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Notts hospital’s PFI debt just grew to £2bn

Bosses at King’s Mill Hospital has been slammed for ‘failing to renegotiate’ its crippling PFI contract as our investigation finds the bill is continuing to rise. The area’s main medical centre has come under fire for the impact of the debt paid to its builders over a 38-year period, and a doctor at the hospital says the stifling financial arrangement continues to put lives at risk. Hospital bosses signed a deal with Swedish construction firm Skanska in 2005, taking on huge debt as part of the private finance initiative, to…

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Politics 

REFERENDUM: How have heightened tensions affected town dubbed ‘Little Poland’?

The EU question divided the country – so what hope is there for ‘Little Poland’ to stand together? Stall-holders are packing up after a day’s trading, but for the Polish shops and diners, the rush is just about to start. We asked people in Shirebrook, which has been separated over the EU referendum, their thoughts on the impact. Three o’clock brings a shift change at Sports Direct’s main campus just outside Shirebrook. Soon the queues of warehouse workers will pass through town to pick up their groceries and grab a…

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Politics 

Boris quips about EU while fending off ‘Nazi’ comment jibes

Sides were splitting as former London mayor Boris Johnson brought the ‘Vote Leave’ battlebus to Alfreton today. The Conservative figurehead of the anti-EU group leading up to the ‘in/out’ referendum on June 23 attracted national media to his visit to a local textile manufacturer David Nieper in the Derbyshire town, to talk down the naysayers who maintain that leaving the EU will be bad for British business. And sides were splitting with his gags about the opposition’s ‘pants being on fire’, and even describing the EU as a ‘badly designed…

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Politics 

Study reveals benefit sanctions make it harder to find work

A groundbreaking study on benefits receivers in Chesterfield has revealed the shocking impacts of the system on local people. Research by Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire, and released exclusively to the Derbyshire Times, reveals the horrifying degree of pressure placed on people who are relying on the state to survive while they look for work. • 95 per cent of sanctions result in stress and anxiety • 3/4 people said sanctions made it harder to find work Almost all jobseekers interviewed as part of the comprehensive study said they suffered…

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