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Theresa May has proposed that more than 3 million EU nationals living in the UK will be allowed to stay permanently after Brexit. The new “UK settled status” will grant EU migrants who have lived in the UK for more than five years, the right to stay and the ability to access health, education and other benefits. "The UK's position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society,'' May said at her first summit since the general election. The Prime Minister’s offer to European’s leaders was not met without caution however. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a “good start”, but Labour said it was “too little, too late”. (Source – BBC)

Eleven high rise buildings in eight local authority areas have failed “fire safety” tests, after combustible cladding was found inside them
. The assessments are being carried out on around 600 high rises across England, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy earlier this month. The rapid spread of fire at the public housing block is said to be due to the combustible cladding inside the building. The Department for Communities and Local Government has written to all local authority and housing association chief executives to advise them on steps to take if tower blocks in their area are found to be clad in combustible panels. Speaking earlier, the prime minister's spokesman said extra checks by the fire service would determine whether the 11 high-rise buildings found to have combustible cladding were safe and what - if any - action needed to be taken. He pointed out that a failed cladding test did not necessarily mean a building was unsafe as that would depend on the amount of cladding used and where it was fitted. (Source – BBC)

Virgin Media has advised customers to change passwords over hacking risk.
More than 800,000 Virgin Media customers with a specific router are now being encouraged to change their network and router passwords after an investigation found that hackers could gain access to home networks and connected appliances in as little as four days. A spokesperson from Virgin Media has said "The security of our network and of our customers is of paramount importance to us. We continually upgrade our systems and equipment to ensure that we meet all current industry standards.” (Source – The Independent)
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