Caravan and camping tips for beginners including best UK spots, gear and advice

Murray points out that today’s camping equipment is high quality and user-friendly, with easy to erect tents and beds. And he says you shouldn’t feel you have to stay somewhere close to home so you can come back if it rains. “Just take wet weather gear and if it’s pouring, go somewhere on a day […]

New car sales rise in UK after coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Car dealership groups have already been forced to cut thousands of jobs, with Lookers making 1,500 redundancies in June, Pendragon cutting 1,800 and Jardine Motors cutting 500. Another dealer, Inchcape, has said it will cut head office roles, although it has not yet provided numbers.

New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

Any action on obesity is very welcome to obesity campaigners, as well as the doctors who try to help people with life-shortening medical conditions as a result of being overweight. But the plans so far look as though they have mostly the middle classes in sight, who may be persuaded to go to Weight Watchers […]

Lack of special border measures before UK coronavirus lockdown was ‘serious mistake’

The committee chair, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper, said: “The government’s failure to have proper quarantine measures in place in March as the infection was spreading fast was a grave error and meant Covid spread faster and reached more people. The UK was almost unique in having no border checks or quarantine arrangements at that […]

Most popular seaside destinations as 20 million Brits holiday in the UK this summer

Colwyn Bay, Wales – from £80 per night Bridlington, Yorkshire – from £69 per night Minehead, Somerset – from £133 per night Bognor Regis, West Sussex – from £180 per night Morecambe, Lancashire – from £40 per night Lowestoft, Suffolk – from £92 per night Tenby, Wales – from £89 per night Southend-on-Sea, Essex – […]

The UK’s private debt crisis will make this recession so much worse

The UK is drowning in private debt. At least £6bn of household debt – and probably much more – has been racked up by 4.6m people during the pandemic. More than one in eight people on furlough have defaulted on a payment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned of a wave of “zombie companies”, […]

Which? names Richer Sounds and Toolstation as UK’s best-rated shops

The hi-fi and TV specialist was founded by influential business guru Julian Richer, who has promised to hand his business to his employees through a trust model similar to that of John Lewis when he dies. It has 53 stores and made an operating profit of £9m on sales of £186m last year. It donates […]

UK government gets green light to use personal data from citizens’ mobile phones to help fight coronavirus – but privacy experts brand the move ‘extremely concerning’ and warn it could lead to invasive surveillance

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]

UK tourists would rather cancel a trip than enter quarantine or wear masks

In contrast with the YouGov poll, the WTTC believes masks would encourage more people to travel, if rules were consistent across the world. Guevara said: “We still have time to turn this around if we act together now and replace ineffective quarantines with comprehensive rapid testing, a worldwide accepted standard of contact tracing and widespread […]

Coronavirus: Is the UK in a better position than we think?

Why? He said it was showing the country was able to identify where the virus was, and he could see signs that different parts of society were “pulling together and saying ‘we are going to get on top of this’.”