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Covid lockdown eases: Celebrations as pub gardens and shops reopen
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 5,057
Shoppers have been rushing back to the High Street, where queues were seen outside some retailers.
Covid: More than enough vaccines for under-30s, says Hancock
08/04/2021 | news | uk | 3,741
The health secretary says the vaccine rollout remains on track to jab all adults by the end of July.
Covid: UK vaccine rollout 'breaking link' between infections and death
08/04/2021 | news | health | 1,071
A decline in cases has stalled but deaths have not followed the same pattern, scientists say.
Driving lessons to resume in England and Wales on 12 April
07/04/2021 | news | other | 382
Lessons can start on 12 April and tests will return 10 days later, the transport secretary says.
Covid: Moderna vaccine UK rollout begins in Wales
07/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,601
The vaccine is the third to be used in the UK, with England's rollout due "in the next few days".
City drivers 'should think twice' before buying SUVs
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,852
The boss of the RAC Foundation says drivers in urban areas should consider which car is most appropriate.
Covid passports: Certification is 'one option', vaccines minister says
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 6,540
Introducing Covid status certificates risks creating a "two-tier Britain", critics say.
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.
Pub vaccine passports not British - Sir Keir Starmer
01/04/2021 | news | politics | 2,892
The Labour leader says it would be "wrong in principle" to ask landlords to police a new scheme.
Covid-19: Few people with symptoms are self-isolating, study finds
01/04/2021 | news | health | 775
And fewer than one in five people request a test if they have symptoms, a report on test-and-trace says.
Covid-19: More than 6,000 'lives saved by vaccine programme'
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,721
The estimate for England comes as the over-50s are urged to book a jab in the coming days.
Covid-19: Pubs could require vaccine passports - Boris Johnson
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 5,396
But one Conservative MP says "papers for pubs" would lead the country into "a ghastly trap".
'Greed' and 'capitalism' helped UK's vaccines success, says PM
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,658
But Boris Johnson immediately retracts the comments made during a Zoom meeting with Tory MPs.
Covid: £5,000 fine for people going on holiday abroad
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,094
It is due to come into force in England next week as some other lockdown restrictions are eased.
Covid: Deaths below average for first time since summer
23/03/2021 | news | health | 1,925
The decline suggests the winter wave of coronavirus deaths has ended, experts say.
Jobless crisis shows signs of easing but under-25s hit hard
23/03/2021 | news | business | 1,048
The number of workers on UK company payrolls climbed by 200,000 in the three months to February.
UK government borrowing hits February record as virus impact continues
19/03/2021 | news | business | 1,866
The government borrowed £19.1bn last month, the highest figure for February since records began.
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.
Integrated review: UK to lift cap on nuclear stockpile
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 6,832
The UK will also shift focus towards Indo-Pacific countries, following a year-long foreign policy review.
UK to shift foreign policy focus following review
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,879
The reassessment of security and defence also paves the way for the UK to increase stocks of nuclear weapons.
Greggs to open shops despite first loss in 36 years
16/03/2021 | news | business | 742
The bakery chain is confident of long-term recovery despite sales being hit amid the pandemic.
New children's commissioner pledges to 'rebuild' childhood
16/03/2021 | news | education | 497
Dame Rachel de Souza wants help for children after the pandemic to be like post-war reconstruction.
Sturgeon to set out dates for easing Scotland's lockdown rules
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,633
The Scottish first minister is to set out proposed dates for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions at Holyrood.
Miles of new bus lanes and more services promised
15/03/2021 | news | business | 1,773
Boris Johnson says a £3bn plan to upgrade England's bus networks will improve access and air quality.
Oscars nominations 2021: Brits, diversity and female directors rewarded
15/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 443
It is also a record year for diversity in the acting nominations and for female directors.
Bank of England governor defends self over scandal
15/03/2021 | news | business | 880
Andrew Bailey has been criticised for evidence he gave over a scandal in which 11,000 savers lost money.
Covid-19: Hospitality bosses threaten government with court
15/03/2021 | news | business | 643
They say it is unfair pubs will have to wait five weeks longer than non-essential retail to reopen indoors.
Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn
12/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,074
Ministers say "increased" controversy over the Cumbria mine means a public inquiry is needed.
Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK
12/03/2021 | news | health | 1,583
The UK's latest R number - 0.6 to 0.8 - suggests the outbreak is still shrinking overall.
'Right to repair' law to come in this summer
10/03/2021 | news | business | 921
Manufacturers will be obliged to make spare parts for appliances available to consumers.
Covid-19: Don't think pandemic is over, Whitty warns
09/03/2021 | news | health | 5,342
Unlocking too quickly would lead to a substantial surge in infection, the UK's chief medical adviser says.
