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School tests
Six councils’ successful High Court challenge to BSF’s axing has opened the way for other local authorities, housing associations and interest groups to challenge government cuts, according to a number of lawyers.

On the job
More than one in 10 British tradesmen have been sexually propositioned while working, according to a survey, which asked plumbers, builders and roofers if they had ever been offered a romantic encounter at work.

Swanky yanks
The average salary for architects in the US has risen in the past year, according to ZweigWhite’s annual industry salary survey, although most chief operating officers and interns have seen their wages drop.

Going down

Diddly Squat
Twelve squatters who have occupied a £6 million house in central London belonging to film director Guy Ritchie say they intend to convert the grade I listed building into a free school.

Plane sailing
Proposals by a multi-millionaire Arab investor to create a new regional airport in Kent on a site adjacent to Romney Marsh and the Dungeness peninsula have aroused intense opposition from conservation bodies.

Pulling the plug
Plans to create Britain’s first major solar energy farm on a reclaimed industrial site have been overshadowed by a potential shake-up of the government’s green electricity subsidy.


’It is, foot for foot, the most loathed patch of real estate in London… the most pathetically unimaginative address in the city, a self-made ghetto of naff and gilt’
Not to be outdone by fellow critic Giles Coren, AA Gill takes his own swipe at Rogers Stirk Harbour’s One Hyde Park in the Sunday Times.