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Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

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High street spending is set to reach £1.2 billion in a single day as festive shoppers hit the stores on "Panic Saturday".

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As many as four million Britons will head overseas over the festive period, with those staying behind facing jammed roads and disrupted rail journeys.

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Letter: Number of accidents at lights no mystery

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I have followed with  interest the arguments between Lawley Parish Council and the Highways Department of Telford and Wrekin Council about the number of accidents at the Lawley Village lights, the reasons for these, and the suggestion that the junction should be removed and returned to a traffic island.

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£1.36bn clawed back from Iceland

Landsbanki collapsed at the height of the banking crisis

The Treasury has recovered a further £1.36 billion from Iceland after its Landsbanki bank collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, forcing a taxpayer bailout for 230,000 savers in the UK.