Extending the furlough scheme would cost little – and benefit the whole of the UK

Unemployment can obviously be devastating on a personal level but it also has lasting economic consequences. Those who are out of work may become “disengaged” from the labour market. They may lose skills they had in work and fail to gain new ones. Relationships between employers and employees that have been built up, in some […]

Struggling beauty salons’ fury as barbers can trim beards yet brows still banned

“I think that’s the problem- they don’t know how anyone works… It’s been really, really hard. I’d only just become self-employed and the first year is already the toughest – you’re building your client-base, I was just starting out.

JK Rowling offers to pay annual salary of Tweeter who used Civil Service account to accuse Boris Johnson of being an ‘arrogant, offensive truth-twister’

‘People have missed funerals of loved ones because of lockdown. Many have had to look after their own young children while ill. One of the architects of the rules keeping those people housebound drove across the UK, knowing he had the virus. Indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness,’ Ms Rowling tweeted.

Race to fix NHS contact tracing before schools return: Ministers admit there’s ‘more to do’ but say pupils WILL return in September after Lancet report warned failures in testing would cause a devastating second wave

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘This virus is capable of surging back really quickly and is actually doing so in most countries where there’s been success at getting it under control and, as it surges back, the way you stop outbreaks developing is through having well-functioning contact tracing linked to testing, with isolation […]

Coronavirus restriction chaos as millions of Brits over 50 could have to shield again

“Any change needs to be completely clear and be coupled with financial support for all those who need it.” Dennis Reed, of over-60s group campaign group Silver Voices, said Government advice was “all over the place” and “reopening of the economy” was “putting older people at risk”.

Britain’s coronavirus cases rise again to a SIX-WEEK high: Officials record 938 more infections but only around 100 a day are being hospitalised as health chiefs post nine more deaths

Downing Street said the government’s ‘Contain’ strategy set out that restrictions can be imposed on transport links ‘if there is an area that is particularly badly affected’. But the PM’s spokesman said that was not only a possibility for London — as any location could be subject to similar curbs.

Boris Johnson ‘could scrap entire list of safe quarantine-free holiday destinations if cases continue to grow’

The Government advice on working from home changed from today – meaning employers can ask their staff to come into the office Rishi Sunak launched his ‘eat out to help out scheme’ giving Brits up to half-price meals and help the hospitality sector A new 90-minute coronavirus test was rolled out to help people get […]

Krispy Kreme is selling half price boxes of 12 glazed doughnuts under Eat Out to Help Out

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Church will remove ‘Chocolate coloured C**n’ headstone of blackface dancer GH Elliott and his dance hall co-star unless relatives come forward to stop them

‘At the time, there was a lot of things in the paper about drugs, so I made him a drug dealer, or a peddler of alcopops to children and things like that, which I thought was so wrong it was alright. I wouldn’t do it now, but I don’t think I regret it. 

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: TV production company behind The Crown to make drama about Sarah Ferguson’s former dresser who murdered her boyfriend

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become such a hot potato that they’ve been banned as a topic of conversation in the salons of Hampstead, I hear. ‘We’re not allowed to talk about Harry and Meghan,’ confirms Esther Rantzen, who lives in the posh North London enclave. ‘That produces passionate views, pro and anti […]