What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

Vienna effortlessly tops the world’s most liveable city surveys, and for good reason. Its citizens – 1.8 million at the last count – enjoy affordable public transport, abundant greenery and rents UK citizens could only dream of. In fact, acccommodation in Vienna is plentiful and cheap, making it one of the most affordable places to …

Cat Person going viral shows how rare it is to explore women’s interior lives | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

It is not every day that a short story goes viral. Indeed, it is not every day that many people pay attention to short stories at all. As a form, in Britain at least, they are notoriously difficult to get published, and their authors are rarely granted the effusive praise that is dished out to …

‘Heat not burn’ cigarettes still harmful to health, say government advisors

‘Heat not burn’ cigarettes, marketed as a safer option by tobacco companies, still contain chemicals that are harmful to health, a government advisory body has found. The independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) has looked at the evidence on the “heat not burn” products currently available mainly …

Things are looking up for Everton – especially with Yannick Bolasie returning

“They had three shots on target, we had two. That shows how we mastered a really good side.” Sam Allardyce’s summary of events at Anfield on Sunday was more than a little biased, but the result was more important than the performance for the new Everton manager and rightly so at this early stage of …

Tens of thousands of Israelis attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi’s funeral

Aharon Yehudah Leib Shteinman said he would be content if 10 people came to his funeral. On Tuesday, tens of thousands attended the commemorations for the leader of the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, one of Israel’s most influential rabbis, who has died aged 104. Images from the funeral procession in Bnei Brak showed packed streets …

Potty training gets messy. But I wouldn’t pay anyone else to do it | Fran Taylor

A couple from Surrey are finding themselves the subject of public scrutiny after they placed an advert on a childcare website seeking a professional to potty train their three-year-old child for £50 an hour plus a “handsome bonus”. Thus far, a bit weird – but not off the scale. The professional potty trainer has, after …

Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer | Frances Ryan

Look closely enough and recent announcements reveal the two faces of Conservative disability policy. At the end of last month, Penny Mordaunt, the former disability minister and new international development secretary, announced the UK’s first global disability summit. To fanfare, Mordaunt positioned Britain as a global leader in disability rights, pledging to help other nations …

California Today: California Today: A Tax Challenge for Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown has made clear that he has no intention of taking on the state tax code. Lukas Schulze/Getty Images Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) The Republican tax bill moving through Congress eliminates the deduction for state income taxes and limits the deduction for property taxes. Californians …