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Covid-19: Vaccine passports could create 'two-tier society', equality watchdog warns
15/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
Vaccine certificates could help to reopen society but risk discrimination, a UK equality body warns.
Covid: How ready is Scotland to unlock?
14/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,371
With the country opening up a little more on Friday, here are five things about the state of the pandemic.
Covid test firm cuts price amid criticism over cost
14/04/2021 | news | business | 970
Travel trade group Abta warns that the cost of testing is still a "significant restriction" for people.
Covid: People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 4,228
It comes after all over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have been offered a first dose.
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: Early queues as Wales' shops reopen after lockdown
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 520
Covid rules are eased to allow non-essential retail and close-contact services to resume.
Covid: Deaths in England and Wales fall 92% since January peak
08/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,848
The drop in England and Wales comes amid efforts to reassure the public about vaccine safety.
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: Buses in England to return to pre-pandemic levels as lockdown eases, says industry group
08/04/2021 | news | uk | 378
Companies are expecting more people to travel as the lockdown eases further on Monday.
Morrisons to stop selling plastic carrier bags
08/04/2021 | news | business | 458
The supermarket chain will remove 100 million plastic carrier bags from its network over the next year.
High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April
08/04/2021 | news | business | 165
Analysts say rise in visitors to retail parks shows shoppers keen to return to physical shopping.
Covid: Shed and garage offices pose insurance risk
08/04/2021 | news | business | 337
Plans to convert sheds, garages and extensions in order to work from home can leave some uninsured.
Where are Britain's loneliest places in lockdown?
07/04/2021 | news | education | 515
Loneliness in the pandemic has been more intense for young people in poor, urban areas.
Mobile phones should be banned in schools - Gavin Williamson
07/04/2021 | news | technology | 1,727
Phones should not be used or seen during the school day, the education secretary says.
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.
Test travel regime must be easy and cheap, says PM
06/04/2021 | news | business | 2,291
It comes after airlines criticised plans to make travellers pay for pre and post-travel testing.
IMF forecasts stronger recovery for world economy
06/04/2021 | news | business | 739
The IMF has upgraded both its UK and global forecasts compared with what it projected in January.
Peacocks stores back in business but only half will reopen
06/04/2021 | news | business | 346
Half the fashion chain's 400 stores will reopen, saving 2,000 jobs, but the rest are left behind.
Unions criticise 'miserly' 50p rise in statutory sick pay
06/04/2021 | news | business | 924
SSP increases from £95.85 to £96.35 a week in April, but unions say it is too little to live on.
Covid: Wales' pubs could reopen and families meet indoors in May
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 974
Two households could be able to meet indoors, and gyms and leisure centres could also open.
Covid: Europe's vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow' - WHO
01/04/2021 | news | world | 2,625
The WHO says the situation in the wider Europe region is more worrying than it has been in several months.
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.
Coronavirus: Pfizer jab 'stopping 91% of cases in first six months'
01/04/2021 | news | health | 1,631
And another study shows even 96-year-olds are producing an impressive immune response.
Liberty Steel boss: Plants won't shut on my watch
01/04/2021 | news | business | 607
Metal tycoon Sanjeev Gupta is racing to refinance his business after his financial backer collapsed.
Single-use plastic bag charge doubles to 10p in Scotland
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 797
The charge has been 5p since it was introduced in 2014, prompting a drastic decline in plastic bag usage.
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.
Why April is a big month for your finances
01/04/2021 | news | business | 347
Lots of changes to household bills, tax and other elements of finances take place in the course of a week.
Covid: Children 'well protected by Pfizer vaccine'
31/03/2021 | news | health | 1,284
Initial results from trials in 12- to 15-year-olds in the US will be handed to regulators.
Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
Covid-19: Shielding coming to an end for millions
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 995
Wednesday is the last day millions of the most clinically vulnerable people in England and Wales are told to shield.
Easter egg sales 'soar by almost 50%'
30/03/2021 | news | business | 589
M&S, Asda and Thorntons are among those seeing a big rise in eggs sales ahead of the Easter weekend.
Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' rule to end on Friday
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,947
People are being told to "stay local" and remain within their local council area for the following three weeks.
Covid-19: World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,362
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
Scotland election 2021: Leaders go head-to-head in first TV debate
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,407
The leaders of Scotland's five larger political parties will take part in the BBC Scotland debate.
Wetherspoon plans new pubs and jobs if ‘no further lockdowns’
30/03/2021 | news | business | 669
The chain plans to open 18 new pubs and upgrade others, but only if there are no more Covid restrictions.
Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed
29/03/2021 | news | world | 2,225
It took almost a week to dislodge a giant container ship blocking one the world's busiest trade routes.
Covid: Outdoor meet-ups and sports resume in England
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 656
The stay-at-home order has ended, but people are urged to turn down hugs - even if it is "awkward".
Covid jab: One dose in care homes gives 'substantial' protection
29/03/2021 | news | health | 1,299
A study suggests 62% of residents are protected by a single dose of the vaccines used in the UK.
MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,809
The health secretary said 'essential' government powers need to stay but other measures have been scrapped.
NHS staff in Scotland to be offered 4% pay rise
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,301
The Scottish government praised staff for their "service and dedication" during the Covid pandemic.
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".
Government will be 'forced to rely' on BBC licence fee model, MPs suggest
25/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 118
A group of MPs says the infrastructure is not in place for a viable alternative to the licence fee.
Fifth of students 'poorly prepared for university'
25/03/2021 | news | education | 191
Two in five students say they would have made better choices if they had had better advice, Ucas finds.
Coronavirus: EU and UK try to end row with 'win-win' on vaccines
24/03/2021 | news | world | 8,052
After weeks of tension over Covid vaccine supplies, the two sides now say they are working together.
Covid: Health security body gives UK 'protective shield'
24/03/2021 | news | health | 162
The UK Health Security Agency launches next week, aiming to protect the nation from future pandemics.
Bloomsbury sees higher profits thanks to reading 'ray of sunshine'
24/03/2021 | news | business | 41
The Harry Potter publisher expects a jump in profits after books provided a "ray of sunshine during dark year".
'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.
UK inflation rate falls as clothes prices drop
24/03/2021 | news | business | 977
A fall in the price of clothing and second-hand cars offset a rise in fuel costs last month.
UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea
24/03/2021 | news | science | 1,081
More oil and gas wells are to be drilled in the North Sea, the UK government announces.
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: UK marks one year since the first lockdown
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,391
The Queen reflects on the "grief and loss felt by so many" as the country holds a minute's silence.
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 launching four regional trade hubs to boost exports
23/03/2021 | news | business | 464
The hubs in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington will aim to provide local firms with advice.
Covid: Boris Johnson's roadmap very optimistic - Mark Drakeford
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,727
Mark Drakeford says he wants to be honest and realistic, not "paint the most optimistic plan I can".
Coronavirus vaccines: PM to telephone EU leaders in bid to stop export ban being imposed
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,911
EU leaders will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the fate of vaccines made on the continent.
Covid: UK death rate 'no longer Europe's worst' by winter
19/03/2021 | news | health | 6,874
Six other countries were worse affected during the second wave of the pandemic, according to ONS figures.
Covid vaccine: PM to have AstraZeneca jab as he urges public to do the same
19/03/2021 | news | uk | 835
Boris Johnson will receive his first dose while European countries resume use of the Oxford vaccine.
AstraZeneca: UK and EU clot reviews confirm safety of vaccine
18/03/2021 | news | health | 2,620
Regulators give reassurance and advice on rare blood clot symptoms, such as headache lasting days.
Covid vaccine: Supply issues 'will not impact roadmap' in England - Hancock
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,098
The health secretary confirms the UK's supply is being hit by a delayed AstraZeneca shipment from India.
BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
Scotland to get 500,000 fewer Covid vaccine doses
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,912
Despite the supply issues, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the government expects to meet its mid-April targets.
Economic outlook 'unusually uncertain' despite 'rapid' vaccine rollout
18/03/2021 | news | business | 917
Bank of England says a rebound is likely in 2021, but it still depends on the "evolution of the pandemic".
