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Super League: Why are football's biggest clubs starting a new tournament?
19/04/2021 | news | business | 1,863
Europe's biggest teams have suffered during the Covid pandemic and say they want financial stability.
'Big six' agree to join 'Super League'
19/04/2021 | sport | football | 4,181
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who agree to join a new European Super League.
Young people to be reinfected with Covid for study
19/04/2021 | news | health | 393
Scientists will see how the immune system copes second time round, by deliberately infecting volunteers.
Covid-19: High street voucher scheme in NI making 'good progress'
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 65
Individuals could receive between £75 and £100 to spend on high streets in towns and cities in NI.
Covid-19: Time to rebuild economy as restrictions ease, says Dodds
16/04/2021 | news | uk | 424
Growing the economy will help to mitigate the pandemic fallout, says Economy Minister Diane Dodds.
Hammerson: Shopping centre giant slashes rents in revival bid
16/04/2021 | news | business | 366
Hammerson, whose centres include the Bullring and Brent Cross, is "resetting rents to more affordable levels".
TUI says summer holiday season can be saved
16/04/2021 | news | business | 807
The boss of Europe's biggest holiday company thinks successful vaccine programmes can prevent another washout.
Covid-19: NI pubs and cafes to open outdoors from 30 April
15/04/2021 | news | uk | 469
Ministers agree non-essential retail to reopen on the same date, with indoor hospitality on 24 May.
Deliveroo apologises to riders for bonus overpayments
15/04/2021 | news | business | 185
The food delivery firm suffered a technical glitch, but says it has resolved the situation.
Covid: 82% of positive rapid tests 'were correct'
15/04/2021 | news | health | 732
There had been concerns that large numbers would have to self-isolate after a false positive result.
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.
Charity shops tell donors: 'Think before giving'
15/04/2021 | news | business | 542
Charity retailers ask givers to book before just turning up with donations as people flock back.
James Dyson says Brexit has given him 'freedom'
14/04/2021 | news | business | 3,836
Sir James Dyson defends moving his firm's headquarters to Singapore and says Dyson is a British firm.
'Mix and match' UK Covid vaccine trial expanded
14/04/2021 | news | health | 317
Using different shots for the first and second doses might give better protection, say experts.
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.
Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
14/04/2021 | news | business | 2,717
The airport says some travellers are facing waits of up to six hours.
Tesco counts cost of Covid trading as profits drop
14/04/2021 | news | business | 265
The UK's largest supermarket saw full-year sales soar but the pandemic hit its bottom line.
Brexit: Lord Frost to meet EU to discuss NI Protocol
14/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,684
Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic will discuss the UK's "work plan" for the NI part of the Brexit deal.
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-19: England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 728
It offers an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab for under-30s, after very rare blood clot concerns.
NI hospital waiting lists could take 10 years to tackle
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 105
Health Minister says significant and recurrent funding is needed to address "dire waiting lists".
Covid: Travel ban in Scotland to be eased from Friday
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,970
People will be allowed to meet in larger groups outdoors and take day trips across Scotland from Friday.
UK exports to EU rebound partially after January's slump
13/04/2021 | news | business | 3,525
Despite the improvement, exports still remain below 2020 levels, the UK statistics body says.
Brexit prompts JD Sports to open Dublin warehouse
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 285
The firm's imports to GB now incur tariffs when they are distributed onward to its stores across Europe.
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-19: Stay home order lifted in NI as restrictions ease
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 295
Northern Ireland is the last part of the UK to lift the rule, but people will be told to "stay local".
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.
Man Utd too strong for Granada in first leg
08/04/2021 | sport | football | 1,267
Manchester United take a big step towards reaching the Europa League semi-finals with an away first-leg win over Granada.
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".
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-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests
07/04/2021 | news | health | 299
Researchers looked at how likely 600,000 patients were to develop one of 14 common brain conditions.
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.
Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,241
A report calls on the government to create a food security minister to protect the vulnerable.
Covid-19: Dates in pipeline for hairdresser and non-essential retail reopening
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 397
Arlene Foster hopes further easing of Covid restrictions will be detailed at the next executive meeting.
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.
Covid-19: All pupils to return to school after Easter
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 200
The Department of Education says that face-to-face teaching will resume after Easter.
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.
Brexit: Counting the cost of the Irish sea border
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 219
BBC News' Emma Vardy follows a lorry over the Irish Sea to examine the contentious Irish Sea border.
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-19: Swann 'delighted' by jab at Ballymena pharmacy
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 150
Robin Swann urges people book a vaccination slot as soon as possible after they become eligible.
