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All six English clubs leave Super League
21/04/2021 | sport | football | 7,349
All six Premier League teams involved in the European Super League formally withdraw from the competition.
No new smart motorways without additional safety measures
20/04/2021 | news | business | 1,258
Any motorway without a hard shoulder will need to have radar technology to detect stopped vehicles.
European Super League: 'No action off the table' over breakaway group - No 10
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 3,863
FA and Premier League officials are told they have the UK government's support to stop the plans.
Asda takeover 'could lead to higher petrol prices'
20/04/2021 | news | business | 493
Prices could rise in some parts of the UK after the supermarket's takeover, the competition watchdog says.
Super League: Why are football's biggest clubs starting a new tournament?
20/04/2021 | news | business | 2,176
Europe's biggest teams have suffered during the Covid pandemic and say they want financial stability.
Under-35s bearing brunt of jobs crisis
20/04/2021 | news | business | 1,318
Some 635,000 people under 35 came off company payrolls in the year to March, official figures show.
Climate change: UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 3,247
The PM says carbon emissions must fall by almost 80% by 2035 - 15 years earlier than previously planned.
Primark shopper numbers 'back to pre-Covid levels'
20/04/2021 | news | business | 297
Despite a surge at reopened stores in England and Wales, the chain lost £1.1bn in sales under lockdown.
Climate change: Carbon 'surge' expected in post-Covid energy boom
20/04/2021 | news | science | 211
This year should see the second-biggest-ever rise in CO2 emissions as economies rebound from Covid.
Car insurance sees biggest price drop in six years
20/04/2021 | news | business | 104
The average cost of car insurance has fallen by £87 in 12 months, according to new data.
European Super League: Ministers say they will work to block breakaway group
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 736
The PM says the government will work to make sure the competition does not go ahead as proposed.
Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars
19/04/2021 | news | science | 1,219
The Ingenuity drone completes the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.
Bank of England to consider digital money plan
19/04/2021 | news | business | 277
The Bank and the Treasury set up a taskforce to examine how a central bank digital currency would work.
Shoppers making 'revenge purchases' flock back to High Street
19/04/2021 | news | business | 467
Shoppers flocked back to the High Street last week to treat themselves after non-essential stores reopened.
Majority of secondary pupils return after Easter break
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 244
For many high school students this week marks the first full-time return to classrooms since before Christmas.
Deirdre Hargey allocates £162m for new social housing in 2021/22
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 11
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey says the housing system "is in need of transformative change".
Ocado in self-driving vans push with £10m stake in Oxbotica
16/04/2021 | news | technology | 449
The online grocery retailer has teamed up with Oxford self-driving firm Oxbotica.
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: Colleges face losing tens of millions of pounds
15/04/2021 | news | education | 16
The Association of Colleges has told the education secretary that funding cuts threaten adult education.
Brain clots 'more likely' with Covid infection than vaccine
15/04/2021 | news | health | 1,396
A rapid review of US patients says people being vaccinated should be reassured by the findings.
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.
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.
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.
COP26: Delaying key climate meeting preferable to 'messing it up'
14/04/2021 | news | science | 792
Further postponement of the UK climate summit would be better than a failed event, says an expert.
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.
World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
13/04/2021 | news | science | 924
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
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 in Scotland: Schools begin full-time classroom return
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 490
Secondary pupils in six councils are among those returning for full-time, in-class lessons for the first time in months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Covid: Under-30s offered alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca jab
07/04/2021 | news | health | 2,348
A review finds a "plausible" link to rare blood clots, but says the jab remains beneficial for most.
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.
Schools 'a lifeline to many students' in past year'
07/04/2021 | news | education | 42
School staff helped families struggling financially during pandemic, says the National Education Union.
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 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.
Every customer must sign in when pubs reopen
01/04/2021 | news | business | 4,651
New rules to help venues reopen outdoors safely this month have sparked anger from industry groups.
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.
Million students 'forgotten' in lack of uni return date
01/04/2021 | news | education | 642
Million students still waiting for a university return date, with calls for it to be April not May.
Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices
01/04/2021 | news | business | 309
Many big technology firms are still figuring out the best way for staff to return to offices.
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.
