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Charity shops tell donors: 'Think before giving'
15/04/2021 | news | business | 542
Charity retailers ask givers to book before just turning up with donations as people flock back.
Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
14/04/2021 | news | business | 2,717
The airport says some travellers are facing waits of up to six hours.
World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
13/04/2021 | news | science | 924
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
Covid: Shed and garage offices pose insurance risk
08/04/2021 | news | business | 337
Plans to convert sheds, garages and extensions in order to work from home can leave some uninsured.
Test travel regime must be easy and cheap, says PM
06/04/2021 | news | business | 2,291
It comes after airlines criticised plans to make travellers pay for pre and post-travel testing.
Unions criticise 'miserly' 50p rise in statutory sick pay
06/04/2021 | news | business | 924
SSP increases from £95.85 to £96.35 a week in April, but unions say it is too little to live on.
Covid: Europe's vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow' - WHO
01/04/2021 | news | world | 2,625
The WHO says the situation in the wider Europe region is more worrying than it has been in several months.
Dutch government to let 3,500 fans watch Eurovision Song Contest
01/04/2021 | news | entertainment | 70
The song contest's Dutch venue would be half full and fans would need a negative Covid test.
Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
Covid-19: World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,362
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
29/03/2021 | news | business | 3,837
Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
Why are people not doing more about climate change?
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 475
Cost and confusion are the two main reasons people are not changing to greener options, the BBC finds.
People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns
26/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,404
Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.
MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,809
The health secretary said 'essential' government powers need to stay but other measures have been scrapped.
Covid: More than 700,000 vaccine first doses given in NI
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 302
No further coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded by the NI Department of Health.
UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
ScotRail conductors to stage series of strikes
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 137
RMT union members are to hold strike days every Sunday until 2 May, in an overtime payments dispute.
Nationwide tells 13,000 staff to 'work anywhere'
25/03/2021 | news | business | 838
The UK's biggest building society says it wants to give employees more control over their lives.
Sir Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'breaking promise' on Army troop numbers
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 734
Boris Johnson says the government is increasing spending on defence "by the biggest amount since the Cold War".
UK inflation rate falls as clothes prices drop
24/03/2021 | news | business | 977
A fall in the price of clothing and second-hand cars offset a rise in fuel costs last month.
Coronavirus: Third wave will 'wash up on our shores', warns Johnson
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 8,222
Boris Johnson says the UK will "feel effects" of growing case numbers in Europe amid a row over vaccines.
Hammersmith Bridge: Toll could be imposed to pay for repairs
19/03/2021 | news | uk | 89
Motorists could be charged to use a temporary crossing to fund repairs to the original structure.
Gigabit broadband: First areas to benefit announced
19/03/2021 | news | technology | 1,086
The government announces first stages of plans to get superfast broadband to the majority of UK homes.
AstraZeneca: UK and EU clot reviews confirm safety of vaccine
18/03/2021 | news | health | 2,620
Regulators give reassurance and advice on rare blood clot symptoms, such as headache lasting days.
BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
BT's Openreach to build full-fibre internet 'like fury' after Ofcom move
18/03/2021 | news | technology | 935
Regulator Ofcom will not cap Openreach's fees for full-fibre connections for at least 10 years.
Scotland's train operator ScotRail to be nationalised
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,095
The Scottish government says ScotRail will be taken into public ownership in March 2022.
Covid: NHS warns of 'significant reduction' in vaccines
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 6,791
Local health organisations in England have been told to expect a reduced vaccine supply in April.
Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid jab safe, insists Hancock
17/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,160
People should "get the jab", the health secretary says, after some countries suspend its use.
Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs worldwide
16/03/2021 | news | business | 118
The Finnish telecoms giant is shifting investment into 5G and cloud computing research.
Covid-19: British Airways plans app-based travel pass
14/03/2021 | news | business | 2,896
People who have had both jabs will be able to register their status on BA's smartphone app.
UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
'Pointy-elbow' parents emailing teachers to boost exam grades
11/03/2021 | news | education | 1,096
Head teachers warn of pushy parents lobbying for higher GCSE and A-level grades in cancelled exams.
