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UK furlough scheme will fail to prevent 1m losing jobs, say experts

Young workers and those at the bottom end of the income scale will be the hardest hit Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The chancellor’s multibillion-pound subsidy for part-time working will fail to prevent another one million workers losing their jobs by the middle of next year, leading economists have said.Young workers and those at the bottom end of the income scale will be the hardest hit as employers continue to shed workers in the period before the end of the fur...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Poverty, Unemployment, Young, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus outbreak, UK job furlough scheme


Brexit: EU citizens in UK could be shut out of vital services

Fears that shift from paper to digital permits could prevent those with settled status accessing jobs, banking and healthcareThousands of EU nationals could face problems accessing essential services because the government is refusing to issue physical proof of their right to live in the UK.The settlement scheme grants EU citizens the right to remain in the UK after Brexit. Unlike other foreign nationals, they are not provided with a biometric residency permit proving their status. Continue read...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Money, Law, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Consumer affairs, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Brexit


UK barrister mistaken for defendant calls for compulsory anti-racism training

Alexandra Wilson says legal system should introduce ambitious measures to tackle discrimination in professionThe barrister who was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day at court has called for compulsory anti-racism training at every level of the UK legal system.Alexandra Wilson, who specialises in criminal and family cases, put in a complaint on Wednesday and spoke of her frustration about the incident on Twitter. Her tweets, which quickly went viral, resulted in an apology by the hea...
Tags: UK, England, Law, Wales, Race, UK News, Alexandra Wilson


Britain has offensive cyberwar capability, top general admits

Gen Sir Patrick Sanders says Boris Johnson has told him to ensure UK is major cyber powerBritain’s most senior cyber general has said the UK possesses the capacity to “degrade, disrupt and destroy” its enemies’ critical infrastructure in a future cyber conflict, in a rare acknowledgement of the military’s offensive hacking capability.Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, who heads the UK’s strategic command, said that he been told by Boris Johnson to ensure Britain is a “leading, full-spectrum cyber power” a...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, Hacking, Defence policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Espionage, Cyberwar, Patrick Sanders


10,000 more deaths than usual occurred in UK homes since June

Excess deaths in private homes prompts fears people are avoiding hospitals due to CovidSome 10,000 more deaths than usual have occurred in peoples’ private homes since mid June, long after the peak in Covid deaths, prompting fears that people may still be avoiding health services and delaying sending their loved ones to care homes.It brings to more than 30,000 the total number of excess deaths happening in people’s homes across the UK since the start of the pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, NHS, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Alleged Isis members can be tried in US after UK high court ruling

British officials hand over evidence after mother of one of accused men loses challengeThe prosecutions of two alleged Islamic State members accused of carrying out a series of beheadings can go ahead in the US after British officials handed over key evidence.The material was given to Washington after high court judges sitting in London dismissed a challenge brought by the mother of one of the accused men. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa


US blood was too freely imported to UK in 70s and 80s, David Owen tells inquiry

Ex-health minister says not enough was done to avoid using contaminated US blood to treat haemophiliacsNot enough was done to stop contaminated blood being imported from the US to treat British haemophiliacs in the 1970s and 80s, the former UK health minister David Owen has said.Giving evidence to the infected blood inquiry, the one-time Labour MP said he had supported making Britain self-sufficient in blood products and had been determined to “stop blood coming in from America”. Continue readin...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, US, America, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, NHS, Labour, David Owen, Contaminated blood scandal


Jamaican director of UCL's slavery research centre: British racism is 'clear and sharp'

The UK continues the fiction that racial exploitation is in the past, says Matthew Smith. He hopes his London appointment will help change thatMatthew Smith did not plan to quit Jamaica. Until last year the historian, who previously headed the history and archaeology department of the University of the West Indies at Mona, near Kingston, had made a point of staying. “I wanted my career to be an example that you don’t have to leave,” he explains on a video call. But when the directorship of UCL’s...
Tags: UK, London, Education, Americas, Society, UK News, History, Higher Education, Schools, Slavery, Colonialism, Universities, Bristol, Jamaica, Kingston, Smith


Raising of UK Covid alert level opens door to major restrictions

Chief medical officers agree jump to level 4, meaning virus is ‘high or rising exponentially’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s Covid-19 alert level has been raised to four, meaning the virus is “high or rising exponentially” – a move which will give Boris Johnson cover for significant new restrictions to stem the surge of the virus.The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the change “reflects the significant shift in the current threat posed by coronavirus”. He...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty


Can the UK avoid 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day?