Covid: Labour urges 'germ games' to plan for pandemics
09/03/2021 | news | politics | 703
The party's shadow health secretary says yearly drills would help the UK prepare for future threats.
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.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak insists Covid-recovery tax rises fair
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,526
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is accused of hitting the poorest hardest in his Budget plan to balance the books.
UK found guilty of dirty air breach by EU court
04/03/2021 | news | science | 1,192
The UK is found guilty of “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits.
Smoking banned at hospitals and playgrounds in Wales
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 351
It is the first ban of its kind in the UK but a step too far say smokers' rights group.
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.
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.
Schools back 8 March in England with Covid tests taken at home
22/02/2021 | news | education | 1,017
Parents of secondary school pupils will carry out Covid tests and face masks will be worn in class.
Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
UK to launch 'high risk' science agency
19/02/2021 | news | business | 1,117
The new agency will help "cement the UK's position as a science superpower", the government says.
Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
Strong decline in coronavirus across England since January, React study shows
18/02/2021 | news | health | 3,885
Study finds infections fell by two-thirds - and more in London - but warns virus levels remain high.
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: 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 hotel quarantine less strict than Australia's
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 987
There are key differences in rules between England’s system and elsewhere, a BBC analysis shows.
Climate Change: Government may review road-building policy
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 399
It follows a legal challenge from campaigners, who argue the policy does not fit with climate targets.
UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020
12/02/2021 | news | business | 4,395
The size of the economy shrank by 9.9% in 2020 as coronavirus restrictions hit output, figures show.
UK economy poised like a coiled spring, says Bank economist
12/02/2021 | news | business | 284
Andy Haldane says the UK economy will surge back this spring thanks to the vaccine programme.
NHS reform: 'No better time than now' for changes, says Matt Hancock
11/02/2021 | news | health | 2,326
The aim is for health and social care to join up more, but Labour questions the timing of the move.
Covid: Over-70s can contact NHS for vaccine in England
08/02/2021 | news | health | 898
A national booking system is available in England that can be accessed online.
Elon Musk's Tesla buys $1.5bn of Bitcoin causing currency to spike
08/02/2021 | news | business | 1,681
The cryptocurrency surges 17% as Tesla also said it could start accepting Bitcoin as payment.
Buy now, pay later firms such as Klarna face stricter controls
02/02/2021 | news | business | 618
The financial regulator says it would be easy for customers to build up unseen debts of £1,000.
Online gambling faces fresh restrictions
02/02/2021 | news | business | 245
A new package of measures is designed to make online casino games less intensive and safer.
Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
Co-op and Morrisons payment problems investigated
26/01/2021 | news | world | 397
Supermarkets say card payment problems that led to long queues are resolved, but cause still unknown
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.
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%.
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.
Festival season 'still possible' despite Glastonbury cancellation
22/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 288
Despite Glastonbury's cancellation, smaller festivals could still go ahead, experts say.
UK borrowing hits highest December level on record
22/01/2021 | news | business | 461
Government borrowing hit £34.1bn last month, as the cost of pandemic support measures weighed on the economy.
Shoppers stuck at home shun new clothes in 2020
22/01/2021 | news | business | 887
Clothing was the hardest-hit sector last year, seeing a 25% drop in sales overall.
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.
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.
Covid: House hunters travelling 'hundreds of miles' to view homes
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,045
Estate agents call for tougher measures - as buyers race to beat the end of the stamp duty holiday.
Inflation: Cost of living up despite Covid Christmas curbs
20/01/2021 | news | business | 812
The UK inflation rate jumps to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in November, led by higher transport costs.
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.
Coal mine go-ahead 'undermines climate summit'
19/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,184
The UK's push to secure a deal over fossil fuels is being undercut by a decision to allow a new coal mine, MPs warn.
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: Cash refusal 'creeping into UK economy'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 2,698
A survey by consumer group Which? raises concerns over coronavirus leading to more cashless stores.
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.
Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review
15/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,300
The footballer joins celebrities and campaigners to call for action in a letter to the prime minister.
UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
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".
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: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
Covid: 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.
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.
Soaring house prices in 2020 likely to slow this year, says Halifax
08/01/2021 | news | business | 998
The lender says it expects "downward pressure on house prices" in 2021 following annual rise of 6% last year.
Covid-19: Oxford vaccine rolled out to hundreds of GP sites in England
07/01/2021 | news | health | 823
It comes amid concerns of hospitals being overwhelmed and delays in vaccine delivery.
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.
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.
UK borrowing hits highest November level on record
22/12/2020 | news | business | 1,371
The government borrowed £31.6bn last month as it continued to support the economy during the pandemic.
