Christmas coming early: there’s never been a right time to put up the decorations

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Guido Reni (1642). Wikimedia Helen Parish, University of Reading In the words of Perry Como’s classic, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. The pandemic has got many yearning for a little festive joy earlier than usual and, for some, it started looking […]

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Free Vitamin D for the vulnerable

More than 2.5 million vulnerable people across England will be offered free vitamin D supplements for the winter, the government has announced today (Saturday 28 November). All care homes will automatically receive a provision for their residents, while individuals on the clinically extremely vulnerable list will receive a letter inviting them to […]

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Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory? Two experts discuss

hedgehog94/Shutterstock Alberto Giubilini, University of Oxford and Vageesh Jain, UCL To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely. To achieve this, some […]

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Spending Review 2020: the experts react

Alex de Ruyter, Birmingham City University; Anupam Nanda, University of Manchester; Drew Woodhouse, Sheffield Hallam University; Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, York St John University; Jonquil Lowe, The Open University, and Simon J Smith, Staffordshire University “The health emergency is not yet over, and the economic emergency has only just begun.” With […]

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Living Wage to rise

The Government has today announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent […]

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Citizens Advice tips for online shopping

While it would be lovely if everyone shopped locally, we know realistically that won’t happen, though most people will hopefully buy at least some items from local businesses, to help the local economy. Do bear in mind that not all Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are as good as they might […]

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