More than £70,000. That’s the basic cost of raising a child to the age of 18 for couples in the UK, according to the Child Poverty Action Group’s latest “Cost of a Child” report. More than £70,000 per child, that is. Throw in additional expenses like food – which, somewhat bizarrely, isn’t classed as a basic cost – and childcare and that figure rises to more than £150,000 per child. Or £600,000 if you’re a mum of four like me.
Ten countries are on the red list, Switzerland has effectively banned British travellers, EU countries are tightening entry rules – and Nicola Sturgeon is calling for an eight-day quarantine for all UK arrivals… our travel horizons are becoming murkier by the day.
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It was almost too good to be true. We were sliding into the ski season without a bump in our path, then in a matter of days travel restrictions around the globe went from being in the favour of skiers and snowboarders, to threatening to push the start of the ski season off a cliff.
An amendment to the law could make photographing breastfeeding women without their permission a criminal offence. This follows a ‘Stop the Breast Pest’ campaign launched by Stella Creasy, who was photographed breastfeeding her baby.
Travel restrictions are back. After months of loosening our shackles, permitting a slow but steady recovery for an industry that employs tens of millions of people around the world, the red list is back and testing requirements have been tightened.