A food bank in Glasgow, one of almost 2,500 operating in the UK. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/for the Guardian. Food banks. Biggest ever study of food banks warns use likely to increase.
Evening Standard editor and former chancellor George Osborne has just added a sixth job to his portfolio. He is to become an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester, an email to staff this morning revealed.
A European Union flag, with a hole cut in the middle, flies at half-mast outside a home in Knutsford Cheshire after the Breixt referendum on June 24, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom.
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Gilts tracked steeply upwards on Thursday as bond investors continued to shift their expectations towards a rise in UK interest rates.