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Living in the UK: have you been made unemployed during the pandemic?

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

The rate of unemployment in the UK rose to 4.9% in the three months up to October, fuelled by job losses in retail and hospitality, latest government figures show. W


Your number's up if you don't use your pay-as-you-go phone

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

I am a pensioner who has had a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile with Vodafone for 20 years. Last week, when I used the phone, I received the message “unregistered sim”


Nearly 9m people in UK increased their borrowing in 2020, says ONS

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

Almost 9 million people, many of them among Britain’s poorest, were forced to increase their borrowing last year to cope with the pandemic, according to figures that i


Legal bid to stop UK building Europe's biggest gas power plant fails

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

A legal challenge to the UK government’s approval of a new gas-fired power plant has failed in the court of appeal. The challenge was brought after ministers overrul


France says Eurostar will get French and UK aid to ensure its future

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

Eurostar will get help from France and the UK to ensure it survives the pandemic, according to the French government. The cross-Channel rail service has said its fut


The Guardian view on UK-US relations: rebuilding with Biden

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

In British politics, everyone now loves President Joe Biden. That the UK opposition parties are foundation members of the Biden appreciation club is not surprising. La


EU website purchases: the import charges UK customers have to pay

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

Before Brexit, UK consumers were free to buy items from anywhere in the EU without incurring import duties and other charges. That all changed on 1 January 2021. Onl


Cineworld faces revolt by shareholders over £208m share scheme

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

Britain’s largest cinema chain is facing a shareholder backlash over a scheme that could result in senior bosses being allocated up to £208m in share awards while t


Patient dog waits for days outside hospital

Posted on Jan 22, 2021

A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in Turkey where her sick owner was being treated. The pet, Boncuk, which means bead, followed the ambulance t


New watchdog will be able to ban dangerous materials used at Grenfell Tower

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

Companies that make dangerous building materials such as those used at Grenfell Tower could be prosecuted and their products banned by a new watchdog announced by the


UK free to make trade deals with genocidal regimes after Commons vote

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

The government has narrowly defeated a move requiring the government to reconsider any trade deal with a country found by the high court to be committing genocide. T


UK government accused of discriminating against maternity leave-takers

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

The government could be forced to award rebates to tens of thousands of self-employed women if a case accusing it of discriminating against those who have taken matern


Defra sets up £23m fund for UK seafood exporters hit by Brexit

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

Seafood exporters hit by Brexit red tape and delays will be able to claim up to £100,000 in compensation, the government has said. The Department for the Environmen


UK inflation jumped in December as shoppers returned to high street

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

The annual rate of inflation rose to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in the previous month as shoppers returned to the high street in most parts of the UK after the end of


Hero, villain or troll? Kyrie Irving remains the NBA's oddest genius

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

M idway through the feature film Uncle Drew, the titular character confronts the coach who lured him and his over-the-hill teammates out of retire


UK proves world-beating at Covid deaths and prioritising profit

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

O n the day that the UK took poll position in the number of deaths per capita in the coronavirus pandemic – I’m not sure that’s what the prime min


The Guardian view on the vaccine rollout: a shot in the arm

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

We can do this. Not a mantra, or a hope, but a reality and a huge relief. With 6% of the population inoculated so far, and an ambitious target of 13 million people by


Putting the Trump baby balloon in a museum could help make his ideas history

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

N o sooner had the Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi thrown his shoes in protest at the US president George Bush than people were calling for th


Far-right extremists take over UK land sales Facebook page

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

On 14 January, the 40,000 Britons who had joined the Facebook group Land for Sale UK awoke to find their newsfeed transformed. Until then, the group had been a moder


'Woke guy' Joe Biden is an inspiration for Labour, says Lisa Nandy

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

J oe Biden won the US presidency as a “woke guy” who proudly defended trans rights and Black Lives Matter but also set the agenda on economic reco


'There's an art to it': with one sold every 10 seconds, what's Mills & Boon's secret?

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

It is easy to mock a fantasy world of personal assistants taming playboy princes, nurses unlocking the passions of surly surgeons, or chambermaids bedding brooding bil


Australian professor and his son freed after being allegedly tortured in Qatar

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

An Australian public health professor allegedly tortured and held in secret in a Qatari jail cell has been freed after five months detention, the Guardian can reveal.


Toxic waste lies beneath schools and homes, UK landfill map shows

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Hundreds of landfills around the UK containing hazardous waste are located beneath green spaces, schools and housing, analysis of official data has found. Experts sa


Black women in the UK four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

Black women are still four times more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, and women from Asian ethnic backgrounds face twice the risk,