Covid vaccine: UK supply hit by India delivery delay
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,405
It is understood a shipment of five million AstraZeneca doses to the UK has been held up by four weeks.
Covid: People aged 50-54 invited for jab in England
17/03/2021 | news | health | 1,329
The England rollout comes as figures show nearly half of UK adults have had one dose.
Covid: EU plans rollout of travel certificate before summer
17/03/2021 | news | world | 2,081
It will permit travel by those vaccinated, or who have tested negative or recently recovered.
Government sets out £1bn plan to cut industrial carbon emissions
17/03/2021 | news | business | 289
The government wants firms to waste less energy and develop low-carbon technologies.
Scotland voters weigh up priorities as polls approach
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,209
Independence, Covid, the economy and the NHS are on voters' minds ahead of elections in May.
Vaccine side effects: My experience of them and what they mean
17/03/2021 | news | health | 3,353
Why do some people get side effects - and do they mean you have greater protection?
Energy customers set for refunds when direct debits are too high
17/03/2021 | news | business | 591
Energy regulator Ofgem says customers' overpayments are being used to pay for "unsustainable business".
Covid-19: St Patrick's Day 'must be different', warns Foster
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 522
Northern Ireland's first minister issues a plea as she announces key changes to coronavirus restrictions.
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.
Covid in Wales: Hold inquiry after pandemic, Mark Drakeford says
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 791
Mark Drakeford's comments come on the anniversary of first death with Covid reported in Wales.
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.
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.
Ministers frustrated with PM's 'mistakes' ahead of Covid second wave
15/03/2021 | news | politics | 5,852
Senior figures tell the BBC Boris Johnson should have been tougher in the autumn to prevent more deaths.
Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days
15/03/2021 | news | health | 3,382
All over 50s could be vaccinated ahead of schedule, thanks to good supplies, say experts.
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.
Cost of living: Hand gel in, white chocolate out
15/03/2021 | news | business | 846
Loungewear and smart watches are other commonly bought goods now used to measure changes in the cost of living.
Covid: Hairdressers reopen in Wales as lockdown eases
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 382
One salon owners says some of her clients burst into tears on being told they were reopening.
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.
Covid-19: British Airways plans app-based travel pass
14/03/2021 | news | business | 2,896
People who have had both jabs will be able to register their status on BA's smartphone app.
Covid vaccinations: No reason to stop using AstraZeneca jab, says WHO
12/03/2021 | news | world | 1,416
The body reassures states after some halted their rollouts over unproven fears the jab causes clots.
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.
UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
Royal Mail to pilot Sunday parcel delivery
12/03/2021 | news | business | 168
The postal service will make deliveries for major retailers as online shopping continues to grow.
Car insurance claims plunge as drivers stay at home
12/03/2021 | news | business | 292
The drop in claims is not mirrored in cheaper premiums, but insurers say motorists have been supported.
Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain
11/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,819
Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".
Covid-19 pandemic: France eases travel for UK and six other countries
11/03/2021 | news | world | 1,311
A "compelling reason" is no longer needed to travel to and from the non-EU countries, officials say.
Virtual reality headsets for work ‘could snowball’
11/03/2021 | news | business | 57
Use of the headsets by people working from home could pick up quite rapidly, a business group says.
M&S to sell clothes from rival brands to boost online sales
11/03/2021 | news | business | 96
The High Street stalwart will sell items from 11 different clothing brands on its website from spring.
Heathrow says airport border queues at 'unacceptable level'
10/03/2021 | news | business | 1,593
The airport regularly sees queuing times of three hours and on occasion six hours, an executive says.
Covid-19: Too early to book a foreign holiday, Grant Shapps says
10/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,236
The transport secretary says there are questions about how safe it will be to "travel around" in June.
Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
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.
First day back at school has 'gone well', say heads
08/03/2021 | news | education | 2,396
Millions have returned to school in England, with face masks and Covid tests for secondary pupils.
Covid: Traffic on Welsh roads 60% higher than first lockdown
08/03/2021 | news | uk | 587
Traffic on Welsh roads has increased compared with previous lockdowns, government data shows.
