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Covid: Thousands sign petition against vaccine passports
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,730
More than 200,000 people are urging the government not to introduce documents offering proof of vaccination.
Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,176
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
Senedd election: Labour pledges energy revolution for Wales
26/02/2021 | news | uk | 429
First Minister Mark Drakeford says "wind, water and wave" can be used to create jobs of the future.
Brexit: Welsh exports to Irish Republic 'hindered by wrong ink'
26/02/2021 | news | uk | 222
CBI Wales says authorities in the Irish Republic are "zealous" when checking goods coming in.
Covid-19: Foster has 'full confidence' in NI's medical adviser
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 517
Arlene Foster says she supports Dr Michael McBride but that only politicians take lockdown decisions.
Covid in Scotland: What's the state of the epidemic?
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,000
Using World Health Organization measures, it is possible to chart Scotland's progress in tackling Covid-19.
Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in new business plan
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,534
The supermarket says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of its business.
A-level and GCSE results to be decided by teachers
25/02/2021 | news | education | 919
A combination of mock exams, coursework and essays will be used to decide grades in England this year.
Covid: Ministers' replies to questions 'painfully slow'
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 606
Plaid Cymru says the Welsh Government takes as long as eight months to reply to queries about Covid.
Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting
24/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,543
Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".
Reading and Leeds boss 'very confident' festivals will happen
24/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,561
Organisers are "very confident" the events will happen this summer, as lockdown is due to be eased.
Lockdown: 'England has better vision for easing lockdown'
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 872
Pub landlord Paul Slater says he is frustrated at the lack of information from the Welsh Government.
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.
Wales unemployment rate falls to 4.4%
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 60
The Welsh rate of unemployment is now lower than the rate of 5.1% for the UK as a whole.
Lockdown: Secondary school pupils could go back after Easter
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 480
The announcement comes as the youngest pupils in Wales go back to class in a phased return.
Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 966
First evidence jabs are having major impact on serious illness as well as cutting transmission.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson to unveil 'cautious' plan to lift England's lockdown
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,520
All schools are expected to reopen on 8 March, with some outdoor socialising allowed from 29 March.
Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils return as schools reopen
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,029
Schools across the country have been closed to the vast majority of pupils since December.
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.
Covid: Unblock logjam for new laws, senior MPs urge ministers
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 181
Commons select committee chiefs want laws held up during the pandemic to be put back on the agenda.
Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
Covid-19: NI lockdown extended until 1 April
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,109
Restrictions will remain, but some primary school children will return to school from Monday 8 March.
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.
Covid: Testing means 'staggered' school return, say heads
18/02/2021 | news | education | 395
The logistics of Covid testing all pupils will mean a phased return in secondary school, say heads.
Covid: School pupil catch-up money lower in Wales, report finds
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 409
But a think tank report finds a bigger share of Wales' funding is targeted at poorer pupils.
Coronavirus: 'No jab, no job' policies may be legal for new staff
18/02/2021 | news | business | 3,406
It may be legal to insist on vaccinations in new staff contracts, the justice secretary says.
Covid in Scotland: Is vaccination cutting the death rate?
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,302
Deaths among the oldest age group are falling, but is this "hard evidence" the vaccine is working?
Covid in Scotland: Virus elimination would 'come at cost'
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,543
Scotland's national clinical director says a Covid elimination strategy would stop international travel.
Covid: Almost two million in UK 'have not worked for six months'
18/02/2021 | news | business | 124
Those people affected were either unemployed or fully furloughed, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.
Covid: Boris Johnson to focus on 'data, not dates' for lockdown easing
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,947
The lifting of England's restrictions must be "cautious and prudent", Boris Johnson says.
National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,247
The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".
Covid in Scotland: Inadequate preparations for Covid, says watchdog
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,989
Audit Scotland say preparations for the pandemic could have been better but the NHS was not overwhelmed.
Education in NI 'divided and splintered', says Ulster University report
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 65
Ulster University researchers say the education system is confusing, socially divisive and expensive.
Covid deaths pass 7,000 mark in Wales
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 318
Covid deaths fall for a third week in Wales but the total rises above 7,000, according to the ONS.
Covid: Rapid tests and vaccines 'will allow venues to reopen' - minister
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 526
Those measures will "get our economy back on its feet", vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi says.
UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring 'crisis'
16/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,446
The government says it hopes to open negotiations with individual European nations "very shortly".
Powys health board warning amid rise in cases
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 164
Cases have risen "sharply" in Powys, the board says, with the third-highest case rate in Wales.
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.
Covid-19: First travellers arrive in UK for hotel quarantine stay
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,615
Arrivals from "red list" countries must pay £1,750 to spend 10 days in government-sanctioned hotels.
Covid: Vaccine roll out rate can now 'fly' in Wales
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 524
It comes as research looks at whether jabs will become regular and routine like the flu.
Covid: Future lockdowns in Wales not ruled out
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 495
Boris Johnson's plan for England is a "cautious but irreversible" removal of restrictions.
Jaguar car brand to be all-electric by 2025
15/02/2021 | news | business | 1,958
JLR will launch electric models of its entire Jaguar and Land Rover line-up by 2030.
Covid in Scotland: FM 'satisfied' target for over-70s vaccines has been met
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,349
Nicola Sturgeon says the latest milestone has been reached - but that progress will slow in the coming days.
Covid in Scotland: Hancock 'happy to discuss' quarantine loophole
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,378
Concerns have been raised about the virus spreading if Scotland-bound travellers in England use public transport.
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.
Mental health counselling in Northern Ireland a 'postcode lottery'
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 18
Campaigners say there are "stark regional differences" in access depending on where you live.
Covid: Could Wales' lockdown begin lifting by Easter?
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 667
"Cautious" talks about the tourism sector reopening for Easter are under way, the first minister says.
Covid: Virus cases are going down across the UK
12/02/2021 | news | health | 4,579
Data suggests lockdown is working, but the health secretary says there is "still a long way to go".
Covid: Wales 'first in UK to hit February vaccine target'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 710
Everyone in top four priority groups will have been offered a Covid jab by Friday, ministers claim.
Covid: How many people have been vaccinated in Wales?
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 331
Nearly 716,000 people in the top priority groups have been given their first doses of Covid vaccines.
Brexit trade deal leaves Welsh fishermen 'devastated'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 325
New rules could create a "perfect storm" for the £39m sector, says Welsh Fishermen's Association.
Temperature of -23C in Braemar is UK's lowest in 25 years
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,163
The Met Office says Braemar in Aberdeenshire recorded the coldest night since December 1995.