COP26: Government has 'no plans' to delay climate summit
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 118
Downing Street sources reject reports the COP26 meeting in Glasgow will be postponed until next year.
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.
Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
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.
A few frequent flyers 'dominate air travel'
31/03/2021 | news | science | 780
Those who fly more should be taxed more, and air miles incentives should be banned, campaigners say.
Google Maps to start showing eco-friendly routes
31/03/2021 | news | business | 152
The driving app will highlight trips with lowest emissions based on factors such as traffic and slopes.
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.
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".
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".
'Spongy roads' to be Slough's new claim to fame
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 197
Move over David Brent, settle down John Betjeman, the town is going to be an environmental pioneer.
Royal Mail offers free parcel pick-up as delivery war looms
29/03/2021 | news | business | 164
The company offers free pick-ups from home for the next few weeks as it tries to boost its delivery business.
Access to rural-broadband funding plagued by delays
29/03/2021 | news | technology | 139
Applications are stuck in limbo as the deadline for valuable broadband vouchers looms.
Why are people not doing more about climate change?
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 475
Cost and confusion are the two main reasons people are not changing to greener options, the BBC finds.
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: Germany tightens borders amid alarm over pandemic
26/03/2021 | news | world | 3,176
France is to be classed a "high-risk" area as Germans are warned of a possible 100,000 infections a day.
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".
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: February redundancy plans fall despite lockdown
26/03/2021 | news | business | 52
Data obtained by BBC News shows the labour market is frozen as the furlough scheme continues.
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.
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.
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.
Santander to close more than 100 branches
25/03/2021 | news | business | 893
The bank says 840 staff will be affected by the decision although it will try to offer them roles elsewhere.
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".
AI at work: Staff 'hired and fired by algorithm'
25/03/2021 | news | technology | 112
The TUC is calling for fresh legal protections to cover artificial intelligence in the workplace.
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.
John Lewis to permanently close eight more shops
24/03/2021 | news | business | 1,436
The move puts 1,465 jobs at risk and means it has axed a third of its stores in less than a year.
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".
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.
Burberry designs skins for Honor of Kings characters
24/03/2021 | news | technology | 37
It is part of the British fashion house’s collaboration with Chinese technology giant Tencent.
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.
Holiday firm Tui to shut 48 more High Street shops
23/03/2021 | news | business | 49
The UK's largest tour operator says the travel industry is facing 'unprecedented pressure'.
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.
Cineworld to reopen with cinema-first movie deal
23/03/2021 | news | business | 453
US cinemas will reopen in April followed by the UK in May, with theatres getting exclusivity over streaming.
Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid
23/03/2021 | news | health | 358
It looks like the viruses that cause colds wins in the battle to infect our cells.
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.
Covid vaccine: US trial of AstraZeneca jab confirms safety
22/03/2021 | news | health | 381
Regulators in America have been waiting for these results to decide on approval.
Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs
22/03/2021 | news | science | 348
A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.
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.
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.
Gigabit broadband: First areas to benefit announced
19/03/2021 | news | technology | 1,086
The government announces first stages of plans to get superfast broadband to the majority of UK homes.
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.
How Covid has changed where we want to live
19/03/2021 | news | business | 1,185
Cornwall has overtaken London as the most searched for location among property buyers, data suggests.
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".
BT's Openreach to build full-fibre internet 'like fury' after Ofcom move
18/03/2021 | news | technology | 935
Regulator Ofcom will not cap Openreach's fees for full-fibre connections for at least 10 years.
Covid: NHS warns of 'significant reduction' in vaccines
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 6,791
Local health organisations in England have been told to expect a reduced vaccine supply in April.
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.
Space projects scrubbed in UK overseas aid cut
17/03/2021 | news | science | 343
Ten international collaborations using space data to tackle developing-world problems lose funding.
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".
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?
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.
School attendance back at high levels in England
16/03/2021 | news | education | 262
First official figures show school return has been "smooth" so far, with pupils back in the classroom.
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.
Greggs to open shops despite first loss in 36 years
16/03/2021 | news | business | 742
The bakery chain is confident of long-term recovery despite sales being hit amid the pandemic.
New children's commissioner pledges to 'rebuild' childhood
16/03/2021 | news | education | 497
Dame Rachel de Souza wants help for children after the pandemic to be like post-war reconstruction.