Coronavirus: Impact of new variant on children investigated
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,005
Experts urgently assess whether the mutation of coronavirus spreads more easily among the young.
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
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.
Covid: Toughest rules extended in south of England
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,977
It means more than two-thirds of the nation's population will be in tier three from Saturday.
Covid: 11,000 positive tests delayed in Welsh figures
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,021
Public Health Wales warns IT maintenance has led to "significant under-reporting" of cases.
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.
Future of economy 'unusually uncertain', warns Bank of England
17/12/2020 | news | business | 323
The Bank of England says trying to predict economic progress is hampered by a lack of a Brexit deal.
BA drops 15 long-haul routes including Seoul and Seychelles
17/12/2020 | news | business | 536
The news comes as many airlines cut staff and drop routes as passengers cut travel amid the pandemic.
Covid curbs scandalous, says Revolution Bars chief
17/12/2020 | news | business | 324
Chief executive Rob Pitcher says the government is "sacrificing businesses and people's livelihoods".
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.
Housing: Formula for locating new homes revised after Tory backlash
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 447
Urban developments in the Midlands and north of England will now be prioritised in government U-turn.
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.
Brexit: Hornby stops non-UK orders due to price confusion
16/12/2020 | news | business | 500
The model train maker says it's in a difficult position and has paused all international orders until January 2021.
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.
Verstappen wins season finale in Abu Dhabi
13/12/2020 | sport | f1 | 931
Max Verstappen ends a frustrating season for Red Bull on a high with a dominant victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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.
Covid: UK isolation period shortened to 10 days
11/12/2020 | news | health | 1,294
The change will apply to contacts of coronavirus cases and people quarantining after travel.
Covid: Secondary school pupils in London, Kent and Essex hotspots urged to get tested
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 412
Secondary schools in the worst-affected parts of London, Kent and Essex will be offered tests.
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.
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: Johnson heads to Brussels on Wednesday for last ditch trade talks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,689
Boris Johnson seeks a last minute breakthrough in stalled talks over a UK-EU trade agreement.
Oxford Covid vaccine 'safe and effective' study shows
08/12/2020 | news | health | 2,210
The peer-reviewed work in the Lancet medical journal confirms the vaccine is 'safe and protects'.
Under-18s banned from lottery scratchcards in crackdown
08/12/2020 | news | business | 635
The ban from next October is part of "a major review" of laws to protect children and vulnerable people.
England's children decline 'significantly' in science tests
08/12/2020 | news | education | 418
International school tests have Singapore at top, with England down in science but up in maths.
Brexit: 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.
Climate change: UK aim of 68% emissions cut a 'colossal challenge'
04/12/2020 | news | science | 830
The "ambitious" target for 2030 would see the UK move faster than any major economy, the PM says.
EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers
02/12/2020 | news | business | 1,995
Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.
UK house price growth 'fastest for almost six years'
01/12/2020 | news | business | 1,127
Property price rises accelerated last month, the Nationwide says. but growth is set to slow next year.
SNP conference: £500 'thank you' payment for healthcare staff
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,877
Nicola Sturgeon says the one-off cash payment is to thank health staff for their "extraordinary service".
Covid: PM calls for 'unity' as he agrees to publish data behind new tiers
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 658
Boris Johnson will publish data behind England's new tiers later in a bid to win over Tory rebels.
Covid-19: Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg' as substantial meal
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,638
They would count as a "substantial meal" under new rules for parts of England, a minister says.
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.
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.
Rishi Sunak faces state pension conundrum
27/11/2020 | news | business | 1,482
Official forecasts suggest the state pension will rise by 4.1% in April 2022 when unemployment is high.
Black Friday: Next, M&S and Wilko shun sales event
27/11/2020 | news | business | 559
Although Black Friday spending in the UK is set to soar in 2020, some brands won't be taking part.
Spending Review: Council tax likely to rise, says think-tank
26/11/2020 | news | business | 3,370
The IFS says the Spending Review means council tax could rise an average £70 per household.
Covid tiers 'a mortal blow' to hospitality
26/11/2020 | news | business | 2,780
One bar owner says 'it simply isn't viable' to operate under restrictions as English tiers are revealed.
Greater Manchester mayor hopes 'to be out of tier 3 in two weeks'
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 192
Andy Burnham said, if Covid rates continue to fall, he will push for Greater Manchester to go into tier two.
Covid: Pub industry warns it faces 'darkest of moments'
26/11/2020 | news | business | 196
More than 50 executives call for evidence justifying industry's Covid restrictions to be published.
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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,351
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
Covid-19: PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,128
England will return to a regional approach from 2 December but the tiers will be "tougher", the PM says.
EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.