Coronavirus infection levels continue to drop in the UK
05/03/2021 | news | health | 3,122
R remains below 1, and a survey of community infections suggest around 1-in-230 people has the virus.
Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak
05/03/2021 | news | business | 713
Where was the help for the environment, social care, renters, and to cover the future costs of Covid?
Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
Budget 2021: 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.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak warns tax rises to follow spending spree
03/03/2021 | news | business | 2,439
The UK economy is expected to recover six months faster than expected from the pandemic, the chancellor says.
Budget 2021: Furlough set to be extended - Kwasi Kwarteng
02/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,868
Kwasi Kwarteng says help for firms and workers will continue, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares to unveil the Budget.
BBC Three will return to TV screens after six-year break
02/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,041
The channel will make a comeback, after scoring hits with Normal People and Fleabag online.
Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal
02/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,318
The Labour leader is not being strident enough in opposition, two ex-shadow ministers say.
University to pay out £5k for 'less valuable' experience
02/03/2021 | news | education | 216
Details of student complaints about Covid's impact are released - including one award of £5,000.
Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,725
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s
01/03/2021 | news | health | 2,804
The UK will soon be in a "very different world", government scientists promise after the success of the jabs.
Covid: 'People are tired of working from home'
01/03/2021 | news | business | 2,579
Canary Wharf expects people to return to the office but may choose home working some of the time.
Covid: Teachers' risk 'similar' to other under-65s
01/03/2021 | news | health | 1,313
The study measured infection rates in school staff and pupils in November and December.
Budget 2021: 'Now is not the time for tax rises', say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 718
The Treasury Committee says "significant" measures may be needed later to improve public finances.
Letter demands action over 'UK nature in freefall'
01/03/2021 | news | science | 476
Wildlife experts urge the prime minister to step up action on the loss of species in the UK.
Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK
26/02/2021 | news | health | 2,344
Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases.
Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,392
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
UK Covid alert level drops as NHS threat 'recedes'
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,122
The move to the second-highest level means the NHS is no longer at imminent risk of being overwhelmed.
Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy - Hammond
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,970
The ex-chancellor says Boris Johnson must "do the right thing", even if it means risking unpopularity.
Get used to fewer trains, says rail body
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,289
Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
Vauxhall: Crunch talks to save Ellesmere Port plant continue
25/02/2021 | news | business | 238
Vauxhall's parent company has previously said its fate depends on the government's commitment to the car industry.
Lockdown: Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,281
Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April, Boris Johnson says.
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 vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 2,955
First evidence from the UK's vaccine programme shows a reduction in hospital admissions in Scotland.
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 sees further drop in coronavirus numbers
19/02/2021 | news | health | 2,967
The number of new infections in the community has decreased in all regions, latest data shows.
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: Health workers appeal to PM for better personal protection
19/02/2021 | news | health | 449
In a letter, 20 organisations say measures to tackle airborne spread of coronavirus are "inadequate".
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: 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.
Covid: Make children priority after pandemic, Anne Longfield says
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 265
England's children's commissioner calls on Boris Johnson to put them "centre stage" of his plans.
Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils to return to classrooms
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,450
Pupils in P1 to P3 and pre-school children will go back from 22 February, it has been confirmed.
Another new coronavirus variant seen in the UK
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,099
It has similar mutations to the South Africa variant, so how worrying is it?
Covid: Rapid tests could help reopen nightclubs, PM suggests
16/02/2021 | news | business | 847
Boris Johnson suggests testing clubbers and theatregoers to reopen venues that have been closed since March.
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.
Covid: Third of social care staff still not vaccinated, Matt Hancock says
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 788
The health secretary confirms a jab has been offered to everyone in the UK's top four priority groups.
Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
Covid: 'No evidence' schools spread lots of coronavirus
15/02/2021 | news | health | 1,386
Researchers looked at teacher and pupil Covid "sick days" in England in the autumn term up to Christmas.
Pound hits three-year high on vaccination hopes
15/02/2021 | news | business | 739
Sterling rises above $1.39 as the vaccine programme raises hopes that lockdown can be eased.
