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Under-35s bearing brunt of jobs crisis
20/04/2021 | news | business | 1,300
Some 635,000 people under 35 came off company payrolls in the year to March, official figures show.
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Climate change: UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 3,247
The PM says carbon emissions must fall by almost 80% by 2035 - 15 years earlier than previously planned.
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Bank of England to consider digital money plan
19/04/2021 | news | business | 277
The Bank and the Treasury set up a taskforce to examine how a central bank digital currency would work.
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Hammerson: Shopping centre giant slashes rents in revival bid
16/04/2021 | news | business | 366
Hammerson, whose centres include the Bullring and Brent Cross, is "resetting rents to more affordable levels".
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Covid: Colleges face losing tens of millions of pounds
15/04/2021 | news | education | 16
The Association of Colleges has told the education secretary that funding cuts threaten adult education.
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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.
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Covid test firm cuts price amid criticism over cost
14/04/2021 | news | business | 970
Travel trade group Abta warns that the cost of testing is still a "significant restriction" for people.
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Covid: People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 4,228
It comes after all over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have been offered a first dose.
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Covid-19: England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 728
It offers an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab for under-30s, after very rare blood clot concerns.
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World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
13/04/2021 | news | science | 924
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
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Covid in Scotland: Schools begin full-time classroom return
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 490
Secondary pupils in six councils are among those returning for full-time, in-class lessons for the first time in months.
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Covid: UK vaccine rollout 'breaking link' between infections and death
08/04/2021 | news | health | 1,071
A decline in cases has stalled but deaths have not followed the same pattern, scientists say.
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Covid: Moderna vaccine UK rollout begins in Wales
07/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,601
The vaccine is the third to be used in the UK, with England's rollout due "in the next few days".
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Britain's electricity system 'greenest ever' over Easter
07/04/2021 | news | uk | 629
Sunny and windy weather led to a surge in renewable sources of energy, the operator says.
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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.
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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.
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Test travel regime must be easy and cheap, says PM
06/04/2021 | news | business | 2,291
It comes after airlines criticised plans to make travellers pay for pre and post-travel testing.
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Unions criticise 'miserly' 50p rise in statutory sick pay
06/04/2021 | news | business | 924
SSP increases from £95.85 to £96.35 a week in April, but unions say it is too little to live on.
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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.
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Liberty Steel boss: Plants won't shut on my watch
01/04/2021 | news | business | 607
Metal tycoon Sanjeev Gupta is racing to refinance his business after his financial backer collapsed.
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Climate change: Net zero targets are 'pie in the sky'
01/04/2021 | news | science | 472
Indian minister lashes out at plans to cut emissions dramatically over the next three decades.
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Deliveroo shares tumble on stock market debut
31/03/2021 | news | business | 1,062
Deliveroo shares close well below their expected price after big investors' attitude to company soured.
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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.
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Facebook tweaks its news feed with new controls
31/03/2021 | news | technology | 87
Permission to comment and an easier way to see a chronological feed are both in the works.
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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.
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England are entertaining team - Rice
31/03/2021 | sport | football | 845
Declan Rice believes England are an "entertaining team to watch" as he responds to critics suggesting Gareth Southgate's side are too cautious.
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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.
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Liberty Steel nationalisation 'an option' to save jobs
30/03/2021 | news | business | 403
Business secretary concerned about "opaque" nature of ownership but won't rule out public purchase.
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Covid-19: World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,362
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
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Wetherspoon plans new pubs and jobs if ‘no further lockdowns’
30/03/2021 | news | business | 669
The chain plans to open 18 new pubs and upgrade others, but only if there are no more Covid restrictions.
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'Spongy roads' to be Slough's new claim to fame
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 197
Move over David Brent, settle down John Betjeman, the town is going to be an environmental pioneer.
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Covid jab: One dose in care homes gives 'substantial' protection
29/03/2021 | news | health | 1,299
A study suggests 62% of residents are protected by a single dose of the vaccines used in the UK.
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Slight Covid uptick in older school children in England
26/03/2021 | news | health | 1,567
Latest figures from the ONS hint at an increase in years 7 to 11 in schools in England.
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People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
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Liberty Steel: Government looking at 'all options'
26/03/2021 | news | business | 247
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells MPs he hopes to support the steelmaker "in its entirety".
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Retail sales stage partial recovery in February
26/03/2021 | news | business | 127
Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong, but clothing stores continued to struggle.
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Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns
26/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,404
Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.
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Covid: What might a third wave look like?
26/03/2021 | news | health | 1,163
Restrictions are easing, but with parts of Europe seeing rising infections, should the UK be worried?
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MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,809
The health secretary said 'essential' government powers need to stay but other measures have been scrapped.
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Covid-19: More than 6,000 'lives saved by vaccine programme'
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,721
The estimate for England comes as the over-50s are urged to book a jab in the coming days.
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UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
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Covid-19: Pubs could require vaccine passports - Boris Johnson
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 5,396
But one Conservative MP says "papers for pubs" would lead the country into "a ghastly trap".
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AI at work: Staff 'hired and fired by algorithm'
25/03/2021 | news | technology | 112
The TUC is calling for fresh legal protections to cover artificial intelligence in the workplace.