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK
12/03/2021 | news | health | 1,583
The UK's latest R number - 0.6 to 0.8 - suggests the outbreak is still shrinking overall.
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.
'Pointy-elbow' parents emailing teachers to boost exam grades
11/03/2021 | news | education | 1,096
Head teachers warn of pushy parents lobbying for higher GCSE and A-level grades in cancelled exams.
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.
HSBC plans to phase out coal financing by 2040
11/03/2021 | news | business | 118
The bank will ask investors to back the plan following pressure from a shareholder campaign group.
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.
Covid-19: NHS waits at record high as second wave hits care
11/03/2021 | news | health | 2,299
Scale of cancelled treatments is revealed with hospitals facing 'dire' backlog after Covid surge.
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.
Scotland's housing market slump 'worst in UK'
11/03/2021 | news | uk | 413
Interest from potential buyers and number of properties on the market were down, the surveyors body said.
Magicians' tactics found in politics and marketing
11/03/2021 | news | education | 165
Magicians use "powerful tools" of psychology to manipulate people's behaviour, say researchers.
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.
Tesco to start recycling bread bags and crisp packets
10/03/2021 | news | business | 770
The supermarket is rolling out new recycling points for soft plastics that often end up in landfill.
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.
Lego plans hiring spree for digital growth drive
10/03/2021 | news | business | 398
The toy giant sees best sales in five years as lockdown spurs growth in Lego sets for families.
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: English councils at risk from budget 'scarring,' watchdog warns
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 69
English councils will take a long time to recover without more help, a spending watchdog warns.
'Right to repair' law to come in this summer
10/03/2021 | news | business | 921
Manufacturers will be obliged to make spare parts for appliances available to consumers.
Covid-19: Don't think pandemic is over, Whitty warns
09/03/2021 | news | health | 5,342
Unlocking too quickly would lead to a substantial surge in infection, the UK's chief medical adviser says.
Parents urged not to pressure teachers over exam grades
09/03/2021 | news | education | 282
Teachers should not be put under pressure by parents over deciding exam grades, says watchdog.
'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.
Holidays: UK domestic cruises 'could restart in May'
09/03/2021 | news | business | 183
Cruise lines will be able to restart domestic trips as early as 17 May, according to the maritime minister.
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.
BP staff set to work from home two days a week
08/03/2021 | news | business | 1,063
The oil giant told staff last month that the new model will start for office-based staff this summer.
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.
Isle of Wight drone NHS-supply trials resume
08/03/2021 | news | uk | 48
Drone flights to test the delivery of medical supplies to the Isle of Wight will resume next month.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Is school mask and testing policy flawed?
06/03/2021 | news | health | 969
Will masks and mass testing actually help? Will infection rates go up - and would it matter?
Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings
05/03/2021 | news | business | 1,283
Pubs in England report high demand bookings from the 12 April opening date for beer gardens.
Covid-19: Cyprus and Portugal want to welcome vaccinated UK tourists from May
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 703
It is not yet clear how visitors will be required to prove they have received both doses of a jab.
Welsh NHS: 'No ceiling' for possible pay rise, says minister
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 853
The UK government has faced backlash after suggesting a 1% cap on pay rise for NHS workers in England.
Covid: Fresh air 'key to safer classrooms'
05/03/2021 | news | health | 186
Knowing which windows to open and having shorter lessons could help when children return to school.
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.
'Right and just' for students to get Covid refunds
05/03/2021 | news | education | 84
University students should be given compensation for disrupted studies, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
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.
Covid: Out-of-work young in Wales 'face being scarred'
04/03/2021 | news | uk | 232
There could be a "monumental" spike in youth unemployment without action, a report says.
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: Rishi Sunak to extend furlough scheme until September
03/03/2021 | news | business | 2,428
The move will help millions of people, Rishi Sunak says, ahead of setting out his tax and spending plans.
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.
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.
UK house prices see 'surprise' pick-up, says Nationwide
02/03/2021 | news | business | 363
An unexpected acceleration in values last month pushed prices to a record high, the Nationwide says.
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: '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.
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.
Jobless rate around UK airports above average, say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 55
A report by MPs found the number of people claiming jobless benefits was much higher near the top 20 UK airports.
Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 94
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
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.
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.
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.
Nightclubs eye June reopening but can they survive?
26/02/2021 | news | business | 173
Clubs have been closed for almost a year but what will the clubbing experience be like when they reopen?
Budget 2021: Support pubs by cutting beer duty, say Conservative MPs
26/02/2021 | news | business | 211
Cheaper beer could support struggling pubs MPs argue, but alcohol awareness campaigners are opposed.
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.
Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in new business plan
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,534
The supermarket says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of its business.
Primark gears up for April reopening as sales slump
25/02/2021 | news | business | 505
The High Street-only retailer says it has lost £1.1bn in sales due to the recent lockdown.
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.
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.
Apple buys a company every three to four weeks
24/02/2021 | news | business | 603
The technology giant has bought around 100 companies in six years, chief executive Tim Cook has revealed.
Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 7,050
Having to show a certificate to go to a pub raises "deep and complex issues", Boris Johnson says.
Covid-19: Businesses 'throwing in towel' over uncertainty
23/02/2021 | news | politics | 253
Labour says the Budget must extend the VAT cut, furlough and the business rates holiday.
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.
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: Airline industry travel pass ready 'within weeks'
23/02/2021 | news | business | 222
Industry body IATA says it sees its pass as essential for reopening quarantine-free travel.
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.
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.
Lockdown: Secondary school pupils could go back after Easter
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 480
The announcement comes as the youngest pupils in Wales go back to class in a phased return.
Schools back 8 March in England with Covid tests taken at home
22/02/2021 | news | education | 1,017
Parents of secondary school pupils will carry out Covid tests and face masks will be worn in class.
Covid 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.
John Lewis considers closing more stores
22/02/2021 | news | business | 731
The department store giant may close another eight stores in a further blow for the High Street.
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.
Hospitality suppliers: 'It’s not just a case of turning on a switch'
21/02/2021 | news | business | 41
Firms across the supply chain say notice and certainty are key to a full menu being available post-lockdown.
Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
Covid-19: 'Vital' children return to classrooms, says Peter Weir
19/02/2021 | news | uk | 54
The majority of pupils in NI are learning remotely but a phased return to school begins in March.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021: James Newman reselected as UK's entry
19/02/2021 | news | other | 141
The singer has been reselected to sing for the UK, after the cancellation of last year's show.
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".
UK to launch 'high risk' science agency
19/02/2021 | news | business | 1,117
The new agency will help "cement the UK's position as a science superpower", the government says.
Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
Covid: Testing means 'staggered' school return, say heads
18/02/2021 | news | education | 395
The logistics of Covid testing all pupils will mean a phased return in secondary school, say heads.
Covid: Almost two million in UK 'have not worked for six months'
18/02/2021 | news | business | 124
Those people affected were either unemployed or fully furloughed, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.
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.
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.
Over-75s 'given time' to pay BBC licence fee
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 308
The BBC says there will be "no amnesty", but greater flexibility because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
House prices up 8.5% in 2020 amid tax holiday
17/02/2021 | news | business | 1,004
Prices climbed at their fastest annual rate since October 2014, official figures show.
Covid: Seven symptoms should trigger virus test, study says
17/02/2021 | news | other | 1,152
Fatigue, headache, sore throat and diarrhoea are also warning signs of the virus, research suggests.
Climate change: Don't raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers
17/02/2021 | news | politics | 362
The government hopes to claw back money from a £1.5bn fund to promote home insulation.
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.
Plan for campus free speech post prompts autonomy warning
16/02/2021 | news | education | 744
Concerns are raised as ministers announce new free speech role to stop "silencing" in universities.
Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,625
More people in this age group in England now have detectable antibodies that can fight the virus.
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.
Jaguar car brand to be all-electric by 2025
15/02/2021 | news | business | 1,958
JLR will launch electric models of its entire Jaguar and Land Rover line-up by 2030.
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".
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.
Covid-19: Millions of asthmatics 'must wait for vaccine'
15/02/2021 | news | health | 1,049
A much narrower group will now be eligible than previously indicated.
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.
Covid: Home schooling pupils still need laptops, charity says
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 73
Drive to make sure lockdown pupils have laptops is still falling short, say charities and teachers.