Continued doubling of infection rate feared by top advisers is unlikely to happen, say some expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn one thing, everyone agrees: the UK is at a turning point.After a summer of crowded beaches and pubs reopening, followed by children returning to school and employees going back to the workplace, new cases of Covid-19 are definitely on the rise. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty, COVID


UK could have 50,000 Covid cases a day by mid-October, say scientific advisers

Country told it is on course for 200 deaths a day and to prepare for six months of restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has “turned a corner” for the worse and is on course for up to 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October, which could lead to 200 deaths a day by the following month, the government’s chief scientific and medical advisers have warned.The country should be prepared for significant restrictions for the next six months, over the wi...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty


Chinese cameras blacklisted by US being used in UK school toilets

Hikvision’s surveillance tech has also been installed in leisure centres in LondonSurveillance cameras made by Hikvision, the Chinese company that has been implicated in grave human rights violations and has been blacklisted by the US government, are being used across the UK, from leisure centres in London to school toilets in west Norfolk.While use of the surveillance cameras had already rung alarm bells in the British parliament last year, use of the cameras has expanded in the wake of the Cov...
Tags: UK, London, Human Rights, Privacy, China, US, Society, UK News, World news, Surveillance, Local Government, Norfolk, Hikvision, Uighurs, Coronavirus outbreak


Why UK Covid testing must be more than just a numbers game

Focus should not be on how many tests are done, but how they are used and where, say experts Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHow many coronavirus tests does the UK really need? The official aim is 500,000 a day by the end of October, more than double the current total. But, amid concern over a series of missed targets, scientists have tried to quantify the projected need – and their findings help illustrate why demand is so high now, and why it will be even higher com...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency

Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struckSchoolchildren around the world are being urged to go on strike to protest against a lack of action on the climate crisis.Children and their supporters are invited to take to the streets on Friday, if it is safe to do so, or to go online with their protests “in whatever way suits you best”, according to the organisers. Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Education, Children, Climate Change, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, United Nations, Schools, Environmental Activism, Extreme Weather, Greta Thunberg, Coronavirus outbreak, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


Boris Johnson's Brexit bill straight out of Trump playbook, David Lammy says

Labour MP criticises Cummings and says Tory government has dented UK’s standing in the worldBoris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small figure,” says David Lammy .As the controversial internal markets bill returns to the House of Commons this week, the prime minister appears to have bought off most Tory rebels by promising a parliamentary vote before the powers in it would be used. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, David Lammy, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Donald Trump


BAME Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Black Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Health official urges people not to flock to 'heaving' Blackpool

Footage shows crowded scenes hours after town was excluded from Covid restrictionsA senior health official has urged people not to flock to Blackpool “just because you can” after huge crowds descended on the seaside resort over the weekend.Day-trippers said they had “never seen Blackpool so busy” on Saturday as people poured into the town hours after it was excluded from new coronavirus restrictions that apply to most of north-west England. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Blackpool, North Of England, England Continue, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid scepticism behind high Bolton infection rate, says local MP

Exclusive: social media hashtag #thinkingforyourself bolsters residents refusing to follow rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid scepticism in Bolton has led to it having the highest infection rate of coronavirus in the country, a local MP has said, as a #thinkingforyourself social media trend gains traction.With 169 cases for every 100,000 people, the Greater Manchester town has the highest rate in England and has featured among the worst-hit areas in Europe. He...
Tags: Health, England, Social Media, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Bolton, Coronavirus outbreak, Europe Health


Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

Lockdowns brought temporary relief to some but, everywhere, test and trace is key Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidem...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Asia Pacific


Bundle up: Britons urged to embrace an alfresco Covid winter

Rugs, patio heaters and fire pits fly off the shelves as the nation gears up to socialise through the colder monthsWinter is coming. Game of Thrones fans know that this is a warning to prepare for dark times, and it has never been more apt than during the Covid pandemic.Six months ago, Boris Johnson gave the nation a “simple instruction” – to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease. The weather that day in most of the country was pretty good for early spring – widespread sunshine after a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Life and style, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Health & wellbeing, Boris Johnson, Parks and Green Spaces, Coronavirus outbreak


£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as Covid infections soar

Penalties are part of carrot-and-stick plan that includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.With infections rising at rates last seen before the full lockdown in March, around four million people on low incomes and in receipt of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Labour, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month

Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new push to tackle conspiracy theories.Interactions on posts expressing scepticism or hostility towards vaccines on six UK ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Internet Safety, UK Facebook, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid test and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?

Successful schemes in South Korea and Germany show speed and targeting are keyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs chaos continues to engulf Britain’s test and trace system, attention has focused on how successful other countries have been in using testing and contact-tracing to suppress coronavirus transmission.While many have embraced test/trace regimes, comparing the relative successes – and failures – is complicated by the fact that different countries count things...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, Science, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Parents report more anxiety in lockdown, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that ‘rule of six’ has a disproportionate impact on poorer childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule of six” guidance on so...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid-19 has more severe impact on less well-off children, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that socialising ‘rule of six’ will exacerbate disproportionate impact on poorer familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule ...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Betfred's billionaire owners receive £10m despite FOBT shift

Firm makes bumper profits despite Fred and Peter Done warning about cuts to fixed-odds betting terminal stakesBetfred paid its billionaire owners a £10.2m dividend after reporting bumper operating profits, as the impact of curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) proved far milder than the industry had predicted.Fred Done, who owns the business with his brother Peter, warned in November last year that bookmakers were “fighting for our lives”, after the government cut the maximum wager on FO...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Gambling, Sport, Society, UK News, Commercial Property, Corporate Governance, Sport betting, Peter, Fred, Peter Done, Fixed-odds betting terminals, Fred Done


Betfred billionaire owners paid £10m dividend each

Sum follows bumper profits despite Fred and Peter Done warning cuts to FOBT stakes would slash revenueBetfred paid its billionaire owners a £10.2m dividend after reporting bumper operating profits, as the impact of curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) proved far milder than the industry had predicted.Fred Done, who owns the business with his brother Peter, warned in November last year that bookmakers were “fighting for our lives”, after the government cut the maximum wager on FOBTs from...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Gambling, Sport, Society, UK News, Commercial Property, Corporate Governance, Sport betting, Peter, Fred, Peter Done, Fixed-odds betting terminals, Fred Done


Banksy trademark 'at risk' after street artist loses legal battle

Graffiti painter loses case against greeting card firm over use of Flower Thrower muralBanksy’s trademark may be at risk after the street artist lost a case that an EU panel said was brought in bad faith and undermined by a gift shop he set up in London last year.Banksy lost the case against a greeting card company, Full Colour Black, which argued it should be able to use an image of the Flower Thrower stencil mural, which he painted in Jerusalem, because of the artist’s anonymity. Continue read...
Tags: London, Law, Jerusalem, Eu, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Banksy, Flower Thrower muralBanksy, Full Colour Black


Vietnam war leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Julian Assange

Pentagon Papers whistleblower tells extradition hearing WikiLeaks founder won’t get a fair trial in the USThe man who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam war has defended Julian Assange at his London extradition hearing on Wednesday, saying WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warned that its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States.Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting efforts to send him to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack gove...
Tags: London, Media, Law, Iraq, UK News, World news, US news, Afghanistan, United States, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, Julian Assange, Vietnam War, Wikileaks, Assange, Daniel Ellsberg



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