Heathrow says airport border queues at 'unacceptable level'
10/03/2021 | news | business | 1,593
The airport regularly sees queuing times of three hours and on occasion six hours, an executive says.
Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
Air passenger duty: Review planned to cut tax on domestic flights
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 165
Boris Johnson says he wants to see air passenger duties on UK flights fall to help neglected areas.
Parents urged not to pressure teachers over exam grades
09/03/2021 | news | education | 282
Teachers should not be put under pressure by parents over deciding exam grades, says watchdog.
'Hybrid working will become the norm'
09/03/2021 | news | business | 250
The return to the office after the pandemic will be only partial, says global workspace provider IWG.
Brexit: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,144
The UK government is taking the step to ease the movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.
Covid-19: Cyprus and Portugal want to welcome vaccinated UK tourists from May
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 703
It is not yet clear how visitors will be required to prove they have received both doses of a jab.
Covid: Fresh air 'key to safer classrooms'
05/03/2021 | news | health | 186
Knowing which windows to open and having shorter lessons could help when children return to school.
Government has no climate change plan - MPs
05/03/2021 | news | politics | 652
Two reports from MPs cast doubt on the government's approach to meeting its climate change goals.
'Right and just' for students to get Covid refunds
05/03/2021 | news | education | 84
University students should be given compensation for disrupted studies, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
Budget 2021: 'Scrooge Sunak not levelling with people' on cuts
04/03/2021 | news | business | 925
The Budget leaves the chancellor looking more Scrooge than Santa, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Budget 2021: 10 ways Rishi Sunak's speech affects you
04/03/2021 | news | business | 1,163
Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget is packed with policies that will affect your finances. Here is a guide.
Brexit: EU says UK grace period extension breaches international law
03/03/2021 | news | uk | 4,582
The latest Brexit flare up is over checks on goods to NI, which remains in the EU's single market.
Budget 2021: Million more set to pay income tax by 2026
03/03/2021 | news | business | 1,756
People who get a pay rise between this April and 2026 may find themselves paying a higher rate of tax.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak warns tax rises to follow spending spree
03/03/2021 | news | business | 2,439
The UK economy is expected to recover six months faster than expected from the pandemic, the chancellor says.
UK house prices see 'surprise' pick-up, says Nationwide
02/03/2021 | news | business | 363
An unexpected acceleration in values last month pushed prices to a record high, the Nationwide says.
Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal
02/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,318
The Labour leader is not being strident enough in opposition, two ex-shadow ministers say.
Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,725
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
Covid: 'People are tired of working from home'
01/03/2021 | news | business | 2,579
Canary Wharf expects people to return to the office but may choose home working some of the time.
Budget 2021: PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery
01/03/2021 | news | politics | 553
Boris Johnson's comments come as Tory MPs lobby the Chancellor to cut rates for business in the budget
Covid-19: Brazil variant case in England hunted by officials
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,200
The whereabouts of one infected person is unknown, as they did not give their full contact details.
Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 94
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK
26/02/2021 | news | health | 2,344
Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases.
Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,392
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
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.
Keir Starmer urges government to buy more food from British farmers
23/02/2021 | news | politics | 511
Sir Keir Starmer is the first Labour leader to address the farmers' union since 2008.
Covid-19: Everyone 'has to play their part' in lockdown easing, says Hancock
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,894
But it is too soon to say when social distancing rules will be relaxed, the health secretary says.
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.
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.
2021 Senedd election: Parties 'must engage with teenage voters'
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 399
The Senedd election on 6 May will be the first time under-18s can vote in Wales.
Hospitality suppliers: 'It’s not just a case of turning on a switch'
21/02/2021 | news | business | 41
Firms across the supply chain say notice and certainty are key to a full menu being available post-lockdown.
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.
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".
'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic'
17/02/2021 | news | technology | 561
Email app Hey reveals that two-thirds of the messages it handles contain the hidden trackers.
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.
Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
Parents urged not to miss out on new Scottish Child Payment
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 217
The Scottish government says it has received 77,000 applications so far, but 173,000 children are believed eligible.
