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Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,176
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
MPs investigate ditching smart motorways
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 464
A coroner says the roads - where hard shoulders become lanes at busy times - create a death "risk".
National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities
26/02/2021 | news | science | 535
The National Trust is planning to plant dozens of blossoming trees to create new green spaces.
Budget 2021: Support pubs by cutting beer duty, say Conservative MPs
26/02/2021 | news | business | 204
Cheaper beer could support struggling pubs MPs argue, but alcohol awareness campaigners are opposed.
UK car production slumps by a quarter in January
26/02/2021 | news | business | 202
The UK produced 27% fewer cars than a year ago, the worst January figure for over a decade.
Furlough numbers climb sharply in January to 4.7 million
25/02/2021 | news | business | 135
The number of people on furlough rises by 700,000 to 4.7 million after fresh lockdown measures imposed.
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.
Covid: Half with cancer signs didn't contact GP in first wave
25/02/2021 | news | health | 141
Symptoms left unchecked included lumps, changes to moles and coughing up blood, a survey finds.
Reading and Leeds boss 'very confident' festivals will happen
24/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,561
Organisers are "very confident" the events will happen this summer, as lockdown is due to be eased.
Heathrow passenger numbers fall to 1970s' levels
24/02/2021 | news | business | 1,068
Covid "devastated" air travel in 2020, the UK's largest airport says, as it sinks to a £2bn loss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lockdown: Secondary school pupils could go back after Easter
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 480
The announcement comes as the youngest pupils in Wales go back to class in a phased return.
Live music 'at the back of queue to reopen'
22/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 706
Music and live events bosses have had their say on the PM's new roadmap out of Covid restrictions.
Covid lockdown: 'We are burning through about £500,000 a day'
22/02/2021 | news | business | 1,509
The owner of PureGym says lockdown has been costing his business hundreds of thousands of pounds a day.
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.
John Lewis considers closing more stores
22/02/2021 | news | business | 731
The department store giant may close another eight stores in a further blow for the High Street.
Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 2,955
First evidence from the UK's vaccine programme shows a reduction in hospital admissions in Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
Strong decline in coronavirus across England since January, React study shows
18/02/2021 | news | health | 3,885
Study finds infections fell by two-thirds - and more in London - but warns virus levels remain high.
Covid: Testing means 'staggered' school return, say heads
18/02/2021 | news | education | 395
The logistics of Covid testing all pupils will mean a phased return in secondary school, say heads.
Coronavirus: 'No jab, no job' policies may be legal for new staff
18/02/2021 | news | business | 3,406
It may be legal to insist on vaccinations in new staff contracts, the justice secretary says.
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.
National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,247
The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".
Covid: Make children priority after pandemic, Anne Longfield says
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 265
England's children's commissioner calls on Boris Johnson to put them "centre stage" of his plans.
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.
Ford to go all-electric in Europe by 2030
17/02/2021 | news | business | 434
By the middle of 2026, all its cars will be available as electric or hybrid models, it said.
Over-75s 'given time' to pay BBC licence fee
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 308
The BBC says there will be "no amnesty", but greater flexibility because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another new coronavirus variant seen in the UK
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,099
It has similar mutations to the South Africa variant, so how worrying is it?
UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring 'crisis'
16/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,446
The government says it hopes to open negotiations with individual European nations "very shortly".
Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,625
More people in this age group in England now have detectable antibodies that can fight the virus.
Covid: Rapid tests could help reopen nightclubs, PM suggests
16/02/2021 | news | business | 847
Boris Johnson suggests testing clubbers and theatregoers to reopen venues that have been closed since March.
India thrash England to level series
16/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,992
England succumb to an inevitable 317-run defeat by India on the fourth day of the second Test in Chennai.
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.
Jaguar car brand to be all-electric by 2025
15/02/2021 | news | business | 1,958
JLR will launch electric models of its entire Jaguar and Land Rover line-up by 2030.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle
12/02/2021 | news | technology | 491
The test is first step towards all-paper bottle that can withstand pressure from fizzy drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shell: Europe's biggest oil firm sets out carbon neutral plans
11/02/2021 | news | business | 78
Royal Dutch Shell sets out plan to be net zero by 2050, with big investments in hydrogen and biofuels.
Obesity 'bigger killer' than smoking in England and Scotland
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 122
Excess body fat is now a bigger cause of deaths than smoking, Glasgow University researchers found.
Royal Mail to keep on 10,000 temporary workers
11/02/2021 | news | business | 298
The postal service plans to retain many staff taken on over Christmas after deliveries hit record highs.
Covid-19: Kent virus variant 'on course to sweep world'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,790
The expert heading the UK's genetic surveillance says research into strains will go into the 2030s.
US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs
11/02/2021 | news | business | 108
United Airlines plans to buy 200 of the aircraft to fly passengers to airports within the next five years.
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.
Rail and road problems as temperatures hit new low of -17.1C
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 486
Scotland has faced a second day of travel disruption after further heavy snowfall and freezing conditions.
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.
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.
