Posts for Economy

Why another lockdown might be needed in February 2021

Peter Sivey, University of York and James Gaughan, University of York England recently emerged from a four-week lockdown into a series of tiered restrictions, and there is good news about the authorisation of the first vaccine for COVID-19, which is starting to be deployed. But with restrictions loosened, infection rates […]

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Christmas markets: their long history and changing future

The 2019 Christmas market in Birmingham, UK. Shanae Ennis-Melhado/Shutterstock Aurélie Bröckerhoff, Coventry University and Cristina Galalae, University of Leicester Wooden huts with twinkling fairy lights, festive hubbub, and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and glühwein – this picture-postcard setting is recreated annually across UK towns and cities in December. This […]

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Points based immigration system opens today

From the Government: Applications for the new skilled worker visa open today (1 December), meaning the brightest and the best from around the world can now apply to work in the UK from 1 January 2021, should they want to. Under the points-based immigration system, points will be awarded for […]

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Lastminute.com ordered to refund cancelled package holidays

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating lastminute.com after receiving hundreds of complaints that people were not receiving refunds for package holidays cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than 9,000 customers whose holidays were cancelled by lastminute.com are currently awaiting refunds, amounting to over £7 million. […]

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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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Audit Office reports on government procurement

Many people have questioned the transparency of government procurement processes during the pandemic so the Audit Office has now reported. Taking into account the enormity of the task of responding to Covid-19. These are the Audit Office’s concluding words:  In the months following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in […]

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Temp rule change as we ship in seasonal poultry workers

From the Government: Temporary measures published today will mean seasonal poultry workers arriving from abroad will be able to work during their 14-day quarantine period from 4am on 17 November. However, they will still be required to self-isolate from the general public. To avoid spreading the virus, they will be […]

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A car is a bonus in a pandemic

From the RAC:   More than half of UK drivers (57%) say having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, with reluctance to use public transport in the future at its highest level in 18 years, research for the RAC’s annual Report on Motoring […]

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