Covid UK: Donald Trump among rich celebrities who claimed furlough cash

Famous names worth billions have claimed thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money from the government to furlough staff during the coronavirus pandemic. They include well-known figures like Guy Ritchie, Cara Delevingne, Petra Ecclestone, the Queen’s nephew David Linley and even former US President Donald Trump. The job retention scheme was designed to help employers keep and … Read more

Spring Budget 2021: Tax rises on white wine ‘hit women hardest’, campaigners say

Women are being unfairly penalised for their love of wine with big tax rises, campaigners say Television host Kate Thornton said increase in duty would ‘hit women hardest’  Wine Drinkers UK asking Rishi Sunak to cut Excise Duty on wine in the Budget  Survey found 43 per cent of women favour wine, compared to 21 … Read more

UK Budget: Rishi Sunak ‘set to raise corporation tax’ on 3 March

Rishi Sunak ‘is set to hike corporation tax and hand self-employed £2,500 a month in Covid grants’ at Budget as furlough is extended Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his latest Budget on March 3 next week The Chancellor is said to be considering hiking corporation tax to 25 per cent Meanwhile, £7,500 grants for self-employed … Read more

Wedding suppliers see 720% sales increase as lockdown plan announced

Couples have been warned they’ll face competition for Autumn dates as wedding suppliers report a 720% increase in sales as bride-to-be’s rush to book their weddings following Boris Johnson’s announcement.  The Prime Minister announced yesterday weddings with a maximum of six will take place from March 8, increasing to 15 ‘no earlier than April 12’ … Read more

Frasers Group warns of £100m hit to finances as shops stay shut

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group which owns Sports Direct and House of Fraser has warned its finances could take a £100million hit as non-essential shops are forced to stay shut until April 12.    Yesterday Boris Johnson announced the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, revealing most High Street shops would remain closed until a week after Easter … Read more

Covid UK: FTSE 100 rises after ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ revealed

FTSE 100 creeps up by just 14 points or 0.2 per cent to 6,616 as investors tentatively welcome Boris Johnson’s plan to lift Covid restrictions FTSE 100 index rises 14 points to 6,616 in half-hour after PM’s announcement  But index of Britain’s leading companies is still down by 12 points or 0.2% on day Fears … Read more

UK government reviews Covid passports to speed up pubs reopening

Coronavirus passports to go to the pub? Ministers to investigate whether to bring in ‘Covid status certification’ to help speed up the reopening of hospitality industry and workplaces PM said review will look at whether to introduce ‘Covid status certification’  By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline Published: 16:09 GMT, 22 February 2021 | Updated: … Read more

Brexit: Daffodils ROT in Cornwall fields due to shortage of workers

Fields of flowers are being left to rot in Cornwall because not enough pickers are available to harvest the crop following Brexit.   The world’s largest daffodil grower, Varfell Farms in Penzance, Cornwall, produces 500 million stems a year and needs 700 workers to pick them. The crops are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and … Read more

Britain’s economy will lose £18 BILLION if international travel curbs remain until the summer

Boris Johnson has been warned that failing to reopen international travel for the summer would blow an £18billion hole in the economy. The prime minister has been facing growing pressure to include international travel in his roadmap for easing lockdown, due to be published today, Monday. On Thursday, the bosses of some of Britain’s biggest … Read more

Britain’s economy will lose £18 BILION if international travel restrictions remain in place

Britain’s economy will lose £18 BILION if international travel restrictions remain in place until the summer, MPs warn Aviation group found lack of tourists would cause loss of £7.5bn to hospitality  Outbound travel is expected to be hit with losses of £10.5bn with restrictions  Bosses have said that government needs to offer significant support package  … Read more