Sainsbury’s takes on Aldi in supermarket price war
10/02/2021 | news | business | 922
The UK's second-largest supermarket joins Tesco in promising to price-match German discounter Aldi.
Covid in Scotland: Quarantine hotel plan to cover all overseas flights
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,926
Everyone arriving on an overseas flight will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at a cost of at least £1,750.
One in 10 teens in UK has tried hard drugs
10/02/2021 | news | education | 388
A study of 20,000 young people finds a third have used cannabis and half admit to binge-drinking.
Heineken cuts 8,000 jobs after Covid hits sales
10/02/2021 | news | business | 215
The brewing giant said 2020 had been a year of "unprecedented disruption".
Beer and pub leaders plead for reopening date after sales halve in 2020
10/02/2021 | news | business | 832
The industry shows the government a "roadmap to recovery" as it waits for a reopening date.
Tesco urged by investors to sell more healthy food
09/02/2021 | news | business | 184
The investors want the UK's largest supermarket chain to do more amid a growing obesity problem.
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.
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.
Brexit: 'Under-loved' fish renamed for British tastes
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,354
The spider crab and megrim sole are to be rebranded to get rid of "negative connotations".
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.
Bitcoin sets fresh records after Elon Musk investment
09/02/2021 | news | business | 593
Bitcoin sees further strong gains after Elon Musk's Tesla bought $1.5bn of the cryptocurrency.
Holiday giant Tui bets on summer bounce back
09/02/2021 | news | business | 806
The travel firm expects holiday bookings to be 80% of usual levels thanks to the vaccine programme.
Anderson inspires England to famous win
09/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,621
James Anderson inspires England to a famous 227-run victory against India on the final day of the first Test in Chennai.
Climate change: New targets to eliminate Wales' gases
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 405
Changes could mean replacing gas boilers in homes and finding new ways to make steel without coal.
Covid: Boris Johnson 'very confident' in vaccines being used in UK
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,621
A small study suggests the AstraZeneca vaccine may be less effective against the South African variant.
Covid: Over-70s can contact NHS for vaccine in England
08/02/2021 | news | health | 898
A national booking system is available in England that can be accessed online.
Elon Musk's Tesla buys $1.5bn of Bitcoin causing currency to spike
08/02/2021 | news | business | 1,681
The cryptocurrency surges 17% as Tesla also said it could start accepting Bitcoin as payment.
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.
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.
UK weather: 'Beast from the East Two' to bring snow, ice and floods
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,139
The cold snap will not be as extreme as in 2018, forecasters say, but will cause disruption this weekend.
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.
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.
Covid vaccines extremely safe, finds UK regulator
05/02/2021 | news | health | 1,935
Almost all the side-effects of the two vaccines being used in the UK are mild and expected, says MHRA.
Covid-19: Pub closures 'will waste 87 million pints of beer'
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 717
That's enough liquid to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools - or many, many thousands of baths.
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.
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.
Compass apologises for school meal parcels that 'fell short’
04/02/2021 | news | business | 713
The owner of the firm that sparked January’s school meals outcry has apologised again
Royal Dutch Shell sees huge loss as pandemic hits oil demand
04/02/2021 | news | business | 672
The oil giant reported a net loss of £16bn for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to slump.
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.
UK and EU in 'constructive discussions' over NI trade row
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 216
Both sides have vowed to "work intensively" to solve post-Brexit trade problems in Northern Ireland.
Brits snap up Australian wine that didn't go to China
04/02/2021 | news | business | 1,521
The UK is now the top destination for Australian wine as it looks to overcome crippling Chinese taxes.
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.
Covid: New Oxford vaccine 'ready by the autumn' to tackle mutations
03/02/2021 | news | health | 2,382
An improved jab that will be more effective against variants can be made quickly, says Oxford-AstraZeneca.
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.
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.
EU shellfish import ban permanent, UK fishing industry told
02/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,361
The government promises to push Brussels to change its transport rules on scallops, clams and mussels.
Buy now, pay later firms such as Klarna face stricter controls
02/02/2021 | news | business | 618
The financial regulator says it would be easy for customers to build up unseen debts of £1,000.
Scotch Whisky Association reports £500m loss after US tariffs
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 623
Figures suggest exports of single malt have fallen by a third since a 25% tariff was imposed in 2019.
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.
Online gambling faces fresh restrictions
02/02/2021 | news | business | 245
A new package of measures is designed to make online casino games less intensive and safer.
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.
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.
Electric cars: Rollout of charging points still too slow
02/02/2021 | news | business | 395
The charge-point infrastructure may not be ready for when new petrol and diesel cars are banned.
South Africa variant: Urgent Covid testing after community cases found
01/02/2021 | news | health | 860
Testing will start in Surrey - but London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Walsall are also being targeted.
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.
Covid-19: UK orders extra 40m doses of Valneva vaccine
01/02/2021 | news | health | 2,018
Deliveries will come towards next winter when people may need to be revaccinated.
Brexit: Processes to ease food delivery to NI announced
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 928
The NI Executive also announces summer extension to light touch approach to Irish Sea border for pets.
