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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.
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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.
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World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
13/04/2021 | news | science | 924
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
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Covid: 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.
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Test travel regime must be easy and cheap, says PM
06/04/2021 | news | business | 2,291
It comes after airlines criticised plans to make travellers pay for pre and post-travel testing.
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Unions criticise 'miserly' 50p rise in statutory sick pay
06/04/2021 | news | business | 924
SSP increases from £95.85 to £96.35 a week in April, but unions say it is too little to live on.
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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.
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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.
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Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
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Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
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Covid-19: World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,362
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
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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.
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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.
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People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
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Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns
26/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,404
Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.
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MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,809
The health secretary said 'essential' government powers need to stay but other measures have been scrapped.
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Covid: 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.
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UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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Coronavirus: Third wave will 'wash up on our shores', warns Johnson
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 8,222
Boris Johnson says the UK will "feel effects" of growing case numbers in Europe amid a row over vaccines.
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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.
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Gigabit broadband: First areas to benefit announced
19/03/2021 | news | technology | 1,086
The government announces first stages of plans to get superfast broadband to the majority of UK homes.
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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.
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BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
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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.
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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.
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Covid: NHS warns of 'significant reduction' in vaccines
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 6,791
Local health organisations in England have been told to expect a reduced vaccine supply in April.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
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'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.
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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.
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Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Government has no climate change plan - MPs
05/03/2021 | news | politics | 652
Two reports from MPs cast doubt on the government's approach to meeting its climate change goals.
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'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.
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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".
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Budget 2021: 'Scrooge Sunak not levelling with people' on cuts
04/03/2021 | news | business | 925
The Budget leaves the chancellor looking more Scrooge than Santa, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,725
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
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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.
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Budget 2021: PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery
01/03/2021 | news | politics | 553
Boris Johnson's comments come as Tory MPs lobby the Chancellor to cut rates for business in the budget
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Covid-19: 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.
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Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 94
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
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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.
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Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,392
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
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Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy - Hammond
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,970
The ex-chancellor says Boris Johnson must "do the right thing", even if it means risking unpopularity.
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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.
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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.
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Lockdown: Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,281
Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April, Boris Johnson says.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
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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".
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'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.
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450,000 families ‘behind on rent because of Covid’
16/02/2021 | news | business | 653
One in 20 private renters say they have been refused rent reductions, a report says.
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Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
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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.
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Covid: Home schooling pupils still need laptops, charity says
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 73
Drive to make sure lockdown pupils have laptops is still falling short, say charities and teachers.
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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.
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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.
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Covid: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Covid: Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,928
The PM says it relies on factors such as the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases coming down.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Boris Johnson promises plan next month for 'phased' easing of lockdown
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,999
The “phased” lifting of restrictions will depend on data on hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.
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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.
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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.
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UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad
26/01/2021 | news | health | 7,254
As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland
22/01/2021 | news | business | 5,149
The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.
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Covid: £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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn
19/01/2021 | news | health | 2,367
Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.
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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.
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Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
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Covid-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.
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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.
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Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review
15/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,300
The footballer joins celebrities and campaigners to call for action in a letter to the prime minister.
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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.
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BBC licence fee is 'least worst' option, says new chairman Richard Sharp
14/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,335
Richard Sharp says the BBC represents good value, but how it is funded "may be worth reassessing".
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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".
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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.
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Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
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Covid: 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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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Covid-19: Williamson promises 300,000 extra laptops
12/01/2021 | news | education | 477
The laptops and tablets will be delivered to schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils.
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Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,159
Last year saw 697,000 deaths registered in the UK - 14% above what would be expected.
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Covid: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
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Covid: '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.
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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.
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Covid: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brexit barriers for the arts 'heartbreaking'
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 305
Industry leaders say uncertainty over future funding is causing concern.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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UK 'cannot duck' post-Covid inequalities, report warns
05/01/2021 | news | business | 698
A growing divide over education, jobs, and ethnicity threaten the fabric of society, says Nobel laureate's study.
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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.
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Covid: 'No question' restrictions will be tightened, says Boris Johnson
04/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,597
Boris Johnson warns of "tough" weeks ahead, as coronavirus infection rates continue to surge.
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'Furlough mums and dads while schools are off' says TUC
04/01/2021 | news | business | 421
Trades unions urge bosses to support parents trying to balance work and childcare.
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Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
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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.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
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Covid: Sharp rises in infection levels in England, says ONS
24/12/2020 | news | health | 2,417
London now has the highest percentage of people testing positive in the UK, ONS figures suggest.
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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.
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Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
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UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
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Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
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UK government 'likely to miss' broadband and 5G targets
22/12/2020 | news | technology | 490
More must be done if the UK is to be future-proofed rather than playing catch-up, say MPs.
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Covid: 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.
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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".
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Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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Electric cars will leave hole in tax revenues, says Treasury
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 549
The Treasury says taxes must rise or services cut to compensate for the loss of fuel tax income.
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Brexit: 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.
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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.
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Staggered return for England's secondary schools next term
17/12/2020 | news | education | 1,428
Secondary school pupils could face a first week of term online as schools set up Covid testing.
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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.
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'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.
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Heathrow wins court battle to build third runway
16/12/2020 | news | business | 990
In a blow to campaigners, judges say ministers' decision to approve the runway was legitimate.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 700
Officials will hold discussions with France's EDF about funding the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
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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.
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'Tax the wealthy to pay for coronavirus'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,128
The government should consider a wealth tax to patch up the public finances, tax experts say.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
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What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
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Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,914
EU and UK negotiators call in leaders in last ditch effort to secure a trade deal.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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UK house price growth 'fastest for almost six years'
01/12/2020 | news | business | 1,127
Property price rises accelerated last month, the Nationwide says. but growth is set to slow next year.
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Covid-19: Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg' as substantial meal
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,638
They would count as a "substantial meal" under new rules for parts of England, a minister says.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Royal Mail could save £225m by cutting Saturday post, regulator says
27/11/2020 | news | business | 436
The postal regulator says it could drop weekend letter deliveries and still meet people's needs.
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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.
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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.
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Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says
25/11/2020 | news | health | 1,222
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
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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.
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Covid fears prompt 38% rise in parents home educating
24/11/2020 | news | education | 159
A huge rise in home education is revealed amid parents' fears of Covid-19 in England's schools.
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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.
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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.
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