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Covid-19: Vaccine passports could create 'two-tier society', equality watchdog warns
15/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
Vaccine certificates could help to reopen society but risk discrimination, a UK equality body warns.
Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
14/04/2021 | news | business | 2,717
The airport says some travellers are facing waits of up to six hours.
COP26: Delaying key climate meeting preferable to 'messing it up'
14/04/2021 | news | science | 792
Further postponement of the UK climate summit would be better than a failed event, says an expert.
Mobile phones should be banned in schools - Gavin Williamson
07/04/2021 | news | technology | 1,727
Phones should not be used or seen during the school day, the education secretary says.
City drivers 'should think twice' before buying SUVs
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,852
The boss of the RAC Foundation says drivers in urban areas should consider which car is most appropriate.
Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,241
A report calls on the government to create a food security minister to protect the vulnerable.
Covid passports: Certification is 'one option', vaccines minister says
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 6,540
Introducing Covid status certificates risks creating a "two-tier Britain", critics say.
Pub vaccine passports not British - Sir Keir Starmer
01/04/2021 | news | politics | 2,892
The Labour leader says it would be "wrong in principle" to ask landlords to police a new scheme.
Million students 'forgotten' in lack of uni return date
01/04/2021 | news | education | 642
Million students still waiting for a university return date, with calls for it to be April not May.
Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices
01/04/2021 | news | business | 309
Many big technology firms are still figuring out the best way for staff to return to offices.
Covid-19: Few people with symptoms are self-isolating, study finds
01/04/2021 | news | health | 775
And fewer than one in five people request a test if they have symptoms, a report on test-and-trace says.
Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
A few frequent flyers 'dominate air travel'
31/03/2021 | news | science | 780
Those who fly more should be taxed more, and air miles incentives should be banned, campaigners say.
Covid-19: Shielding coming to an end for millions
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 995
Wednesday is the last day millions of the most clinically vulnerable people in England and Wales are told to shield.
Covid jab probably does protect those around you
30/03/2021 | news | health | 675
Out-of-date information may be deterring people from being vaccinated.
Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
29/03/2021 | news | business | 3,837
Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
Fifth of students 'poorly prepared for university'
25/03/2021 | news | education | 191
Two in five students say they would have made better choices if they had had better advice, Ucas finds.
John Lewis to permanently close eight more shops
24/03/2021 | news | business | 1,436
The move puts 1,465 jobs at risk and means it has axed a third of its stores in less than a year.
Covid: £5,000 fine for people going on holiday abroad
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,094
It is due to come into force in England next week as some other lockdown restrictions are eased.
Covid: UK marks one year since the first lockdown
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,391
The Queen reflects on the "grief and loss felt by so many" as the country holds a minute's silence.
Coronavirus shielding advice to end on 1 April - Hancock
17/03/2021 | news | health | 17
More than 3.7 million people in England will no longer have to stay at home to avoid the virus.
Democracy is in retreat, warns Dominic Raab
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,906
Dominic Raab says the UK should use its "clout" to be "a force for good in the world".
Vaccine side effects: My experience of them and what they mean
17/03/2021 | news | health | 3,353
Why do some people get side effects - and do they mean you have greater protection?
Energy customers set for refunds when direct debits are too high
17/03/2021 | news | business | 591
Energy regulator Ofgem says customers' overpayments are being used to pay for "unsustainable business".
Oscars nominations 2021: Brits, diversity and female directors rewarded
15/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 443
It is also a record year for diversity in the acting nominations and for female directors.
Covid-19: British Airways plans app-based travel pass
14/03/2021 | news | business | 2,896
People who have had both jabs will be able to register their status on BA's smartphone app.
UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain
11/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,819
Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".
Magicians' tactics found in politics and marketing
11/03/2021 | news | education | 165
Magicians use "powerful tools" of psychology to manipulate people's behaviour, say researchers.
Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
BP staff set to work from home two days a week
08/03/2021 | news | business | 1,063
The oil giant told staff last month that the new model will start for office-based staff this summer.
Covid-19: School rapid test cannot be overruled, says minister
08/03/2021 | news | health | 951
Concerns have been raised that thousands of pupils could be incorrectly told they have the virus.
