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Short summaries of articles we think you will find useful from some of the weekend’s broadsheets.

FINANCIAL TIMES

“UK helps mothers re-join workforce to tackle gender pay gap”
The UK government has awarded £500,000 to enable five organisations across the country to launch schemes to help mothers and carers re-join the workforce, in an attempt to shrink the gender pay gap.
“No-deal Brexit is the most likely outcome of the Salzburg summit”
EU leaders’ rejection of May’s plans have increased the chance of failure say commentators.
“Hunt refuses to rule out Canada-style Brexit deal”
The foreign secretary says he will ‘not dismiss anything’ when asked about free-trade arrangement.
“Long-term investing is simple — no matter what the ‘experts’ say”
History shows that value, momentum and small-cap funds are winners, given enough time.
“Does your income bring you joy or sadness?”
Jason Butler examines research that suggests that our genes and personality influence about 50% of how happy we feel, with the balance influenced by our health, employment and relationships.

THE TIMES

“Beat Brexit with a French mortgage”
The rush is on to secure cheap mortgages in Europe before Brexit, according to property experts – and you can get a 20-year deal fixed at interest rates as low as 2%.
“Property reform is needed now”
The Times believes reforms to the leasehold property system announced last week do not go far enough, as homeowners have been hit by ruinous charges and unfair demands.
“Should I take £260k from my ‘gold’ pension?”
A panel of experts advise a man tempted by a large transfer value.

THE TELEGRAPH

“Tax rise fears – is it time to take a capital gains hit?”
Some wealth managers are expecting an increase in capital gains rates in the next budget and are advising clients to consider selling off some assets.
“HMRC agrees pay-out with contractor in landmark employment case”
An HMRC contractor has successfully claimed for holiday pay after the tax office deemed her to be an employee.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

“For Labour’s economic policy to be radical, it has to be credible”
Amid speculation about a snap election, the Guardian says the party should get prepared for pushback from City and business interests.
“A long trade war will leave the world feeling its piggy bank was robbed”
The Guardian says don’t be fooled by China’s as-yet muted response: a decades-long battle with the US over tariffs is a real, and scary, possibility.

INDEPENDENT

“Pound sterling slumps as Theresa May admits ‘impasse’ in Brexit negotiations”
The currency fell to $1.3092 as the Prime Minister delivered a special statement in Downing Street after her Chequers Brexit plan was rejected by EU leaders in Salzburg.

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