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Covid: Health security body gives UK 'protective shield'
24/03/2021 | news | health | 162
The UK Health Security Agency launches next week, aiming to protect the nation from future pandemics.
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Bloomsbury sees higher profits thanks to reading 'ray of sunshine'
24/03/2021 | news | business | 41
The Harry Potter publisher expects a jump in profits after books provided a "ray of sunshine during dark year".
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'Greed' and 'capitalism' helped UK's vaccines success, says PM
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,658
But Boris Johnson immediately retracts the comments made during a Zoom meeting with Tory MPs.
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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.
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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.
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Government's levelling up plans 'need total reorientation'
23/03/2021 | news | business | 143
The Industrial Strategy Council says the government's plans to "level up" regions are flawed.
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Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid
23/03/2021 | news | health | 358
It looks like the viruses that cause colds wins in the battle to infect our cells.
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UK launching four regional trade hubs to boost exports
23/03/2021 | news | business | 464
The hubs in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington will aim to provide local firms with advice.
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Coronavirus: Third wave will 'wash up on our shores', warns Johnson
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 8,222
Boris Johnson says the UK will "feel effects" of growing case numbers in Europe amid a row over vaccines.
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Covid: Boris Johnson's roadmap very optimistic - Mark Drakeford
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,727
Mark Drakeford says he wants to be honest and realistic, not "paint the most optimistic plan I can".
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Coronavirus vaccines: PM to telephone EU leaders in bid to stop export ban being imposed
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,911
EU leaders will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the fate of vaccines made on the continent.
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B&Q-owner Kingfisher boosted by new 'young DIY-ers'
22/03/2021 | news | business | 386
Kingfisher says 18-34 year-olds did more home improvements during lockdown than any other age group.
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Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs
22/03/2021 | news | science | 348
A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.
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Covid: UK death rate 'no longer Europe's worst' by winter
19/03/2021 | news | health | 6,874
Six other countries were worse affected during the second wave of the pandemic, according to ONS figures.
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UK government borrowing hits February record as virus impact continues
19/03/2021 | news | business | 1,866
The government borrowed £19.1bn last month, the highest figure for February since records began.
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Gigabit broadband: First areas to benefit announced
19/03/2021 | news | technology | 1,086
The government announces first stages of plans to get superfast broadband to the majority of UK homes.
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Covid vaccine: Supply issues 'will not impact roadmap' in England - Hancock
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,098
The health secretary confirms the UK's supply is being hit by a delayed AstraZeneca shipment from India.
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BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
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Covid-19 nearly disabled NHS says hospital boss
18/03/2021 | news | health | 729
The outgoing chief executive of a London trust warns the health service needs more capacity to avoid crisis.
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Liberty Steel: Government must step in to save steel jobs, says Ed Miliband
18/03/2021 | news | business | 676
The shadow business secretary tells the BBC the company is too vital for the UK to collapse.
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Covid: NHS warns of 'significant reduction' in vaccines
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 6,791
Local health organisations in England have been told to expect a reduced vaccine supply in April.
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Covid: People aged 50-54 invited for jab in England
17/03/2021 | news | health | 1,329
The England rollout comes as figures show nearly half of UK adults have had one dose.
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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".
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Government sets out £1bn plan to cut industrial carbon emissions
17/03/2021 | news | business | 289
The government wants firms to waste less energy and develop low-carbon technologies.
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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".
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Integrated review: UK to lift cap on nuclear stockpile
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 6,832
The UK will also shift focus towards Indo-Pacific countries, following a year-long foreign policy review.
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Sturgeon to set out dates for easing Scotland's lockdown rules
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,633
The Scottish first minister is to set out proposed dates for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions at Holyrood.
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Ministers frustrated with PM's 'mistakes' ahead of Covid second wave
15/03/2021 | news | politics | 5,852
Senior figures tell the BBC Boris Johnson should have been tougher in the autumn to prevent more deaths.
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Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days
15/03/2021 | news | health | 3,382
All over 50s could be vaccinated ahead of schedule, thanks to good supplies, say experts.
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Miles of new bus lanes and more services promised
15/03/2021 | news | business | 1,773
Boris Johnson says a £3bn plan to upgrade England's bus networks will improve access and air quality.
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Bank of England governor defends self over scandal
15/03/2021 | news | business | 880
Andrew Bailey has been criticised for evidence he gave over a scandal in which 11,000 savers lost money.
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Cost of living: Hand gel in, white chocolate out
15/03/2021 | news | business | 846
Loungewear and smart watches are other commonly bought goods now used to measure changes in the cost of living.
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Johnson: Defence reforms 'will help make UK match-fit'
15/03/2021 | news | politics | 582
Boris Johnson promises more investment and jobs ahead of his long-awaited update on the military.
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Covid-19: Hospitality bosses threaten government with court
15/03/2021 | news | business | 643
They say it is unfair pubs will have to wait five weeks longer than non-essential retail to reopen indoors.
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Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn
12/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,074
Ministers say "increased" controversy over the Cumbria mine means a public inquiry is needed.
