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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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deliveroo shares rise on first full trading day as some riders go on strike
07/04/2021 | news | business | 474
Wednesday is the first day of trading for 70,000 retail investors, as 400 UK riders are expected to stage a strike.
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.
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.
Deliveroo shares tumble on stock market debut
31/03/2021 | news | business | 1,062
Deliveroo shares close well below their expected price after big investors' attitude to company soured.
English local elections: UK needs 'a green recovery' says Greens co-leader
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 64
Launching their English election campaign, Greens co-leader says people "need hope" after "tough year".
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.
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.
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.
Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed
29/03/2021 | news | world | 2,225
It took almost a week to dislodge a giant container ship blocking one the world's busiest trade routes.
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.
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.
Liberty Steel bailout plea turned down
29/03/2021 | news | business | 301
The government refuses a request for £170m to support the struggling metals group.
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.
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.
Retail sales stage partial recovery in February
26/03/2021 | news | business | 127
Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong, but clothing stores continued to struggle.
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.
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.
'Greed' and 'capitalism' helped UK's vaccines success, says PM
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,658
But Boris Johnson immediately retracts the comments made during a Zoom meeting with Tory MPs.
UK inflation rate falls as clothes prices drop
24/03/2021 | news | business | 977
A fall in the price of clothing and second-hand cars offset a rise in fuel costs last month.
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.
Government's levelling up plans 'need total reorientation'
23/03/2021 | news | business | 143
The Industrial Strategy Council says the government's plans to "level up" regions are flawed.
Jobless crisis shows signs of easing but under-25s hit hard
23/03/2021 | news | business | 1,048
The number of workers on UK company payrolls climbed by 200,000 in the three months to February.
UK launching four regional trade hubs to boost exports
23/03/2021 | news | business | 464
The hubs in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington will aim to provide local firms with advice.
Coronavirus vaccines: PM to telephone EU leaders in bid to stop export ban being imposed
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,911
EU leaders will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the fate of vaccines made on the continent.
Covid 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.
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.
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.
AstraZeneca: UK and EU clot reviews confirm safety of vaccine
18/03/2021 | news | health | 2,620
Regulators give reassurance and advice on rare blood clot symptoms, such as headache lasting days.
Covid vaccine: Supply issues 'will not impact roadmap' in England - Hancock
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,098
The health secretary confirms the UK's supply is being hit by a delayed AstraZeneca shipment from India.
BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
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".
Liberty Steel: Government must step in to save steel jobs, says Ed Miliband
18/03/2021 | news | business | 676
The shadow business secretary tells the BBC the company is too vital for the UK to collapse.
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?
Energy customers set for refunds when direct debits are too high
17/03/2021 | news | business | 591
Energy regulator Ofgem says customers' overpayments are being used to pay for "unsustainable business".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreign Office to move 500 jobs to East Kilbride
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
The UK government has said more than 1,000 civil service roles in total are to be relocated to Scotland
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.
Bitcoin surges past $60,000 for first time
14/03/2021 | news | business | 865
The volatile cryptocurrency extends its record-breaking run to reach a new high.
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.
Car insurance claims plunge as drivers stay at home
12/03/2021 | news | business | 292
The drop in claims is not mirrored in cheaper premiums, but insurers say motorists have been supported.
Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain
11/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,819
Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".
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.
UK environmental protections 'being flouted'
10/03/2021 | news | science | 570
Campaigners say UK government protections on the environment are already being flouted.
Heathrow says airport border queues at 'unacceptable level'
10/03/2021 | news | business | 1,593
The airport regularly sees queuing times of three hours and on occasion six hours, an executive says.
Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace 'no clear impact' despite £37bn budget
10/03/2021 | news | health | 1,623
It was set up to help prevent lockdowns but there have been two more since its launch, MPs say.
Covid-19: UK rejects 'false' vaccine export ban claim by EU
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,449
An EU diplomat is summoned to the Foreign Office following comments by the bloc's top official.
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.
'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.
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.
Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak
05/03/2021 | news | business | 713
Where was the help for the environment, social care, renters, and to cover the future costs of Covid?
Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak insists Covid-recovery tax rises fair
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,526
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is accused of hitting the poorest hardest in his Budget plan to balance the books.
Budget 2021: '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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Budget 2021: PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery
01/03/2021 | news | politics | 553
Boris Johnson's comments come as Tory MPs lobby the Chancellor to cut rates for business in the budget
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.
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.
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.
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 car production slumps by a quarter in January
26/02/2021 | news | business | 291
The UK produced 27% fewer cars than a year ago, the worst January figure for over a decade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers
19/02/2021 | news | health | 2,967
The number of new infections in the community has decreased in all regions, latest data shows.
Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
Covid: Health workers appeal to PM for better personal protection
19/02/2021 | news | health | 449
In a letter, 20 organisations say measures to tackle airborne spread of coronavirus are "inadequate".
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.
Coronavirus: 'No jab, no job' policies may be legal for new staff
18/02/2021 | news | business | 3,406
It may be legal to insist on vaccinations in new staff contracts, the justice secretary says.
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.
National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,247
The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".
Covid: 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.
Ford to go all-electric in Europe by 2030
17/02/2021 | news | business | 434
By the middle of 2026, all its cars will be available as electric or hybrid models, it said.
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.
Another new coronavirus variant seen in the UK
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,099
It has similar mutations to the South Africa variant, so how worrying is it?
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.
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".
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?
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: '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.
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-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.
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".
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.
Holiday bookings jump despite 'confusion over rules'
11/02/2021 | news | business | 464
Official calls for people to pause summer holiday plans have made no difference, UK holiday providers say.
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.
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.
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 in Scotland: Vaccination programme 'may need to slow down'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,536
The country has received lower Pfizer vaccine stocks than expected due to a reduction in manufacturing capacity.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 5,265
People arriving in England from Covid hotspots also face £10,000 fines or jail if they break the rules.
Brexit worse than feared, says JD Sports boss
09/02/2021 | news | business | 4,918
Chairman Peter Cowgill says the new EU trade deal has meant "double-digit millions" in extra costs.
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.
Covid: Boris Johnson 'very confident' in vaccines being used in UK
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,621
A small study suggests the AstraZeneca vaccine may be less effective against the South African variant.
Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
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.
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: Virus cases show clear signs of fall in most of UK
05/02/2021 | news | health | 1,881
The virus's reproduction, or R, number is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.
House price rises 'could be running out of steam’
05/02/2021 | news | business | 722
The Halifax says prices fell last month and are likely to come under pressure in the months ahead.
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.
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.
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.
Covid: New Oxford vaccine 'ready by the autumn' to tackle mutations
03/02/2021 | news | health | 2,382
An improved jab that will be more effective against variants can be made quickly, says Oxford-AstraZeneca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Covid vaccine hopes lift IMF's global growth forecast
26/01/2021 | news | business | 26
The IMF raises its economic growth estimate on expectations that vaccines will allow activity to recover.
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%.
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".
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.
University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
Brexit: Movement Assistance Scheme costs £330,000 in 20 days
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 174
The Movement Assistance Scheme helps businesses with the cost of moving food and plant products.
Covid: Infections 'must be brought down' to help NHS
21/01/2021 | news | health | 1,175
Researchers warn that unless something changes, hospitals will continue facing significant pressure.
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.
Covid: House hunters travelling 'hundreds of miles' to view homes
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,045
Estate agents call for tougher measures - as buyers race to beat the end of the stamp duty holiday.
Inflation: Cost of living up despite Covid Christmas curbs
20/01/2021 | news | business | 812
The UK inflation rate jumps to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in November, led by higher transport costs.
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.
£23m support fund for struggling fishing firms
20/01/2021 | news | business | 472
It comes as industry workers warn their livelihoods are at risk due to Brexit border problems.
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.
Vauxhall: Future of Ellesmere Port hangs in the balance
19/01/2021 | news | business | 122
Vauxhall's parent company warns it will no longer invest in pure diesel or petrol cars at Ellesmere Port.
Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn
19/01/2021 | news | health | 2,367
Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.
HSBC to close 82 branches this year
19/01/2021 | news | business | 476
The bank has named the branches that will close between April and September, but aims to avoid redundancies.
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.
CBI calls for more business support before Budget
19/01/2021 | news | business | 96
The business lobby group calls for the extension of support schemes for firms affected by Covid.
Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
Covid vaccine: Health minister denies jabs being held back
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,795
Earlier the first minister said he did not want vaccinators "standing around with nothing to do".
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: Critical care wards full in hospitals across England
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 787
There are very few spare beds for the most seriously ill patients in parts of the country, the NHS says.
Covid: Paramedic questioned job after being spat at
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 118
The Welsh Ambulance Service boss warns that difficult weeks lie ahead in Covid-19 fight.
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.
UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
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.
Brexit: Ministers accused of fishing compensation U-turn
14/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,556
On Wednesday the PM said businesses hit by post-Brexit problems would receive support.
Civil service: Call to move 50,000 officials out of London
12/01/2021 | news | politics | 164
Tory think tank says government departments should re-locate to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
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
Tesco, Asda and Waitrose ban shoppers without face masks
12/01/2021 | news | business | 3,369
It follows similar moves by Morrisons and Sainsbury's, but those with medical reasons will be exempt.
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.
Retail sales in 2020 'worst for 25 years'
12/01/2021 | news | business | 624
A slump in demand for fashion and homeware during lockdown left many retailers struggling.