Covid-19: 'Too early' to decide on summer holidays, says Hancock
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,228
The health secretary's comments prompted criticism from Labour who said people wanted clarity.
Brexit: London loses out as Europe's top share trading hub
11/02/2021 | news | business | 5,678
Amsterdam ousts London in the wake of Brexit changes, as the Bank of England warns over EU financial rules.
Weather: Two snow and ice warnings issued for Wales
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 153
Forecasters say there could be "blizzard conditions" over Welsh hills, as two warnings are issued.
Covid in Scotland: Vaccination programme 'may need to slow down'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,536
The country has received lower Pfizer vaccine stocks than expected due to a reduction in manufacturing capacity.
Obesity 'bigger killer' than smoking in England and Scotland
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 122
Excess body fat is now a bigger cause of deaths than smoking, Glasgow University researchers found.
Trains: Plans for new Cardiff to London services hit buffers
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 85
Regulator dismisses bid by Grand Union Trains to run new services from Cardiff and Carmarthen.
Wales' average house price tops £200k in 'race for space'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 136
Lockdown had encouraged people to buy larger properties with bigger gardens, a building society says.
Covid: 'Encouraging signs' Welsh cases falling says NHS chief
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 853
The number of Covid patients in hospital has reduced by about a quarter since December.
Covid in Scotland: UK's enforced quarantine rules 'inadequate'
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,084
Scotland's transport secretary says he is pressing the UK government to close a potential loophole.
Free school meals in Wales: Labour backbenchers blast snub
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 74
A budget amendment would have seen free school meals extended to families receiving Universal Credit.
Covid-19: Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 5,265
People arriving in England from Covid hotspots also face £10,000 fines or jail if they break the rules.
Brexit worse than feared, says JD Sports boss
09/02/2021 | news | business | 4,918
Chairman Peter Cowgill says the new EU trade deal has meant "double-digit millions" in extra costs.
Covid in Wales: Early voting proposed if Senedd election delayed
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 437
It comes as the UK and Welsh governments disagree on whether early voting should take place.
Brexit: 'Under-loved' fish renamed for British tastes
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,354
The spider crab and megrim sole are to be rebranded to get rid of "negative connotations".
Grocery shopping has changed for good, says Ocado
09/02/2021 | news | business | 709
The online supermarket says the Covid pandemic has permanently changed the grocery landscape worldwide.
Climate change: New targets to eliminate Wales' gases
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 405
Changes could mean replacing gas boilers in homes and finding new ways to make steel without coal.
Covid: Boris Johnson 'very confident' in vaccines being used in UK
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,621
A small study suggests the AstraZeneca vaccine may be less effective against the South African variant.
Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
Covid-19: Vaccines saving lives in NI, McBride says
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 141
The chief medical officer says the public should have a high confidence in Covid-19 vaccines.
Tesco tells chancellor to hit online rivals with sales tax
08/02/2021 | news | business | 669
Boss Ken Murphy has asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a "level playing field" when it comes to tax.
Covid in Scotland: Business confidence 'soars despite downturn'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 655
A survey suggests firms are hopeful of a solid economic recovery once Covid restrictions are lifted.
Oil prices climb back to pre-pandemic levels
08/02/2021 | news | business | 352
Having hit an all-time low last year, oil has recovered on the hopes of a quicker economic turnaround.
UK weather: 'Beast from the East Two' to bring snow, ice and floods
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,139
The cold snap will not be as extreme as in 2018, forecasters say, but will cause disruption this weekend.
Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,840
Nearly 11 million people have already received a first jab against coronavirus.
Covid: Wales 'not ready' for full school reopening
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 830
The education minister confirms children aged three to seven will return to school on 22 February.
Covid: Virus cases show clear signs of fall in most of UK
05/02/2021 | news | health | 1,881
The virus's reproduction, or R, number is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.
House price rises 'could be running out of steam’
05/02/2021 | news | business | 722
The Halifax says prices fell last month and are likely to come under pressure in the months ahead.
Brexit: Arlene Foster says unionism coming together to oppose Protocol
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,653
DUP leader Arlene Foster accuses the British government of "sleepwalking" into NI's Brexit arrangements.
Bank of England: Economy to rebound strongly due to vaccine
04/02/2021 | news | business | 4,038
High Street banks are also told to prepare for the possibility that interest rates could fall below zero.
Covid: 'Society might not return to normal until 2022'
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 647
Prof Helen Rees, of the World Health Organization, warns original vaccines may become less effective.
Compass apologises for school meal parcels that 'fell short’
04/02/2021 | news | business | 713
The owner of the firm that sparked January’s school meals outcry has apologised again
Coronavirus: Full NI school return 'unlikely for some time'
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 79
A teaching union says class sizes should be capped and pupils attend on a rota when schools return.
Covid: 'Not practical' to close UK borders, says Boris Johnson
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,058
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wants tougher restrictions to prevent new coronavirus variants coming in.
Covid: New Oxford vaccine 'ready by the autumn' to tackle mutations
03/02/2021 | news | health | 2,382
An improved jab that will be more effective against variants can be made quickly, says Oxford-AstraZeneca.
Covid: Contagion film shows lessons around vaccine supply - Hancock
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 579
The 2011 Hollywood movie looks at what would happen in the event of a virus spreading around the world.
Covid: 'Debt time-bomb' awaiting thousands of households
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 201
A charity says it is being "swamped" by people who have fallen behind on rent and bills.
Mobile phone use: NI drivers face £200 fine
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 44
Tougher penalties for NI drivers using a hand-held mobile phones will be enforced from Wednesday.
Covid: 'Earlier lockdown in Wales could have saved more lives'
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 735
Health Minister Vaughan Gething says, with hindsight, different decisions would have been made.
Scotch Whisky Association reports £500m loss after US tariffs
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 623
Figures suggest exports of single malt have fallen by a third since a 25% tariff was imposed in 2019.
Covid in Scotland: FM to announce outcome of lockdown review
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,125
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to give details on the opening of schools to "some" children.
Prosperity comes at 'devastating' cost to nature
02/02/2021 | news | science | 855
Landmark review calls for fundamental change in our approach to economics to stem nature loss.
Covid in Scotland: Jab given to 98% of older care home residents
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,887
Nicola Sturgeon says the NHS is "ahead of schedule" in rolling out vaccines to the over-80s by Friday's deadline.
Covid-19: UK orders extra 40m doses of Valneva vaccine
01/02/2021 | news | health | 2,018
Deliveries will come towards next winter when people may need to be revaccinated.