Ryanair forecasts 'strong return' of beach holidays this summer
01/02/2021 | news | business | 780
Boss Michael O'Leary thinks travel restrictions will be dropped once high risk groups are vaccinated.
Firms call for details of post lockdown reopening so they can plan
01/02/2021 | news | business | 380
The CBI employers' group tells the government a post-Covid economic strategy will unlock investment.
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.
Covid vaccine: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab is 66% effective
29/01/2021 | news | health | 3,713
An international trial shows the jab gives complete protection against hospitalisation and death.
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.
Coronavirus: Germany set to limit AstraZeneca jab to under-65s
28/01/2021 | news | world | 5,216
German vaccine officials say there is not enough data about the jab, which is widely used in the UK.
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.
Paperchase rescue safeguards 1,000 jobs
28/01/2021 | news | business | 125
The stationery chain is bought out of administration in a deal rescuing up to 90 of its 127 stores.
UK holiday boom: Bookings 'coming in thick and fast'
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,846
With new hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from abroad, many people are seeking UK holidays instead.
Covid: English schools could return 8 March 'at the earliest' - PM
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,042
The PM sets the date he hopes England's lockdown will begin to ease, but warns of a "perilous situation".
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 in Scotland: Train services cut as passenger numbers plunge
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 462
The boss of Scotland's Railways says "difficult decisions" have to be made to save taxpayer money.
Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'
27/01/2021 | news | science | 1,555
More than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.
Victims typically lose £45,000 each owing to investment scams
27/01/2021 | news | business | 288
Lockdown led to a surge in reports of fraudsters imitating genuine investment firms, regulator says.
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.
Covid-19: Vaccine minister 'confident' of supplies amid production delays
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,759
Nadhim Zahawi says supply is tight, but he expects the UK to meet its February target of 15 million doses.
Blackrock chief: ‘How Covid could help save the planet’
26/01/2021 | news | business | 228
Larry Fink, boss of the world's biggest money manager, says the pandemic could help in fighting a bigger crisis.
Coronavirus: Vaccine supply fears grow amid EU export threat
26/01/2021 | news | world | 5,858
The EU calls for "fair" distribution after vaccine companies cut back on pledged supplies.
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%.
Chelsea sack manager Lampard
25/01/2021 | sport | football | 4,805
Chelsea sack manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge, with former Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.
Covid: Hays Travel to close 89 shops as lockdown delays 'bounce back'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 13
The third national lockdown and travel ban meant the travel firm "had to act", a spokeswoman says.
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.
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.
England complete win on dramatic day
25/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 725
England complete a thrilling victory on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka to take the series 2-0.
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.
Root and Anderson keep England in Test
23/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 785
James Anderson and Joe Root keep England in contention on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU
22/01/2021 | news | business | 2,921
UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.
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.
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.
Glastonbury 2021: Festival axed 'with great regret'
21/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,159
The Worthy Farm event has been scrapped for a second year running due to the global 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.
Musicians 'failed by government' over EU touring, stars say
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 924
Some of the UK's biggest music stars sign an open letter demanding action over post-Brexit touring.
Low-deposit mortgages return after Covid slump
20/01/2021 | news | business | 776
There has been a fourfold increase in mortgage products for those offering a 10% deposit.
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".
Scrapping £20 benefit could see Tories called 'nasty party' - Casey
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,122
The ex-government adviser said the Tories would be seen as the "nasty party" by ending the top-up.
Storm Christoph: Flood warnings in parts of England
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,405
Police in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire say they are expecting flooding in their regions.
Covid: UK records new daily high of 1,610 deaths
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,346
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test during the pandemic is now above 90,000.
Vauxhall: Future of Ellesmere Port hangs in the balance
19/01/2021 | news | business | 122
Vauxhall's parent company warns it will no longer invest in pure diesel or petrol cars at Ellesmere Port.
School attendance in England higher than first lockdown
19/01/2021 | news | education | 63
The increase in pupil numbers is driven in part by children without laptops being allowed to go in.
Covid in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,986
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.
'Nice to see opposition under pressure'
19/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 179
England coach Chris Silverwood says it is "always nice to see the opposition under pressure" following Australia's stunning defeat by India.
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.
HSBC to close 82 branches this year
19/01/2021 | news | business | 476
The bank has named the branches that will close between April and September, but aims to avoid redundancies.
Covid: Cash refusal 'creeping into UK economy'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 2,698
A survey by consumer group Which? raises concerns over coronavirus leading to more cashless stores.
India stun Australia for series win
19/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,651
India pull off an astonishing run-chase to inflict Australia's first defeat at the Gabba since 1988 and take one of the all-time great series.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Army helping set up 80 new vaccine centres
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,805
Soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are involved in the effort.
Trampoline prices 'to soar 50% on shipping costs'
18/01/2021 | news | business | 1,202
The owner of a toy retailer says high transport costs may mean larger toys become more expensive.
England wrap up victory over Sri Lanka
18/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 473
Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence help England seal victory over Sri Lanka on the final morning of the first Test in Galle.
