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Driving lessons can restart on 4th July

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble. […]

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ONS says 20% of usual household spending not possible during lockdown

More than one-fifth of usual household spending has not been possible during the lockdown, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals. On the plus side, this may mean some people are saving, or may be able to spend more after lockdown, but it means not so much discretionary spending has […]

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Fast fashion: how retailers can use pandemic to change our terrible relationship with clothes

Neenawat Khenyothaa Elaine Ritch, Glasgow Caledonian University Even before the pandemic, the UK fashion retail industry was struggling. John Lewis, M&S and Debenhams had all announced losses, job cuts and store closures, while House of Fraser was taken over. Since lockdown, Oasis and Warehouse have entered administration, and John Lewis […]

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How to maintain a slower pace of life after lockdown

Shutterstock Giana M Eckhardt, Royal Holloway and Katharina C. Husemann, Royal Holloway Before lockdown, our lives were defined by speed. Rushing around, living life at rocket pace was the norm. Keeping up with work responsibilities, social obligations and the latest tech or fashion trends was a neverending feat. Only a […]

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Petrol price rises on the horizon

From the RAC: Drivers should brace for the start of price rises, new RAC Fuel Watch data suggests. As the lockdown in England was eased and more drivers headed onto the roads, the cost of refilling a 55-litre family-sized petrol car dropped by £1 to £58.20 on average as prices […]

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TV cameras to start rolling again in the coming weeks

From the Government: The nation’s favourite soaps are expected to resume production in the coming weeks after new industry guidance is published by broadcasters today. The new guidance sets out steps for a safe return to television production in a significant move towards getting the cameras rolling again on some […]

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Housing market given kickstart

From today (13 May 2020) anyone in England can move home if they follow new guidance published by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. Since lockdown restrictions were implemented in March, more than 450,000 people have been unable to progress their plans to move house. All buyers and renters will now be able to complete […]

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Support for local newspapers …

It’s wonderful to see Chris Matheson MP for City of Chester and Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) supporting local media during these difficult times. Many people who read hyperlocals like Bude & Beyond but also local print newspapers have little real idea how much endeavour goes into them. […]

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VAT on PPE temporarily scrapped

VAT on essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for Covid-19 has ben temporarily scrapped saving more than £100 million for care homes and businesses dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced. From yesterday (1 May 2020), PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against Covid-19 […]

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Lifetime ISA rules changed

People whose income has been affected by Coronavirus and who want to access their Lifetime ISA funds early will no longer face an additional withdrawal charge thanks to a temporary rule change, John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, announced today. The move is part of the government’s unprecedented package […]

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