Brexit: Processes to ease food delivery to NI announced
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 928
The NI Executive also announces summer extension to light touch approach to Irish Sea border for pets.
Covid: Wales' school return could start after half-term
29/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,065
Primary children may start a phased return to school next month if Covid rates continue to fall.
Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
Covid vaccine: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab is 66% effective
29/01/2021 | news | health | 3,713
An international trial shows the jab gives complete protection against hospitalisation and death.
A-levels: 'Outrage' at Peter Weir's Welsh exam board decision
29/01/2021 | news | uk | 235
Peter Weir tells schools they cannot use Welsh exam board WJEC qualifications from September 2022.
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.
Scotland 'on track' to meet Covid vaccine target, says FM
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 599
Nicola Sturgeon says the "vast majority" over-80s will have the first dose by the start of next week.
Covid vaccine in Wales: Over-80s take-up varies by health board
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 496
Vaccination figures show a different picture in how many over-80s have taken up first doses.
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.
Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
Covid: English schools could return 8 March 'at the earliest' - PM
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,042
The PM sets the date he hopes England's lockdown will begin to ease, but warns of a "perilous situation".
Boris Johnson promises plan next month for 'phased' easing of lockdown
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,999
The “phased” lifting of restrictions will depend on data on hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.
Covid-19: Cough, fatigue, sore throat 'more common' with new variant
27/01/2021 | news | health | 1,036
But loss of taste and smell may be less likely to affect those with the new strain, a study suggests.
Brexit: Lough Neagh eels can't be sold in Britain
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 558
Fishermen seek new buyers for 50 tonnes of eels, worth £500k, that can no longer be sold in London.
Covid: 'Reveal milestones to reopen Wales schools' call
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 281
More information needed about when ministers will deem it safe, Wales' children's commissioner says.
Covid-19: MLAs call for more lockdown support for SEN pupils
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 5
Assembly members at Stormont call for SEN pupils to receive education and therapies during lockdowns.
Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'
27/01/2021 | news | science | 1,555
More than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.
Victims typically lose £45,000 each owing to investment scams
27/01/2021 | news | business | 288
Lockdown led to a surge in reports of fraudsters imitating genuine investment firms, regulator says.
Climate: Government postpones Environment Bill again
26/01/2021 | news | politics | 493
The Environment Bill has been postponed again because of a lack of time for scrutiny, the government says.
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.
Covid-19: Vaccine minister 'confident' of supplies amid production delays
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,759
Nadhim Zahawi says supply is tight, but he expects the UK to meet its February target of 15 million doses.
Covid: Wales' unemployment rises again amid pandemic
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 159
There were 71,000 unemployed people looking for work in November, up 14,000, new figures show.
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.
Covid: UK virus deaths exceed 100,000 since pandemic began
26/01/2021 | news | health | 2,612
Another 7,700 registered with coronavirus on the death certificate brings the total to nearly 104,000.
Covid: Highest weekly deaths in Wales since pandemic began
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 783
Total deaths involving Covid pass 6,000, including 467 in the week ending 15 January.
Big rise in redundancies among young people
26/01/2021 | news | business | 1,514
People aged 25 to 34 face the highest risk of redundancy as Covid pushes up the jobless rate to 5%.
Covid: Shut schools 'like systematic neglect' to disadvantaged pupils
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 155
A Cardiff head teacher says keeping schools closed affects disadvantaged pupils most severely.
Chelsea sack manager Lampard
25/01/2021 | sport | football | 4,805
Chelsea sack manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge, with former Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.
Covid vaccines: Not clear if Wales has hit over-80s target
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 693
Vaughan Gething says he will not know if the target was hit for another day or two.
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.
Moderna vaccine appears to work against variants
25/01/2021 | news | health | 1,652
Laboratory tests suggest antibodies can recognise and fight the UK and South Africa variants.
Covid-19: Almost £300m funding to tackle pressures unspent
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 190
The finance minister says he has asked departments to submit new bids as a "matter of urgency".
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: Over-70 vaccine letters start but blue envelope delay
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,280
Vaccination appointments for over-70s in Scotland will arrive on Monday as planned - but in white envelopes.
Covid: James Bond film No Time To Die delayed for third time
22/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 620
The premiere of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig's final 007 outing, is pushed back again due to Covid.
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-19: NI lockdown to be extended until 5 March
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 897
The curbs may even continue until Easter in an attempt to drive down Covid-19 case numbers.
Covid-19 vaccines: Health minister accused of 'misleading' over claim
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,724
Vaughan Gething says he made a "mistake" after claiming most over 80s had received their first dose.
Covid: 'Too early' to say if lockdown will end in spring - Boris Johnson
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 5,496
Boris Johnson says England's measures will be reviewed once the priority groups have had the vaccine.
Spread of Covid-19 in Scotland 'decelerating' as R number falls
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,775
Modelling suggests that lockdown has "stabilised" the spread of new cases in Scotland.
Covid: Gavin Williamson hopes England's schools will reopen by Easter
21/01/2021 | news | education | 1,424
The education secretary says schools in England will be given two weeks' notice before reopening.
Glastonbury 2021: Festival axed 'with great regret'
21/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,159
The Worthy Farm event has been scrapped for a second year running due to the global pandemic.
University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
Brexit: Lamb exporter to EU 'making virtually nothing'
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,056
Powys meat processing plant warns the extra cost of selling into the EU could mean major job losses.
Coronavirus: Priti Patel says UK should have closed borders in March 2020
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 5,020
The home secretary has been recorded telling supporters she was an "advocate" of closures last year.
BBC faces 'financial risk' over licence fee income, watchdog says
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,861
A National Audit Office report calls on the corporation to produce "a long-term financial plan".
Scrapping £20 benefit could see Tories called 'nasty party' - Casey
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,122
The ex-government adviser said the Tories would be seen as the "nasty party" by ending the top-up.
Storm Christoph: Flood warnings in parts of England
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,405
Police in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire say they are expecting flooding in their regions.
Covid vaccine 'delivered with increasing urgency' in Wales
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,325
Vaughan Gething says the challenge in Wales is "having enough infrastructure" to deliver the jabs.
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 in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,986
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon to announce outcome of lockdown review
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,438
The first minister says her statement to MSPs will concern the duration of Scotland's restrictions.
Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 8,431
Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.
Covid-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.
Covid in Scotland: Army helping set up 80 new vaccine centres
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,805
Soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are involved in the effort.
Covid-19: Leaders hold 'positive' meeting with retail sector
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 461
It comes after criticism that large retailers are selling non-essential items during lockdown.
UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
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".
Covid-19: North-east England leads race to vaccinate over-80s
14/01/2021 | news | health | 861
More than 45% of this priority group has now been vaccinated, compared with about 30% in London.
EU blames UK after outcry over end to visa-free touring for musicians
14/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,839
Brussels points the finger at the British government for problems facing musicians and crews.
Covid: Infections levelling off in some areas - scientist
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,748
But the expert says the new Covid variant means any relaxation of rules will be a "gradual process".
Covid-19: Surge leaves key hospital services 'in crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | health | 2,151
England's cancer, critical care, A&E and routine treatments all hit as hospitals accommodate virus patients.
Tesco: Brexit disruption 'is a challenge not a crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | business | 1,577
New Brexit trade rules mean Britain's biggest supermarket faces problems importing some fruit, meat and ready meals.
Retail sales in 2020 'worst for 25 years'
12/01/2021 | news | business | 624
A slump in demand for fashion and homeware during lockdown left many retailers struggling.
Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border
11/01/2021 | news | world | 5,522
Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.
Covid: UK at 'worst point' of pandemic, says Hancock
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,486
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 2.3 million people in the UK have now had a Covid-19 vaccine dose.
Covid: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
BBC Bitesize to be free for BT and EE customers
11/01/2021 | news | education | 704
The content will not count in a mobile data allowance to help keep costs of online learning down.
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.
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
08/01/2021 | news | health | 3,791
Seventeen million doses have been ordered by the UK and are expected to arrive in spring.
Covid-19: Travellers to UK will need to show negative test result
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
Covid-19: Johnson warns England's lockdown won't end 'with a bang'
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,061
There will be a "gradual unwrapping" of England's lockdown, Boris Johnson tells MPs ahead of a vote later.
Covid-19: Stormont ministers explain need for tighter rules
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 273
New, tighter restrictions imposed in NI as UK reports the highest daily death toll since April.
Teachers' grades to replace A-levels and GCSEs in England
06/01/2021 | news | education | 1,305
Gavin Williamson will "trust in teachers rather than algorithms" in awarding this year's results.
Lockdown: Clap for Carers to return as Clap for Heroes
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,602
Founder Annemarie Plas says the initiative will return on Thursday under the new name of Clap for Heroes.
Greggs faces first loss for 36 years as lockdown bites
06/01/2021 | news | business | 778
The bakery chain says it does not expect profits to return to pre-Covid levels until 2022 at the earliest.
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.
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.
Champagne puts fizz in Morrisons' Christmas sales
05/01/2021 | news | business | 395
The supermarket saw strong trading over the key Christmas period, with a jump in sales of salmon too.
Covid in Scotland: Scots ordered to stay at home in new lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,454
Mainland Scotland faces tougher restrictions from midnight, and schools will remain closed until February.
EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
Covid: Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,874
Boris Johnson will make a televised address at 20:00 GMT to outline further steps as virus cases rise.
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.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
Brexit: Johnson hails UK's 'freedom' moment as EU era draws to close
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,342
The government insists borders systems will cope when changes to trade and travel kick in at 11pm.
Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
Next week crucial for Arsenal - Arteta
26/12/2020 | sport | football | 859
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the next seven days will be crucial for the Gunners if they are to avoid a relegation battle.
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-19: Truckers who tested negative board ferries for France
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,781
Those with a negative test result can now leave the UK, but it could take days to clear the backlog.
Covid-19: new powers for 'stay at home' message
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 479
Police are being granted new powers to enforce the "stay at home" lockdown message.
Tesco puts buying caps on several products
22/12/2020 | news | business | 2,636
The move by Britain's biggest supermarket comes amid shortage fears due to disruption at UK ports.
Covid-19: Sinn Féin calls for all-Ireland travel ban from GB
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 887
A ban from the Irish Republic and NI would help stop the spread of Covid-19, says Michelle O'Neill.
EU and UK in 'final push' for post-Brexit trade deal
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,496
Talks are continuing in Brussels, with less than 10 days to go until the UK leaves EU trading rules.
Covid: New variant found ‘due to hard work of UK scientists’
22/12/2020 | news | health | 1,005
Similar new variants of the coronavirus may be circulating undetected around the world, scientists say.
Covid in Scotland: Scottish level four rules 'may be strengthened'
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,108
Nicola Sturgeon warns that the current top level of restrictions may need to be tightened further.
Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
Covid in Scotland: Schools to remain open this week, says Swinney
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 368
The deputy first minister says the prevalence of the virus is much lower than other parts of the UK.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Police will investigate 'flagrant' breaches of travel ban
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,176
Officers in Scotland "will act" if they believe there is a "flagrant" breach of travel restrictions.
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.
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.
Covid-19: 'Many deaths' without NI lockdown
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,031
NI's chief scientific adviser says without a six-week lockdown, the number of deaths would be "severe".
'Just a few hours' left to agree Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier
18/12/2020 | news | politics | 13,556
Michel Barnier says it is now "the moment of truth", while Boris Johnson warns of "difficult" talks.
School staff 'broken' by England's late Covid test plan
18/12/2020 | news | education | 4,025
Last minute plans for mass testing in England's secondary schools to be run by teachers anger staff.
Coronavirus: UK R number back above one
18/12/2020 | news | health | 4,148
Office for National Statistics figures suggest one in every 95 people in England has the virus.
Brexit: Trade talks in 'a serious situation' says Boris Johnson
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,148
The PM and the EU Commission head speak again by phone, and acknowledge differences remain.
Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme for another month
17/12/2020 | news | business | 896
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April 2021.
Port of Dover facing 'unnecessary holdups' on 1 January
17/12/2020 | news | business | 281
The company managing the port says lack of government support will make the transition "more challenging".
Staggered return for England's secondary schools next term
17/12/2020 | news | education | 1,428
Secondary school pupils could face a first week of term online as schools set up Covid testing.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals date of next Budget
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 466
The Budget had been set to happen in Autumn 2020 but was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid Christmas rules: Boris Johnson calls for shorter, smaller celebrations
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 5,444
"Just because you can do something doesn't mean it's sensible in any way," Prof Chris Whitty warns.
Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - EU chief
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,963
The president of the EU Commission says the "next few days" will be decisive for trade negotiations.
Clothing and food price falls drive down UK inflation
16/12/2020 | news | business | 164
Lower prices for clothing and food push down the UK's inflation rate to 0.3% in November.
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.
Covid-19: Ambulance queues 'at all NI emergency departments'
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 362
There were long queues at Antrim Hospital but the situation has now improved.