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Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK
12/03/2021 | news | health | 1,583
The UK's latest R number - 0.6 to 0.8 - suggests the outbreak is still shrinking overall.
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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.
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Covid: UK Biobank scans aim to reveal health legacy
11/03/2021 | news | health | 256
A major study by biomedical database UK Biobank will examine the long-term impacts of coronavirus.
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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".
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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.
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UK environmental protections 'being flouted'
10/03/2021 | news | science | 570
Campaigners say UK government protections on the environment are already being flouted.
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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.
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Covid: English councils at risk from budget 'scarring,' watchdog warns
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 69
English councils will take a long time to recover without more help, a spending watchdog warns.
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Covid-19: Don't think pandemic is over, Whitty warns
09/03/2021 | news | health | 5,342
Unlocking too quickly would lead to a substantial surge in infection, the UK's chief medical adviser says.
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Covid: Labour urges 'germ games' to plan for pandemics
09/03/2021 | news | politics | 703
The party's shadow health secretary says yearly drills would help the UK prepare for future threats.
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Brexit: Lord Frost accuses EU of 'ill will' over UK exit
08/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,948
Lord Frost says the EU has "significantly undermined" post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
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Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings
05/03/2021 | news | business | 1,283
Pubs in England report high demand bookings from the 12 April opening date for beer gardens.
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National Trust maps out climate threats to historic places
05/03/2021 | news | science | 268
The map will help to plan interventions such as tree planting and peat bog restoration.
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Government has no climate change plan - MPs
05/03/2021 | news | politics | 652
Two reports from MPs cast doubt on the government's approach to meeting its climate change goals.
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Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak
05/03/2021 | news | business | 713
Where was the help for the environment, social care, renters, and to cover the future costs of Covid?
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Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak insists Covid-recovery tax rises fair
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,526
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is accused of hitting the poorest hardest in his Budget plan to balance the books.
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Budget 2021: 'Scrooge Sunak not levelling with people' on cuts
04/03/2021 | news | business | 925
The Budget leaves the chancellor looking more Scrooge than Santa, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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Updated coronavirus vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs
04/03/2021 | news | health | 977
Rapid approval without lengthy tests can happen if new vaccines are needed to fight variants, say regulators.
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Budget 2021: Five things to look out for from Rishi Sunak
02/03/2021 | news | business | 648
Tax rises and an extension of Covid support are both tipped to be announced in this week’s Budget.
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BBC Three will return to TV screens after six-year break
02/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,041
The channel will make a comeback, after scoring hits with Normal People and Fleabag online.
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Covid Brazil variant 'may spread more easily'
02/03/2021 | news | health | 821
The first detailed studies of the P.1 variant suggest it may be up to twice as transmissible.
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Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,725
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
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Budget 2021: PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery
01/03/2021 | news | politics | 553
Boris Johnson's comments come as Tory MPs lobby the Chancellor to cut rates for business in the budget
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Covid-19: Critical care beds shortage prompts calls for review
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 743
The UK has 7.3 critical care beds per 100,000 people, compared to Germany's 33.8 and the US's 34.3.
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Budget 2021: 'Now is not the time for tax rises', say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 718
The Treasury Committee says "significant" measures may be needed later to improve public finances.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy - Hammond
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,970
The ex-chancellor says Boris Johnson must "do the right thing", even if it means risking unpopularity.
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Get used to fewer trains, says rail body
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,289
Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
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A-level and GCSE results to be decided by teachers
25/02/2021 | news | education | 919
A combination of mock exams, coursework and essays will be used to decide grades in England this year.
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Serco: Test-and-trace firm's boss defends scheme
25/02/2021 | news | business | 236
The boss of outsourcer Serco says there are now as many people being tested per week as vaccinated.
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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.
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Apple buys a company every three to four weeks
24/02/2021 | news | business | 603
The technology giant has bought around 100 companies in six years, chief executive Tim Cook has revealed.
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Covid-19: Businesses 'throwing in towel' over uncertainty
23/02/2021 | news | politics | 253
Labour says the Budget must extend the VAT cut, furlough and the business rates holiday.
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Under-25s hit worst as unemployment rises again
23/02/2021 | news | business | 1,107
UK unemployment has risen to 5.1% - its highest level in almost five years, official figures show.
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Roadmap: Can we avoid an economic long Covid?
23/02/2021 | news | business | 734
The cautious lifting of restrictions will also push back the economic rebound further into spring.
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Lockdown: Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,281
Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April, Boris Johnson says.
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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.
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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.
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Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
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UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers
19/02/2021 | news | health | 2,967
The number of new infections in the community has decreased in all regions, latest data shows.
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Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
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Covid: Health workers appeal to PM for better personal protection
19/02/2021 | news | health | 449
In a letter, 20 organisations say measures to tackle airborne spread of coronavirus are "inadequate".
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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.
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Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
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Covid: Almost two million in UK 'have not worked for six months'
18/02/2021 | news | business | 124
Those people affected were either unemployed or fully furloughed, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.
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Coronavirus: Barclays says loans worth £4.8bn may never be repaid
18/02/2021 | news | business | 686
Barclays sees profits dive after setting aside billions for loans expected to turn sour due to Covid.
