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28 August 2019updated 07 Jun 2021 5:14pm

Five things you need to know today: Home Office advert banned for misleading EU citizens

By New Statesman

Home Office ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority 

A Home Office advert telling EU citizens how to secure permanent residency in the UK following Brexit has been banned after the Advertising Standards Authority deemed it misleading. The radio advert, which aired in April, told listeners: “All you need to apply is your passport or ID card and to complete an online form”. But the ASA ruled that this was misleading as some applicants were required to submit further documents not referenced in the advert. In response to the ban, the Home Office said: “We completely disagree with ASA’s decision.” 

UK child unhappiness at highest level for a decade

Childhood happiness in the UK has fallen to its lowest level for a decade, with almost a quarter of million children unhappy with their lives, according to a new report. The Children’s Society, which publishes the annual Good Childhood study, found that overall contentment among 10- to 15-year-olds had fallen to 7.89 on average (on a scale of one to 10), down from a peak of 8.21 in 2011 and that 5 per cent reported happiness scores below five. Mark Russell, the society’s chief executive, said: “It is a national scandal that children’s unhappiness is increasing so quickly.”

Corbyn and opposition leaders agree to fight no-deal Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has agreed with opposition leaders to postpone a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government and prioritise attempts to prevent a no-deal Brexit through legislation. The Labour leader told the meeting that he would “propose the parliamentary process which would mean the legislation can be laid” but some opposition MPs have argued the move must led by backbenchers. Party leaders, who are expected to seek to force Johnson to request a Brexit extension if no deal has been agreed by 31 October, aim to agree on parliamentary tactics by the end of this week. 

Jeffrey Epstein accuser says Prince Andrew “knows what he’s done”

A woman who accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old has urged the royal to “come clean”. At a hearing for alleged victims following Epstein’s death earlier this month, Virginia Giuffre told reporters that the prince “knows what he’s done”. The prince vehemently denies the allegations but has conceded that it was “a mistake” to maintain his friendship with Epstein after the financier was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl. 

Purdue Pharma and Sacklers offer up to $12bn to settle opioid lawsuits 

Purdue Pharma, the opioid drug-maker owned by the multi-billionaire Sackler family, has reportedly offered between $10bn and $12bn to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against it from US states and cities. The Connecticut-based company has been accused of fuelling the opioids crisis, which has been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the US over the last 20 years, through the prescription painkiller Oxycontin. On average, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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