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Covid-19: Critical care beds shortage prompts calls for review
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 711
The UK has 7.3 critical care beds per 100,000 people, compared to Germany's 33.8 and the US's 34.3.
UK Covid alert level drops as NHS threat 'recedes'
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,122
The move to the second-highest level means the NHS is no longer at imminent risk of being overwhelmed.
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.
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.
Year-long routine surgery waits 'worst since 2008' in England
11/02/2021 | news | health | 223
In January, hospitals in England treated nearly a third of all Covid patients since the pandemic began.
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-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.
Covid-19: NHS app has told 1.7 million to self-isolate
09/02/2021 | news | technology | 283
Ministers believe the contact-tracing app has prevented 600,000 cases of the disease in England and Wales.
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: 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-hit pupils 'should be allowed to repeat a year'
29/01/2021 | news | education | 724
Education think-tank says pupils should have the right to repeat the school year after Covid disruption.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two more life-saving Covid drugs discovered
07/01/2021 | news | health | 1,665
The drugs, which save an extra life for every 12 intensive care patients treated, can be used immediately, say experts.
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.
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.
FTSE 100 chief executives 'earn average salary within 3 days'
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,645
FTSE 100 chiefs will by Wednesday have earned more this year than the average worker's annual wage.
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.
1.3 million in UK have had their Covid vaccine
05/01/2021 | news | health | 1,826
That includes some of the most vulnerable patients who should soon have "significant" protection against the virus.
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: 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 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: 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.
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.
Covid-19: 'Serious disruption' feared as Dover halts traffic to France
21/12/2020 | news | business | 2,845
France will stop lorries arriving from the UK for 48 hours amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.
New coronavirus variant: What do we know?
20/12/2020 | news | health | 341
How has a new coronavirus variant become the most common form of the virus in parts of England?
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.
'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.
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: 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.
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".
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".
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.
Tesco: Brexit 'could see people choose cheddar over brie'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 5,874
The chairman of Tesco says price rises related to Brexit could change what people choose to eat.
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.
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.
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".
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: UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,291
Negotiators will talk on Sunday, but "significant differences" between the two sides in post-Brexit trade talks remain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
Covid: Boris Johnson urges MPs to back tough tiers for England
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,392
The prime minister said the NHS remained under pressure, despite a four-week national lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
Covid tiers 'a mortal blow' to hospitality
26/11/2020 | news | business | 2,780
One bar owner says 'it simply isn't viable' to operate under restrictions as English tiers are revealed.
Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,371
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Covid: UK daily cases reach new high of 33,470
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,800
The jump in cases comes a day after the UK became the first European country to pass 50,000 deaths.
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.
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.
Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK
11/11/2020 | news | science | 1,226
The firm says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England
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.
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".
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.
UK coronavirus infections may be 'stabilising'
06/11/2020 | news | health | 1,434
Although the number of new cases continues to rise, the growth rate is slowing, latest data show.
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.
Coronavirus lockdown: PM warns UK faces 'medical disaster' without action
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,160
Boris Johnson says lockdown rules will expire on 2 December - with MPs to vote on what happens next.
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.
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".
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.
Covid: Are we heading back into a full lockdown?
30/10/2020 | news | health | 893
Infection rates are rising and European countries are going into lockdown. Could the UK be next?
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.
Covid-19: 'Too early to say' what Christmas rules will be says minister
28/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,312
Environment Secretary George Eustice says people "may not be able to get together in larger groups".
Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'
27/10/2020 | news | health | 2,287
This is likely to mean immunity levels decline and raises the risk of reinfection, researchers say.
Covid: Don't let north get 'left behind' Tory MPs warn PM
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,025
More than 50 Tory MPs call for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions for northern England.
Covid Christmas: Rapid tests could get students home
27/10/2020 | news | education | 646
Covid testing pilot projects are launched in universities - as plans begin to get students home at Christmas.
Marcus Rashford: Communities back school meals campaign
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,277
It comes after MPs rejected calls to extend free school meals over holidays amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Brexit: UK 'ready to welcome EU' to continue trade talks
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,369
The two chief negotiators for a post-Brexit trade deal spoke on the phone earlier on Wednesday.
Covid-19: Gyms can reopen in Liverpool City Region
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 831
They were ordered to close when the area was placed into tier three of the coronavirus restrictions.
'We didn't have exact measures' in place for Covid says ex-civil service head
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,091
Lord Sedwill, former civil service head, talks to the BBC about coronavirus, Dominic Cummings and Donald Trump.
Covid: Greater Manchester to move to tier 3 restrictions from Friday
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,663
Boris Johnson says he "regrets" a deal over financial support could not be reached with local leaders.
Covid: Greater Manchester facing 'winter of hardship' without support - Burnham
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,781
Greater Manchester's mayor says more financial help is needed as the region is set to enter tier three rules.
Brexit: UK calls for change as EU makes trade talks pledge
19/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,653
No 10 says there is "no basis to resume talks" without changes, after the EU offers to "intensify" talks.
Deaths at home: More than 26,000 extra this year, ONS finds
19/10/2020 | news | health | 721
Far more people are dying at home in England and Wales than normal from heart disease and dementia.
