Coronavirus: Ministers pledge to double staff in job centres

UK businesses cut more than 12,000 jobs in two days Labour urges more support to stem job losses UK economy hit by worst contraction in 41 years The government says its furlough scheme, currently paying 80% of the wages of more than nine million workers, has already stemmed job losses from a sharp economic decline […]

‘Unconscionable’: Former UK Attorney General Hits Out at Gov’t Over Brexit Internal Market Bill

“Therefore, if the government does not urgently and effectively dispel the impression that it intends to do so, I shall have no choice but to withhold my support for this [UK Internal Market] bill. I am a strong supporter of this government and of Brexit and I am deeply saddened to have to say this,” […]

Pizza Express will shut 73 of its 449 restaurants – one in six of its UK sites – with 1,100 jobs under threat as cost saving plans are approved by creditors

Alpesh Paleja, lead economist at the CBI, said: ‘The furlough scheme has proved effective at insulating workers and businesses in some of the worst-hit sectors during the pandemic, but these findings reinforce fears that many job losses have been delayed rather than avoided.’

True scale of Britain’s jobs bloodbath revealed: Thousands of firms planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as coronavirus pandemic ravaged workplaces

It is the first time HMRC has spoken publicly about the level of potential fraud that could have been committed as part of the job retention scheme, which covered up to 80 per cent of an employee’s salary, up to £2,500 a month, while they were on furlough.

Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak unveiling ‘kickstart jobs scheme’ for young people

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Pret a Manger ‘set to close 1 in 10 UK stores putting 800 jobs at risk’

After appointing City advisers in May, the chain is believed to be considering a range of restructuring options. These include a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) insolvency process, which would allow Pret to close unprofitable sites.

Brexit talks set to resume despite UK rejecting EU ultimatum

EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks Kuenssberg: Brexit deal stand-off threatens trade talks How could the Northern Ireland Brexit deal change? Senior government lawyer quits over Brexit plans Chicken, cheese, cod: The tricky trade talk menu The publication of the bill prompted emergency talks on Thursday, in which the EU said the planned changes […]

Kim Darroch: Former top UK diplomat ‘does not regret’ Trump criticism

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s Newsnight, to be broadcast at 2245 GMT on BBC Two, he said he accepted his position had become untenable after his observations became public, leading Mr Trump to describe him as a “stupid guy” and “pompous fool”.

Brexit: Ministers to unveil law on policing UK trade

Minister: New bill will ‘break international law’ Ministers unveil post-Brexit powers for UK nations Fresh row over devolved powers after Brexit What do I need to know about Brexit now? The legislation will see Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland handed powers in areas such as air quality and building efficiency currently regulated at EU level.

Cosy UK cottages with log fires and countryside views for an idyllic autumn breaks

There’s also a kitchen with all of the appliances you need for whipping up hearty meals after a day out, but if you prefer to eat out then there are plenty of tea shops and pubs in the nearby village (as well as some local shops selling everything from antiques to cheese!).