Covid in Scotland: Pre-Christmas review of restriction levels
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 663
All 32 local authority areas in the country will be assessed by politicians and public health officials.
Covid: London to move into tier 3 as infections rise
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,384
Parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will also face the toughest restrictions, the health secretary says.
Brexit: UK and EU restart trade talks after leaders' call
14/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,840
A final decision on a deal was expected on Sunday, but the two sides sent negotiators back to the table.
'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England
14/12/2020 | news | health | 2,914
The new strain may be growing faster in some parts of the country, Health Secretary tells MPs.
Covid in Scotland: First care home resident receives vaccine
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 685
Annie Innes, 90, from South Lanarkshire, is the first person to be be vaccinated in a care home.
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.
Covid: Public must think carefully about Christmas risk, NHS bosses warn
13/12/2020 | news | health | 4,855
NHS bosses say they are worried about January, after the US saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.
Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,651
Ursula von der Leyen says talks were "constructive", but Boris Johnson warns no deal is "most likely".
Brexit trade talks: ‘Political will’ needed for deal, says Dominic Raab
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,272
Boris Johnson and his EU counterpart are due to make a decision on the future of talks shortly.
Brexit: 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".
Brexit: UK-EU talks continue as Navy boats put on standby
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,580
Four Navy boats get ready to patrol UK fishing waters in event of no deal, as negotiations resume.
Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 18,053
Boris Johnson urges Brussels to make a "big change" as the deadline set by the two sides approaches.
Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail
10/12/2020 | news | world | 7,009
The EU's contingency plans for "no deal" include measures to ensure smooth air and road travel.
Brexit: Trade talks 'unlikely' to go beyond Sunday, says Dominic Raab
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,574
The EU has set out the measures it would take if no trade deal is agreed with the UK.
Coronavirus: NHS Covid-19 app starts offering self-isolate payments
10/12/2020 | news | technology | 380
Users of the app in England and Wales can now apply for £500 if eligible.
Britons could be barred from EU entry on 1 January
10/12/2020 | news | business | 1,289
EU pandemic rules and Brexit may restrict travellers from entering the European Union.
UK growth slows again in October as rebound stalls
10/12/2020 | news | business | 406
The UK's economy grew by just 0.4% in the month as the recovery continued to slow.
Brexit: PM says deal 'still there to be done' ahead of crunch trip
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,396
Boris Johnson says the UK must be able to follow its own rules, as he arrives in Brussels for talks.
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.
Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,163
Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.
Covid-19: UK 'confident' of having 800,000 vaccine doses by next week
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,583
Alok Sharma says he expects the doses to arrive for the start of the UK's vaccination programme.
Covid: Greater Manchester stops care home tests over accuracy fears
04/12/2020 | news | health | 220
The rapid tests picked up five infections out of every 10 found by conventional lab tests.
Covid in Scotland: No change to virus alert levels
01/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,589
Ministers will continue to "look carefully" at Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but both will remain in level two.
Covid vaccine: Moderna seeks approval in US and Europe
30/11/2020 | news | health | 751
Regulators will decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for widespread use.
Covid infections in England fall by 30% over lockdown - React study
30/11/2020 | news | health | 2,177
There were an estimated 72,000 new cases of coronavirus a day in England between 13 and 24 November.
Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
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 in Wales: Greater restrictions for pubs ahead of Christmas
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,429
Bowling alleys and indoor entertainment venues will also have to close under new restrictions.
R number for UK below 1 for first time since August
27/11/2020 | news | health | 3,211
Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing.
M4 congestion: Spend £800m on public transport, report says
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 529
A "workplace parking levy" and cheap tickets to encourage public transport use are also suggested.
Coronavirus: Limit contacts before Christmas bubbling, executive urges
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 127
Eight more people die after testing positive for Covid-19 in NI and 442 new cases are recorded.
Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,110
Mark Drakeford says restrictions brought in after Christmas should be agreed by the four nations.
Rishi Sunak warns 'economic emergency has only just begun'
25/11/2020 | news | business | 5,382
The pandemic will deal lasting damage to growth and jobs, the chancellor has warned.
Spending Review: Millions face cut in value of workplace pensions
25/11/2020 | news | business | 1,324
Women and new retirees likely to be hit hardest by the planned change - but not before 2030.
Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says
25/11/2020 | news | health | 1,222
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
Spending Review: Chancellor outlines government spending plans
25/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,670
Rishi Sunak's spending review comes amid a difficult economic backdrop caused by the pandemic.
Most Black Friday products 'were same price or cheaper' beforehand
25/11/2020 | news | business | 532
Nine in 10 products are the same price or cheaper before the sale, finds consumer group.
Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,371
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown on BBC Christmas TV line-up
24/11/2020 | news | entertainment | 1,503
Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown's Boys are among the shows in the festive schedule.
Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,795
Nicola Sturgeon says there could be a "careful" easing at Christmas - but does not expect a relaxation at new year.
British Airways' big sell-off: Champagne flutes and trolleys
23/11/2020 | news | business | 578
The airline is selling thousands of items, including memorabilia from its retired 747 aircraft.
Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
23/11/2020 | news | business | 1,190
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.
Covid: Christmas restrictions warning if Wales' cases rise
20/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,675
Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford tells people not to "fritter away" the "success" of lockdown.
Covid: NHS waiting lists will take 'years' to recover
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 306
The number of people waiting the longest time for treatment rises six-fold since Covid hit.
Defence funding boost 'extends British influence', says PM
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,192
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.
Cineworld eyes UK cinema closures and rescue deal
19/11/2020 | news | business | 513
The cinema chain has appointed restructuring experts to negotiate unlocking more cash from lenders.
Brexit: UK 'will be less safe without EU security deal' - police chief
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,464
The UK's counter-terrorism head says a deal is "incredibly important" for the country's security.
Brexit: Councils in Wales 'to have stronger role' in replacement aid scheme
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 146
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart hints at plans for what will replace EU economic aid.
Covid-19: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 6,554
Rules could be relaxed for a few days, with people urged to travel by car and not hold big gatherings.
Covid vaccine: Pfizer says '94% effective in over-65s'
18/11/2020 | news | health | 2,714
The jab works equally well in people of all ages and ethnicities, further data suggests.
Covid in Scotland: Keeping level 4 schools open 'is vital for pupils' wellbeing'
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 901
The deputy first minister says prioritising schools is "absolutely central" to the wellbeing of children.