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Covid: Boris Johnson to focus on 'data, not dates' for lockdown easing
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,947
The lifting of England's restrictions must be "cautious and prudent", Boris Johnson says.
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Covid in Scotland: Inadequate preparations for Covid, says watchdog
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,989
Audit Scotland say preparations for the pandemic could have been better but the NHS was not overwhelmed.
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Covid-19: World's first human challenge trials to start in UK
17/02/2021 | news | health | 1,895
Healthy, young volunteers will be deliberately infected with a low dose of coronavirus.
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Warnings inflation could breach 2% target as prices rise
17/02/2021 | news | business | 701
Prices rose 0.7% in January in what some economists said could mark a first step in rising costs post-lockdown.
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Climate change: Don't raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers
17/02/2021 | news | politics | 362
The government hopes to claw back money from a £1.5bn fund to promote home insulation.
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Plan for campus free speech post prompts autonomy warning
16/02/2021 | news | education | 744
Concerns are raised as ministers announce new free speech role to stop "silencing" in universities.
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Bitcoin hits new record of $50,000
16/02/2021 | news | business | 1,208
The digital currency has gained 72% so far in a volatile 2021.
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Covid: Why goal is to live with the virus - not fight it
16/02/2021 | news | health | 690
Ministers want to turn Covid-19 into a manageable illness like flu. Why? And is this possible?
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450,000 families ‘behind on rent because of Covid’
16/02/2021 | news | business | 653
One in 20 private renters say they have been refused rent reductions, a report says.
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Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
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Covid: 'No evidence' schools spread lots of coronavirus
15/02/2021 | news | health | 1,386
Researchers looked at teacher and pupil Covid "sick days" in England in the autumn term up to Christmas.
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Covid: Home schooling pupils still need laptops, charity says
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 73
Drive to make sure lockdown pupils have laptops is still falling short, say charities and teachers.
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Social businesses shut out of government support
15/02/2021 | news | business | 84
Most 'ethical' banks don't offer bounce back loans, forcing hundreds of community-run businesses to close.
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England crumble in second India Test
14/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 2,212
England are bowled out for 134 as India open up a lead of 249 to seize control of the second Test in Chennai.
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Covid: Virus cases are going down across the UK
12/02/2021 | news | health | 4,579
Data suggests lockdown is working, but the health secretary says there is "still a long way to go".
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Covid: Wales 'first in UK to hit February vaccine target'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 710
Everyone in top four priority groups will have been offered a Covid jab by Friday, ministers claim.
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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.
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Covid: How many people have been vaccinated in Wales?
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 331
Nearly 716,000 people in the top priority groups have been given their first doses of Covid vaccines.
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Climate Change: Government may review road-building policy
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 399
It follows a legal challenge from campaigners, who argue the policy does not fit with climate targets.
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Why Sunak says he will be “open and honest” over the Budget
12/02/2021 | news | business | 643
The government's plan is to provide a roadmap out of restrictions in a fortnight.
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UK economy poised like a coiled spring, says Bank economist
12/02/2021 | news | business | 284
Andy Haldane says the UK economy will surge back this spring thanks to the vaccine programme.
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Temperature of -23C in Braemar is UK's lowest in 25 years
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,163
The Met Office says Braemar in Aberdeenshire recorded the coldest night since December 1995.
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Four English councils get emergency government funding
11/02/2021 | news | politics | 222
Eastbourne, Bexley, Luton and Peterborough will be able to borrow more to fund day-to-day costs.
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Brexit: London loses out as Europe's top share trading hub
11/02/2021 | news | business | 5,678
Amsterdam ousts London in the wake of Brexit changes, as the Bank of England warns over EU financial rules.
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HS2: Next phase of controversial rail network gets green light
11/02/2021 | news | business | 823
Legislation needed to clear the next stage of the controversial project has passed through Parliament.
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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.
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Trains: Plans for new Cardiff to London services hit buffers
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 85
Regulator dismisses bid by Grand Union Trains to run new services from Cardiff and Carmarthen.
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Toxic air puts six million at risk of lung damage
11/02/2021 | news | science | 760
Six million people aged over 65 in England are at high risk of lung damage, a new report says.
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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.
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Covid: WHO backs Oxford vaccine 'even if variants present'
10/02/2021 | news | health | 2,949
Its use in people over 65 as well as in countries where variants are circulating is recommended.
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Covid: 'Encouraging signs' Welsh cases falling says NHS chief
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 853
The number of Covid patients in hospital has reduced by about a quarter since December.
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Putting councils 'in the driving seat' would save £1.6bn, says report
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 172
Centralising responsibility for social care would risk disruption, a council-commissioned report says.
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Covid-19: Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 5,265
People arriving in England from Covid hotspots also face £10,000 fines or jail if they break the rules.
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Universal Credit: Extend £20 benefit top-up for a year, say MPs
09/02/2021 | news | politics | 464
Ministers are urged not to replace weekly Universal Credit increase with a one-off payment next month.
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Grocery shopping has changed for good, says Ocado
09/02/2021 | news | business | 709
The online supermarket says the Covid pandemic has permanently changed the grocery landscape worldwide.
