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May 13 9 tweets 4 min read
Spiralling costs are forcing more people to seek help in Blackpool, a coastal town with inner city problems where more die than are born.

Sky News meets a pensioner with only £5 a week to spend on food and a young single mother waiting months for mental health treatment James Scott talks to @ashishskynews about his struggle in a soft voice. The desperation is understated.

“I ended up having to cut my food budget back and back and back, and I actually ended up with around £5 a week” he said
May 12 8 tweets 3 min read
“What we see when we arrive is from another world” says Sky’s @alexrossiSKY as he travels through the village of Staryi Saltiv on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

As the Russian army retreats, the aftermath of the occupation unfolds The villages have been battered, so too have the Kremlin's forces.

Lieutenant Vladyslav Moschanskyy shows us the charred chassis of a tank, saying proudly: “our fighters, the territorial defence of Kharkiv were divided in groups and destroyed this tank by grenade launcher” Image
May 12 8 tweets 3 min read
Inflation has taken its toll as the UK economy contracts despite an ‘expected boost’ following the end of COVID restrictions

Sky News breaks down what’s going on 👇 The UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022 - but March saw a decline of 0.1% in the UK economy📉
May 11 8 tweets 3 min read
The cost of living crisis is a 'top concern' for families as stress over financial distress intensifies The National Institute of Economic and Social Research estimates 1.5 million British households, one in 20 of the total, will soon face bills for food and energy which will exceed their disposable income after housing costs
May 11 9 tweets 3 min read
What Putin's body language may tell us - and why the Russian leader could now be at his 'deadliest', according to a body language expert Body language expert Judi James told Sky News Vladimir Putin’s address during Russia's Victory Day commemorations offered a number of insights 👇 Image
May 10 12 tweets 4 min read
Vardy v Rooney: What is the 'Wagatha Christie' trial all about? ⚽At the heart of the case are footballers' wives Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. Vardy is suing Rooney for libel over allegations she made about her online.

In a social media post published in 2019, Rooney accused Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press Image
May 10 18 tweets 4 min read
👑The Queen's Speech

🪧 From protesters...
⚽️ a new football regulator

What is in Boris Johnson's legislative agenda for the next year? 👇🏼… For the first time in 59 years the Queen was forced to defer to her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William to deliver the speech in Parliament

May 8 15 tweets 4 min read
From night ambushes on quad bikes and attacks with drones to the deliberate sabotage of road and railway bridges, Ukrainian forces have repeatedly thwarted Russia's war plans.

Sky’s Deborah Haynes looks at how Russia's invasion was held back 👇 One of Russia's first targets of the invasion was a border guard post close to Ukraine's border in the north with Belarus.

Major Artem Lazutin, said a drone dropped explosives on a group of tents where border guards had been sleeping, injuring seven of them
May 7 8 tweets 3 min read
“Even though it is hard... everything will be alright."

This war is tearing families apart, stripping them of control and certainty, writes Sky’s @kvittozzi, as she witnesses a father saying goodbye to his son before joining the war Marko, who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumour, was all smiles before realising that his dad was about to leave.

"He's okay as long as daddy is here," mum Ivanka says, glancing nervously at him. "But we don't know how he will be later"
May 6 5 tweets 2 min read
What's the state of play in Northern Ireland? 🗳

Sinn Fein is braced for a historic victory in the election of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Follow this thread for the latest updates 👇 "Potentially, we have a historic moment of equality."

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald says there is a "likelihood that Michelle O'Neill will be the first nationalist, republican person to lead government here in Northern Ireland."

May 6 7 tweets 4 min read
Although the Conservatives have lost more than 100 seats in the local elections, this does not translate into total triumph for Labour, Sky News analysis shows.

Here’s the story of the #LocalElections2022 so far in charts 👇🗳 🔵Tory losses were felt most heavily in the south of England, in areas which were largely won by the 🟡 Lib Dems and other parties, most notably the 🟢 Greens.