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: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
BBC Bitesize to be free for BT and EE customers
11/01/2021 | news | education | 704
The content will not count in a mobile data allowance to help keep costs of online learning down.
Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
Covid-19: Vaccination targets could be exceeded, says Kate Bingham
08/01/2021 | news | politics | 453
Ex-vaccine supremo tells Nick Robinson she hopes for "really positive news" on the rollout next week.
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
08/01/2021 | news | health | 3,791
Seventeen million doses have been ordered by the UK and are expected to arrive in spring.
Covid-19: Travellers to UK will need to show negative test result
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
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.
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.
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: Sir Keir Starmer calls for 'round the clock' vaccinations
05/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,448
In a TV address, Labour's leader says millions of doses need to be given each week by the end of January.
Supermarket websites struggle amid new lockdown
05/01/2021 | news | business | 708
Demand surges as shoppers rush to secure online delivery slots following news of another lockdown.
Champagne puts fizz in Morrisons' Christmas sales
05/01/2021 | news | business | 395
The supermarket saw strong trading over the key Christmas period, with a jump in sales of salmon too.
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.
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: 'No question' restrictions will be tightened, says Boris Johnson
04/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,597
Boris Johnson warns of "tough" weeks ahead, as coronavirus infection rates continue to surge.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
Stock markets and pound rise ahead of Brexit deal
24/12/2020 | news | business | 526
UK markets close for Christmas in upbeat mood, hours before the Brexit trade deal is announced.
UK borrowing hits highest November level on record
22/12/2020 | news | business | 1,371
The government borrowed £31.6bn last month as it continued to support the economy during the pandemic.
Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
UK government 'likely to miss' broadband and 5G targets
22/12/2020 | news | technology | 490
More must be done if the UK is to be future-proofed rather than playing catch-up, say MPs.
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
Shares fall as new Covid strain spooks investors
21/12/2020 | news | business | 1,524
Wall Street slips after Europe markets fall over the UK's new Covid-19 variant.
DHL and Royal Mail warn on parcel disruption
21/12/2020 | news | business | 22
Delivery chaos comes days before Christmas and follows fears about a new strain of the coronavirus in the UK.
Welsh budget: Tax hike on second homes announced
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 858
A tax hike on second homes to raise cash for social housing is part of the Welsh Government budget.
Covid: Case for recalling MPs over emergency, says Sir Keir Starmer
21/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,120
The Labour leader also urges the PM to give daily updates, amid cross party calls for Parliament's return.
Sir Keir Starmer promises to shift power from Westminster
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,145
In a key policy speech, the Labour leader set out plans for the "boldest devolution project in a generation".
'Stop-start' Covid rules cost shops £2bn a week, says industry
20/12/2020 | news | business | 1,343
Retailers warn more jobs and businesses are at risk as non-essential shops are forced to close.
Shell shocked: 'Lobster capital' braces for Brexit
18/12/2020 | news | business | 35
Live shellfish exporters in East Yorkshire and Devon say new certification requirements are 'unworkable'
Brexit: Trade talks in 'a serious situation' says Boris Johnson
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,148
The PM and the EU Commission head speak again by phone, and acknowledge differences remain.
Fraud victims' pay deducted for money they don't owe
17/12/2020 | news | business | 59
Letters sent from the DWP demanding repayment of benefits they have never claimed or received.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals date of next Budget
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 466
The Budget had been set to happen in Autumn 2020 but was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Future of economy 'unusually uncertain', warns Bank of England
17/12/2020 | news | business | 323
The Bank of England says trying to predict economic progress is hampered by a lack of a Brexit deal.
'My season rail pass has risen £12,000 since 1997'
16/12/2020 | news | business | 674
Fares will rise more than expected next year, although the 2.6% increase will be delayed until March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
UK banks can weather pandemic, says Bank of England
11/12/2020 | news | business | 384
Most risks to financial stability posed by Covid and a no-deal Brexit have been mitigated, the Bank says.
Brexit: Trade talks 'unlikely' to go beyond Sunday, says Dominic Raab
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,574
The EU has set out the measures it would take if no trade deal is agreed with the UK.
Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
Britons could be barred from EU entry on 1 January
10/12/2020 | news | business | 1,289
EU pandemic rules and Brexit may restrict travellers from entering the European Union.
UK growth slows again in October as rebound stalls
10/12/2020 | news | business | 406
The UK's economy grew by just 0.4% in the month as the recovery continued to slow.
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.
'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.
Act now to save 'precious UK', English mayors urge PM
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 359
Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham lead calls for a review of how power is shared across the country.
'Tax the wealthy to pay for coronavirus'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,128
The government should consider a wealth tax to patch up the public finances, tax experts say.
Brexit: PM says 'sweet reason' can get UK and EU to trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,967
Boris Johnson says "hope springs eternal" ahead of a meeting with the European Commission president.
Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'
08/12/2020 | news | business | 2,126
The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
Brexit: MPs reinsert controversial sections of Internal Market Bill
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,450
But in a possible compromise, ministers said they could remove the measures if trade talks succeed.
Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,163
Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.
Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
Climate change: UK aim of 68% emissions cut a 'colossal challenge'
04/12/2020 | news | science | 830
The "ambitious" target for 2030 would see the UK move faster than any major economy, the PM says.
Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
Asda joins rivals to pay back Covid rates relief
03/12/2020 | news | business | 500
The UK's biggest supermarkets will return £1.7bn after facing criticism for taking state support.
Bonmarché collapses into administration
02/12/2020 | news | business | 535
More than 1,500 jobs are at risk following the collapse of the women's fashion chain.
Brexit: HMRC to take 'sympathetic' customs approach from 1 January
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 47
HMRC is "aware" many businesses are not yet clear about forthcoming Brexit rules on Irish Sea trade.
Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
Boris Johnson able to call early election under proposed new law
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 354
The proposed law would do away with the five year set period between general elections.
Covid: Boris Johnson urges MPs to back tough tiers for England
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,392
The prime minister said the NHS remained under pressure, despite a four-week national lockdown.
Christmas comes early as people rush to buy trees
01/12/2020 | news | business | 156
It's a bumper year for British tree growers as customers look for some early festive cheer.
UK house price growth 'fastest for almost six years'
01/12/2020 | news | business | 1,127
Property price rises accelerated last month, the Nationwide says. but growth is set to slow next year.
Lastminute.com to pay £7m in holiday refunds
01/12/2020 | news | business | 255
More than 9,000 customers have yet to be repaid for cancelled package holidays amid the Covid crisis.
Covid: Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants from Friday
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,254
Pubs and restaurants will have to shut at 6pm and will not be able to serve alcoholic drinks.
Covid-19: Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg' as substantial meal
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,638
They would count as a "substantial meal" under new rules for parts of England, a minister says.
Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas
30/11/2020 | news | business | 1,419
Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
Coronavirus: Investment scams quadruple since virus lockdown
30/11/2020 | news | business | 129
Fraudsters have been using more sophisticated tactics to steal millions from UK investors.
Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks
27/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,943
The EU's Michel Barnier arrived in London on Friday evening, as the two sides try to agree a deal.
R number for UK below 1 for first time since August
27/11/2020 | news | health | 3,211
Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing.
Royal Mail could save £225m by cutting Saturday post, regulator says
27/11/2020 | news | business | 436
The postal regulator says it could drop weekend letter deliveries and still meet people's needs.
Rishi Sunak faces state pension conundrum
27/11/2020 | news | business | 1,482
Official forecasts suggest the state pension will rise by 4.1% in April 2022 when unemployment is high.
Black Friday: Next, M&S and Wilko shun sales event
27/11/2020 | news | business | 559
Although Black Friday spending in the UK is set to soar in 2020, some brands won't be taking part.
Covid-19: Tougher post-lockdown rules 'strike a balance', says PM
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 622
Almost all of England will go into tiers two and three when the lockdown ends on 2 December.
Spending Review: Council tax likely to rise, says think-tank
26/11/2020 | news | business | 3,370
The IFS says the Spending Review means council tax could rise an average £70 per household.
Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,039
Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.
Covid: Tiers and Christmas - a recipe for disaster?
26/11/2020 | news | health | 911
With lockdown coming to an end, it is all change. But is the government making a mistake?
Britons 'misunderstand and distrust economics data'
26/11/2020 | news | business | 307
Groups such as the media and politicians need to explain economics data better, a study suggests.
Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,110
Mark Drakeford says restrictions brought in after Christmas should be agreed by the four nations.
Rishi Sunak warns 'economic emergency has only just begun'
25/11/2020 | news | business | 5,382
The pandemic will deal lasting damage to growth and jobs, the chancellor has warned.
Low-paid public sector workers to get £250 pay rise
25/11/2020 | news | business | 1,263
Pay will be frozen for at least 1.3 million public sector staff, but low-paid and NHS workers will get raises.
Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says
25/11/2020 | news | health | 1,222
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
Spending Review: Chancellor outlines government spending plans
25/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,670
Rishi Sunak's spending review comes amid a difficult economic backdrop caused by the pandemic.
Most Black Friday products 'were same price or cheaper' beforehand
25/11/2020 | news | business | 532
Nine in 10 products are the same price or cheaper before the sale, finds consumer group.
Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,351
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
Rishi Sunak's Spending Review: Four things to look out for
24/11/2020 | news | business | 904
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
Brexit: Hauliers fear 'mayhem' at Holyhead port
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 525
There are claims Holyhead port will not be ready for the end of the Brexit transition period.
Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
23/11/2020 | news | business | 1,190
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.
EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.