PwC says start when you like, leave when you like
31/03/2021 | news | business | 902
Accountancy giant staff can choose the hours they work and mix home and office following pandemic.
Facebook tweaks its news feed with new controls
31/03/2021 | news | technology | 87
Permission to comment and an easier way to see a chronological feed are both in the works.
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.
England are entertaining team - Rice
31/03/2021 | sport | football | 845
Declan Rice believes England are an "entertaining team to watch" as he responds to critics suggesting Gareth Southgate's side are too cautious.
Coronavirus: NI scientists play 'global role' in response
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 22
NI scientists are playing their part in the global response to understanding Covid-19.
Liberty Steel nationalisation 'an option' to save jobs
30/03/2021 | news | business | 403
Business secretary concerned about "opaque" nature of ownership but won't rule out public purchase.
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.
Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
29/03/2021 | news | business | 3,837
Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
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".
Working from home may continue for NI civil servants
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 85
Thousands of civil servants could switch to blended working as part of a post-pandemic plan.
Deliveroo flotation price to be at bottom of target range
29/03/2021 | news | business | 138
The food delivery business says it is pricing shares "responsibly" amid “volatile” market conditions.
Shelters 'at capacity' with unwanted lockdown pets
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 935
The Scottish SPCA received more than 136,000 calls about unwanted animals in the past year.
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.
Coronavirus: UK vaccine offer to Ireland 'a runner', says Arlene Foster
28/03/2021 | news | uk | 605
Arlene Foster says she will again ask Boris Johnson to offer vaccines to the Republic of Ireland.
Slight Covid uptick in older school children in England
26/03/2021 | news | health | 1,567
Latest figures from the ONS hint at an increase in years 7 to 11 in schools in England.
People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
Liberty Steel: Government looking at 'all options'
26/03/2021 | news | business | 247
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells MPs he hopes to support the steelmaker "in its entirety".
Covid-19: Pfizer director says science 'winning the race' against virus
26/03/2021 | news | uk | 170
The medical director for Pfizer UK says it is important people are "allowed to start living again".
Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns
26/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,404
Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.
Covid: Jab passports possible 'after all offered vaccine'
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,807
A review on certificates showing jab status is ongoing but no decisions have been made, PM says.
MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,809
The health secretary said 'essential' government powers need to stay but other measures have been scrapped.
Covid-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: More than 700,000 vaccine first doses given in NI
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 302
No further coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded by the NI Department of Health.
UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
Nationwide tells 13,000 staff to 'work anywhere'
25/03/2021 | news | business | 838
The UK's biggest building society says it wants to give employees more control over their lives.
Covid-19: EU leaders to discuss boosting vaccine supplies
25/03/2021 | news | world | 731
Leaders will also review plans to curb exports of Covid vaccines, which could affect supply to the UK.
Sir Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'breaking promise' on Army troop numbers
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 734
Boris Johnson says the government is increasing spending on defence "by the biggest amount since the Cold War".
Firmus energy: Gas prices rising by 14% in greater Belfast
24/03/2021 | news | uk | 55
Firmus energy says the tariff change next month will affect more than 50,000 consumers.
Tesla cars can be bought in Bitcoin
24/03/2021 | news | technology | 494
Elon Musk announced his company would accept the virtual currency as payment for a new car.
'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.
Lecturers at further education colleges in NI hold one-day strike
24/03/2021 | news | uk | 77
Staff from the University and College Union are taking action in a dispute over pay and workload.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Primary pupils and years 12-14 return to school
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 108
Children in P4 to P7 and some post-primary pupils are back in the classroom, as part of lockdown easing.
Coronavirus: Third wave will 'wash up on our shores', warns Johnson
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 8,222
Boris Johnson says the UK will "feel effects" of growing case numbers in Europe amid a row over vaccines.
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.
B&Q-owner Kingfisher boosted by new 'young DIY-ers'
22/03/2021 | news | business | 386
Kingfisher says 18-34 year-olds did more home improvements during lockdown than any other age group.
'Historic' climate bill due before NI Assembly
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 87
The bill proposes a net zero target of 2045 and will be brought before the assembly on Monday.
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.
Backlash grows against cut to electric car grants
19/03/2021 | news | business | 3,056
A government decision to reduce subsidies is criticised by the motor industry and UK businesses.
Covid-19: All NI adults 'still getting Covid jab by end of July'
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 179
Officials are doing everything to minimise delays caused by reduced supply, says Robin Swann.
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.
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.
St Patrick's Day: Countries celebrate Ireland's patron saint
17/03/2021 | news | uk | 455
Online events are taking the place of traditional parades due to the coronavirus pandemic.