Strictly Come Dancing launch sees Nicola Adams and Katya Jones paired
18/10/2020 | news | entertainment | 3,149
Former boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will be the show's first celebrity same-sex couple.
Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10
17/10/2020 | news | politics | 17,913
"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.
Covid alert level: London, Essex, York and other areas moving to Tier 2
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,335
Millions of people face more restrictions from Saturday, including a ban on households mixing indoors.
Brexit: PM 'disappointed' with progress ahead of EU summit
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,336
Boris Johnson has previously set Thursday's EU meeting as the deadline for a post-Brexit deal.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson defends regional curbs but 'rules nothing out'
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,499
England's new three-tier system can both control the virus and prevent economic harm, Boris Johnson says.
Covid: Two-week circuit breaker 'may halve deaths', report says
14/10/2020 | news | health | 1,668
A circuit breaker could change the course of the epidemic and buy more time, a report says.
EU to reject UK plea for Brexit electric car deal
14/10/2020 | news | business | 1,797
The European Union is about to formally reject a UK plea for special allowances for exports of electric cars.
HS2 costs rise again weeks after work begins
14/10/2020 | news | business | 1,537
Ministers admit an extra £800m is needed due to more asbestos discoveries and complexities at London Euston.
Covid: Health secretary defends three-tier strategy
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,582
Another 143 deaths are reported as ministers defend rules after criticism expert advice was ignored.
Lockdown: 'I've got women working for me who are sobbing'
13/10/2020 | news | business | 458
Hospitality businesses warn of hardship and confusion as they battle with the latest restrictions.
Downing Street joins criticism of 'crass' job ad
12/10/2020 | news | business | 1,388
Downing Street and the culture secretary disown an ad suggesting a ballerina retrain in cyber security.
Brexit: Time for trade deal getting short, PM warns
12/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,205
The UK and EU say they are making progress, but remain at loggerheads on fishing and help for firms.
Hospitality firms threaten legal action over lockdown
12/10/2020 | news | business | 1,272
Industry leaders will challenge new local restrictions that could force pubs and other venues to close.
Two-thirds pay at firms told to shut over Covid
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,320
The chancellor says his Job Support Scheme "expansion" comes ahead of "what may be a difficult winter".
Brexit: Trade negotiators meet, as deadline looms
09/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,062
The EU and UK still disagree on important issues, but Downing Street calls talks in London "useful".
UK economic growth slows despite restaurant boost
09/10/2020 | news | business | 1,268
The economy grew 2.1% in August, below expectations, despite a lift from Eat Out to Help Out.
Covid cases increase rapidly as next steps planned
09/10/2020 | news | health | 2,905
There has been a marked increase in cases over recent weeks in England, especially in the north.
Covid: MPs call for more clarity on local lockdowns
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,977
Pubs and restaurants in worst-hit areas could close next week in an effort to stall rising infection rates.
Coronavirus: Year-long waits for NHS care at highest since 2008
08/10/2020 | news | health | 501
Hospitals struggle to get care back to normal as pandemic causes major disruption to core services.
Theresa May attacks 'ill-conceived' planning reforms
08/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,077
The former PM says the government must "think again" about using a formula to assess housing need.
Asda launches 'first of its kind' flu jab service
08/10/2020 | news | business | 320
The supermarket is offering free jabs to eligible people and an £8 charge for everyone else,
Tighter England Covid measures likely next week
08/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,376
Closing pubs and restaurants and banning overnight stays in the worst-affected areas are being discussed.
PM challenged to publish 10pm pub closure evidence
07/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,211
Labour's Sir Keir Starmer says the early closing time in England must be reviewed if it isn't justified.
Covid in Scotland: Tighter restrictions on Scottish pubs expected
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,309
The new rules are likely to be focused on licensed premises in areas with higher levels of the virus.
Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement
07/10/2020 | news | health | 1,622
Scientists warn of the "devastating" effect of Covid-19 policies, calling for a return to normal for healthy people.
Johnson lays out vision of post-Covid UK
06/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,653
The prime minister says he wants to build a "new Jerusalem" but warns the UK cannot return to "normal".
Sunak vows to 'balance books' despite pandemic
05/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,505
The chancellor told party members the Conservatives had a "sacred duty" to spend responsibly.
Odeon to open weekends-only at some cinemas
05/10/2020 | news | business | 373
The firm will open a quarter of its theatres from Friday to Sunday, but declined to comment on jobs.
Boris Johnson urged to 'save outdoor education'
05/10/2020 | news | education | 129
Outdoor centres warn coronavirus rules mean they cannot reopen and could fold.
Coaching and advice for jobseekers in £238m scheme
05/10/2020 | news | politics | 499
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey says it will give unemployed people a "helping hand".
Johnson: Post-Brexit trade deal 'up to EU'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,251
The PM calls for Brussels to be "commonsensical" ahead of crucial talks with the EU Commission president.
Growth in Covid cases 'may be levelling off'
02/10/2020 | news | health | 898
New infections might be rising more slowly than in previous weeks - but the R number remains above one.
Parliament building work delays cost '£2m a week'
02/10/2020 | news | politics | 109
Spending watchdog urges repairs body to get on with it - but they say rethink is needed to save money.
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.