🔴 Labour made ground in the East, but lost vote share in every other part of England apart from London Image
May 6 7 tweets 3 min read
The Conservatives have lost control of three flagship London boroughs as Labour further strengthened its grip on the capital.

Follow this thread for LIVE updates as the results of the local elections come in 👇

#LocalElections2022 Oliver Dowden, co-chairman of the Conservatives, tells Kay Burley the party has “had some difficult results” but insists the party has made progress elsewhere

Apr 6 7 tweets 3 min read
Today, national insurance is going up by 1.25 percentage points, at a time when the cost of living is rising.

The rise is a significant change to our tax system - but what will it mean for you?

There are a few changes that need to be considered. The national insurance rise means everything you earn over the tax-free threshold was being taxed at 12% and will now be taxed at 13.25%.

It might sound small in percentage terms, but it's actually a big tax rise.
Apr 5 8 tweets 2 min read
Tens of thousands of people are missing out on early cancer diagnosis every year, and are more likely to die as a result.

England hasn’t met the NHS waiting times target once since 2014, and things got worse during the pandemic. In January, almost 40% of patients starting treatment had been waiting more than two months since first getting an urgent referral from their GP - the target is 15%.
Mar 31 10 tweets 4 min read
After Rishi Sunak announced the one-off energy bills rebate to ease the cost of living crisis, how much will you pay in council tax and how does that compare to the rest of the country?

Find out 👇… The average household in England is expected to pay £53 less in council tax this year as a result of the government's £150 energy bills rebate
Mar 31 10 tweets 4 min read
New evidence suggests mobile networks are now being weaponised as an instrument of war in the current conflict, as each side tracks soldiers' phones.

So how are phones tracked on the battlefield? Devices called cell-site simulators, which mimic a phone mast, are stationed inside drones and trucks and sent over the battlefield to pick up the signals of nearby phones
Mar 30 14 tweets 5 min read
It is the worst maternity scandal in the history of the NHS.

Over two decades at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust hundreds of babies were left brain damaged or dead.

These are the stories of the families - and the key findings from the Ockenden report: But first, when and why was the Ockenden report launched?

Independent midwife Donna Ockenden was asked to investigate maternity care at the trust in 2017 by the health secretary at the time Jeremy Hunt. Initially there were 23 cases of concern.
Mar 25 13 tweets 8 min read
As Hollywood stars prepare to walk the red carpet this weekend 📸, Sky News looks at the anatomy of an Oscar winner ✨

Here’s how the stats add up 👇 #Oscars Let’s look at the gender gap ♀️♂️

It is no secret that women have a much shorter shelf life than men in Hollywood.

Oscar-winning actresses are on average nine years younger than their male counterparts, according to our analysis

#Oscars Image
Mar 23 8 tweets 4 min read
From a rise to the National Insurance threshold 💷, to a cut to fuel duty ⛽ – these are just a few of the ways the chancellor attempted to ease the cost of living crisis.

But do the announcements in Rishi Sunak’s spring statement go far enough? Here are the key points from the spring statement:

⛽ Fuel duty will be cut by 5p per litre

💷 The threshold for paying National Insurance will increase by £3,000

🏠 The Household Support Fund will be doubled

Full list here 👇
Mar 22 7 tweets 4 min read
New figures have revealed more detail about the number of people who died during the #COVID19 pandemic.

Sky News analysis shows how many lost their lives, where most deaths took place, and where there were fewer deaths than usual 👇 Between March 2020 and December 2021, 133,623 more people died in England and Wales compared to the average in those months from 2015-2019, that figure is known as 'excess deaths'.

More than a third occurred in the second month of the pandemic, April 2020 Image
Mar 22 5 tweets 3 min read
The average tank of fuel now costs almost £90, up by about £33 compared to May 2020 ⛽

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to cut fuel duty by 5p in his spring statement – but how much will this help at the pump? How much have prices at the pump changed?

Just under two years ago, petrol prices reached a four-year low during the COVID pandemic.

But recently, wholesale costs have been rising sharply, partly due to Russia’s war in Ukraine Image