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.
Social businesses shut out of government support
15/02/2021 | news | business | 84
Most 'ethical' banks don't offer bounce back loans, forcing hundreds of community-run businesses to close.
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.
Covid-19: How England's hotel quarantine will differ from Australia's
12/02/2021 | news | health | 313
Rules for those arriving into England from "red list" countries differ from those enforced Down Under.
Why Sunak says he will be “open and honest” over the Budget
12/02/2021 | news | business | 643
The government's plan is to provide a roadmap out of restrictions in a fortnight.
Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle
12/02/2021 | news | technology | 491
The test is first step towards all-paper bottle that can withstand pressure from fizzy drinks.
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.
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.
Asthma sufferers' 'confusion' over Covid vaccine
11/02/2021 | news | health | 152
They are calling for clarity over who will be prioritised for a jab before May.
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.
US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs
11/02/2021 | news | business | 108
United Airlines plans to buy 200 of the aircraft to fly passengers to airports within the next five years.
Toxic air puts six million at risk of lung damage
11/02/2021 | news | science | 760
Six million people aged over 65 in England are at high risk of lung damage, a new report says.
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.
Sainsbury’s takes on Aldi in supermarket price war
10/02/2021 | news | business | 922
The UK's second-largest supermarket joins Tesco in promising to price-match German discounter Aldi.
Covid: Outdoor education centres bid to reopen after Easter
10/02/2021 | news | education | 24
Overnight trips away from home will help boost pupils' wellbeing after lockdown, say outdoor leaders.
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-19: Sports equipment presents 'low risk'
10/02/2021 | news | health | 375
A study finds coronavirus particles decay rapidly on sports equipment, including cricket and tennis balls.
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.
Putting councils 'in the driving seat' would save £1.6bn, says report
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 172
Centralising responsibility for social care would risk disruption, a council-commissioned report says.
Tesco urged by investors to sell more healthy food
09/02/2021 | news | business | 184
The investors want the UK's largest supermarket chain to do more amid a growing obesity problem.
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.
Mental-health tsar: Anxious pupils should return gradually
09/02/2021 | news | education | 24
Former Love Islander Dr Alex George says students should have "time to integrate slowly back in the classroom".
Brexit: 'Under-loved' fish renamed for British tastes
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,354
The spider crab and megrim sole are to be rebranded to get rid of "negative connotations".
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.
Heads warn against 'grinding out hours' in summer catch up
09/02/2021 | news | education | 1,656
School leaders say catch up plans should not be "gimmicks" or create long hours for tired children.
Bitcoin sets fresh records after Elon Musk investment
09/02/2021 | news | business | 593
Bitcoin sees further strong gains after Elon Musk's Tesla bought $1.5bn of the cryptocurrency.
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 trauma 'also affects people with breathing problems at home'
09/02/2021 | news | health | 22
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are not confined to those on ventilators, a study suggests.
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.
Music stars raise pressure over EU touring
08/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 273
Radiohead, Ronan Keating and Sir Elton John call for the government to "renegotiate" Brexit terms.
Covid: Over-70s can contact NHS for vaccine in England
08/02/2021 | news | health | 898
A national booking system is available in England that can be accessed online.
Elon Musk's Tesla buys $1.5bn of Bitcoin causing currency to spike
08/02/2021 | news | business | 1,681
The cryptocurrency surges 17% as Tesla also said it could start accepting Bitcoin as payment.
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.
Oil prices climb back to pre-pandemic levels
08/02/2021 | news | business | 352
Having hit an all-time low last year, oil has recovered on the hopes of a quicker economic turnaround.
UK weather: 'Beast from the East Two' to bring snow, ice and floods
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,139
The cold snap will not be as extreme as in 2018, forecasters say, but will cause disruption this weekend.
Covid-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.
Covid: Wales 'not ready' for full school reopening
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 830
The education minister confirms children aged three to seven will return to school on 22 February.
Covid: 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.
House price rises 'could be running out of steam’
05/02/2021 | news | business | 722
The Halifax says prices fell last month and are likely to come under pressure in the months ahead.
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.
MPs challenge value for money of meal vouchers
05/02/2021 | news | education | 208
The spending watchdog says the school meal voucher contract could have cost taxpayers less than it did.