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Covid trauma 'also affects people with breathing problems at home'
09/02/2021 | news | health | 22
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are not confined to those on ventilators, a study suggests.
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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.
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Oil prices climb back to pre-pandemic levels
08/02/2021 | news | business | 352
Having hit an all-time low last year, oil has recovered on the hopes of a quicker economic turnaround.
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Covid-19: Avoid 'setting dates' for lifting lockdown, scientist warns
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,952
Leaders should not be "driven by a calendar", says a scientist advising the government.
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Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,840
Nearly 11 million people have already received a first jab against coronavirus.
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Covid: Wales 'not ready' for full school reopening
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 830
The education minister confirms children aged three to seven will return to school on 22 February.
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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.
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Covid: Virus cases show clear signs of fall in most of UK
05/02/2021 | news | health | 1,881
The virus's reproduction, or R, number is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.
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House price rises 'could be running out of steam’
05/02/2021 | news | business | 722
The Halifax says prices fell last month and are likely to come under pressure in the months ahead.
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MPs challenge value for money of meal vouchers
05/02/2021 | news | education | 208
The spending watchdog says the school meal voucher contract could have cost taxpayers less than it did.
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How will 'chipageddon' affect you?
05/02/2021 | news | technology | 217
Carmakers and consumer-gadget companies are struggling to source enough computer chips.
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Barclays urges UK to focus on US and Asia post Brexit
05/02/2021 | news | business | 1,745
Brexit gives one of the UK's most important sectors the chance to define its own agenda, he said.
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Bank of England: Economy to rebound strongly due to vaccine
04/02/2021 | news | business | 4,038
High Street banks are also told to prepare for the possibility that interest rates could fall below zero.
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Covid: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
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Climate change: Boris Johnson 'risks humiliation' over coal mine
04/02/2021 | news | science | 1,032
A leading scientist warns Boris Johnson digging for coal undermines the UK's climate change efforts.
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Covid: 'Not practical' to close UK borders, says Boris Johnson
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,058
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wants tougher restrictions to prevent new coronavirus variants coming in.
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Covid: Antibodies last at least six months in most
03/02/2021 | news | health | 146
The UK Biobank took blood samples from 20,000 people every month - and just under 1,700 had antibodies.
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PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 5,194
The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.
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Government 'painfully slow' on protecting environment
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 438
There are serious delays in tackling “critical” issues like air quality and wildlife loss, MPs say.
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Bebo chief reveals plan to take on Facebook and Twitter
03/02/2021 | news | technology | 149
Michael Birch sold Bebo for $850m in 2008, but now plans to revive it with a focus on profiles.
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UK variant has mutated again, scientists say
02/02/2021 | news | health | 2,932
The Kent variant now dominant in the UK appears to be undergoing some "worrying" new changes.
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Covid in Scotland: FM to announce outcome of lockdown review
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,125
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to give details on the opening of schools to "some" children.
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Prosperity comes at 'devastating' cost to nature
02/02/2021 | news | science | 855
Landmark review calls for fundamental change in our approach to economics to stem nature loss.
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Covid: Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,928
The PM says it relies on factors such as the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases coming down.
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Covid: Wales' school return could start after half-term
29/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,065
Primary children may start a phased return to school next month if Covid rates continue to fall.
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Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
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Covid infections remain high but stable
29/01/2021 | news | health | 1,572
The Office for National Statistics found infections had hardly shifted compared with the previous week.
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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.
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Anger as trading in GameStop shares is restricted
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,469
Shares in the games firm dive as major trading platforms try to control frenzied buying.
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Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
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Coronavirus: EU and AstraZeneca seek to resolve vaccine supply crisis
28/01/2021 | news | world | 703
Both sides pledge to work together after a reported 50 million-dose shortfall for the 27-member EU.
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UK car production slumps to lowest level since 1984
28/01/2021 | news | business | 258
Output tumbled almost 30% last year as Covid forced factory closures and a fall in consumer demand.
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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.
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Climate: Government postpones Environment Bill again
26/01/2021 | news | politics | 493
The Environment Bill has been postponed again because of a lack of time for scrutiny, the government says.
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UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad
26/01/2021 | news | health | 7,254
As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.
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Opening schools a national priority, says government
26/01/2021 | news | education | 244
Schools Minister Nick Gibb says schools and families will have two weeks' notice for reopening.
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Covid: UK virus deaths exceed 100,000 since pandemic began
26/01/2021 | news | health | 2,612
Another 7,700 registered with coronavirus on the death certificate brings the total to nearly 104,000.
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Big rise in redundancies among young people
26/01/2021 | news | business | 1,514
People aged 25 to 34 face the highest risk of redundancy as Covid pushes up the jobless rate to 5%.
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Covid: Quarantine hotel plan to be discussed by ministers
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,489
The requirement would apply to British nationals arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.
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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.
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Kickstart: Most job roles for youths not yet filled
25/01/2021 | news | business | 163
About 118,000 placements for young people are yet to be filled due to coronavirus lockdowns.