P&O Cruises says travellers will need vaccinations
17/03/2021 | news | business | 440
Customers will have to prove they have had two coronavirus jabs to get on the company's cruises.
Democracy is in retreat, warns Dominic Raab
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,906
Dominic Raab says the UK should use its "clout" to be "a force for good in the world".
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.
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.
Coronavirus: St Patrick's Day celebrations move online
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 126
There may be no parades or fanfare but events are still taking place to celebrate Ireland's patron saint.
Green Brexit didn't happen, says environmental coalition
16/03/2021 | news | politics | 513
But the government says Brexit enables the UK to set its own rules to deliver better environmental outcomes.
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.
Covid-19: Vaccines now available in NI to everyone aged 50 and over
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 321
Health Minister Robin Swann says 30,000 people booked a Covid-19 vaccine in just three hours.
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.
Johnson: Defence reforms 'will help make UK match-fit'
15/03/2021 | news | politics | 582
Boris Johnson promises more investment and jobs ahead of his long-awaited update on the military.
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.
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.
Households 'buy 3.2 million pets in lockdown'
12/03/2021 | news | business | 191
Many have bought pets in response to social isolation, but there are concerns about animal welfare.
Covid-19: No return to home-schooling for youngest pupils
11/03/2021 | news | uk | 268
A plan for children in primaries one to three to return to remote learning from 22 March is scrapped.
Covid: Four more cases of Brazil variant found in England
11/03/2021 | news | uk | 979
Three cases of the P.1 variant are in South Gloucestershire and the fourth is in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
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".
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.
Rolls-Royce says 'worst behind us' as it posts £4bn loss
11/03/2021 | news | business | 189
The plane-engine maker says 2020 was "unprecedented", but that air travel should bounce back this year.
UK environmental protections 'being flouted'
10/03/2021 | news | science | 570
Campaigners say UK government protections on the environment are already being flouted.
Brexit: UK acted prevent empty shelves, says Brandon Lewis
10/03/2021 | news | uk | 541
Brandon Lewis defends the decision to extend Brexit check grace periods without the EU's agreement.
Covid-19: UK hasn't banned export of vaccines, says PM
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,953
Boris Johnson "corrects" the European Council president over claims about the government's stance.
Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
Air passenger duty: Review planned to cut tax on domestic flights
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 165
Boris Johnson says he wants to see air passenger duties on UK flights fall to help neglected areas.
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.
'Hybrid working will become the norm'
09/03/2021 | news | business | 250
The return to the office after the pandemic will be only partial, says global workspace provider IWG.
Supermarkets warn pet boom causing food pouch shortages
09/03/2021 | news | business | 680
Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons have seen demand rise after more people bought pets during lockdown.
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.
Brexit: Lord Frost accuses EU of 'ill will' over UK exit
08/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,948
Lord Frost says the EU has "significantly undermined" post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
Man Utd 'not thinking' about title
07/03/2021 | sport | football | 2,696
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are not thinking about overhauling Premier League leaders Manchester City despite victory at Etihad Stadium.
Brexit: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,144
The UK government is taking the step to ease the movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.
Budget removed uncertainty for house buyers, says the Halifax
05/03/2021 | news | business | 323
The UK's largest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says the stamp duty holiday extension was welcome.
Government has no climate change plan - MPs
05/03/2021 | news | politics | 652
Two reports from MPs cast doubt on the government's approach to meeting its climate change goals.
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: 'Scrooge Sunak not levelling with people' on cuts
04/03/2021 | news | business | 925
The Budget leaves the chancellor looking more Scrooge than Santa, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Budget 2021: 10 ways Rishi Sunak's speech affects you
04/03/2021 | news | business | 1,163
Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget is packed with policies that will affect your finances. Here is a guide.
Updated coronavirus vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs
04/03/2021 | news | health | 977
Rapid approval without lengthy tests can happen if new vaccines are needed to fight variants, say regulators.
Covid: React study finds virus decline slowing in England
04/03/2021 | news | health | 417
Infections fell by two-thirds in lockdown but one in 200 people still have the virus, a study says.
Budget 2021: Million more set to pay income tax by 2026
03/03/2021 | news | business | 1,756
People who get a pay rise between this April and 2026 may find themselves paying a higher rate of tax.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak warns tax rises to follow spending spree
03/03/2021 | news | business | 2,439
The UK economy is expected to recover six months faster than expected from the pandemic, the chancellor says.
Covid: Oxford vaccine does protect older people, Europe told
03/03/2021 | news | health | 648
A single dose of the Pfizer or Oxford vaccine cuts hospital admissions of older people by about 80%.