How will 'chipageddon' affect you?
05/02/2021 | news | technology | 217
Carmakers and consumer-gadget companies are struggling to source enough computer chips.
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: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
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
Royal Dutch Shell sees huge loss as pandemic hits oil demand
04/02/2021 | news | business | 672
The oil giant reported a net loss of £16bn for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to slump.
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.
Brits snap up Australian wine that didn't go to China
04/02/2021 | news | business | 1,521
The UK is now the top destination for Australian wine as it looks to overcome crippling Chinese taxes.
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.
Broadband switching should be less 'hassle', says Ofcom
03/02/2021 | news | technology | 494
The regulator wants people to change provider more easily, but feels many people are put off switching.
Bebo chief reveals plan to take on Facebook and Twitter
03/02/2021 | news | technology | 149
Michael Birch sold Bebo for $850m in 2008, but now plans to revive it with a focus on profiles.
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.
Buy now, pay later firms such as Klarna face stricter controls
02/02/2021 | news | business | 618
The financial regulator says it would be easy for customers to build up unseen debts of £1,000.
Scotch Whisky Association reports £500m loss after US tariffs
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 623
Figures suggest exports of single malt have fallen by a third since a 25% tariff was imposed in 2019.
Online gambling faces fresh restrictions
02/02/2021 | news | business | 245
A new package of measures is designed to make online casino games less intensive and safer.
Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
Prosperity comes at 'devastating' cost to nature
02/02/2021 | news | science | 855
Landmark review calls for fundamental change in our approach to economics to stem nature loss.
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: 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.
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.
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.
GameStop: Global watchdogs sound alarm as shares frenzy grows
29/01/2021 | news | business | 1,130
Financial regulators in the US and UK say they are monitoring share trading and potential market abuse.
Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
Covid vaccine: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab is 66% effective
29/01/2021 | news | health | 3,713
An international trial shows the jab gives complete protection against hospitalisation and death.
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.
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.
Coronavirus: Germany set to limit AstraZeneca jab to under-65s
28/01/2021 | news | world | 5,216
German vaccine officials say there is not enough data about the jab, which is widely used in the UK.
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: UK-wide school reopening plan 'would make sense'
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 114
Welsh secretary suggests differences on schools leave parents and children confused.
Paperchase rescue safeguards 1,000 jobs
28/01/2021 | news | business | 125
The stationery chain is bought out of administration in a deal rescuing up to 90 of its 127 stores.
UK car production slumps to lowest level since 1984
28/01/2021 | news | business | 258
Output tumbled almost 30% last year as Covid forced factory closures and a fall in consumer demand.
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.
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".
Gamestop: 'Failing' firm soars in value as amateurs buy stock
27/01/2021 | news | business | 422
Shares in a games company have soared more than 300% - the result of a fight between private and professional investors.
Contactless limit could rise to £100
27/01/2021 | news | business | 522
The financial regulator will consult "shortly" on a rise from the current limit of £45.
Coronavirus: Vaccinate teachers at half-term - Starmer
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,153
Labour calls for key workers to be added to the first phase of the vaccination programme.
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.
Coronavirus: Health staff families 'offered early vaccine access'
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 91
An email seems to give South Eastern Trust staff the chance to register family for early access.
Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says
27/01/2021 | news | technology | 128
Heavy social media use had a negative impact on wellbeing, the study found.
Covid in Scotland: Train services cut as passenger numbers plunge
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 462
The boss of Scotland's Railways says "difficult decisions" have to be made to save taxpayer money.
Wales' natural resources used at 'unsustainable rate'
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 98
More than two planets would be needed if everywhere used them at Wales' rate, a report says.
Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'
27/01/2021 | news | science | 1,555
More than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.
Victims typically lose £45,000 each owing to investment scams
27/01/2021 | news | business | 288
Lockdown led to a surge in reports of fraudsters imitating genuine investment firms, regulator says.
Climate: Government postpones Environment Bill again
26/01/2021 | news | politics | 493
The Environment Bill has been postponed again because of a lack of time for scrutiny, the government says.
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
Opening schools a national priority, says government
26/01/2021 | news | education | 244
Schools Minister Nick Gibb says schools and families will have two weeks' notice for reopening.