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UK borrowing hits highest December level on record
22/01/2021 | news | business | 461
Government borrowing hit £34.1bn last month, as the cost of pandemic support measures weighed on the economy.
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Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland
22/01/2021 | news | business | 5,149
The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.
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Covid: 'Too early' to say if lockdown will end in spring - Boris Johnson
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 5,496
Boris Johnson says England's measures will be reviewed once the priority groups have had the vaccine.
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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.
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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.
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BBC faces 'financial risk' over licence fee income, watchdog says
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,861
A National Audit Office report calls on the corporation to produce "a long-term financial plan".
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Brexit: Government considers scrapping some EU labour laws
20/01/2021 | news | business | 929
Labour accuses Kwasi Kwarteng of "unpicking" workers' rights, as minister confirms he will review rules.
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Covid vaccine 'delivered with increasing urgency' in Wales
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,325
Vaughan Gething says the challenge in Wales is "having enough infrastructure" to deliver the jabs.
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Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn
19/01/2021 | news | health | 2,367
Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.
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CBI calls for more business support before Budget
19/01/2021 | news | business | 96
The business lobby group calls for the extension of support schemes for firms affected by Covid.
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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.
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Covid vaccine: Health minister denies jabs being held back
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,795
Earlier the first minister said he did not want vaccinators "standing around with nothing to do".
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Covid-19: Critical care wards full in hospitals across England
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 787
There are very few spare beds for the most seriously ill patients in parts of the country, the NHS says.
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Covid-19: Early signs of lockdown restrictions working
15/01/2021 | news | health | 1,947
The R number in the UK is officially estimated at 1.2-1.3 as a further 1,280 deaths are reported.
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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.
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UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
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BBC licence fee is 'least worst' option, says new chairman Richard Sharp
14/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,335
Richard Sharp says the BBC represents good value, but how it is funded "may be worth reassessing".
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Covid-19: Surge leaves key hospital services 'in crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | health | 2,151
England's cancer, critical care, A&E and routine treatments all hit as hospitals accommodate virus patients.
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Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
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Covid-19: Lockdown measures 'starting to show signs of some effect' - PM
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,577
But Boris Johnson does not rule out tougher restrictions in England, saying they are kept under review.
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Clean air: Coal burning ban and wet wood restrictions planned
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 977
A new clean air law could see burning house coal banned in Wales, and stricter rules on using wood fires.
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Covid: Many NHS staff 'traumatised' by first wave of virus, study shows
13/01/2021 | news | health | 145
More than 700 intensive care staff at nine hospitals were asked about their experiences for a study.
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Covid-19: Rule-breakers 'increasingly likely' to be fined - Cressida Dick
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,550
People are still holding house parties, raves and gambling gatherings, the UK's most senior police officer says.
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Covid-19: Williamson promises 300,000 extra laptops
12/01/2021 | news | education | 477
The laptops and tablets will be delivered to schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils.
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Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,159
Last year saw 697,000 deaths registered in the UK - 14% above what would be expected.
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Retail sales in 2020 'worst for 25 years'
12/01/2021 | news | business | 624
A slump in demand for fashion and homeware during lockdown left many retailers struggling.
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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.
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Covid: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
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Surge in pupils at school in lockdown sparks call for limit
08/01/2021 | news | education | 1,427
With attendance as high as 50% in some areas, heads call for pupil limits in England's lockdown schools.
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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.
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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.
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Teachers' grades to replace A-levels and GCSEs in England
06/01/2021 | news | education | 1,305
Gavin Williamson will "trust in teachers rather than algorithms" in awarding this year's results.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Medics appeal for more to get higher level PPE
05/01/2021 | news | health | 277
The group want staff to be given the type of high-quality masks usually only worn in intensive care.
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Champagne puts fizz in Morrisons' Christmas sales
05/01/2021 | news | business | 395
The supermarket saw strong trading over the key Christmas period, with a jump in sales of salmon too.
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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.
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Covid in Scotland: Scots ordered to stay at home in new lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,454
Mainland Scotland faces tougher restrictions from midnight, and schools will remain closed until February.
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Covid: Brian Pinker, 82, first to get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,552
The PM says the number of vaccine doses will amount to "tens of millions" by the end of March.
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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.
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'Furlough mums and dads while schools are off' says TUC
04/01/2021 | news | business | 421
Trades unions urge bosses to support parents trying to balance work and childcare.
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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.
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Australia collapse against India
28/12/2020 | sport | cricket | 352
Australia face an uphill task to avoid defeat by India in the second Test after collapsing on the third day in Melbourne.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
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Covid: Sharp rises in infection levels in England, says ONS
24/12/2020 | news | health | 2,417
London now has the highest percentage of people testing positive in the UK, ONS figures suggest.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson set to unveil trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,448
Officials on both sides are hammering out the final details ahead of an expected announcement.
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Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
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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.
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Pound gains on hopes a Brexit trade deal is close
23/12/2020 | news | business | 475
Reports suggest a deal between the UK and EU could be announced later on Wednesday.
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Covid-19: More areas of England could be moved to tier 4 restrictions
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,959
Ministers meet to discuss how to stem the spread of a new fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: EU urges countries to lift UK travel bans
22/12/2020 | news | world | 3,766
Dozens of countries, alarmed by a new coronavirus variant, have suspended travel links with the UK.