England close in on win over Sri Lanka
17/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 411
England need 36 runs on the final day to win the first Test against Sri Lanka despite losing three wickets in a chaotic final session in Galle.
Covid in Scotland: February school return 'tall order' warns Swinney
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,006
Scotland's education secretary says it will be a challenge for schools to reopen as normal by 1st February.
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.
Root's 168 not out helps England dominate
15/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 476
Captain Joe Root scores his first Test century since 2019 to help England build a substantial lead over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle.
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.
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.
Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
Brexit: 'Most difficult week I've had in this job in 20 years'
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,663
Some hauliers say they have faced long delays and fear things will get worse before they get better.
Primark refuses to go online despite £1bn lockdown loss
14/01/2021 | news | business | 619
The retailer insists it has no plans to move online, despite warning shop closures could cost it £1bn.
Bess takes 5-30 as England seize control
14/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 509
Dom Bess takes 5-30 as a dreadful Sri Lanka batting display leaves England in control after day one of the first Test at Galle.
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.
Tesco: Brexit disruption 'is a challenge not a crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | business | 1,577
New Brexit trade rules mean Britain's biggest supermarket faces problems importing some fruit, meat and ready meals.
Growing food: Call to give vegetable growers public cash
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 350
An alliance of food experts want more public funds to go towards Wales-grown produce.
Over-50s rush to book holidays as vaccine boosts confidence
14/01/2021 | news | business | 964
Tui, the UK's largest tour operator, says 50% of bookings on their website are currently by over-50s.
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.
Morrisons to be first UK supermarket to pay minimum £10 an hour
13/01/2021 | news | business | 587
Rival supermarkets defend their pay, with Asda saying looking at hourly rates does not tell the whole story.
Covid in Scotland: Tightening of lockdown rules announced
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,646
Restrictions around takeaway food and click-and-collect services in Scotland are to be toughened.
Covid-19: We can make this the peak by following rules, says Hancock
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,131
The health secretary urges people to follow rules, saying "individual decisions" make a difference.
GCSE and A-level pupils could sit mini exams to aid grading
13/01/2021 | news | education | 1,185
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said this would help teachers to decide "deserved grades".
Lockdown Christmas hits: Lidl pink prosecco and takeaways
13/01/2021 | news | business | 38
Lidl, Just Eat and Asos say demand for fizz, takeaways and clothes all rose during December.
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.
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.
Brexit: Supermarkets call for action on NI food supplies
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 587
Retailers have been grappling with problems importing some products from Great Britain
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.
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: '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: 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.
BBC Bitesize to be free for BT and EE customers
11/01/2021 | news | education | 704
The content will not count in a mobile data allowance to help keep costs of online learning down.
India secure memorable draw in third Test
11/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,021
India show incredible defiance to bat out the final day in a memorable draw with Australia in the third Test.
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: 'Major incident' declared by London Mayor Sadiq Khan
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 71
The mayor says in some parts of London 1 in 20 people has Covid-19, as he declares a "major incident".
Covid in Scotland: Students' return to universities delayed
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,661
Teaching for the vast majority of students will be online only until at least the end of February.
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.
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.
Smith ends 16-month wait for Test hundred
08/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 435
India reach 96-2 after Steve Smith's 131 helps Australia's post 338 on day two of the third Test in Sydney.
Soaring house prices in 2020 likely to slow this year, says Halifax
08/01/2021 | news | business | 998
The lender says it expects "downward pressure on house prices" in 2021 following annual rise of 6% last year.
Covid: Half of patients at some hospitals have virus
07/01/2021 | news | health | 2,650
More than half the patients at some hospitals have the virus, forcing other care to be cut back.
Pucovski impresses on a debut four years in the making
07/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 201
Will Pucovski impresses with 62 on long-awaited debut, having overcome nine concussions and mental health issues to reach the biggest stage.
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.
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.
Greggs faces first loss for 36 years as lockdown bites
06/01/2021 | news | business | 778
The bakery chain says it does not expect profits to return to pre-Covid levels until 2022 at the earliest.
UK new car registrations in 2020 sink to 30-year low
06/01/2021 | news | business | 414
New 2020 car registrations sink to a 30-year low and see biggest one-year drop since the Second World War
Virgin joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holiday bookings
05/01/2021 | news | business | 1,388
Virgin Holidays joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holidays after latest coronavirus restrictions.
Covid: Sir Keir Starmer calls for 'round the clock' vaccinations
05/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,448
In a TV address, Labour's leader says millions of doses need to be given each week by the end of January.
Paperchase on the brink of administration
05/01/2021 | news | business | 513
The stationery chain which has 127 stores and around 1,500 employees says shop closures hit it hard.
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.
Williamson scores 238 as NZ take charge
05/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 207
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hits his fourth Test double century as his side take charge of the second Test against Pakistan.
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.
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.
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 in Scotland: First doses of Oxford vaccine administered
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine programme is being rolled out less than a week after it became the second approved in the UK.
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.