Scots Tory leader says Boris Johnson 'believes in devolution'
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,144
No 10 has not denied reports that Boris Johnson described devolution as a "disaster" in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Boris Johnson 'called Scottish devolution disaster'
17/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,979
No 10 does not deny reports the PM made the comment in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Travel rules changed for Christmas turkey farm workers
17/11/2020 | news | business | 1,120
Seasonal workers are now able to work during quarantine to ensure demand for Christmas is met.
Covid: Mouthwash 'can kill virus in lab in 30 seconds'
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 240
Cardiff scientists say using mouthwash may become part of a daily routine to prevent coronavirus.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson and six Tory MPs self-isolating after No 10 meeting
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,202
Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two aides have been told to self-isolate after a breakfast meeting in No 10.
Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection
16/11/2020 | news | health | 3,057
The results add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic.
Brexit: PM confident UK 'will prosper' without EU trade deal
16/11/2020 | news | politics | 7,165
Boris Johnson's comments come ahead of another week of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Covid Christmas rules 'won't be agreed for weeks'
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 518
Ministers are in talks over rules to be in place over the festive period across the UK.
Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronaut crew heads to orbit
16/11/2020 | news | science | 311
A team of four leaves Florida on a SpaceX rocket and capsule, bound for the orbiting laboratory.
Alcohol ban comes into force on Scotland's rail network
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 468
People are no longer allowed to drink alcohol on trains or at stations as part of measures to stem Covid.
Brexit: Trade deal sticking points 'can be resolved', says UK minister
15/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,397
The UK's environment secretary says "agreement exists" with the EU, but time is "very, very short".
Covid: Level 4 lockdown 'possible' in west of Scotland
13/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,987
Councils in the west of Scotland are told it is possible they may be placed under the highest level of restrictions.
Tata: Concern over future of Port Talbot steelworks
13/11/2020 | news | uk | 804
Urgent talks are being sought to see how a funding plan will affect Port Talbot's workforce.
Covid: Children more likely to be infected in second wave
13/11/2020 | news | health | 1,212
Evidence presented to government confirmed rising infections as schools reopened.
Covid: Not all university students in Wales will get tests
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 223
The education minister confirms not all students will be tested after concerns over logistics.
Coronavirus: Year-long waits for hospital care in England worst since 2008
12/11/2020 | news | health | 417
Surgeons warn patients are left in pain, as experts predict the situation will worsen during winter.
Covid restrictions 'unfair' on theatres, sector says
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 60
While cinemas, bingo halls and casinos in Wales are able to reopen, theatres remain closed.
UK out of recession but growth slows in September
12/11/2020 | news | business | 1,869
The economy grows by a record 15.5% in July to September, but is still smaller than before the pandemic.
Brexit: UK has to 'knuckle down' and get a trade deal with EU - Irish PM
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,168
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin warns that failing to reach an agreement would be "very damaging".
Covid: Four UK nations discuss joint Christmas approach
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 562
Common rules for people to follow across the UK are being considered for the festive period.
Coronavirus: Stormont in deadlock over NI Covid restrictions
11/11/2020 | news | uk | 622
The executive adjourns without any announcement, as the clock ticks towards the expiration of NI's laws.
Croydon Council bans new spending under Section 114 notice
11/11/2020 | news | uk | 841
All new expenditure at the authority is halted amid "severe ongoing financial challenges".
Brexit: Firms not ready for transition, says Welsh minister
11/11/2020 | news | uk | 317
A minister urges businesses in Wales to prepare for 31 December and the risk of no EU trade deal.
Covid: Tory MPs form group to oppose future lockdowns
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 958
The group of around 50 MPs says a repeat of current restrictions would "devastate" the economy and "cost lives".
Covid in Scotland: New pub rules 'like trying to learn Mandarin'
11/11/2020 | news | uk | 229
A pub which was forced to close on Friday says the new rules are difficult to understand.
Covid: GCSE and A-levels in Wales cancelled for 2021
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,310
Assessments done under teacher supervision will replace exams, the education minister confirms.
Unemployment: Wales sees largest rise in rate across UK
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 201
The jobless rate for July to September in Wales leapt to 4.6%, an increase of 28,000.
Coronavirus: Monthly redundancies hit year-high figure
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 22
There were 1,240 people made redundant in October - the second highest monthly total on record.
Brexit: Government's bill suffers heavy House of Lords defeat
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,269
Peers vote overwhelmingly to remove a section that would allow ministers to break international law.
Aldi extends click and collect to 200 more shops
09/11/2020 | news | business | 463
The discount supermarket chain is expanding its trial as it faces growing competition from rivals.
Brexit: EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London
09/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,732
Negotiators are meeting again after Boris Johnson insists a post-Brexit deal is "there to be done".
Covid: Shoppers hit high streets as Wales' lockdown ends
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 209
New regulations allow shops to reopen and up to four people from different households to meet.
Covid in Scotland: Easing of restrictions 'highly unlikely'
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,678
The first minister does not expect any areas to move to a lower level when restrictions are reviewed on Tuesday.
Farming faces 'historic' shift to cut greenhouse gas emissions
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 255
Tackling greenhouse gas emissions will need the biggest change since swapping horses for tractors, a report says.
Brexit: 'Significant differences remain' over trade deal
07/11/2020 | news | politics | 10,796
The PM and EU Commission president agree to "work hard" to reach a deal when talks resume on Monday.
Covid: Lockdown 'should continue for months' in Merthyr
06/11/2020 | news | uk | 845
A consultant says Merthyr Tydfil should not come out of lockdown "for weeks, even months".
Covid: Johnson says Covid statistics 'irrefutable' amid new row
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,460
The PM insists the "upward curve" in deaths is "unmistakeable" after government charts had to be revised.
UK coronavirus infections may be 'stabilising'
06/11/2020 | news | health | 1,434
Although the number of new cases continues to rise, the growth rate is slowing, latest data show.
Indyref2: Scottish Secretary rejects new vote 'for a generation'
06/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,730
Alister Jack suggests there should not be a referendum on Scottish independence for "25 or 40 years".
Brexit: Irish Sea border 'may not not be fully operational' by January
06/11/2020 | news | uk | 82
National Audit Office highlights shortfalls in software systems and staffing for Irish Sea border.
Coal tip securing 'could cost more than £500m' in Wales
06/11/2020 | news | uk | 97
There are calls for urgent action following a 60,000 tonne landslip earlier this year.
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stresses 'stay at home' message for England
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,706
Boris Johnson says four weeks of the new measures will be enough to make "a real impact".
Caterpillar: Up to 700 jobs to go at Larne plant
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 260
The job losses over the next 18 months will mostly affect workers at its plant in Larne.