Hill review: London takes aim at Amsterdam with new listing rules
03/03/2021 | news | business | 548
Under proposals in a new report, company founders could maintain control even after listing them on a London exchange.
Budget 2021: Contactless card limit will rise to £100
03/03/2021 | news | business | 1,745
The move, taking effect later this year, will more than double the current limit of £45.
Schools consider 'radical change' to transfer tests
03/03/2021 | news | uk | 23
Verbal reasoning transfer tests could replace English and Maths papers due to pandemic disruption.
Covid vaccine being tested in patients with low immunity
03/03/2021 | news | health | 631
The race is on to find out if those with cancer and other conditions can be protected as the UK unlocks.
Budget 2021: Five things to look out for from Rishi Sunak
02/03/2021 | news | business | 648
Tax rises and an extension of Covid support are both tipped to be announced in this week’s Budget.
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.
World Cup 2030 bid backed by government
02/03/2021 | sport | football | 875
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is the "right time" to bid to host the 2030 World Cup and the plan is backed by football associations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Covid Brazil variant 'may spread more easily'
02/03/2021 | news | health | 821
The first detailed studies of the P.1 variant suggest it may be up to twice as transmissible.
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.
Covid-19: Stormont budget ‘very challenging’ economists warn
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 102
Economists say the lack of additional funding to support the post-Covid economy is concerning.
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-19: Publication of NI lockdown exit plan delayed
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 404
The blueprint is unlikely to be published until Tuesday, with work to finalise details ongoing.
Bank of Ireland to shut more than half NI branches
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 107
The bank currently has 28 branches in Northern Ireland and says it will close 15 of them.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Critical care beds shortage prompts calls for review
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 743
The UK has 7.3 critical care beds per 100,000 people, compared to Germany's 33.8 and the US's 34.3.
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.
Waste food: What do you do with 86 tonnes of celeriac?
01/03/2021 | news | business | 183
With hospitality closed during lockdown, charities and apps are stepping in to help cut food waste.
Covid: Thousands sign petition against vaccine passports
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,407
More than 200,000 people are urging the government not to introduce documents offering proof of vaccination.
Coronavirus: Delayed decisions and politicking cost lives, says Swann
26/02/2021 | news | uk | 255
A year on from NI's first case, Health Minister Robin Swann says the response was damaged by disunity.
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.
British Airways owner IAG calls for digital health passes
26/02/2021 | news | business | 552
IAG, which owns British Airways and Iberia, makes a record loss after the pandemic grounds flights.
Covid-19: Teachers advised to avoid 'catch-up narrative'
26/02/2021 | news | uk | 36
Terms like "missed work" could put pupils under undue pressure when schools reopen, guidance says.
National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities
26/02/2021 | news | science | 596
The National Trust is planning to plant dozens of blossoming trees to create new green spaces.
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.
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.
Post-Brexit trade: Boris Johnson calls for eat British fish campaign
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,437
The PM promises action to boost the industry - but Labour says his Brexit deal threatens jobs.
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.
NI furlough figures rise to 106,200 by the end of January
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 18
The increase was driven by new lockdown restrictions in December which closed non-essential retail.
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.
Serco: Test-and-trace firm's boss defends scheme
25/02/2021 | news | business | 236
The boss of outsourcer Serco says there are now as many people being tested per week as vaccinated.
Covid: Half with cancer signs didn't contact GP in first wave
25/02/2021 | news | health | 141
Symptoms left unchecked included lumps, changes to moles and coughing up blood, a survey finds.
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".
Summer catch-up schools planned for pupils in England
24/02/2021 | news | education | 2,510
A total of £700m will help ensure "no child is left behind" due to the pandemic, Boris Johnson says.
Heathrow passenger numbers fall to 1970s' levels
24/02/2021 | news | business | 1,068
Covid "devastated" air travel in 2020, the UK's largest airport says, as it sinks to a £2bn loss.
Keir Starmer urges government to buy more food from British farmers
23/02/2021 | news | politics | 511
Sir Keir Starmer is the first Labour leader to address the farmers' union since 2008.
Covid-19: Strong case for full return to school by 8 March, says Peter Weir
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 374
NI education minister's comments come after PM says all pupils in England will return on 8 March.
Under-25s hit worst as unemployment rises again
23/02/2021 | news | business | 1,107
UK unemployment has risen to 5.1% - its highest level in almost five years, official figures show.
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.
Roadmap: Can we avoid an economic long Covid?
23/02/2021 | news | business | 734
The cautious lifting of restrictions will also push back the economic rebound further into spring.
Brexit: DUP says NI Protocol could cause political instability
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,353
The DUP urges No 10 to scrap the mechanism, but a government minister says issues can be resolved.