I feel 'absolutely fantastic' - Anderson
04/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 247
England's James Anderson says he feels "absolutely fantastic" and in as good shape as he has been in his 30s before two-Test tour of Sri Lanka.
'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.
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.
Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Truckers who tested negative board ferries for France
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,781
Those with a negative test result can now leave the UK, but it could take days to clear the backlog.
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.
Covid: Marston's to run Brains pubs, saving 1,300 jobs
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 423
The Welsh brewery chain says the coronavirus pandemic has put the business under "financial pressure".
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.
Redundancy plans fall after furlough extension
23/12/2020 | news | business | 54
36,700 redundancies were planned in Britain in November, the lowest figure since March
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.
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.
Coronavirus: Impact of new variant on children investigated
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,005
Experts urgently assess whether the mutation of coronavirus spreads more easily among the young.
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.
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.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Police will investigate 'flagrant' breaches of travel ban
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,176
Officers in Scotland "will act" if they believe there is a "flagrant" breach of travel restrictions.
Coronavirus: Center Parcs shuts UK sites due to restrictions
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 17
Continuing to accept visitors would go against the government's "strong advice", the firm said.
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.
Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 9,170
Family mixing at Christmas will be much reduced and scrapped completely for parts of the South East.
India 36 all out in huge Australia win
19/12/2020 | sport | cricket | 729
India are bowled out for 36 - their lowest total in Test cricket - as Australia win the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets.
'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.
Pre-Christmas lockdown restrictions hit retail sales
18/12/2020 | news | business | 383
Sales fell by 3.8% last month, bringing to an end a six-month streak of rising trade.
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.
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.
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.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals date of next Budget
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 466
The Budget had been set to happen in Autumn 2020 but was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BA drops 15 long-haul routes including Seoul and Seychelles
17/12/2020 | news | business | 536
The news comes as many airlines cut staff and drop routes as passengers cut travel amid the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Airlines investigated over lockdown refund cases
16/12/2020 | news | business | 73
The competition authority will study the refusal to pay cash refunds during England's second lockdown.
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.
Brexit: UK wants EU trade deal but not 'at any cost' - Boris Johnson
15/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,937
UK and EU negotiators are trying to agree a post-Brexit trade deal by 31 December.
'Game changer' Covid tests for secondary schools in January
15/12/2020 | news | education | 535
Secondary-school pupils in England who have been in contact with a positive case will have daily tests.
Prioritise northern rail network over HS2, says report
15/12/2020 | news | business | 256
Linking close-by cities with an upgraded line will have a higher economic impact, a report says.
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.
High death rate 'may be starting to fall'
15/12/2020 | news | health | 1,899
Total deaths in the UK have been 20% above normal in recent weeks, but that figure has now dropped.
Low-paid workers face pandemic 'double whammy'
15/12/2020 | news | business | 188
The Commission on Workers and Technology says the pandemic has accelerated the automation of low paid work.
'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England
14/12/2020 | news | health | 2,914
The new strain may be growing faster in some parts of the country, Health Secretary tells MPs.
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.
Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,651
Ursula von der Leyen says talks were "constructive", but Boris Johnson warns no deal is "most likely".
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.
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.
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.
England recall Moeen for Sri Lanka tour
11/12/2020 | sport | cricket | 358
England recall Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow but rest Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the two Tests in Sri Lanka next month.
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".
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.
Brexit: Trade talks 'unlikely' to go beyond Sunday, says Dominic Raab
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,574
The EU has set out the measures it would take if no trade deal is agreed with the UK.
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.
UK has 'no authority' to impose tariffs in Boeing row says US
10/12/2020 | news | business | 300
The US says the UK has no place participating in the fight because it has left the EU.
Brexit: PM says deal 'still there to be done' ahead of crunch trip
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,396
Boris Johnson says the UK must be able to follow its own rules, as he arrives in Brussels for talks.
Coronavirus: 'London must enter tier 3 now' warn experts
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 638
Health experts warn rising Covid-19 cases in London could lead to a spike in deaths over Christmas.
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.
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.
'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.
Covid: Schools in England can close for Christmas a day early
08/12/2020 | news | education | 335
To give teachers "a break" from identifying potential Covid-19 cases, schools can have an inset day.
Brexit: UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland border checks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,425
The UK will drop plans to override the Brexit divorce deal, removing a potential obstacle to a trade deal.
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.
Covid: Christmas comes early as grocery sales 'hit record' in November
08/12/2020 | news | business | 532
Spending surged last month as eating out was restricted by England's national lockdown, figures suggest.
England's children decline 'significantly' in science tests
08/12/2020 | news | education | 418
International school tests have Singapore at top, with England down in science but up in maths.
Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,864
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face.
Brexit: MPs reinsert controversial sections of Internal Market Bill
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,450
But in a possible compromise, ministers said they could remove the measures if trade talks succeed.
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".
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon confirms level 4 restrictions will end on Friday
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,393
Nicola Sturgeon says 11 councils in west and central Scotland will come out of the highest tier of restrictions.
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.
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 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.
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.