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.
Wetherspoons calls for pubs to reopen 'to save jobs'
15/02/2021 | news | business | 2,677
The chairman of the chain is calling for pubs to reopen at the same time as non-essential shops.
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 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.
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.
Brexit: Trade friction 'not teething problems'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,034
Jeremy Miles MS says it is irresponsible for UK officials to claim trade changes were "unexpected".
UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules
12/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,791
The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".
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.
Four English councils get emergency government funding
11/02/2021 | news | politics | 222
Eastbourne, Bexley, Luton and Peterborough will be able to borrow more to fund day-to-day costs.
HS2: Next phase of controversial rail network gets green light
11/02/2021 | news | business | 823
Legislation needed to clear the next stage of the controversial project has passed through Parliament.
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.
Covid-19: Kent virus variant 'on course to sweep world'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,790
The expert heading the UK's genetic surveillance says research into strains will go into the 2030s.
Rail and road problems as temperatures hit new low of -17.1C
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 486
Scotland has faced a second day of travel disruption after further heavy snowfall and freezing conditions.
Covid: Don't book holiday yet, government warns
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 4,934
Boris Johnson urges people to "be patient", after the transport secretary says summer breaks are in doubt.
Covid: WHO backs Oxford vaccine 'even if variants present'
10/02/2021 | news | health | 2,949
Its use in people over 65 as well as in countries where variants are circulating is recommended.
Beer and pub leaders plead for reopening date after sales halve in 2020
10/02/2021 | news | business | 832
The industry shows the government a "roadmap to recovery" as it waits for a reopening date.
Covid: Care home staff without PPE at start of pandemic - MPs
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 421
MPs say care homes received a fraction of the PPE needed compared with the health service.
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.
Universal Credit: Extend £20 benefit top-up for a year, say MPs
09/02/2021 | news | politics | 464
Ministers are urged not to replace weekly Universal Credit increase with a one-off payment next month.
Covid: Two tests for all UK arrivals during quarantine
09/02/2021 | news | business | 850
Details of the new system, aimed at tracking cases and detecting new variants, will be set out later today.
Holiday giant Tui bets on summer bounce back
09/02/2021 | news | business | 806
The travel firm expects holiday bookings to be 80% of usual levels thanks to the vaccine programme.
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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Avoid 'setting dates' for lifting lockdown, scientist warns
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,952
Leaders should not be "driven by a calendar", says a scientist advising the government.
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.
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: '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 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.
Brexit: Animal-based food checks at ports suspended
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 936
Arlene Foster denounces "threats" against staff checking on animal and food products at Larne and Belfast.
Covid: Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,928
The PM says it relies on factors such as the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases coming down.
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.
Lost school time 'could cost pupils £40,000 in earnings'
01/02/2021 | news | education | 1,030
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns the "long-run costs" of the pandemic will hit children disproportionately.
Firms call for details of post lockdown reopening so they can plan
01/02/2021 | news | business | 380
The CBI employers' group tells the government a post-Covid economic strategy will unlock investment.
Covid: 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 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.
Covid infections remain high but stable
29/01/2021 | news | health | 1,572
The Office for National Statistics found infections had hardly shifted compared with the previous week.
Covid-19: 'Less exercise and more TV' than first lockdown
29/01/2021 | news | health | 711
People are spending less time on hobbies and volunteering in the current lockdown, researchers say.
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: 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.
UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad
26/01/2021 | news | health | 7,254
As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.
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
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: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,101
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".
Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU
25/01/2021 | news | business | 3,320
The move sparks concerns that customers could see prices rise if merchants pass on the higher cost.
Barclaycard customers face higher minimum payments
25/01/2021 | news | business | 201
The changes affecting some customers take effect as finances are squeezed by Covid and Christmas.
Coronavirus: UK R number 'between 0.8 and 1'
22/01/2021 | news | health | 4,946
The UK's chief medical adviser warns that "a very small change and it could start taking off again".
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.
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: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU
22/01/2021 | news | business | 2,921
UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.
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.
