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BBC News: Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'
Wednesday 1st October 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Melanie Hall charge decision sought

Detectives investigating the murder of Wiltshire woman Melanie Hall in 1996 ask the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision.

Military family carers offered help

A military charity begins a pilot project in Wiltshire to help carers of ex-military personnel with a £100,000 grant.

MPs back Oxford/Bristol rail link

Wiltshire MPs back calls for a direct train service between Oxford and Bristol.

Man to face trial for parents' murder

A Swindon man charged with the murder of his elderly parents seven years ago is fit to stand trial, Wiltshire Police says.

Cathedral's new Magna Carta display

Salisbury Cathedral receives a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new permanent display for its Magna Carta.

VIDEO: Cotswold dry stone waller in Africa

How to build a Cotswold dry stone wall

'Neolithic' burial chamber opens

Opening a 'Neolithic' burial chamber

Live BBC World News

Students vow to step up HK protests

Student demonstrators in Hong Kong vow to step up pro-democracy protests and occupy government buildings if leader CY Leung does not quit.

Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'

Children have come into contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil and are being monitored, the Texas governor says.

US Secret Service director resigns

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, resigns following recent high-profile security lapses.

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.

Deadly attack on Donetsk school

A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict.

New Afghan leader reopens bank case

Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, says he is resuming the investigation into a banking fraud, said to be one of the largest in the world.

Iran filmmakers back nuclear deal

Six prominent Iranian filmmakers launch a campaign urging world powers to agree a permanent solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.

BBC Sports News

Secrets of Europe's Ryder Cup win

Graeme McDowell outlines in detail how Europe captain Paul McGinley masterminded the Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles.

Eddie Jordan answers your questions

Hamilton or Rosberg? Where will Alonso go? How good is Ricciardo? Eddie Jordan answers these questions and more.

England stars 'treated like babies'

England's players are suffering because they are not trusted to behave like grown-ups, according to Rio Ferdinand.

McIlroy named PGA Player of Year

World number one Rory McIlroy is voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time after winning two majors in 2014.

Melanie Hall charge decision sought

Detectives investigating the murder of Wiltshire woman Melanie Hall in 1996 ask the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision.

Military family carers offered help

A military charity begins a pilot project in Wiltshire to help carers of ex-military personnel with a £100,000 grant.

MPs back Oxford/Bristol rail link

Wiltshire MPs back calls for a direct train service between Oxford and Bristol.

Man to face trial for parents' murder

A Swindon man charged with the murder of his elderly parents seven years ago is fit to stand trial, Wiltshire Police says.

Cathedral's new Magna Carta display

Salisbury Cathedral receives a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new permanent display for its Magna Carta.

VIDEO: Cotswold dry stone waller in Africa

How to build a Cotswold dry stone wall

'Neolithic' burial chamber opens

Opening a 'Neolithic' burial chamber

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Missing girl's family make appeal

The family of a 15 year-old girl who has been missing from her home in Bristol for a week have made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

VIDEO: How PM's figures add up - in 40 secs

David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.

VIDEO: Remains found in Disappeared search

Human remains have been found in County Meath by a team searching for an IRA victim missing for almost 40 years.

VIDEO: Prime mimicker: PM's tribute to Hague

David Cameron impersonates former party leader William Hague's famous speech to the 1977 conference as a child.

VIDEO: Scheme trials music videos age ratings

Music videos shown online are to be given age ratings in the same way films are, in a new pilot scheme.

AUDIO: Cancer victim gives to hospital that failed her

A cervical cancer victim has donated thousands of pounds to the hospital that failed to spot her disease.

VIDEO: Can divided UK learn from Bavaria?

As many in the United Kingdom still find it difficult to see how more powers might be handed over to English regions, British MPs have been looking to Germany, as one example of a successful federal system.