Primark predicts rising sales despite Covid hit
04/12/2020 | news | business | 171
The chain says recent lockdowns cost it £430m in sales, but trading since reopening has been strong.
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.
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.
Covid: PM calls for 'unity' as he agrees to publish data behind new tiers
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 658
Boris Johnson will publish data behind England's new tiers later in a bid to win over Tory rebels.
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.
Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas
30/11/2020 | news | business | 1,419
Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
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.
England seal series win in South Africa
29/11/2020 | sport | cricket | 479
Dawid Malan helps England edge to a four-wicket win over South Africa to wrap up the Twenty20 series with a game to spare.
Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
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.
Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks
27/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,943
The EU's Michel Barnier arrived in London on Friday evening, as the two sides try to agree a deal.
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.
Covid-19: New guidance issued for click and collect services
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 270
Click and collect will operate 'on an appointment-only basis with maximum mitigations in place'.
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.
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.
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.
Black Friday: Next, M&S and Wilko shun sales event
27/11/2020 | news | business | 559
Although Black Friday spending in the UK is set to soar in 2020, some brands won't be taking part.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,039
Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.
Spending Review: London's Crossrail 2 funding stopped
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 106
The £41bn rail line was scheduled to open in the 2030s and run north to south under London.
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".
Covid: Pub industry warns it faces 'darkest of moments'
26/11/2020 | news | business | 196
More than 50 executives call for evidence justifying industry's Covid restrictions to be published.
Rishi Sunak warns 'economic emergency has only just begun'
25/11/2020 | news | business | 5,382
The pandemic will deal lasting damage to growth and jobs, the chancellor has warned.
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.
Spending Review: Chancellor outlines government spending plans
25/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,670
Rishi Sunak's spending review comes amid a difficult economic backdrop caused by the pandemic.
Most Black Friday products 'were same price or cheaper' beforehand
25/11/2020 | news | business | 532
Nine in 10 products are the same price or cheaper before the sale, finds consumer group.
Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,351
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,068
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.
Don't go to work when sick, 'peculiar' Brits told
24/11/2020 | news | health | 1,089
People have tendency to soldier on, potentially making colleagues sick, health secretary says.
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.
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.
Pets at Home says pets have been 'a lifesaver' during lockdown
24/11/2020 | news | business | 298
Pets at Home reports soaring sales as people increasingly turned to animals for solace amid the pandemic.
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.
Brexit: Hauliers fear 'mayhem' at Holyhead port
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 525
There are claims Holyhead port will not be ready for the end of the Brexit transition period.
Fans to be allowed at outdoor sports
23/11/2020 | sport | other | 1,634
Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the four-week national lockdown in England ends.
Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,795
Nicola Sturgeon says there could be a "careful" easing at Christmas - but does not expect a relaxation at new year.
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.
British Airways' big sell-off: Champagne flutes and trolleys
23/11/2020 | news | business | 578
The airline is selling thousands of items, including memorabilia from its retired 747 aircraft.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Toughest virus rules in force for two million Scots
20/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,999
The level four rules have closed shops and many other businesses across much of central Scotland.
UK borrowing hits highest October level on record
20/11/2020 | news | business | 2,085
The government borrowed £22.3bn in October - its highest for the month since records began.
Coronavirus: Christmas socialising poses 'substantial risks' - scientist
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,573
Proposals to ease restrictions over Christmas will be set out next week, a No 10 spokesman said.
Defence funding boost 'extends British influence', says PM
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,192
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.
Brexit: UK 'will be less safe without EU security deal' - police chief
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,464
The UK's counter-terrorism head says a deal is "incredibly important" for the country's security.
Royal Mail parcels overtake letters for first time
19/11/2020 | news | business | 448
Online shopping during the pandemic means revenues from parcels surpasses letters for the first time.
Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan
18/11/2020 | news | science | 6,946
The PM confirms he is bringing the ban forward as he sets out his "green industrial revolution".
House prices rise as Covid sparks rural relocation
18/11/2020 | news | business | 1,025
Property prices in the South West of England have risen fastest in the UK, official statistics show.
Government to invest £4bn to create 250,000 new green jobs
17/11/2020 | news | business | 472
It is part of a long-awaited plan to hit net zero emissions that will be released later on Tuesday.
Scots Tory leader says Boris Johnson 'believes in devolution'
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,144
No 10 has not denied reports that Boris Johnson described devolution as a "disaster" in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Boris Johnson 'called Scottish devolution disaster'
17/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,979
No 10 does not deny reports the PM made the comment in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson and six Tory MPs self-isolating after No 10 meeting
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,202
Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two aides have been told to self-isolate after a breakfast meeting in No 10.
Brexit: PM confident UK 'will prosper' without EU trade deal
16/11/2020 | news | politics | 7,165
Boris Johnson's comments come ahead of another week of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Clintons boss: Supermarkets selling greeting cards 'grossly unfair'
16/11/2020 | news | business | 1,430
Supermarkets should not be able to sell non-essential goods in lockdown, says boss of Clintons cards.