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Tesco puts buying caps on several products
22/12/2020 | news | business | 2,636
The move by Britain's biggest supermarket comes amid shortage fears due to disruption at UK ports.
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UK borrowing hits highest November level on record
22/12/2020 | news | business | 1,371
The government borrowed £31.6bn last month as it continued to support the economy during the pandemic.
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Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
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UK government 'likely to miss' broadband and 5G targets
22/12/2020 | news | technology | 490
More must be done if the UK is to be future-proofed rather than playing catch-up, say MPs.
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Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
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Shares fall as new Covid strain spooks investors
21/12/2020 | news | business | 1,524
Wall Street slips after Europe markets fall over the UK's new Covid-19 variant.
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Welsh budget: Tax hike on second homes announced
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 858
A tax hike on second homes to raise cash for social housing is part of the Welsh Government budget.
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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.
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'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.
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Coronavirus: UK R number back above one
18/12/2020 | news | health | 4,148
Office for National Statistics figures suggest one in every 95 people in England has the virus.
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Electric cars will leave hole in tax revenues, says Treasury
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 549
The Treasury says taxes must rise or services cut to compensate for the loss of fuel tax income.
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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.
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Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme for another month
17/12/2020 | news | business | 896
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April 2021.
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Staggered return for England's secondary schools next term
17/12/2020 | news | education | 1,428
Secondary school pupils could face a first week of term online as schools set up Covid testing.
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UK and US in talks over mini trade deal
17/12/2020 | news | business | 1,221
US trade chief Robert Lighthizer says he is working with Liz Truss on a deal to reduce trade tariffs.
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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.
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Covid: Boxing Day sales off in Wales ahead of lockdown on 28 December
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,925
Non-essential shops will have to close from Christmas Eve, with a level 4 lockdown from 28 December.
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Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - EU chief
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,963
The president of the EU Commission says the "next few days" will be decisive for trade negotiations.
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Clothing and food price falls drive down UK inflation
16/12/2020 | news | business | 164
Lower prices for clothing and food push down the UK's inflation rate to 0.3% in November.
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Heathrow wins court battle to build third runway
16/12/2020 | news | business | 990
In a blow to campaigners, judges say ministers' decision to approve the runway was legitimate.
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Brexit: Hornby stops non-UK orders due to price confusion
16/12/2020 | news | business | 500
The model train maker says it's in a difficult position and has paused all international orders until January 2021.
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Coronavirus: Greenwich Council told 'keep schools open'
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 783
Education secretary threatens legal action after classes move online due to a rise in infections.
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New Covid strain: How worried should we be?
15/12/2020 | news | health | 1,418
Scientists will keep a close eye on this variant to see if it is a better spreader than others.
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Covid: Christmas coronavirus rules easing 'makes no sense'
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,444
Front-line staff warn relaxing rules for the festive period is not a "luxury" the NHS can afford.
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Covid: Schools and colleges to get tests from January
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 81
From January, close contacts of people with coronavirus cases can get daily tests for 10 days.
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Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 700
Officials will hold discussions with France's EDF about funding the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.
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Brexit trade talks: ‘Political will’ needed for deal, says Dominic Raab
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,272
Boris Johnson and his EU counterpart are due to make a decision on the future of talks shortly.
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Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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'Not enough' climate ambition shown by leaders
12/12/2020 | news | science | 1,904
UK minister Alok Sharma says world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition.
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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.
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Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 18,053
Boris Johnson urges Brussels to make a "big change" as the deadline set by the two sides approaches.
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Covid: UK isolation period shortened to 10 days
11/12/2020 | news | health | 1,294
The change will apply to contacts of coronavirus cases and people quarantining after travel.
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Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,894
Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".
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Brexit: 'Strong possibility' of no trade deal with EU - PM
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,024
Boris Johnson says negotiations with the EU will continue, but are "not yet there at all".
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UK banks can weather pandemic, says Bank of England
11/12/2020 | news | business | 384
Most risks to financial stability posed by Covid and a no-deal Brexit have been mitigated, the Bank says.
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Climate change: Covid drives record emissions drop in 2020
11/12/2020 | news | science | 425
The world has seen the biggest annual fall in CO2 emissions since World War Two, say researchers.
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Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail
10/12/2020 | news | world | 7,009
The EU's contingency plans for "no deal" include measures to ensure smooth air and road travel.
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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.
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UK growth slows again in October as rebound stalls
10/12/2020 | news | business | 406
The UK's economy grew by just 0.4% in the month as the recovery continued to slow.
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Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,332
Sunday becomes the new deadline for a decision on trade talks, after the PM and EU chief meet in Brussels.
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Brexit: UK and Singapore sign free trade agreement
10/12/2020 | news | business | 533
The deal is one of many aimed at replicating trade pacts that will cease when the UK leaves the EU.
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Covid-19 vaccine: Allergy warning over new jab
09/12/2020 | news | health | 1,760
People with history of significant allergic reactions told not to have Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
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UK to drop US goods tariffs in bid for trade deal
09/12/2020 | news | business | 554
The move breaks ranks with the EU in a dispute with the US over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus.