Covid: Home schooling pupils still need laptops, charity says
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 73
Drive to make sure lockdown pupils have laptops is still falling short, say charities and teachers.
Dentistry: NHS patients 'asked to pay for private care'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 73
Others are facing waits of up to two years for an NHS appointment, a patient watchdog warns.
UK government 'in denial' over EU seafood and fish exports
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 888
Seafood and fishing industry bodies highlight post-Brexit export problems to MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee.
Covid: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
Broadband switching should be less 'hassle', says Ofcom
03/02/2021 | news | technology | 494
The regulator wants people to change provider more easily, but feels many people are put off switching.
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.
Brexit: Animal-based food checks at ports suspended
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 936
Arlene Foster denounces "threats" against staff checking on animal and food products at Larne and Belfast.
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.
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.
Lost school time 'could cost pupils £40,000 in earnings'
01/02/2021 | news | education | 1,030
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns the "long-run costs" of the pandemic will hit children disproportionately.
Covid-19: 'Traumatised' hospital staff need time to recover
01/02/2021 | news | health | 176
Many staff could resign if they are rushed into tackling the NHS backlog, hospitals in England warn.
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.
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.
No changes to Scottish income tax rates in budget
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,684
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes says she wants to provide "stability and certainty" for people and businesses.
Contactless limit could rise to £100
27/01/2021 | news | business | 522
The financial regulator will consult "shortly" on a rise from the current limit of £45.
Coronavirus: Vaccinate teachers at half-term - Starmer
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,153
Labour calls for key workers to be added to the first phase of the vaccination programme.
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.
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.
Brexit: Scotland in talks over EU Erasmus scheme
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,301
The Scottish government wants to keep Scotland involved with the EU's education programme.
UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad
26/01/2021 | news | health | 7,254
As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.
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.
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns
26/01/2021 | news | technology | 359
The NHS says any invitation which asks for vaccine payment or bank account details is a scam.
Covid: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,101
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".
Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
Covid: Call for long-term plan to help 'burnt-out' nurses
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 152
A Royal College of Nursing survey found almost 80% were more stressed because of the Covid pandemic.
Covid in Scotland: I'm over 80 and waiting for my vaccine
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 460
Some elderly Scots are anxious as they wait for the jab despite assurances the vaccine programme is on track.
Brexit: Horticulture "incredibly frustrated" by Irish Sea border
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 205
Some common plant species, like honeysuckle and oak, are now banned from being moved from GB to NI.
Covid: Why won't vaccinating the vulnerable end lockdown?
22/01/2021 | news | health | 1,364
Doubts have been raised about lifting Covid restrictions in the spring. What are the hurdles in the way?
Covid: Museums and galleries 'fighting for survival', Art Fund says
22/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 15
A national charity renews its plea for donations to help museums hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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: £800 house party fines to be introduced in England
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 169
Fines of £800 will be handed to anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people from next week.
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.
Covid: Parents fear losing childcare funding in lockdown
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 26
One mother says parents face being penalised financially if they keep children home from nursery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents' stress and depression 'rise during lockdowns'
19/01/2021 | news | education | 123
Many parents struggle to meet their children's needs during the pandemic, say researchers.
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.
Covid-19: 'Toughest week yet' of pandemic for NI hospitals
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 317
The number of people needing intensive care is expected to continue rising for at least two weeks.
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.
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.
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.
BBC licence fee is 'least worst' option, says new chairman Richard Sharp
14/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,335
Richard Sharp says the BBC represents good value, but how it is funded "may be worth reassessing".
E-scooter gifts should be returned to shops, Met officer says
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 386
A senior Met Police officer says the devices are "simply not built for our roads".
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.
Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
Covid: London's virus death toll exceeds 10,000
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 107
There are currently 7,607 patients in London's hospitals with Covid after a surge in cases.
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".
Civil service: Call to move 50,000 officials out of London
12/01/2021 | news | politics | 164
Tory think tank says government departments should re-locate to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Tesco, Asda and Waitrose ban shoppers without face masks
12/01/2021 | news | business | 3,369
It follows similar moves by Morrisons and Sainsbury's, but those with medical reasons will be exempt.