Covid: Furlough extension prompts delay apology call in Wales
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 256
Labour and Plaid Cymru say chancellor's pledge to extend scheme until March should have come sooner.
Covid in Scotland: Threat to make travel ban law criticised
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 381
Campaigners and opposition MSPs react to the first minister's comments that travel may be restricted in law.
Covid: 'Better to see the same one or two people' after Wales lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 56
Advice on the Covid-19 rules beginning after the firebreak in Wales urges people to be "restrained".
Covid-19: Warning over tough fines as new lockdown begins
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,178
People who seriously flout the new rules in England will face fines, the justice secretary says.
Covid in Scotland: 'Cautious optimism' over spread of virus
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,618
Tough restrictions on household visits and hospitality are starting to have an effect", the first minister says.
Bank of England boss pledges to do 'everything we can'
05/11/2020 | news | business | 1,813
Policymakers vote to pump an extra £150bn into the economy as a second lockdown in England begins.
Covid: MPs vote to back four-week England lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,387
Boris Johnson sees off a rebellion by 34 Tory MPs over restrictions which came into force at midnight.
Covid-19: Elective surgery cancelled at Craigavon Hospital
04/11/2020 | news | uk | 286
Procedures will be rescheduled for the 68 patients affected by the decision.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon 'actively considering' travel ban in law
04/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,581
The first minister says she may enforce travel restrictions with fines when Covid rules are reviewed.
M&S suffers first loss in 94 years as clothing slumps
04/11/2020 | news | business | 553
The High Street stalwart saw clothing and home sales fall due to the impact of lockdown.
Covid-19 self-isolation fines 'tend not to work'
04/11/2020 | news | uk | 143
Fines should be "an absolute last resort," a Welsh Government advisor says.
John Lewis and Currys PC World extend hours ahead of lockdown
03/11/2020 | news | business | 1,439
John Lewis and Currys PC World among those opening later as demand surges ahead of lockdown.
Covid: Destructive rules only current option, says Chris Whitty
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,060
England's chief medical officer defends lockdowns as a further 397 coronavirus deaths are recorded.
Covid: Cwm Taf Morgannwg reports 99 deaths linked to outbreaks
03/11/2020 | news | uk | 204
Health board bosses say the virus is stubborn and "very challenging".
Covid in Scotland: No rule changes planned before next week
03/11/2020 | news | uk | 425
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to stick to her timetable and review the restrictions next Tuesday.
Covid-19 in Scotland: Confusion over funding for future Scottish lockdown
03/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,497
A UK minister appears to contradict the PM over whether full furlough will be available to Scotland after 2 December.
Rishi Sunak 'must come up with six-month economy plan'
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,893
Labour accuses the chancellor of "panicked" decision-making after he extended furlough.
Covid-19: Liverpool to pilot city-wide coronavirus testing
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,875
It will use rapid results tests that could be offered to "millions" by Christmas, the PM says.
Alcohol licensing: Carál Ní Chuilín says law changes strike right balance
03/11/2020 | news | uk | 61
Carál Ní Chuilín lays out long-awaited plans to change the laws in NI on the sale of alcohol.
Covid: Deaths 10% higher than normal as virus deaths rise
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,421
There were nearly 12,300 deaths in latest week - 1,100 linked to Covid.
Primark sees pyjamas in and suits out in Covid shift
03/11/2020 | news | business | 386
The retailer's owner, Associated British Foods, says the change reflects how "we live our lives".
Coronavirus lockdown: PM warns UK faces 'medical disaster' without action
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,160
Boris Johnson says lockdown rules will expire on 2 December - with MPs to vote on what happens next.
Covid: Two households can form bubble after Wales' lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 825
Travel restrictions within Wales will also end, but people will not be able to leave the country.
Coronavirus: Schools reopen in NI with new Covid safety measures
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 198
Peter Weir urges parents and carers to limit the Covid-19 spread by not gathering at school gates.
Lockdown: 'We will have to throw our beer down the drain'
02/11/2020 | news | business | 870
Pubs express dismay at latest lockdown amid fears of more job cuts and permanent closures.
Lockdown: Students told not to rush home from uni
02/11/2020 | news | education | 639
Universities in England tell students to stay for the lockdown - but the NUS says they should able to leave.
Nigel Farage: Brexit Party to focus on fighting lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,227
The party leader applies to change its name to Reform UK, calling the PM's Covid response "woeful".
Covid in Scotland: New five-level regional restrictions go live
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,109
The launch of the new five-level system comes as England prepares for a month-long national lockdown.
Covid: Follow rules plea ahead of Wales' post-lockdown exit plan
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 201
The first minister will outline Wales' firebreak exit plan but says people need to follow the rules.
Covid in Scotland: NHS dentistry returns but no 'business as usual'
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 59
The full range of treatments is restored but practices are operating under tough hygiene measures.
Covid-19: Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab
30/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,563
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England.
Coronavirus: Payments for taxi drivers and bus operators approved
29/10/2020 | news | uk | 31
Some taxi drivers criticised reports the financial support would be a £1,500 one off payment.
Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study
29/10/2020 | news | health | 3,475
England is at a "critical stage" with infections doubling every nine days, a major analysis estimates.
Covid: School absence before lockdown prompts catch-up fears
29/10/2020 | news | uk | 58
There are fears pupils in the most deprived areas could fall behind if attendance rates remain low.
Covid-19: 'Too early to say' what Christmas rules will be says minister
28/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,312
Environment Secretary George Eustice says people "may not be able to get together in larger groups".
Covid: Wales' supermarket staff 'having to referee' shopping rules
28/10/2020 | news | uk | 273
Staff should not have to decide which customers can buy non-essential items, says an association.
Covid-19: Call to improve 'disjointed' business support
28/10/2020 | news | uk | 60
Small companies want to see the Welsh and UK governments "work together", a business group says.
Wales lockdown: Baby clothes join essentials list
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 80
Ministers also say people should be able to ask for non-essentials in exceptional circumstances.
Covid: Don't let north get 'left behind' Tory MPs warn PM
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,025
More than 50 Tory MPs call for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions for northern England.
Covid Wales: 'Urgent clarity' needed on rules after firebreak
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,109
Wales' tourism industry says it is struggling to plan for the future when lockdown is lifted.
Wales lockdown: Tesco 'wrong' to say period products 'not essential'
26/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,380
It had cordoned off the aisle after a break-in, but told a customer it was due to lockdown rules.
Covid in Scotland: Students may not be allowed home for Christmas
26/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,763
John Swinney says there is a "realistic possibility" students will be asked to stay away from their families.