Covid-19: Belfast's SSE Arena to be mass vaccination centre
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 76
The venue is expected to open in April for those 60 and under who are not already vaccinated.
Live music 'at the back of queue to reopen'
22/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 706
Music and live events bosses have had their say on the PM's new roadmap out of Covid restrictions.
Covid lockdown: 'We are burning through about £500,000 a day'
22/02/2021 | news | business | 1,509
The owner of PureGym says lockdown has been costing his business hundreds of thousands of pounds a day.
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.
Brexit: NI supermarkets face new rules for GB meat products
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 166
An export health certificate is now required for produce such as sausages and minced meat.
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: Swann downplays easing of restrictions for Easter
19/02/2021 | news | uk | 534
A further five Covid-19 linked deaths and 313 new cases are reported by the Department of Health in NI.
Ulster Bank confirms Republic of Ireland closure
19/02/2021 | news | world | 140
The bank will continue to trade in Northern Ireland but there are concerns the move could impact jobs.
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.
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.
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: Barclays says loans worth £4.8bn may never be repaid
18/02/2021 | news | business | 686
Barclays sees profits dive after setting aside billions for loans expected to turn sour due to Covid.
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".
Warnings inflation could breach 2% target as prices rise
17/02/2021 | news | business | 701
Prices rose 0.7% in January in what some economists said could mark a first step in rising costs post-lockdown.
Hospital waiting list 'may double to 10m by April'
17/02/2021 | news | health | 655
There could be a surge in demand from delayed referrals and delays to treatment, a think tank warns.
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".
Teachers in Northern Ireland to be offered 2% pay rise
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 152
The offer, for last year and this year, follows negotiations between unions and teaching employers.
Covid: Why goal is to live with the virus - not fight it
16/02/2021 | news | health | 690
Ministers want to turn Covid-19 into a manageable illness like flu. Why? And is this possible?
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: 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-19: Schools not a 'major source' of transmission
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 347
A Public Health Agency presentation says school transmission "tends to be small scale".
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.
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: 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 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.
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".
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.
Brexit: EU has 'head in sand' over checks at NI ports, says Foster
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 923
European Commission's Maros Sefcovic and Michael Gove will discuss post-Brexit trading rules later.
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-19: Starmer says 10-year jail term for travel lies 'empty threat'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 191
Labour leader says proposed maximum sentence for people lying about their travel history is not realistic.
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.
Brexit: DUP boycott Brexit discussion with Irish TDs
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,059
It comes as NI businesses tell MPs they need longer "grace periods" for Irish Sea border checks.
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.
One in 10 teens in UK has tried hard drugs
10/02/2021 | news | education | 388
A study of 20,000 young people finds a third have used cannabis and half admit to binge-drinking.
Heineken cuts 8,000 jobs after Covid hits sales
10/02/2021 | news | business | 215
The brewing giant said 2020 had been a year of "unprecedented disruption".
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.
Coronavirus: Lifting NI restrictions will 'need 70-80% vaccinated'
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 36
Almost all care home residents in Northern Ireland have now had their second Covid-19 vaccine dose.
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.
Covid-19: NHS app has told 1.7 million to self-isolate
09/02/2021 | news | technology | 283
Ministers believe the contact-tracing app has prevented 600,000 cases of the disease in England and Wales.
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.
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.
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.
Brexit: NI firms' increased costs 'linked to red tape'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 98
Northern Ireland firms saw costs rise at the highest rate in the UK due to higher shipping costs.
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: Local elections to go ahead in England
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,827
Measures include asking voters to bring pens - but some councils fear it will be too difficult to organise.
Covid-19: Pub closures 'will waste 87 million pints of beer'
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 717
That's enough liquid to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools - or many, many thousands of baths.
Barclays urges UK to focus on US and Asia post Brexit
05/02/2021 | news | business | 1,745
Brexit gives one of the UK's most important sectors the chance to define its own agenda, he said.
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.
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
Covid-19: International travel 'biggest impact' on deaths
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,063
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen examined factors across the 37 worst hit countries.
Climate change: Boris Johnson 'risks humiliation' over coal mine
04/02/2021 | news | science | 1,032
A leading scientist warns Boris Johnson digging for coal undermines the UK's climate change efforts.
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.
PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 5,194
The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.
Government 'painfully slow' on protecting environment
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 438
There are serious delays in tackling “critical” issues like air quality and wildlife loss, MPs say.
UK variant has mutated again, scientists say
02/02/2021 | news | health | 2,932
The Kent variant now dominant in the UK appears to be undergoing some "worrying" new changes.
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.