'Right and just' for students to get Covid refunds
05/03/2021 | news | education | 84
University students should be given compensation for disrupted studies, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
Budget 2021: 10 ways Rishi Sunak's speech affects you
04/03/2021 | news | business | 1,163
Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget is packed with policies that will affect your finances. Here is a guide.
University to pay out £5k for 'less valuable' experience
02/03/2021 | news | education | 216
Details of student complaints about Covid's impact are released - including one award of £5,000.
Covid: 'People are tired of working from home'
01/03/2021 | news | business | 2,579
Canary Wharf expects people to return to the office but may choose home working some of the time.
Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 94
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
Covid: Thousands sign petition against vaccine passports
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,407
More than 200,000 people are urging the government not to introduce documents offering proof of vaccination.
Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,392
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
British Airways owner IAG calls for digital health passes
26/02/2021 | news | business | 552
IAG, which owns British Airways and Iberia, makes a record loss after the pandemic grounds flights.
Summer catch-up schools planned for pupils in England
24/02/2021 | news | education | 2,510
A total of £700m will help ensure "no child is left behind" due to the pandemic, Boris Johnson says.
Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 7,050
Having to show a certificate to go to a pub raises "deep and complex issues", Boris Johnson says.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson to unveil 'cautious' plan to lift England's lockdown
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,520
All schools are expected to reopen on 8 March, with some outdoor socialising allowed from 29 March.
Covid: Unblock logjam for new laws, senior MPs urge ministers
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 181
Commons select committee chiefs want laws held up during the pandemic to be put back on the agenda.
UK to launch 'high risk' science agency
19/02/2021 | news | business | 1,117
The new agency will help "cement the UK's position as a science superpower", the government says.
'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic'
17/02/2021 | news | technology | 561
Email app Hey reveals that two-thirds of the messages it handles contain the hidden trackers.
Covid-19: First travellers arrive in UK for hotel quarantine stay
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,615
Arrivals from "red list" countries must pay £1,750 to spend 10 days in government-sanctioned hotels.
Wetherspoons calls for pubs to reopen 'to save jobs'
15/02/2021 | news | business | 2,677
The chairman of the chain is calling for pubs to reopen at the same time as non-essential shops.
Covid hotel quarantine less strict than Australia's
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 987
There are key differences in rules between England’s system and elsewhere, a BBC analysis shows.
UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020
12/02/2021 | news | business | 4,395
The size of the economy shrank by 9.9% in 2020 as coronavirus restrictions hit output, figures show.
Brexit: Trade friction 'not teething problems'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,034
Jeremy Miles MS says it is irresponsible for UK officials to claim trade changes were "unexpected".
NHS reform: 'No better time than now' for changes, says Matt Hancock
11/02/2021 | news | health | 2,326
The aim is for health and social care to join up more, but Labour questions the timing of the move.
Covid-19: Starmer says 10-year jail term for travel lies 'empty threat'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 191
Labour leader says proposed maximum sentence for people lying about their travel history is not realistic.
Covid: Don't book holiday yet, government warns
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 4,934
Boris Johnson urges people to "be patient", after the transport secretary says summer breaks are in doubt.
Brexit worse than feared, says JD Sports boss
09/02/2021 | news | business | 4,918
Chairman Peter Cowgill says the new EU trade deal has meant "double-digit millions" in extra costs.
Covid: Two tests for all UK arrivals during quarantine
09/02/2021 | news | business | 850
Details of the new system, aimed at tracking cases and detecting new variants, will be set out later today.
Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
Tesco tells chancellor to hit online rivals with sales tax
08/02/2021 | news | business | 669
Boss Ken Murphy has asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a "level playing field" when it comes to tax.
Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,827
Measures include asking voters to bring pens - but some councils fear it will be too difficult to organise.
Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
Lost school time 'could cost pupils £40,000 in earnings'
01/02/2021 | news | education | 1,030
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns the "long-run costs" of the pandemic will hit children disproportionately.
Covid-19: 'Less exercise and more TV' than first lockdown
29/01/2021 | news | health | 711
People are spending less time on hobbies and volunteering in the current lockdown, researchers say.
Covid-hit pupils 'should be allowed to repeat a year'
29/01/2021 | news | education | 724
Education think-tank says pupils should have the right to repeat the school year after Covid disruption.
Boris Johnson promises plan next month for 'phased' easing of lockdown
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,999
The “phased” lifting of restrictions will depend on data on hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.
