There are no plans for a “firebreak” lockdown in October, the government said today, describing such measures “a last resort”. It had been reported that ministers were considering emergency lockdown plans over the half-term school holidays next month. The prime minister’s official spokesman said it was “not true”, adding: “We have retained contingency plans as part of responsible planning ...

Every worker in Britain will pay a new 1.25 per cent tax on their earnings to pay for a £12 billion-a-year package to fund the NHS and reform social care, Boris Johnson has announced. In the largest personal tax rise in decades those earning over £67,100 will pay £715 more a year in national insurance from next April. Basic ...

House prices in Britain hit a new high last month, although they are not rising as fast as they were earlier in the year as the stamp duty holiday nears its end. Having increased by another £1,789 in August, the average property price is now £262,954, according to the latest Halifax house price index — the highest since the ...

Commercial property is a highly competitive industry, it takes someone with an acute ability to manage many variables over long time periods … Andy Jansons founded Jansons Property  on knowledge and trust and as such they have grown to service many verticals and sectors across the commercial property landscape. He shares his secrets of success with Business Matters … ...

Plans for post-Brexit checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland have been suspended indefinitely by the UK after negotiations with the EU reached a stalemate. Grace periods designed to ease the transition into new trading arrangements and checks on the island of Ireland have twice been extended as part of diplomatic wrangling labelled “the sausage wars”. On Monday evening ...

The boom in domestic holidays has fuelled a surge in demand for mortgages for UK holiday rental homes as landlords and investors cash in on people taking breaks in Britain. The number of “holiday let” mortgage deals on the market has more than doubled in a year, according to the financial data provider Moneyfacts – reflecting what one mortgage ...

Europe’s two biggest financial technology “unicorns”, privately owned tech-based businesses valued at more than $1 billion, may soon be going head to head after Revolut revealed it was planning a push into the rapidly growing “buy now, pay later” credit industry. Nikolay Storonsky, Revolut chief executive, said his fintech business was working on features that would let its 16 ...

Supply chain problems in the construction sector and rapidly rising energy prices are fuelling inflation and holding back economic growth. In a sign that cost pressures are bearing down on all parts of the economy, a closely watched survey found input prices in construction rose at a near record rate last month. This weighed on growth, which slowed to ...

Rush-hour traffic returned to pre-pandemic levels in parts of the country yesterday as the end of home working and the start of the new school term led to a rise in congestion. Figures showed that roads in London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Leicester and Liverpool were as busy as they were in 2019 in a sign that cities are beginning ...

People who work for the same company, even in the same office, can still feel disconnected. Imagine how hard it is now when most work remotely. So what are the best team-building activities in which a company can invest? Aside from a yearly holiday party or after-work gatherings, a company retreat is the most beneficial event to foster a ...

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