Blackrock chief: ‘How Covid could help save the planet’
26/01/2021 | news | business | 228
Larry Fink, boss of the world's biggest money manager, says the pandemic could help in fighting a bigger crisis.
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.
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns
26/01/2021 | news | technology | 359
The NHS says any invitation which asks for vaccine payment or bank account details is a scam.
Covid: UK virus deaths exceed 100,000 since pandemic began
26/01/2021 | news | health | 2,612
Another 7,700 registered with coronavirus on the death certificate brings the total to nearly 104,000.
Big rise in redundancies among young people
26/01/2021 | news | business | 1,514
People aged 25 to 34 face the highest risk of redundancy as Covid pushes up the jobless rate to 5%.
Rolls-Royce facing £2bn cash reserve hit as flight numbers fall
26/01/2021 | news | business | 50
The company is set to burn through more cash than expected this year as Covid hits the travel sector.
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.
Moderna vaccine appears to work against variants
25/01/2021 | news | health | 1,652
Laboratory tests suggest antibodies can recognise and fight the UK and South Africa variants.
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.
Covid: Call for long-term plan to help 'burnt-out' nurses
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 152
A Royal College of Nursing survey found almost 80% were more stressed because of the Covid pandemic.
Covid in Scotland: Over-70 vaccine letters start but blue envelope delay
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,280
Vaccination appointments for over-70s in Scotland will arrive on Monday as planned - but in white envelopes.
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.
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.
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".
Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
22/01/2021 | news | world | 883
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.
UK borrowing hits highest December level on record
22/01/2021 | news | business | 461
Government borrowing hit £34.1bn last month, as the cost of pandemic support measures weighed on the economy.
Shoppers stuck at home shun new clothes in 2020
22/01/2021 | news | business | 887
Clothing was the hardest-hit sector last year, seeing a 25% drop in sales overall.
Covid: Early years staff safety 'cause for concern'
22/01/2021 | news | education | 244
Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders call for rapid testing and priority access to vaccines.
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: '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: 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.
University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
Marmite maker Unilever to insist suppliers pay 'living wage'
21/01/2021 | news | business | 502
Unilever says that by 2030 suppliers must pay staff enough to cover a family's basic needs.
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.
Musicians 'failed by government' over EU touring, stars say
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 924
Some of the UK's biggest music stars sign an open letter demanding action over post-Brexit touring.
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.
Low-deposit mortgages return after Covid slump
20/01/2021 | news | business | 776
There has been a fourfold increase in mortgage products for those offering a 10% deposit.
Covid: 'No furlough because they shut the company'
20/01/2021 | news | business | 559
Out-of-date tax systems mean people are falling through the cracks for help, MPs say.
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.
BBC faces 'financial risk' over licence fee income, watchdog says
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,861
A National Audit Office report calls on the corporation to produce "a long-term financial plan".
Scrapping £20 benefit could see Tories called 'nasty party' - Casey
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,122
The ex-government adviser said the Tories would be seen as the "nasty party" by ending the top-up.
Storm Christoph: Flood warnings in parts of England
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,405
Police in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire say they are expecting flooding in their regions.
Covid: UK records new daily high of 1,610 deaths
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,346
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test during the pandemic is now above 90,000.
Schools may reopen region by region, says medical adviser
19/01/2021 | news | education | 594
Top medical adviser suggests schools in England may reopen region by region after lockdown.
School attendance in England higher than first lockdown
19/01/2021 | news | education | 63
The increase in pupil numbers is driven in part by children without laptops being allowed to go in.
Covid in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,986
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.
Coal mine go-ahead 'undermines climate summit'
19/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,184
The UK's push to secure a deal over fossil fuels is being undercut by a decision to allow a new coal mine, MPs warn.
Mobile networks to make Oak lessons site data-free
19/01/2021 | news | technology | 34
The Oak National Academy provides educational resources for pupils in England learning from home.
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.
Oxford research tackles threat of antibiotic resistance
19/01/2021 | news | education | 188
Oxford says the "public cannot get enough of experts" with a £100m donation for antibiotics research.
Parents' stress and depression 'rise during lockdowns'
19/01/2021 | news | education | 123
Many parents struggle to meet their children's needs during the pandemic, say researchers.