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Cam­paign­ers say that peo­ple af­fected by the Gren­fell Tower fire may boy­cott the in­quiry into the dis­as­ter if the pro­posed scope is not widened. Sir Martin MooreBick, who will lead the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said pre­vi­ously he was “doubt­ful” the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be suf­fi­ciently far-reach­ing to sat­isfy those who sur­vived the blaze. The in­quiry is pro­posed to consider how the fire started and how it de­vel­oped so rapidly. Calls have been made for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be broad­ened. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea coun­cil, Nicholas Hol­gate, re­signed af­ter be­ing asked to do so by com­mu­ni­ties sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid. The move came af­ter a tide of crit­i­cism of the coun­cil’s re­sponse to the tragedy.

Rolls-Royce has pledged to pro­tect 7,000 en­gi­neer­ing jobs in the east Mid­lands as part of a £150m ($195m) in­vest­ment, its largest sin­gle out­lay in the UK for more than a decade. The com­pany struck a deal with unions that will safe­guard work for nearly a third of its 22,300-strong UK work­force for five years, as it pre­pares to dou­ble the num­ber of en­gines it builds.

Chil­dren in the care sys­tem in Jersey con­tinue to be at risk, a re­port into the sex­ual and phys­i­cal abuse of hun­dreds of chil­dren on the is­land con­cluded. The Jersey care home in­quiry se­verely crit­i­cised the is­land’s politi­cians for fail­ing chil­dren in their care over the last 70 years. The re­port called for one of the sym­bols of the abuse, the Haut de la Garenne chil­dren’s home, to be de­mol­ished. The in­quiry, chaired by Frances Old­ham QC, said it had been told by foster car­ers that the is­land had “not learned any lessons what­so­ever, no mat­ter how many SCRs [se­ri­ous case re­views] have oc­curred”.

The UK’s first nu­clear power sta­tion for more than two decades is at least £1.5bn ($1.93bn) over bud­get and could be com­pleted 15 months be­hind sched­ule, its de­vel­oper said. French state-owned EDF said the cost over­run for two re­ac­tors at Hink­ley in Som­er­set could hit £2.2bn – tak­ing the to­tal cost to £20.3bn, up from £18bn.

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