Coronavirus: Local lockdowns 'stifling jobs recovery'
26/10/2020 | news | business | 611
Job vacancies fail to return to pre-pandemic levels in many towns, according to new research.
Boots to offer 12-minute turnaround on Covid nasal swab test
26/10/2020 | news | health | 1,297
The £120 nasal swab test will be available to people not showing any symptoms.
Wales lockdown: Supermarkets covering up non-essential items
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,757
Some shops are blocking off clothing and decorations after being told to stop selling them.
Wales lockdown to start in bid to 'save lives not Christmas'
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,134
Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will shut when the 17-day lockdown starts at 18:00 BST.
Gap considers closing all its UK stores
23/10/2020 | news | business | 946
Thousands of jobs could be at risk as the US clothing chain mulls closing its company-owned shops.
Brexit: Trade talks continue as negotiators meet in London
23/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,938
The EU's Michel Barnier has warned "every day counts" ahead of December's deadline to reach a deal.
Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal
23/10/2020 | news | business | 2,557
The countries formally sign a deal described by the UK's international trade secretary as "ground-breaking".
Transport for Wales rail services to be nationalised
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,125
Ministers step in to "stabilise the network and keep it running" as income plummets due to Covid.
New government Covid scheme to pay up to half of wages
22/10/2020 | news | business | 2,558
Chancellor Rishi Sunak increases support for firms and workers as lockdown restrictions spread.
Covid: Older people 'partly to blame' for bar shutdown
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 337
Jason Leitch says an older group in Lanarkshire helped inform the decision to restrict hospitality.
Coronavirus: Derry city centre chief calls for retail closure
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 111
Jim Roddy warns the retail sector is facing a major crisis because of Covid-19 restrictions
Climate change: Watchdog's flooding response 'fell short'
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 52
A Natural Resources Wales review found staffing and equipment problems, and missing flood alerts.
Ban on smoking in playgrounds from next March
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 44
A ban on smoking in playgrounds and hospital grounds will come into effect early next year.
Royal Mail launches 72p parcel pick-up service
21/10/2020 | news | business | 747
The firm claims it is "one of the biggest changes to the delivery since the launch of the post box".
Covid-19: Gyms can reopen in Liverpool City Region
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 831
They were ordered to close when the area was placed into tier three of the coronavirus restrictions.
Covid: 2021 exam students facing 'difficult situation'
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 117
"Disruption" to education is considered ahead of decisions about next summer's exams, watchdog says.
UK inflation rises after Eat Out to Help Out ends
21/10/2020 | news | business | 669
The inflation rate increased to 0.5% in September after the discount meals scheme ended, figures show.
'We didn't have exact measures' in place for Covid says ex-civil service head
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,091
Lord Sedwill, former civil service head, talks to the BBC about coronavirus, Dominic Cummings and Donald Trump.
Covid: Councils 'face challenging future' after pandemic costs
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 388
The pandemic has cost Wales' 22 councils a combined £325m in extra costs and lost income.
Covid: Redundancy warning in lockdown appeal to Treasury
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 645
First Minister says the Welsh Government's lockdown could lead to job losses without UK help.
Visa and Mastercard accused of charging 'excessive' fees
20/10/2020 | news | business | 503
Retail groups say the fees charged by credit card firms have almost doubled in two years.
UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials
20/10/2020 | news | health | 1,511
Volunteers will be deliberately exposed to the virus in trials due to start in January.
Covid: Burn-out fears of 'exhausted' unpaid carers
20/10/2020 | news | health | 371
Many of those looking after vulnerable relatives or friends wonder how they will cope this winter.
Heriot wind farm development appeal rejected
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 120
A reporter concludes a proposed wind farm "fails to respect" the character of the Borders landscape.
NHS Lothian staff 'worried' as Covid ward already full
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 568
As admissions rise dramatically at one Scottish hospital, staff are dreading the potential toll of the second wave.
Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland to move to highest restrictions
19/10/2020 | news | world | 190
The new rules, broadly similar to the spring lockdown, are due to last for six weeks.
Covid: Wales to go into 'firebreak' lockdown from Friday
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 5,113
People in Wales told to stay home from Friday, with pubs and restaurants ordered to close.
Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon plays down row over testing delays
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,913
The Scottish government says there have been capacity issues, but the UK government says this is "categorically untrue".
Covid lockdown: Wales poised for decision on circuit-breaker
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,134
The Welsh Government is expected to announce its decision on a "firebreak" lockdown later.
Covid: England boosting plasma stocks for patients
19/10/2020 | news | health | 147
Fourteen new donation centres are to open around the country in November and December.
Strictly Come Dancing launch sees Nicola Adams and Katya Jones paired
18/10/2020 | news | entertainment | 3,149
Former boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will be the show's first celebrity same-sex couple.
Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants have closed across Northern Ireland
17/10/2020 | news | uk | 501
There has been criticism of the level of support available to businesses forced to shut.
Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10
17/10/2020 | news | politics | 17,913
"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.
Travel ban: Can I visit Wales from Covid hotspots?
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,186
Rules banning people from entering Wales from coronavirus hotspots in the UK have come into force.
Fortnight Covid 'fire-break' lockdown within days in Wales
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,173
Wales faces a two-week stay-at-home "fire-break" lockdown, says First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Covid in Scotland: New face covering rules come into force
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,707
People must now cover their face in workplace canteens - but no longer need to if they are getting married.
Covid: Andy Burnham holding the government 'over a barrel', says Raab
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,458
Do "the right thing" and accept tougher rules, the foreign secretary urges Greater Manchester's mayor.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon reveals first loss since 1984
16/10/2020 | news | business | 1,075
Chairman Tim Martin criticises the government's "confusing" Covid restrictions as sales tumble.
Brexit: EU leaders call for UK trade talks to continue
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,391
The UK's negotiator accused the EU of expecting the UK to make "all future moves" towards a deal.
Covid: Circuit-breaker lockdown 'likely for Wales'
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,031
Restaurateurs, food businesses and unions call for urgent clarity on the Welsh Government's plans.
Covid alert level: London, Essex, York and other areas moving to Tier 2
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,335
Millions of people face more restrictions from Saturday, including a ban on households mixing indoors.
Covid: Wales travel ban plan 'risks division'
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 243
UK government minister demands 'urgent clarification' over plans to bar travel from hotspots.
Covid in Scotland: No 'return to normal' when pubs reopen
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,407
Nicola Sturgeon says the expiry of existing rules on 26 October will not signal a return to complete normality.