Covid: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,101
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".
Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU
25/01/2021 | news | business | 3,320
The move sparks concerns that customers could see prices rise if merchants pass on the higher cost.
Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
22/01/2021 | news | world | 883
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.
Covid: James Bond film No Time To Die delayed for third time
22/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 620
The premiere of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig's final 007 outing, is pushed back again due to Covid.
Covid: Museums and galleries 'fighting for survival', Art Fund says
22/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 15
A national charity renews its plea for donations to help museums hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
Coronavirus: Priti Patel says UK should have closed borders in March 2020
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 5,020
The home secretary has been recorded telling supporters she was an "advocate" of closures last year.
Covid vaccine: Priti Patel 'working to get jabs to front-line roles'
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,702
The PM says he wants them vaccinated "as soon as possible" but will listen to scientific advice.
Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 8,431
Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.
UK weather: Snow and ice warnings for England and Scotland
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,061
Some areas could see freezing temperatures and 5-10cm of snow on Saturday, the Met Office says.
Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review
15/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,300
The footballer joins celebrities and campaigners to call for action in a letter to the prime minister.
Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border
11/01/2021 | news | world | 5,522
Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.
Covid: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
Covid: 'I’m one of those people who’s been left out'
11/01/2021 | news | business | 265
An industry group wants more state help for people like Jon Wilding, whose business is hit by the pandemic.
Covid: May elections 'will almost certainly be delayed'
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 255
Contests are due to take place on 6 May, but MPs say they could be postponed due to coronavirus.
Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
Covid-19: Travellers to UK will need to show negative test result
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
Covid-19: Johnson warns England's lockdown won't end 'with a bang'
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,061
There will be a "gradual unwrapping" of England's lockdown, Boris Johnson tells MPs ahead of a vote later.
Shoppers told not to buy more than normal
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,044
Stores seek to reassure shoppers that there is no need to bulk-buy in new lockdown.
Lockdown: Clap for Carers to return as Clap for Heroes
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,602
Founder Annemarie Plas says the initiative will return on Thursday under the new name of Clap for Heroes.
Government offers firms new grants to survive lockdown
06/01/2021 | news | business | 2,322
Business groups welcomed the new help as a good start but said more aid and a clear plan would be needed.
FTSE 100 chief executives 'earn average salary within 3 days'
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,645
FTSE 100 chiefs will by Wednesday have earned more this year than the average worker's annual wage.
Train services set to be reduced in lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 162
Some in the industry are anticipating reductions of between 50-60% of normal service in England.
Supermarket websites struggle amid new lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 708
Demand surges as shoppers rush to secure online delivery slots following news of another lockdown.
Covid: Can we really jab our way out of lockdown?
05/01/2021 | news | health | 3,064
A shortage of glass vials, an overload of bureaucracy and lengthy safety checks could slow the UK down.
UK 'cannot duck' post-Covid inequalities, report warns
05/01/2021 | news | business | 698
A growing divide over education, jobs, and ethnicity threaten the fabric of society, says Nobel laureate's study.
EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
Covid: 'No question' restrictions will be tightened, says Boris Johnson
04/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,597
Boris Johnson warns of "tough" weeks ahead, as coronavirus infection rates continue to surge.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports
24/12/2020 | news | business | 752
While this is a "critical step forward", seed potatoes are not included because of EU regulatory fears.
UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
Covid-19: Almost 3,000 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 4,373
Politicians are in talks to resume freight, after France closed the border because of the new variant.
Christmas star: Jupiter and Saturn align in the night sky
22/12/2020 | news | science | 828
Jupiter and Saturn - the Solar System's largest planets - have crossed paths in the night sky.
Covid: Case for recalling MPs over emergency, says Sir Keir Starmer
21/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,120
The Labour leader also urges the PM to give daily updates, amid cross party calls for Parliament's return.
Brexit: Hugo Boss and Zalando suspend NI deliveries
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 600
Some online retailers step back from NI deliveries as the new Irish Sea border begins to operate.
Covid-19: 'Serious disruption' feared as Dover halts traffic to France
21/12/2020 | news | business | 2,845
France will stop lorries arriving from the UK for 48 hours amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.
Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
'Stop-start' Covid rules cost shops £2bn a week, says industry
20/12/2020 | news | business | 1,343
Retailers warn more jobs and businesses are at risk as non-essential shops are forced to close.
