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Downing Street is planning a steep increase in council tax to help fund social care, says The Daily Telegraph. Annual bills will “surge past £2,000” for the average household, with those in the most expensive tier paying up to £200 extra. The world’s population will pass eight billion today, according to the United Nations. It comes 11 years after the seven-billion mark was reached; numbers are expected to peak at 10.4 billion in the 2080s. Randy pensioners have sent sexually transmitted infections soaring by 20% among over-65s. Doctors blame the uptick on online dating, and the fact that, since there is little risk of pregnancy, many don’t bother using condoms.