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Lowest paid in UK have suffered the most financially in the pandemic, report finds

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

People who were trapped in poverty before the pandemic have suffered the most financial damage during the crisis, according to a report warning the government that mor


Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Smacking children and harsh parenting could have a long-lasting impact on a child’s mental health and behaviour, research suggests. The use of smacking has generated


Morrisons to be first UK supermarket to pay minimum £10 an hour

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Morrisons has become the first UK supermarket to break the £10 an hour pay barrier just as the spotlight is being shone on poor pay levels in an industry where worker


BlackRock holds $85bn in coal despite pledge to sell fossil fuel shares

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, holds investments worth $85bn in coal companies, a year after it promised to sell most of its shares in producers of the


UK spent £2.4m to help Saudi Arabia comply with international law

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Britain spent £2.4m over the last four years to help Saudi Arabia’s military comply with international humanitarian law – during which time the Gulf state has bee


UK teachers: tell us about your school experiences

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

According to a survey, teachers in England are being forced to prioritise class places among vulnerable students and the children of key workers because of a huge incr


Biggest fall in UK retail sales since 1995 despite online boom

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

UK retail sales suffered the biggest decline in 25 years last year as the closure of non-essential shops during lockdowns more than outweighed the online spending boom


A flood in my social housing block lays bare the folly of placing profit over people

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

T his is the story of the consequences of a flood that left me and my neighbours without water for four and a half days in the middle of a pandemi


'Loophole' will let UK continue to ship plastic waste to poorer countries

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

The UK has been accused of failing to honour its promise to curb shipments of plastic waste to developing countries, after it emerged Britain’s new post-Brexit regulat


Can my landlord force me to let in potential buyers during lockdown?

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Q My landlord has put my flat up for sale and he says that once the sale has gone through, I’ll have a month to move out. The new Covid lockdown allows estate agents t


Guardian and Observer 2020 charity appeal raises £1.4m

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

The 2020 Guardian and Observer appeal, which closed last night, has raised £1.4m for three charities supporting disadvantaged young people in communities hardest hit


Cut UK interest rate below zero to aid growth, says Bank policymaker

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Cutting the UK’s official interest rate below zero would be good for growth and could be done without crippling commercial banks, a Bank of England policymaker has sai


Dutch officials seize ham sandwiches from British drivers

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Dutch TV news has aired footage of customs officers confiscating ham sandwiches from drivers arriving by ferry from the UK under post-Brexit rules banning personal imp


Patriots coach Bill Belichick spurns Trump's presidential medal of freedom offer

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Donald Trump has suffered yet another rebuke from a former ally with the New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, saying he will not accept the presidential me


With a government this bad in charge of the UK during Covid, how do we respond?

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

I ’m not often amazed by Any Answers?, since it’s a Radio 4 phone-in, and I can generate the opinions of the whole swathe of that listenership wit


The Pembrokeshire Murders review – no glory for violent, rotten crimes

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

I n the opening scenes of The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV), Det Supt Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) folds a dishcloth with the kind of precision that s


Non-fatal strangulation set to become criminal offence in UK

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

The government is set to make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to seven years in prison after a sustained campaign from


The Guardian view on the NHS: careless cuts cost lives

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

The strain on the NHS is unprecedented. Within a few weeks, hospitals across the country expect to be overwhelmed, meaning that they will be unable to deliver the stan


'Who doesn't love a turtle?' The teenage boys on a mission – to rewild Britain with reptiles

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

T he new enterprise taking shape on a strip of derelict land beside a garden centre in Leek, Staffordshire, would be extraordinary at any time. Bu


Off the streets: how Manchester found homes for hundreds of rough sleepers

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Three years ago, Andy Burnham made what seemed to some a fanciful commitment: to find homes for 200 of Greater Manchester’s most entrenched rough sleepers. Addiction


Brexit UK should aim to be a global broker, not a great power, says report

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Britain will fail if it seeks to reincarnate itself after Brexit as a mini-great power, and should focus instead on being a global broker for solutions to specific cha


Farmers in UK devolved nations face big drops in income post-Brexit

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Farmers in the UK’s devolved administrations are facing substantial cuts to their income as a result of Brexit, which could imperil their ability to protect the countr


UK shops call for more help as footfall drops 43% in 2020

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Retailers are calling for more financial support from the government after shopper numbers dived more than two-fifths last year. The number of people out and about o


Leave.EU leaves Britain after Brexit

Posted on Jan 08, 2021

Leave.EU has left the UK, as Brexit forced the Eurosceptic campaign group to choose between its name and its country. According to domain name registration records,