"The construction industry is having a miserable time. We want to support them.”

Business quote of the day.

The construction industry is having a miserable time. We want to support them.

Minister Nick Boles tells Parliament the temporary relaxation of planning laws might be extended to try and boost a construction sector in the doldrums. “We want to encourage people to do these extensions in the next three years”, he said. Changes to allow extensions to be built without planning permission is hoped to stimulate demand in the building industry, but has been attacked by the opposition and various local councils.

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Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.