UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders

The pandemic has been devastating, but it could be an opportunity to build a better economy, one in which more of the wealth generated in cities is more fairly distributed and owned by us. This would require a serious national industrial and spatial plan, with a full-blooded regional and urban devolution policy. Rather than ignoring […]

Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

“If the government doesn’t act, we face a tsunami of job losses. So my message to the chancellor is this: we worked together once before. We are ready to work with you again – if you are serious about stopping the catastrophe of mass unemployment.

Extreme poverty ‘will double by Christmas’ in UK because of Covid-19

The trust’s food banks reported extraordinary spikes in demand: Hammersmith and Fulham food bank in west London said it normally gave out 110 vouchers a week, but at the height of lockdown it was delivering food to 150 people a day. Caernarfon food bank said its normal referral rate of 20 people a day quadrupled […]

UK coronavirus death toll grows by 10 to 41,514 as cases rise by 1,508 in last 24 hours

Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire have been plunged into lockdown Thousands of secondary school kids returned to their classes in masks today An Oxford expert claims there is no second wave of Covid-19 Spain is the new Europe hotspot as it is spreading faster than in the US The discrepancy in the figures is […]

The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

It is vital that this helps fund the freelancers who form 70% of theatre’s workforce, a third of whom do not qualify for the Treasury’s income-support schemes. Many will have no option but to leave the theatre entirely and I can’t overstate that without their crucial talents all efforts to save our venues will be […]

UK coronavirus death toll grows by 13 to 41,527 as cases rise by 1,735 in last 24 hours

House prices have hit an all-time high after a post-lockdown boom Find out your risk of catching Covid-19 here Matt Hancock said airport coronavirus testing ‘doesn’t work’ Ofqual chiefs claimed that exams could have gone ahead this summer The discrepancy in the figures is based on when they were recorded.

SoftBank Group selling Arm to NVIDIA for up to $40 billion

This file photo taken on May 27, 2019 shows a photographer taking pictures in front of the logo for British chip designer ARM in Taipei. Japan’s SoftBank Group said on September 14, 2020 it is selling British chip designer Arm to US chip company NVIDIA for up to 40 billion USD, potentially creating a new […]

ABC and SBS should also receive fees from Facebook and Google, Labor says

Rowland said Labor was listening to the tech companies, and was “meeting with anyone who asks”. She said some of the concerns raised by the tech companies were “not entirely baseless” and there needed to be a good response to queries about value transfer in the media ecosystem.

Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre

Asking for an increase in the rate for theatre’s tax-relief scheme, from 20% to 50%, Mendes invites the government to become a “theatrical angel” akin to the private individuals who invest in productions and share in the profits of successful shows. “This is not a request for a handout, or for long-term life support,” he […]

Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?

So what are you and your team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport doing to reassure the arts community and provide a concrete plan of action? Well so far you have come up with a five-phase roadmap for the performing arts that is worse than useless. Sam Goldwyn said that “a verbal […]