Cyberpunk 2077: Sony pulls game from PlayStation while Xbox offers refunds
18/12/2020 | news | business | 540
The unprecedented move comes as players say the game is riddled with bugs and glitches.
'Just a few hours' left to agree Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier
18/12/2020 | news | politics | 13,556
Michel Barnier says it is now "the moment of truth", while Boris Johnson warns of "difficult" talks.
Brexit: Trade talks in 'a serious situation' says Boris Johnson
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,148
The PM and the EU Commission head speak again by phone, and acknowledge differences remain.
Fraud victims' pay deducted for money they don't owe
17/12/2020 | news | business | 59
Letters sent from the DWP demanding repayment of benefits they have never claimed or received.
Covid Christmas rules: Boris Johnson calls for shorter, smaller celebrations
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 5,444
"Just because you can do something doesn't mean it's sensible in any way," Prof Chris Whitty warns.
'My season rail pass has risen £12,000 since 1997'
16/12/2020 | news | business | 674
Fares will rise more than expected next year, although the 2.6% increase will be delayed until March.
EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech
15/12/2020 | news | technology | 943
Facebook, Google and others face yearly checks and limits on what they can do with users' data.
Britons told not to stockpile food ahead of January
13/12/2020 | news | business | 1,113
Retailers tell shoppers they have enough supplies as uncertainty remains over the terms of Brexit.
Covid: Public must think carefully about Christmas risk, NHS bosses warn
13/12/2020 | news | health | 4,855
NHS bosses say they are worried about January, after the US saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.
Energy bills: Automatic switching plan for fairer tariffs
13/12/2020 | news | business | 743
Consumers could be automatically switched to cheaper deals when their contracts end.
Brexit: UK-EU talks continue as Navy boats put on standby
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,580
Four Navy boats get ready to patrol UK fishing waters in event of no deal, as negotiations resume.
Covid testing of students finds few positive cases
11/12/2020 | news | education | 358
First results of mass Covid testing of students report "low numbers" of positive cases.
Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
Tesco: Brexit 'could see people choose cheddar over brie'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 5,874
The chairman of Tesco says price rises related to Brexit could change what people choose to eat.
Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines, says People's Vaccine Alliance
09/12/2020 | news | health | 934
Poorer nations will miss out despite steps to ensure access is fair, campaigners warn.
'Price rises likely' due to UK shipping problems
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,578
Businesses say importing goods to the UK is now so difficult, higher costs will be passed on to consumers.
Brexit: PM says 'sweet reason' can get UK and EU to trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,967
Boris Johnson says "hope springs eternal" ahead of a meeting with the European Commission president.
Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'
08/12/2020 | news | business | 2,126
The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
Isle of Wight monolith: 'Magical' structure appears on beach
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 880
A similar structure found in the US last month caused wild speculation online and apparent copycats.
Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
Coronavirus: UK got vaccine first because it's 'a better country', says Gavin Williamson
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,358
The EU says vaccines are not a "football competition" after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's comment.
Dune and Matrix 4 streaming plan prompts urgent talks from AMC cinemas
04/12/2020 | news | business | 441
Odeon owner AMC is alarmed by Warner Bros' plan to stream films in US as soon as they hit cinemas.
Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 31
The move will allow students in Northern Ireland to take Covid-19 tests and return home for Christmas.
EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers
02/12/2020 | news | business | 1,995
Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.
Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
Student Covid testing begins for Christmas exodus
30/11/2020 | news | education | 70
Universities open mass testing centres for students so they can travel home safely for Christmas.
Spending Review: Council tax likely to rise, says think-tank
26/11/2020 | news | business | 3,370
The IFS says the Spending Review means council tax could rise an average £70 per household.
Social care funding falls 'alarmingly short' - council directors
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 26
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said an extra £1bn in social care funding would be available to councils.
Spending Review: Millions face cut in value of workplace pensions
25/11/2020 | news | business | 1,324
Women and new retirees likely to be hit hardest by the planned change - but not before 2030.
Covid fears prompt 38% rise in parents home educating
24/11/2020 | news | education | 159
A huge rise in home education is revealed amid parents' fears of Covid-19 in England's schools.
Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
23/11/2020 | news | business | 1,190
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.