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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.
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'Tax the wealthy to pay for coronavirus'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,128
The government should consider a wealth tax to patch up the public finances, tax experts say.
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Brexit: Johnson heads to Brussels on Wednesday for last ditch trade talks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,689
Boris Johnson seeks a last minute breakthrough in stalled talks over a UK-EU trade agreement.
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Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
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Covid: Wales only part of UK without falling coronavirus rates
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,489
Welsh ministers are considering further action after the Christmas period as cases continue to rise.
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Beer and crisps used to help tackle climate change
07/12/2020 | news | science | 348
Crisps firm Walkers will make fertiliser by mixing potato waste with CO2 from beer fermentation.
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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.
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What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
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Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,914
EU and UK negotiators call in leaders in last ditch effort to secure a trade deal.
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Covid-19: UK 'confident' of having 800,000 vaccine doses by next week
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,583
Alok Sharma says he expects the doses to arrive for the start of the UK's vaccination programme.
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Virus levels falling across most of England, says ONS
04/12/2020 | news | health | 1,217
Infection levels are down among all age groups and all regions apart from one, data suggests.
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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.
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Climate change: UK aim of 68% emissions cut a 'colossal challenge'
04/12/2020 | news | science | 830
The "ambitious" target for 2030 would see the UK move faster than any major economy, the PM says.
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Government to cut £1bn from rail budget
04/12/2020 | news | business | 281
The cut comes at a time when the industry is suffering from low passenger numbers due to the pandemic.
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Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
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Covid-19: UK surpasses 60,000 deaths
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,251
Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more coronavirus deaths than the UK.
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Climate change: PM aims for world-leading UK emissions cuts
03/12/2020 | news | science | 533
Boris Johnson is set to unveil plans for world-leading emissions UK cuts - but are they enough?
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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK
02/12/2020 | news | health | 5,840
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive soon.
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Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record
02/12/2020 | news | science | 751
Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.
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Ofsted points to total school disruption in some areas
01/12/2020 | news | education | 435
Regional Ofsted bosses say schooling has been 'completely disrupted' by Covid-19 in some areas.
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UK house price growth 'fastest for almost six years'
01/12/2020 | news | business | 1,127
Property price rises accelerated last month, the Nationwide says. but growth is set to slow next year.
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Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals 'within reach'
01/12/2020 | news | science | 483
Moves by China, along with the election of Joe Biden, make temperature targets more achievable.
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Covid-19: Lung damage 'identified' in study
01/12/2020 | news | health | 370
Researchers are to investigate whether young people and those not in hospital could be affected.
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Covid: Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants from Friday
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,254
Pubs and restaurants will have to shut at 6pm and will not be able to serve alcoholic drinks.
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Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers
30/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,337
Some Conservative backbenchers have threaten to vote against the plan for England on Tuesday.
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Covid-19: Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg' as substantial meal
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,638
They would count as a "substantial meal" under new rules for parts of England, a minister says.
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Covid infections in England fall by 30% over lockdown - React study
30/11/2020 | news | health | 2,177
There were an estimated 72,000 new cases of coronavirus a day in England between 13 and 24 November.
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Topshop owner Arcadia on brink of collapse
27/11/2020 | news | business | 583
The company could make an announcement as soon as Monday - putting 13,000 jobs at risk.
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R number for UK below 1 for first time since August
27/11/2020 | news | health | 3,211
Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing.
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Oxford Covid vaccine: Regulator asked to assess jab
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,086
The referral is "a significant first step" to a possible rollout of the vaccine, the government says.
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Royal Mail could save £225m by cutting Saturday post, regulator says
27/11/2020 | news | business | 436
The postal regulator says it could drop weekend letter deliveries and still meet people's needs.
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AI 'doctor's assistant' among projects given £20m
27/11/2020 | news | science | 97
The UK government awards £20m to 15 artificial intelligence research projects.
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Rishi Sunak faces state pension conundrum
27/11/2020 | news | business | 1,482
Official forecasts suggest the state pension will rise by 4.1% in April 2022 when unemployment is high.
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Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown
26/11/2020 | news | health | 2,219
But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.
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Universal Credit: Millions face losing £1,000 in benefits, campaigners warn
26/11/2020 | news | politics | 339
Campaigners urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to keep a temporary Universal Credit increase in place.
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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.
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Union backlash over public sector pay freeze
26/11/2020 | news | business | 363
Leaders of Britain's biggest unions vow to resist chancellor's freeze on workers who "risked everything".
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Spending review 'undermines UK green vision'
25/11/2020 | news | science | 238
The UK chancellor's spending review is accused of undermining the prime minister’s “green” vision.
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Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says
25/11/2020 | news | health | 1,222
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
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Deaths in UK 'a fifth higher than normal levels'
24/11/2020 | news | health | 1,780
Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid.
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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.
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Rishi Sunak's Spending Review: Four things to look out for
24/11/2020 | news | business | 904
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
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Covid: Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,206
Boris Johnson will unveil the latest Covid plans, including lifting a ban on outdoor grassroots sport.
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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.
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EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.
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