September 6, 2021

PM set to hike NI to pay for social care overhaul – but minister says it would be ‘arrogant’ to suggest problems will be fixed

Boris Johnson is expected to raise national insurance by about 1.2% to pay for a pledge to end the "catastrophic costs" of social care - but Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi says it would be "arrogant" to suggest the problems can definitely be fixed.
September 6, 2021

PM pledges to end ‘catastrophic costs’ of social care with national insurance rise

Boris Johnson is expected to raise national insurance by about 1.2% to pay for a pledge to end the "catastrophic costs" of social care, a move Tory MPs claim amounts to a £10bn tax raid.
September 6, 2021

Restaurant spending edges higher as consumers splash out on socialising and staycations

Restaurant spending edged higher for the first time since the start of the pandemic in August according data from Barclaycard pointing to a bumper month for the consumer economy.
September 6, 2021

‘Sausage war’ truce holds as UK indefinitely extends grace period for post-Brexit checks

Full post-Brexit checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will still not be applied as a truce holds between the UK and EU.
September 6, 2021

UK had to turn on coal power plant to help National Grid cope with low winds

One of the UK's last remaining coal power plants had to be fired up on Monday morning, as low winds meant the National Grid needed an additional source of energy.
September 6, 2021

Threat of new lobbying row as Treasury official quits for Barclays job

The Treasury risks becoming engulfed in a fresh lobbying row after one of its top civil servants quit to take an executive post at Barclays.
September 6, 2021

Rishi Sunak’s fight to raise taxes to reform social care is nothing compared to financial battles ahead

With an ageing population, pandemic recovery and climate emergency in the in-tray, social care is not the only thing the chancellor has to finance.
September 6, 2021

M&S warns of price pressure and less choice after Brexit import rules take effect

Marks & Spencer has warned of the risk of price pressures, less choice, and food being thrown away when post-Brexit rules on imports from the EU take effect at the start of next month.
September 6, 2021

Boris Johnson ‘remains committed’ to social care reform despite Tory backlash, No 10 says

Boris Johnson remains committed to "sustainable reform" of the social care system despite a growing Conservative backlash over reported plans, Downing Street has said.
September 6, 2021

UK to urge G7 to adopt new method to tackle pop-up cookie nuisance

Data protection authorities across the G7 are to be urged to tackle nuisance cookie consent pop-ups, which critics say are not fit for purpose.
September 6, 2021

Nationwide sees mutual benefit in naming Parry as next chairman

Britain’s biggest building society is preparing to name a former Schroders and KPMG executive as its next chairman.
September 6, 2021

Amazon founder Bezos ‘funds’ new age-reversal company opening in UK

A new start-up that aims to reverse aging is planning to open a lab in the UK, reportedly with funding from Jeff Bezos.