Japan leads economic 'Zoom boom' out of recession
16/11/2020 | news | business | 81
Asian economies are leading the way as they show signs of bouncing back from the Covid-19 slump.
Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronaut crew heads to orbit
16/11/2020 | news | science | 311
A team of four leaves Florida on a SpaceX rocket and capsule, bound for the orbiting laboratory.
Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator
15/11/2020 | news | health | 1,546
Prof Ugur Sahin also raises hopes the vaccine, developed with Pfizer. could halve Covid transmission.
Hamilton wins record-equalling seventh title
15/11/2020 | sport | f1 | 4,410
Lewis Hamilton clinches a seventh world title, becoming the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix.
Brexit: Trade deal sticking points 'can be resolved', says UK minister
15/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,397
The UK's environment secretary says "agreement exists" with the EU, but time is "very, very short".
R number for UK has fallen to between 1 and 1.2
13/11/2020 | news | health | 2,121
ONS data also says the number of people infected with coronavirus is slowing down.
Black Friday emissions boom predicted
13/11/2020 | news | business | 226
Climate change: why Black Friday needs patience
Covid: Caffè Nero seeks help after pandemic 'decimates' trading
13/11/2020 | news | business | 770
The coffee chain, which employs 6,000, people, is seeking financial breathing space from its landlords.
Stonehenge A303 tunnel plan approved by transport secretary
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,834
The £1.7bn project will see a two-mile tunnel built near the ancient monument in Wiltshire.
Brexit: EU's 'penny is dropping' on UK sovereignty, says Gove
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 4,331
Brussels is starting to accept UKs independent status as trade talks deadline looms, says minister.
UK out of recession but growth slows in September
12/11/2020 | news | business | 1,869
The economy grows by a record 15.5% in July to September, but is still smaller than before the pandemic.
Brexit: UK has to 'knuckle down' and get a trade deal with EU - Irish PM
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,168
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin warns that failing to reach an agreement would be "very damaging".
Local government: Councils warn of insolvency risk without big cuts
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 162
English county councils say social care could be among the areas to suffer without government help.
Capital gains tax: Rate should double, says government review
12/11/2020 | news | business | 2,141
The chancellor commissioned the report in July as part of efforts to cover Covid-19 costs.
Covid means UK 'sleep-walking into a debt crisis'
12/11/2020 | news | business | 176
A charity says the pandemic has pushed more people into severe problem debt.
Are big retailers exploiting lockdown loopholes?
12/11/2020 | news | business | 748
Some chains are capitalising on rules that allow them to sell non-essential goods alongside food.
Covid: Four UK nations discuss joint Christmas approach
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 562
Common rules for people to follow across the UK are being considered for the festive period.
Post-Brexit trade talks to continue next week
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,393
The UK government does not expect to reach a deal with the EU in this week's talks.
Covid: Tory MPs form group to oppose future lockdowns
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 958
The group of around 50 MPs says a repeat of current restrictions would "devastate" the economy and "cost lives".
Coronavirus: Wetherspoons calls rules 'baffling and confusing'
11/11/2020 | news | business | 369
The pub chain's boss says Covid restrictions are "a muddle" as first quarter sales fall 27.6%.
Covid: GCSE and A-levels in Wales cancelled for 2021
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,310
Assessments done under teacher supervision will replace exams, the education minister confirms.
Student Covid tests for Christmas holiday from 30 November
10/11/2020 | news | education | 671
Rapid results tests for students are planned to let students get home safely in early December.
Bisto and Ambrosia custard-firm Premier Foods sees Covid boost
10/11/2020 | news | business | 593
Premier Foods says it has attracted a million new customers as people turn to comfort foods in the crisis.
Indyref2: Scottish battle lines drawn again in run-up to May's election
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 868
Unionists are nervous about sustaining opposition to another referendum should SNP win May's election.
McDonald's to introduce plant-based burgers and fast food
10/11/2020 | news | business | 221
The fast-food giant said it could also offer plant-based chicken substitutes and breakfast sandwiches
Brexit: Government's bill suffers heavy House of Lords defeat
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,269
Peers vote overwhelmingly to remove a section that would allow ministers to break international law.
Brexit: EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London
09/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,732
Negotiators are meeting again after Boris Johnson insists a post-Brexit deal is "there to be done".
Covid vaccine: First 'milestone' vaccine offers 90% protection
09/11/2020 | news | health | 5,815
The vaccine is a "significant step" forward for getting life back to normal, but challenges remain.
Covid in Scotland: Easing of restrictions 'highly unlikely'
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,678
The first minister does not expect any areas to move to a lower level when restrictions are reviewed on Tuesday.
UK's nuclear future to be decided at key meeting
09/11/2020 | news | business | 261
The government is committed to building nuclear power stations to decarbonise the UK's electricity.
Coronavirus: Hauliers included in Denmark restrictions
08/11/2020 | news | uk | 35
Rules for travel from Denmark were tightened after a coronavirus strain spread from mink to humans.
Brexit: 'Significant differences remain' over trade deal
07/11/2020 | news | politics | 10,796
The PM and EU Commission president agree to "work hard" to reach a deal when talks resume on Monday.
