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Employees ‘healthy’ in work until just 59 in England, study shows – Sky News

Workers aged 50 can expect an average of nine more healthy years while in the workforce, falling below the State Pension Age.

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Bailiffs can soon resume work chasing council tax debtors – BBC News

Like thousands of people in council tax debt, Penelope Dudley fears the bailiffs who will soon restart work.

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Penelope Dudley is behind on her council tax payments. Already stressed about losing her job after being furloughed, she’s worried things may soon get a whole lot worse.
Bailiffs employed to chase late payers will soon have the right to resume visits to homes following an enforced break during the coronavirus lockdown.
“The thought of bailiff charges, the thought of prison, has of course been a source of stress,” said Penelope. “But I have to trust that won’t happen. Things are slightly getting better, but they’re not getting better for everybody and it could easily go downhill again if I was unlucky.”
Some 800,00 UK households are behind on council tax, and from 23 August debt collectors can re-start work chasing payment.
According to the Local Government Association, £700m is owed in council tax since the start of lockdown – a figure that’s expected to grow.
Emergency legislation was introduced in April banning bailiffs from visiting homes to enforce debts during the Covid-19 restrictions. But next month, Penelope fears debt enforcement agents may come knocking to demand payment.
“I’ve had some help from charities and my local church, but I’m not sure how it will all be in a few months’ time. The thought of bailiffs is stressful. I had a dark moment on the phone when I was speaking to an advisor who said it

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Coronavirus: Three workers flee quarantined farm in Herefordshire – The Times

Three vegetable pickers including one with coronavirus have fled a farm where the entire workforce was placed under quarantine.An urgent search has been launched after the workers defied a lockdown at

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Three vegetable pickers including one with coronavirus have fled a farm where the entire workforce was placed under quarantine.
An urgent search has been launched after the workers defied a lockdown at AS Green and Co farm in Mathon, Herefordshire, and left over the weekend.
All 220 workers at the farm had been told to isolate after more than 70 workers tested positive for Covid-19. Health officials had indicated that the outbreak was contained and stressed that it was not unexpected given the trend of infections in large food producers, but admitted yesterday that three workers had left the site.
Officers from West Mercia police, who have been patrolling the area and maintaining a heavy presence at the farm, are assisting Public Health England in

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Sophie Taylor strikes back at cancer 16 months after dying from disease aged 5 – Mirror Online

Sophie Taylor, from Norwich, passed away aged five 16 months ago and now her blood samples are making a vital contribution to a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood osteosarcoma

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Brave little Sophie Taylor once stuck her tongue out at the bone cancer that, tragically, ended up claiming her life.
Now 16 months after her death at the age of five she has struck back at the disease.
Sophies donated tissues and DNA have helped scientists achieve a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood osteosarcoma.
They are now developing drugs to delay its spread by targeting a specific protein.
Dr Darrell Green, who is leading the research, said yesterday that Sophies blood samples were a vital contribution towards locating the cancer-spreading cells.
He explained: Those cells gave us the material to identify genetic drivers that cause spread of primary bone cancer.
Sophie passed away 16 months ago (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
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Dr Green, of the University of East Anglia, said the death of his best friend Ben Morley from the cancer as a teenager inspired me to do something about it.
New technology enabled them to identify a one-in-a-billion cell driving cancer growth. With the University of Manchester they adapted osteosarcoma cells, causing the primary tumour to grow slower and blocking spread to the lungs.
She died aged just five after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
Sophie’s dad asked people to post selfies of them sticking their tongues out at cancer as his daughter once did (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
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Sophie, of Norwich, had a leg amputated in a bid to halt the cancer. However, it could not be stopped and she died in January 2019.
Sophies dad Alex Taylor said: We did not hesitate in offering Sophies tumour, DNA and RNA. We are so proud of how she fought and even more so that she has contributed to research which will be lifesaving.
Hundreds joined the #takeasophie campaign online launched by Alex. He wanted people to post selfies showing them sticking their tongues out at cancer .
Model Katie Piper, ex-Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew and BBC Countryfiles Adam Henson supported the campaign.

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