testing” new software accidentally approved the demolition of two ads and rejected a planning request saying, “Your proposal is out of whack.”
Five candidates who used the planning portal on the Swale Borough Council website were stunned when they received decision notices containing rude remarks. Read the full story.
4. Homeowners’ love for easier parking paves the way for the death of front gardens
The death of the front garden could be on the horizon as new figures suggest homeowners are increasingly choosing to turn their green space into a driveway.
More than one in 10 people in the UK, 12%, have converted part or all of their garden into a parking space, according to a survey of 2,000 people by Direct Line Home Insurance. Read the full story.
5. Prince Andrew gets rid of pursuit of US lawyers by visiting the Queen at Balmoral
The Duke of York has returned to Queen Balmoral’s estate in Scotland as attempts to serve legal documents on him for sex allegations continue.
Prince Andrew, 61, who has not been seen in public for several weeks, made the 500-mile journey between his Windsor home, Royal Lodge, and Scotland with his former wife, the Duchess of York , Tuesday. Read the full story.
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