Covid-19: Williamson promises 300,000 extra laptops
12/01/2021 | news | education | 477
The laptops and tablets will be delivered to schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils.
Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,159
Last year saw 697,000 deaths registered in the UK - 14% above what would be expected.
Covid: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
Covid: 'I’m one of those people who’s been left out'
11/01/2021 | news | business | 265
An industry group wants more state help for people like Jon Wilding, whose business is hit by the pandemic.
Stormont: UK and Irish governments lead progress review
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 51
Political parties discuss what has been achieved in the year since the institutions were restored.
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.
Covid in Scotland: All over-80s to be vaccinated by February
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,912
About 560,000 people will have been vaccinated by the beginning of next month, the health secretary says.
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.
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.
Renters: Eviction bans in England and Wales are extended
08/01/2021 | news | business | 289
Councils will also be given extra funding to accommodate rough sleepers, ministers announce.
Lockdown fashion: 'People are back in their pyjamas'
08/01/2021 | news | business | 400
Marks & Spencer's clothes sales overall fall nearly a quarter, but pyjamas are back in fashion.
Brexit barriers for the arts 'heartbreaking'
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 305
Industry leaders say uncertainty over future funding is causing concern.
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.
Cancelled GCSEs and A-levels in England must avoid 'shambles'
06/01/2021 | news | education | 45
Head teachers warn replacement grades for GCSEs and A-levels must not repeat last year's "disaster".
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.
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
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.
BBC to put lessons on TV during lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,009
BBC Two and CBBC will show content for primary and secondary pupils to watch without the internet.
Train services set to be reduced in lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 162
Some in the industry are anticipating reductions of between 50-60% of normal service in England.
Online schooling: Calls to cut data fees during Covid lockdowns
05/01/2021 | news | technology | 317
The children's commissioner for England and Labour's leader call on firms to help low-income families.
Supermarket websites struggle amid new lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 708
Demand surges as shoppers rush to secure online delivery slots following news of another lockdown.
UK 'cannot duck' post-Covid inequalities, report warns
05/01/2021 | news | business | 698
A growing divide over education, jobs, and ethnicity threaten the fabric of society, says Nobel laureate's study.
EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
Covid: 'No question' restrictions will be tightened, says Boris Johnson
04/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,597
Boris Johnson warns of "tough" weeks ahead, as coronavirus infection rates continue to surge.
'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.
Coronavirus: Government urged to use pharmacies to give vaccine
30/12/2020 | news | business | 933
Pharmacies ask government to employ its high street network to accelerate delivery of newly approved vaccine.
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.
Covid: Sharp rises in infection levels in England, says ONS
24/12/2020 | news | health | 2,417
London now has the highest percentage of people testing positive in the UK, ONS figures suggest.
Covid-19: UK bans travel from South Africa over variant
24/12/2020 | news | uk | 170
The rule reflects the "increased risk" from a variant linked to two cases in England, officials say.
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.
UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
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.
UK government 'likely to miss' broadband and 5G targets
22/12/2020 | news | technology | 490
More must be done if the UK is to be future-proofed rather than playing catch-up, say MPs.
Covid: Case for recalling MPs over emergency, says Sir Keir Starmer
21/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,120
The Labour leader also urges the PM to give daily updates, amid cross party calls for Parliament's return.
Sir Keir Starmer promises to shift power from Westminster
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,145
In a key policy speech, the Labour leader set out plans for the "boldest devolution project in a generation".
Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
'Stop-start' Covid rules cost shops £2bn a week, says industry
20/12/2020 | news | business | 1,343
Retailers warn more jobs and businesses are at risk as non-essential shops are forced to close.
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.
Openreach creating 5,300 new jobs to speed fibre rollout
18/12/2020 | news | business | 110
The wholesale internet division of BT has been told to speed up the rollout of ultra-fast connections.
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.
Brexit: Invest NI to be hit by loss of EU grants
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 105
A substantial part of Invest NI's budget was from two EU funds - the ERDF and the ESF.
Fraud victims' pay deducted for money they don't owe
17/12/2020 | news | business | 59
Letters sent from the DWP demanding repayment of benefits they have never claimed or received.