Retailers criticise lockdown rules on essential items
06/11/2020 | news | business | 217
A leading retail lobby group says government guidance over what products are essential is arbitrary.
Average UK home costs more than £250,000, says Halifax
06/11/2020 | news | business | 259
Demand for bigger properties is pushing up prices, the lender says, but it expects the market to slow.
NHS England's IT plan expensive and risky, say MPs
06/11/2020 | news | technology | 264
The Public Accounts Committee says massive sums of public money could be wasted.
Bentley reveals plan to go fully electric by 2030
06/11/2020 | news | business | 229
The luxury carmaker will scrap petrol engines within a decade and become carbon neutral.
Brexit: Watchdog warns of 'significant' border disruption
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,653
The National Audit Office says traders are unlikely to be ready for changes due from next January.
Caterpillar: Up to 700 jobs to go at Larne plant
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 260
The job losses over the next 18 months will mostly affect workers at its plant in Larne.
Covid-19: Warning over tough fines as new lockdown begins
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,178
People who seriously flout the new rules in England will face fines, the justice secretary says.
Bank of England boss pledges to do 'everything we can'
05/11/2020 | news | business | 1,813
Policymakers vote to pump an extra £150bn into the economy as a second lockdown in England begins.
Covid-19: Northern Tory MPs demand England lockdown exit plan
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 222
The PM is urged not to leave large parts of England "locked into" restrictions after 2 December.
Covid: MPs vote to back four-week England lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,387
Boris Johnson sees off a rebellion by 34 Tory MPs over restrictions which came into force at midnight.
Covid-19: All pupils and staff must wear masks in secondary school corridors
04/11/2020 | news | education | 82
New government guidance also says teachers who are "clinically vulnerable" should not come in to school.
Covid-19: NHS in England moves to highest alert level
04/11/2020 | news | health | 1,132
Health bosses are 'seriously concerned' about winter, with free beds expected to be used up in weeks.
Takeaway beer sales 'will make a significant difference'
04/11/2020 | news | business | 825
A last-minute U-turn allowing pubs to sell takeaway beer is welcomed - but may not be enough to survive, publicans fear.
Covid: MPs to vote on England's four-week lockdown
04/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,359
It comes as the head of NHS England says nearly 11,000 patients with Covid are now in hospital.
Mass exodus of students is expected as lockdown starts
04/11/2020 | news | education | 894
The NUS warns students are preparing for a mass exodus before England's lockdown starts on Thursday.
M&S suffers first loss in 94 years as clothing slumps
04/11/2020 | news | business | 553
The High Street stalwart saw clothing and home sales fall due to the impact of lockdown.
John Lewis and Currys PC World extend hours ahead of lockdown
03/11/2020 | news | business | 1,439
John Lewis and Currys PC World among those opening later as demand surges ahead of lockdown.
Rishi Sunak 'must come up with six-month economy plan'
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,893
Labour accuses the chancellor of "panicked" decision-making after he extended furlough.
Primark sees pyjamas in and suits out in Covid shift
03/11/2020 | news | business | 386
The retailer's owner, Associated British Foods, says the change reflects how "we live our lives".
Universities and colleges face Covid funding shortfalls
03/11/2020 | news | education | 154
Worries about overseas students, Covid and pensions are damaging university finances, says report.
Covid: Two households can form bubble after Wales' lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 825
Travel restrictions within Wales will also end, but people will not be able to leave the country.
Lockdown: 'We will have to throw our beer down the drain'
02/11/2020 | news | business | 870
Pubs express dismay at latest lockdown amid fears of more job cuts and permanent closures.
Lockdown: Students told not to rush home from uni
02/11/2020 | news | education | 639
Universities in England tell students to stay for the lockdown - but the NUS says they should able to leave.
Lockdown: Andrex maker has '100 million toilet rolls standing by’
02/11/2020 | news | business | 196
As England prepares for a second pandemic lockdown, the maker of Andrex says it will prevent shortages.
Nigel Farage: Brexit Party to focus on fighting lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,227
The party leader applies to change its name to Reform UK, calling the PM's Covid response "woeful".
Business borrowing from banks 'up fivefold' amid coronavirus
02/11/2020 | news | business | 96
Firms have been adding to their borrowing in order to survive the pandemic as many have seen sales slump.
Covid-19: Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab
30/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,563
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England.
Long live furlough: Was the wage subsidy plan a success?
30/10/2020 | news | business | 82
The final bill may be £50bn and not every job was saved, so can the Government call furlough a win?
Eurozone bounces back to economic growth
30/10/2020 | news | business | 129
The region saw 12.7% growth from July to September but GDP is still smaller than before the pandemic.
House prices climb to record high, says Nationwide
30/10/2020 | news | business | 319
House prices rise at their fastest rate for five years as buyers race to avoid paying stamp duty.
Covid: Merkel warns of 'long, hard winter' as lockdowns return
29/10/2020 | news | world | 949
Germany and France reintroduce strict measures amid dire warnings over rising Covid-19 cases.