South Africa variant: Urgent Covid testing after community cases found
01/02/2021 | news | health | 860
Testing will start in Surrey - but London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Walsall are also being targeted.
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.
Ryanair forecasts 'strong return' of beach holidays this summer
01/02/2021 | news | business | 780
Boss Michael O'Leary thinks travel restrictions will be dropped once high risk groups are vaccinated.
Lost school time 'could cost pupils £40,000 in earnings'
01/02/2021 | news | education | 1,030
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns the "long-run costs" of the pandemic will hit children disproportionately.
Covid-19: 'Traumatised' hospital staff need time to recover
01/02/2021 | news | health | 176
Many staff could resign if they are rushed into tackling the NHS backlog, hospitals in England warn.
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.
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.
Covid-hit pupils 'should be allowed to repeat a year'
29/01/2021 | news | education | 724
Education think-tank says pupils should have the right to repeat the school year after Covid disruption.
Anger as trading in GameStop shares is restricted
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,469
Shares in the games firm dive as major trading platforms try to control frenzied buying.
Covid-19: Schools in NI to remain shut until 8 March
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 270
But First Minister Arlene Foster says the kitchen table is "no substitute" for the school desk.
UK holiday boom: Bookings 'coming in thick and fast'
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,846
With new hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from abroad, many people are seeking UK holidays instead.
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.
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-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-19: Back office health staff 'should not be vaccine priority'
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 134
A decision to vaccinate NI's healthcare office staff "goes against" advisory body's official advice.
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.
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-19: Variant testing 'massively more advanced in NI than the Republic'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 237
Arlene Foster responds to Taoiseach Micheál Martin's comments that NI was not testing for a new strain.
Covid: Quarantine hotel plan to be discussed by ministers
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,489
The requirement would apply to British nationals arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.
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.
Kickstart: Most job roles for youths not yet filled
25/01/2021 | news | business | 163
About 118,000 placements for young people are yet to be filled due to coronavirus lockdowns.
Covid-19: 'Unrealistic' to expect NI lockdown to end on 5 March
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 672
Health Minister Robin Swann warns restrictions are likely to continue after latest extension.
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".
Covid-19: Cancer surgery 'cancelled for 275 people in past week'
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 46
The Royal College of Surgeons wants to get operations "back up and running" and says any help is welcome.
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.
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.
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: Nearly 2m UK people got first Covid vaccine in last week
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,890
Around 200 vaccines are being given every minute, the health secretary tells the Commons.
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.
Food supply problems in NI clearly a Brexit issue - Coveney
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 375
NI Secretary Brandon Lewis said empty shelves in Northern Ireland were down to Covid-19.
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.
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.
Organic food shipping system is a 'nightmare' post-Brexit
20/01/2021 | news | world | 339
One of the UK's biggest health food firms has sent no organic products to Ireland since Christmas.
Covid vaccine: Priti Patel 'working to get jabs to front-line roles'
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,702
The PM says he wants them vaccinated "as soon as possible" but will listen to scientific advice.
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.
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.
Brexit: Government considers scrapping some EU labour laws
20/01/2021 | news | business | 929
Labour accuses Kwasi Kwarteng of "unpicking" workers' rights, as minister confirms he will review rules.
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.
Covid-19: NI nurses face 'tsunami of mental health issues'
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 63
Many healthcare staff in NI are showing symptoms of PTSD because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the RCN says.
Superdry warns of uncertainty amid Covid sales hit
19/01/2021 | news | business | 43
The fashion chain says its cash pile is strong as lockdown leads to a sharp drop in sales.
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.
Brexit: Edwin Poots issues jelly and gravy shortage warning
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 94
Edwin Poots says some processed goods could be unavailable in NI after the protocol grace period ends.
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.
Chip-shortage 'crisis' halts car-company output
18/01/2021 | news | technology | 886
A shortage of computer chips is leading to car factories shutting down for days at a time.
Trampoline prices 'to soar 50% on shipping costs'
18/01/2021 | news | business | 1,202
The owner of a toy retailer says high transport costs may mean larger toys become more expensive.
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.
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.
Brexit: 'Most difficult week I've had in this job in 20 years'
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,663
Some hauliers say they have faced long delays and fear things will get worse before they get better.
Covid-19: NI to introduce international travel Covid tests
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 275
On Thursday, 16 more deaths related to Covid-19 were recorded along with 973 new positive cases.
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.
Over-50s rush to book holidays as vaccine boosts confidence
14/01/2021 | news | business | 964
Tui, the UK's largest tour operator, says 50% of bookings on their website are currently by over-50s.
Brexit: Supply problems for NI supermarkets being 'overcome'
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 250
The issues are an "inevitable consequence" of the lateness of the Brexit trade deal, says an industry body.
Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
Covid-19: More than 100,000 vaccine doses administered in NI
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 198
The health minister says it is a "strong start" but there is more to do.
Covid: London's virus death toll exceeds 10,000
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 107
There are currently 7,607 patients in London's hospitals with Covid after a surge in cases.
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.
Covid: Many NHS staff 'traumatised' by first wave of virus, study shows
13/01/2021 | news | health | 145
More than 700 intensive care staff at nine hospitals were asked about their experiences for a study.
Customs staff: Vaccinate us to keep trade flowing
13/01/2021 | news | business | 163
One operator told the BBC his staff were working up to 16 hours a day to help traders.
Brexit: Supermarkets call for action on NI food supplies
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 587
Retailers have been grappling with problems importing some products from Great Britain
Covid-19: Northern Ireland's R-rate 'falls significantly'
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 562
Stormont's political leaders urge people to stick to the rules, as the Covid-19 infection rate falls.
Covid-19: Williamson promises 300,000 extra laptops
12/01/2021 | news | education | 477
The laptops and tablets will be delivered to schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils.
Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,159
Last year saw 697,000 deaths registered in the UK - 14% above what would be expected.
Families 'struggling to pay for funerals'
12/01/2021 | news | business | 126
A report suggests there is a widening gap in the cost of funerals in different parts of the UK.
Covid: Eyesight risk warning from lockdown screen time
12/01/2021 | news | health | 187
More than a third of people using screens more in lockdown reported eyesight changes, a study suggests.
Covid-19: New test rule for UK arrivals from Friday
11/01/2021 | news | business | 103
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
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-19: Worst 48 hours in NI since start of pandemic
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 498
Some trusts were close to declaring a major incident, before extra staff were drafted in, it is understood.
Covid: 'I’m one of those people who’s been left out'
11/01/2021 | news | business | 265
An industry group wants more state help for people like Jon Wilding, whose business is hit by the pandemic.
Covid: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
Covid: May elections 'will almost certainly be delayed'
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 255
Contests are due to take place on 6 May, but MPs say they could be postponed due to coronavirus.
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.
Covid-19: Stay-at-home order in NI comes into force
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 264
People will "notice an increase in visible policing" as new lockdown begins, says justice minister.
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.
Brexit barriers for the arts 'heartbreaking'
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 305
Industry leaders say uncertainty over future funding is causing concern.
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.
Government offers firms new grants to survive lockdown
06/01/2021 | news | business | 2,322
Business groups welcomed the new help as a good start but said more aid and a clear plan would be needed.
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.
UK new car registrations in 2020 sink to 30-year low
06/01/2021 | news | business | 414
New 2020 car registrations sink to a 30-year low and see biggest one-year drop since the Second World War
Covid-19: 'Stay at home' to become law in NI on Friday
05/01/2021 | news | uk | 651
The executive agrees new changes to lockdown rules in response to a spike in Covid-19 cases.
1.3 million in UK have had their Covid vaccine
05/01/2021 | news | health | 1,826
That includes some of the most vulnerable patients who should soon have "significant" protection against the virus.
Paperchase on the brink of administration
05/01/2021 | news | business | 513
The stationery chain which has 127 stores and around 1,500 employees says shop closures hit it hard.
Supermarket websites struggle amid new lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 708
Demand surges as shoppers rush to secure online delivery slots following news of another lockdown.
UK 'cannot duck' post-Covid inequalities, report warns
05/01/2021 | news | business | 698
A growing divide over education, jobs, and ethnicity threaten the fabric of society, says Nobel laureate's study.
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-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollout begins in Northern Ireland
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 191
The Department of Health's aim is for all people older than 80 to receive a jab by the end of 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.
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.
Brexit: Fresh test for Irish Sea trade border processes
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 711
As businesses return to work after Christmas, the amount of freight moving through NI will increase.
'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.
Are Kane & Son destined to be the best?
02/01/2021 | sport | football | 813
After Harry Kane and Son Heung-min continue their 'telepathic' understanding against Leeds, are they destined to be the Premier League's best ever pairing?
Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
Covid-19: More areas of England could be moved to tier 4 restrictions
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,959
Ministers meet to discuss how to stem the spread of a new fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus.
Lufthansa airlifts food to the UK amid lorry chaos
23/12/2020 | news | business | 543
The German airline is flying in fresh fruit and vegetables for shops such as Tesco and Sainsbury's.
How dependent is the UK on the EU for food?
23/12/2020 | news | business | 635
France's ban on freight from Britain caused havoc for lorry drivers, but will it affect shoppers?
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.