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.
One in four UK homes 'can access 1Gbps broadband'
17/12/2020 | news | technology | 184
Many in towns and more rural locations across the country are still struggling on really slow connections.
'My season rail pass has risen £12,000 since 1997'
16/12/2020 | news | business | 674
Fares will rise more than expected next year, although the 2.6% increase will be delayed until March.
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.
MPs slam 'woeful' plans to recover Covid-19 loans
16/12/2020 | news | business | 73
The Public Accounts Committee says taxpayers will lose out because billions of pounds may never be recovered.
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.
People in Scotland told to 'cut down contacts' before Christmas
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,904
Nicola Sturgeon says Scots planning to meet up at Christmas should cut down on "unnecessary contacts" now.
Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 700
Officials will hold discussions with France's EDF about funding the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.
Britons told not to stockpile food ahead of January
13/12/2020 | news | business | 1,113
Retailers tell shoppers they have enough supplies as uncertainty remains over the terms of Brexit.
Covid: Public must think carefully about Christmas risk, NHS bosses warn
13/12/2020 | news | health | 4,855
NHS bosses say they are worried about January, after the US saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.
Energy bills: Automatic switching plan for fairer tariffs
13/12/2020 | news | business | 743
Consumers could be automatically switched to cheaper deals when their contracts end.
Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
Covid testing of students finds few positive cases
11/12/2020 | news | education | 358
First results of mass Covid testing of students report "low numbers" of positive cases.
Covid: Trials to test combination of Oxford and Sputnik vaccines
11/12/2020 | news | health | 495
The aim is to see whether mixing two vaccines could improve protection against Covid-19.
Heathrow to shut Terminal 4 until end of next year
11/12/2020 | news | business | 170
The airport operator says passenger numbers fell sharply following a second lockdown.
Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
Act now to save 'precious UK', English mayors urge PM
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 359
Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham lead calls for a review of how power is shared across the country.
'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.
Honda pauses production after UK port woes
08/12/2020 | news | business | 1,304
The Japanese carmaker temporarily stops production at its Swindon plant after UK ports congestion.
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.
B&Q owner Kingfisher to return £130m in Covid rates relief
07/12/2020 | news | business | 103
DIY specialist Kingfisher becomes the latest retailer to hand back support, taking the total to £2bn.
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.
What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
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.
Coronavirus: UK got vaccine first because it's 'a better country', says Gavin Williamson
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,358
The EU says vaccines are not a "football competition" after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's comment.
Covid: Travel allowed between Wales and parts of the UK
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,234
Wales' Covid rules previously banned all but "essential" travel but now that has been eased.
Broadband: Virgin to offer hyper-fast speeds in parts of Wales
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 30
Hundreds of thousands of people would have access to the faster service, the telecoms firm says.
Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 609
The environment secretary says the ban could be in place by the end of 2021 in a move away from EU rules.
Covid in Scotland: First vaccinations to start next week
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,819
People in Scotland could start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from next Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon says.
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-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.
Coronavirus: Investment scams quadruple since virus lockdown
30/11/2020 | news | business | 129
Fraudsters have been using more sophisticated tactics to steal millions from UK investors.
Coronavirus: Suspend peak rail fares over Christmas, says Labour
29/11/2020 | news | uk | 129
A surge in travel is expected when restrictions across the UK are eased between 23 and 27 December.
Covid: Close schools early for Christmas, says union
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 227
There are fears Covid cases in schools may force children and teachers to self-isolate at Christmas.
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.
Low-paid public sector workers to get £250 pay rise
25/11/2020 | news | business | 1,263
Pay will be frozen for at least 1.3 million public sector staff, but low-paid and NHS workers will get raises.
Gigabit broadband: Watered-down plans a 'kick in the teeth'
25/11/2020 | news | technology | 87
Now the aim is to reach 85% of homes in the UK with gigabit broadband speeds by 2025.
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.
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 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.
Covid: How will I get a coronavirus vaccine?
24/11/2020 | news | health | 251
Several vaccines are showing promise and one is already being reviewed by the UK regulator.