Why lockdowns DON’T always stop thousands dying of Covid

Britain has endured some of the toughest lockdown restrictions in the world — but has still suffered the fourth highest death toll of the pandemic, data showed today. Oxford University researchers ranked the UK’s curbs on daily life the sixth harshest out of 180 countries, after taking into account school and office closures, bans on … Read more

Why lockdowns DON’T always stop thousands dying of Covid

Britain has endured some of the toughest lockdown restrictions in the world — but has still suffered the fourth highest death toll of the pandemic, data showed today. Oxford University researchers ranked the UK’s curbs on daily life the sixth harshest out of 180 countries, after taking into account school and office closures, bans on … Read more

Minister hints postcode lockdowns to be used when national curbs eased

Minister Helen Whately today hinted postcode lockdowns will be imposed by the Government to stop the spread of dangerous coronavirus variants when national curbs are eased.  The measures are said to be under consideration in Whitehall as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his lockdown exit strategy on Monday next week.  Ms Whately appeared to confirm … Read more

Minister hints postcode lockdowns to be used when national curbs eased

Minister Helen Whately today hinted postcode lockdowns will be imposed by the Government to stop the spread of dangerous coronavirus variants when national curbs are eased.  The measures are said to be under consideration in Whitehall as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his lockdown exit strategy on Monday next week.  Ms Whately appeared to confirm … Read more

UK faces second summer write off: Travel, wedding, pubs, and events warn lockdown’s killing recovery

Travel and hospitality bosses today warn the UK faces a second summer write off as uncertainty over when restrictions will end squashes demand for holidays and social venues. Millions of Britons have already booked trips ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement of the country’s plan for easing restrictions on February 22 and Matt Hancock has … Read more

UK faces second summer write off: Travel, wedding, pubs, and events warn lockdown’s killing recovery

Travel and hospitality bosses today warn the UK faces a second summer write off as uncertainty over when restrictions will end squashes demand for holidays and hospitality venues. Millions of Britons have already booked holidays ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement of the country’s plan for easing restrictions on February 22 and Matt Hancock has … Read more

Bank of England cuts 2021 UK growth forecasts amid lockdowns

The Bank of England slashed its growth forecast for this year today but voiced hope that the rapid vaccine rollout will spark a strong recovery after June. In its latest Monetary Policy Committee report, the Bank reduced its estimate for economic growth for 2021 from 7.25 per cent to 5 per cent. It said an expected … Read more

Covid lockdowns have seen democratic freedoms decline across the globe

Coronavirus lockdowns have stripped the world of democratic freedoms, with 2020 returning the worst scores in the 15-year history of an annual democracy index. The United Kingdom slipped two places, while France and Portugal joined the US in the ‘flawed democracies’ categories compiled in the Economist’s Democracy Index. Norway, Iceland and Sweden were unchanged at … Read more

Covid lockdowns have seen democratic freedoms decline across the globe

Coronavirus lockdowns have stripped the world of democratic freedoms, with 2020 returning the worst scores in the 15-year history of an annual democracy index. The United Kingdom slipped two places, while France and Portugal joined the US in the ‘flawed democracies’ categories compiled in the Economist’s Democracy Index. Norway, Iceland and Sweden were unchanged at … Read more

Small firms are reeling from lockdowns, but tax blow is looming

Months of lockdown, restricted trading and money spent on anti-Covid-19 measures mean that thousands of small business owners are at breaking point. But for many, next Sunday’s tax payment deadline could be the final straw.  While revenues have collapsed as a result of ten months of zero or little money coming in, costs such as … Read more