Drivers face MoT failure and rising repair bills as European rules impose 20 additional safety checks on brakes, steering, and lighting

Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lightingThousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the chargesThe European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test. Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive.

Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest rates


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Plight of savers could get even worse as Bank of England considers NEGATIVE interest ratesDeputy governor Paul Tucker says Bank has discussed radical moveHigh street lenders would have to pay the central bank to hold their moneyMove could wipe out savings rates and inflation would ravage deposits By Rachel Rickard Straus PUBLISHED: 16:22 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 26 February 2013 Negative interest rates should be considered as an option to encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized firms, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for financial stability said today. Paul Tucker said the dramatic move had been discussed at this month’s rate-setting meeting as an option to help fuel economic growth

Terminally ill toddler who delivered his parents" wedding rings in his toy car starts potentially life-saving drug trial


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Terminally ill toddler who delivered his parents' wedding rings in his toy car starts potentially life-saving drug trial Charlie is suffering from acute myleoid leukaemia. Doctors told his parents last month he only had months to liveThey moved forward their wedding so their son could be best man Charlie is now taking part in a drug trial in an attempt to stop cancer growthHis mother said if the treatment goes well it could give the toddler partial remission | UPDATED: 19:39 GMT, 17 December 2012 A dying toddler who drove down the aisle at his parents' wedding in a remote controlled car has started potentially life-saving treatment – just in time for Christmas. Brave Charlie Harris-Beard was best man for his father Joe when he tied the knot with his mother Fiona last month.

Census 2011 religion data reveal there are 4m fewer Christians and 1 in 4 is now an atheist

Now fewer than six in 10 say they are Christians as religion goes into decline Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 09:26 GMT, 12 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million. The collapse in belief in the religion which has been central to the history of the country for 1,500 years means that fewer than six out of ten, or 59 per cent, now describe themselves as Christian

Census data reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist


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Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 11 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million

Millions of families will feel the pinch for two more years as Britain struggles to recover from economic crisis


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Millions of families will feel the pinch for two more years as Britain struggles to recover from economic crisis Office for Budget Responsibility said there would be no respite until 2014Chancellor accepted he will miss key debt-cutting target – putting UK's AAA credit rating at risk but Danny Alexander said it wasn't the 'be all and end all' | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 6 December 2012 Families were yesterday warned the squeeze on household incomes will continue for two more years as Britain struggles to recover from the economic crisis. The Office for Budget Responsibility said there would be no respite until 2014.

Facebook under fire from privacy campaigners as more than A BILLION users are encouraged to vote on privacy changes


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Facebook under fire from privacy campaigners as more than a BILLION users are encouraged to vote on privacy changes 30% of users – more than 300 million users – must vote to have effectMost of those who have voted are against the changesFacebook insists that changes are 'housekeeping' | UPDATED: 15:28 GMT, 5 December 2012 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg: his website now has more than a billion users, who are being asked to vote on a series of changes that the internet giant insists are 'housekeeping' ahead of new product launches Facebook's one billion users are voting on changes to the internet giant's policy.

The Chancellor"s medicine may be harsh. But Ed Balls would be economic poison


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The Chancellor's medicine may be harsh. But Ed Balls would be economic poison | UPDATED: 23:33 GMT, 5 December 2012 George Osborne has many enemies.

Patient"s own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseases


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Patient's own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseasesThe cells are building blocks that allow the body to produce new cells and repair tissuesScientists believe blood could be the easiest and safest source of stem cells | UPDATED: 10:22 GMT, 30 November 2012 A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, in a groundbreaking development which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases. A team at the University of Cambridge believes the development could be one of the easiest and safest sources of stem cells. Stem cells are the building blocks of tissue growth.

Owner of Britain"s last Temperance Bar who extolled virtues of abstinence to TV chefs… is banned for drink driving


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Owner of Britain’s last Temperance Bar who extolled virtues of abstinence to TV chefs is banned from driving… for being drunk | UPDATED: 18:53 GMT, 30 November 2012 The owner of Britain’s last surviving temperance bar has been banned from driving for 17 months after he admitted drink driving. Christopher James Law, 52, who owns the 120-year-old Fitzpatrick’s bar in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to the charge at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.