Covid: £800 house party fines to be introduced in England
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 169
Fines of £800 will be handed to anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people from next week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vauxhall: Future of Ellesmere Port hangs in the balance
19/01/2021 | news | business | 122
Vauxhall's parent company warns it will no longer invest in pure diesel or petrol cars at Ellesmere Port.
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.
Covid-19: Critical care wards full in hospitals across England
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 787
There are very few spare beds for the most seriously ill patients in parts of the country, the NHS says.
Covid: Wales' new shop rules 'follow evidence of spread'
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,495
First Minister Mark Drakeford says there is "no doubt at all" Covid-19 is spreading in shops.
UK weather: Snow and ice warnings for England and Scotland
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,061
Some areas could see freezing temperatures and 5-10cm of snow on Saturday, the Met Office says.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Lockdown measures 'starting to show signs of some effect' - PM
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,577
But Boris Johnson does not rule out tougher restrictions in England, saying they are kept under review.
Covid-19: We can make this the peak by following rules, says Hancock
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,131
The health secretary urges people to follow rules, saying "individual decisions" make a difference.
Civil service: Call to move 50,000 officials out of London
12/01/2021 | news | politics | 164
Tory think tank says government departments should re-locate to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
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.
Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
Two more life-saving Covid drugs discovered
07/01/2021 | news | health | 1,665
The drugs, which save an extra life for every 12 intensive care patients treated, can be used immediately, say experts.
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.
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.
FTSE 100 chief executives 'earn average salary within 3 days'
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,645
FTSE 100 chiefs will by Wednesday have earned more this year than the average worker's annual wage.
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.
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: Brian Pinker, 82, first to get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,552
The PM says the number of vaccine doses will amount to "tens of millions" by the end of March.
'Furlough mums and dads while schools are off' says TUC
04/01/2021 | news | business | 421
Trades unions urge bosses to support parents trying to balance work and childcare.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
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.
Coronavirus: Government urged to use pharmacies to give vaccine
30/12/2020 | news | business | 933
Pharmacies ask government to employ its high street network to accelerate delivery of newly approved vaccine.
Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
Brexit: Boris Johnson set to unveil trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,448
Officials on both sides are hammering out the final details ahead of an expected announcement.
EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports
24/12/2020 | news | business | 752
While this is a "critical step forward", seed potatoes are not included because of EU regulatory fears.
Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
Covid-19: 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.
UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
Covid: Marston's to run Brains pubs, saving 1,300 jobs
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 423
The Welsh brewery chain says the coronavirus pandemic has put the business under "financial pressure".
Covid-19: Almost 3,000 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 4,373
Politicians are in talks to resume freight, after France closed the border because of the new variant.
Ports chaos 'bad for trust and post-Brexit trade'
22/12/2020 | news | business | 1,699
The food industry says port disruption makes it hard for foreign firms to trust UK exporters post-Brexit.
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.
Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
UK government 'likely to miss' broadband and 5G targets
22/12/2020 | news | technology | 490
More must be done if the UK is to be future-proofed rather than playing catch-up, say MPs.
Covid-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.
Shares fall as new Covid strain spooks investors
21/12/2020 | news | business | 1,524
Wall Street slips after Europe markets fall over the UK's new Covid-19 variant.
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-19: 'Serious disruption' feared as Dover halts traffic to France
21/12/2020 | news | business | 2,845
France will stop lorries arriving from the UK for 48 hours amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.
Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
'Stop-start' Covid rules cost shops £2bn a week, says industry
20/12/2020 | news | business | 1,343
Retailers warn more jobs and businesses are at risk as non-essential shops are forced to close.
Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 9,170
Family mixing at Christmas will be much reduced and scrapped completely for parts of the South East.
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.
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.
UK and US in talks over mini trade deal
17/12/2020 | news | business | 1,221
US trade chief Robert Lighthizer says he is working with Liz Truss on a deal to reduce trade tariffs.
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.
Brexit emergency lorry park plan for Cairnryan port
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 613
An airfield could be used as a lorry park in the event of post-Brexit delays at Cairnryan.
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: 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.
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.
Energy bills: Automatic switching plan for fairer tariffs
13/12/2020 | news | business | 743
Consumers could be automatically switched to cheaper deals when their contracts end.
Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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.
Brexit: 'Strong possibility' of no trade deal with EU - PM
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,024
Boris Johnson says negotiations with the EU will continue, but are "not yet there at all".
Brexit: 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.
Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,332
Sunday becomes the new deadline for a decision on trade talks, after the PM and EU chief meet in Brussels.
Tesco: Brexit 'could see people choose cheddar over brie'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 5,874
The chairman of Tesco says price rises related to Brexit could change what people choose to eat.
Brexit: 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.
Act now to save 'precious UK', English mayors urge PM
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 359
Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham lead calls for a review of how power is shared across the country.
Brexit: UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland border checks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,425
The UK will drop plans to override the Brexit divorce deal, removing a potential obstacle to a trade deal.
Brexit: PM says 'sweet reason' can get UK and EU to trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,967
Boris Johnson says "hope springs eternal" ahead of a meeting with the European Commission president.
Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,864
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face.
Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,914
EU and UK negotiators call in leaders in last ditch effort to secure a trade deal.
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.
Virus levels falling across most of England, says ONS
04/12/2020 | news | health | 1,217
Infection levels are down among all age groups and all regions apart from one, data suggests.
Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
Government to cut £1bn from rail budget
04/12/2020 | news | business | 281
The cut comes at a time when the industry is suffering from low passenger numbers due to the pandemic.
Covid: Travel allowed between Wales and parts of the UK
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,234
Wales' Covid rules previously banned all but "essential" travel but now that has been eased.
Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
Covid in Scotland: Vaccine will reach care homes from 14 December
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 3,047
The first batches of the vaccine, which arrive in Scotland on Tuesday, will be given to health staff.
Asda joins rivals to pay back Covid rates relief
03/12/2020 | news | business | 500
The UK's biggest supermarkets will return £1.7bn after facing criticism for taking state support.
Covid-19 vaccine: First jabs 'could cut 99% of deaths' - Jonathan Van-Tam
03/12/2020 | news | health | 1,540
It is key to deploy the vaccine "as fast" as possible, England's deputy chief medical officer says.
Supermarkets repay rates relief after backlash
02/12/2020 | news | business | 734
Morrisons follows Tesco's lead, with both supermarkets announcing plans to hand back a total £850m.
Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK
02/12/2020 | news | health | 5,840
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive soon.
Boris Johnson able to call early election under proposed new law
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 354
The proposed law would do away with the five year set period between general elections.
Covid: Boris Johnson urges MPs to back tough tiers for England
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,392
The prime minister said the NHS remained under pressure, despite a four-week national lockdown.
Ofsted points to total school disruption in some areas
01/12/2020 | news | education | 435
Regional Ofsted bosses say schooling has been 'completely disrupted' by Covid-19 in some areas.
Covid-19: No plans for 'vaccine passport' - Michael Gove
01/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,494
It follows suggestions pubs and restaurants may turn away people who don't get a coronavirus vaccine.
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.
Lastminute.com to pay £7m in holiday refunds
01/12/2020 | news | business | 255
More than 9,000 customers have yet to be repaid for cancelled package holidays amid the Covid crisis.
Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers
30/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,337
Some Conservative backbenchers have threaten to vote against the plan for England on Tuesday.
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 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 in Scotland: Students and 'hotspot' areas targeted in testing
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 474
Two new mass testing programmes are under way in a bid to drive down infection rates before Christmas.
Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas
30/11/2020 | news | business | 1,419
Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
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.
Universal Credit: Millions face losing £1,000 in benefits, campaigners warn
26/11/2020 | news | politics | 339
Campaigners urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to keep a temporary Universal Credit increase in place.
Covid: Tiers and Christmas - a recipe for disaster?
26/11/2020 | news | health | 911
With lockdown coming to an end, it is all change. But is the government making a mistake?
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.
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.
Rishi Sunak's Spending Review: Four things to look out for
24/11/2020 | news | business | 904
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
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: Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,206
Boris Johnson will unveil the latest Covid plans, including lifting a ban on outdoor grassroots sport.
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.
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.