UK spends £13m on private education for children of diplomats | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

The Foreign Office has spent more than £13m sending the children of diplomats to Britain’s top private schools such as Eton and Winchester College Government spending on fees equates to an increase of almost a third in a single year. And the figures suggest that the average cost of private education subsidy for each child … Read more

Tory peer Zac Goldsmith says he might be tempted to back Labor on climate | Zac Goldsmith

A Tory peer and close ally of Boris Johnson has hinted he may be “very tempted” to back Labor and questioned Rishi Sunak’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis. Zac Goldsmith, the former climate minister, has raised concerns about the willingness in some quarters of the Conservative Party to re-examine achieving ‘net zero’ because of … Read more

Hawaii: People rush into sea to escape wall of flames during hurricane | American News

Terrifying wildfires and hurricane-like conditions sweep through Hawaii (Photo: Instagram @kakoo_haleakala/AP) People are jumping into the sea in a desperate attempt to flee the devastating wildfires that are ravaging Hawaii in brutal weather. Hurricane Dora is tearing the US island state apart and the extent of the damage caused is severely compounded by raging infernos … Read more

Severn Trent faces US-style class action lawsuit over sewage spills

Receive free utility updates We will send you a myFT Daily Summary email summarizing the latest Utilities news every morning. A former Oxford academic has brought a US-style class action lawsuit against Severn Trent, one of Britain’s biggest water companies, for allegedly underreporting sewage discharges and overcharging customers. Carolyn Roberts, a former Oxford University professor … Read more

Hull Royal Infirmary: ‘Chaotic’ maternity unit receives lowest possible grade | UK News

A maternity hospital has been given the lowest possible rating after the regulator described it as a ‘chaotic environment which was not suited to its purpose’. Hull Royal Infirmary, part of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, was visited on March 15, April 24 and April 25 as part of the Care Quality Commission’s national … Read more

Water companies face lawsuits over pollution and overcharging of customers | Economic news

Six English water companies are facing legal action over allegations of under-reporting pollution discharges and overcharging customers as a result. Environmental and water consultant Professor Carolyn Roberts has said she plans to take a series of cases to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in a bid to win compensation of more than £800million on behalf of … Read more