Royal Bank of Scotland is to close 162 branches in England and Wales, resulting in 792 job losses. The lender, still 72% owned by the taxpayer, said the move was linked to its decision not to sell its Williams & Glyn business.As a result, the group has branches in close proximity to another and is seeking to reduce overlap.RBS said: "Following a review of the branch network in England and Wales a decision has been taken to close 162 Royal Bank of Scotland branches."As a result of this process, around 792 roles will be made redundant, and we will seek to support our colleagues with the option to leave on a voluntary basis."The closures come as RBS reintegrates Williams & Glyn, including its branch network, back into the core bank.A total of 109 branches will close in late July and August 2018. These branches are within 0.6 miles of another Royal Bank of Scotland or NatWest branch.A further 53 branches will close in November 2018, all of which are between 0.6 and 2.5 miles of … [Read more...] about RBS to close 162 branches in England and Wales
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SCOTLAND captain John Barclay yesterday admitted that his weekend off in between facing the might of France and England proved a much more frightening experience as his South Wales home was hit by an earthquake. The Scarlets flanker had returned to the Mumbles for a break from the thunderous collisions of Test match rugby only to find himself in an unprecedented situation over which he had no control and, tough as the Test rugby veteran is, he found it an unnerving experience. “It was scary. I didn’t know what was going on. My five-year-old ran through and said ‘it wasn’t me dad’,” the 31-year-old recounted. Loading article content “The whole house was shaking for about 10 seconds. I found out a lot about myself. I was standing in the doorway… every man for himself.” The prospect of confronting what is arguably the most formidable force in world rugby, an England side that has won 24 of its last 25 matches, is consequently … [Read more...] about John Barclay is stirred but not shaken for Scotland in England test
BELGIUM has become the latest country to name the married star at the centre of the “three-way” injunction.A publication there yesterday joined others in Scotland, the USA, Canada, Australia, China and North Korea in revealing his identity.But a ban in England and Wales remains following last week’s Supreme Court decision.Judges ruled to protect the identity of “PJS” and his spouse as the story could have a negative effect on their children.He had asked a couple if they were “up for a three-way” before romping in an olive oil-filled paddling pool.Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke said: “It is making a mockery of the legal system.” … [Read more...] about BELGIUM becomes latest country to name olive oil tryst star as gagging order remains in England and Wales
BREAST cancer patients in England will be denied a life-extending drug widely available in Scotland and Wales.NHS spending watchdog NICE rejected £3,000- a-month Afinitor on the grounds that it is “not cost-effective”.It has been available in England since 2013.From February around 1,500 newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients will not get it.But those already on it will continue to receive it.Trials showed Afinitor can extend survival by 11 months of patients with HER-2 negative cancer that has not responded to other treatments.Around 75 per cent of breast tumours are HER2 negative.Baroness Delyth Morgan, of Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is a huge blow.”The decision means, for the first time, an effective breast cancer drug will be available in Wales and Scotland but not in England. … [Read more...] about NHS hospitals in England to ditch life-boosting breast cancer pill as bosses try to cut costs
THROUGHOUT November millions of people across the UK wear poppies as a mark of respect to those who gave their lives in the First World War and the conflicts that followed.Much of the meaning behind the poppy is widely known – but is there a 'correct way’ to wear it? And how much money should you contribute to the appeal?The poppy has become a powerful visual symbol of the commemorations around Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and there are various theories about the "right" way to wear a poppy.Many people say it should be worn on the left lapel, to keep it close to your heart – it also marks the symbol’s military origins, as this is the side medals are worn by the Armed forces.Another school of thought is that the poppy should be worn on the left by men and the right by women, as is traditional for a badge or brooch.The positioning of the flower’s leaf has also been debated. One theory dictates that it should be at … [Read more...] about Which side do you wear a poppy on, how much should you donate and are there different traditions in Scotland and England?