Covid-19: UK sees over 80,000 excess deaths during pandemic
22/12/2020 | news | health | 1,836
The UK is continuing to see more deaths than expected for this time of year, ONS data shows.
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.
Brexit: Hugo Boss and Zalando suspend NI deliveries
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 600
Some online retailers step back from NI deliveries as the new Irish Sea border begins to operate.
Covid: Vaccine clinics operating up to Christmas Eve
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 21
About 14,000 are now vaccinated in NI, including vaccinators, care home residents and staff.
Cyberpunk 2077: Sony pulls game from PlayStation while Xbox offers refunds
18/12/2020 | news | business | 540
The unprecedented move comes as players say the game is riddled with bugs and glitches.
'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.
Long Covid: Hospital patients to get checks at six weeks
18/12/2020 | news | health | 200
Official guidance has identified 28 common symptoms like dizziness, breathlessness and chest pain.
Brexit: Invest NI to be hit by loss of EU grants
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 105
A substantial part of Invest NI's budget was from two EU funds - the ERDF and the ESF.
Coronavirus: Northern Ireland health officials propose six-week lockdown
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 644
The executive is discussing the plans, amid speculation many shops could close after Christmas Eve.
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.
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".
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-19: Patient waits 28 hours as hospitals struggle
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 281
One patient at the Ulster Hospital waited more than 28 hours to be given a bed.
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.
Covid vaccine: More than 130,000 vaccinated in UK in first week
16/12/2020 | news | health | 1,134
Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi says it is a "really good start" to the UK's programme.
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.
Coronavirus creates boom in digital fitness
16/12/2020 | news | technology | 26
Fitness apps saw a spike in sign-ups from users exercising during the pandemic.
MPs slam 'woeful' plans to recover Covid-19 loans
16/12/2020 | news | business | 73
The Public Accounts Committee says taxpayers will lose out because billions of pounds may never be recovered.
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.
Brexit: UK wants EU trade deal but not 'at any cost' - Boris Johnson
15/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,937
UK and EU negotiators are trying to agree a post-Brexit trade deal by 31 December.
EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech
15/12/2020 | news | technology | 943
Facebook, Google and others face yearly checks and limits on what they can do with users' data.
Coronavirus: Greenwich Council told 'keep schools open'
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 783
Education secretary threatens legal action after classes move online due to a rise in infections.
High death rate 'may be starting to fall'
15/12/2020 | news | health | 1,899
Total deaths in the UK have been 20% above normal in recent weeks, but that figure has now dropped.
Redundancies: Over 10,000 fewer on NI payrolls since March
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 465
More than 10,000 redundancies have been proposed by NI firms since the pandemic began.
Low-paid workers face pandemic 'double whammy'
15/12/2020 | news | business | 188
The Commission on Workers and Technology says the pandemic has accelerated the automation of low paid work.
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.
Britons told not to stockpile food ahead of January
13/12/2020 | news | business | 1,113
Retailers tell shoppers they have enough supplies as uncertainty remains over the terms of Brexit.
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: 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-19: Lockdown restrictions lift across NI
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 172
Businesses such as restaurants, cafes and hotels, can reopen but "drink-only" pubs must stay shut.
Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,894
Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".
Coronavirus: Ministers warn against 'reckless' Christmas behaviour
10/12/2020 | news | uk | 442
Northern Ireland's leaders urge people not to get caught up in the christmas spirit as lockdown eases.
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: UK and Singapore sign free trade agreement
10/12/2020 | news | business | 533
The deal is one of many aimed at replicating trade pacts that will cease when the UK leaves the EU.
UK has 'no authority' to impose tariffs in Boeing row says US
10/12/2020 | news | business | 300
The US says the UK has no place participating in the fight because it has left the EU.
Brexit: Supermarkets will get 'grace period' for NI food
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 850
The deal agreed by the UK and EU will give supermarkets time to adapt to deal with new Brexit checks.
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.
Covid-19 vaccine: Allergy warning over new jab
09/12/2020 | news | health | 1,760
People with history of significant allergic reactions told not to have Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
UK to drop US goods tariffs in bid for trade deal
09/12/2020 | news | business | 554
The move breaks ranks with the EU in a dispute with the US over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus.
Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines, says People's Vaccine Alliance
09/12/2020 | news | health | 934
Poorer nations will miss out despite steps to ensure access is fair, campaigners warn.
Brexit: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for trade deal talks
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,555
Boris Johnson will meet Ursula von der Leyen for talks over dinner, as time runs out to reach a trade deal.
'Price rises likely' due to UK shipping problems
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,578
Businesses say importing goods to the UK is now so difficult, higher costs will be passed on to consumers.