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Autumn budget 2021: experts react

Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, York St John University; Alexander Tziamalis, Sheffield Hallam University; Cam Donaldson, Glasgow Caledonian University; Despina Alexiadou, University of Strathclyde ; Edward Thomas Jones, Bangor University; Gabriella Legrenzi, Keele University; Gavin Midgley, University of Southampton; Jonquil Lowe, The Open University; Karl Schmedders, International Institute for Management Development (IMD); […]

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COVID: increased restrictions in the UK look inevitable as winter arrives

I Wei Huang/Shutterstock Peter Sivey, University of York COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths have been rising in the UK, pressurising a health service that’s already working hard to treat the backlog of non-COVID patients that have accumulated since March 2020. While some modellers suggest that cases have peaked and are […]

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COVID-19: further lockdowns unlikely but some winter restrictions are possible

James Gaughan, University of York and Peter Sivey, University of York On July 19 2021, nearly all legal restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 were removed in England. A requirement to isolate at the request of NHS Track and Trace remains for people exposed to an infected person […]

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NHS to receive an extra £5.4 billion

Info from the Government: The NHS will receive an extra £5.4 billion over the next 6 months to support its response to COVID-19 and help tackle waiting lists, the Prime Minister and Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid have announced today. Funding will be raised by a 1.25 percentage […]

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3% rise for NHS staff

From the Government: NHS staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, and dentists in England will receive a 3% pay rise backdated to April 2021 after the government accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration (DDRB). For the average […]

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Graduate opportunities hit hard by pandemic

Vacancy numbers for graduates and trainees have been hit hard by the pandemic with the number of roles in the first half of 2021 down 66% when compared to the same period in 2019. That’s according to the latest real-time statistics from the world’s largest network of job boards, Broadbean […]

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Why Matt Hancock’s private life is very much in the public interest

Will Oliver/EPA-EFE Polly Rippon, University of Sheffield The Sun newspaper’s publication of images from Matt Hancock’s office inside the UK Department of Health, which appear to show him in a “steamy clinch” with a colleague has created a political stir, but has also once again raised the issue of privacy […]

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Lots of people get to vote on police commissioners — so why does no one bother?

Sophie Chambers, University of South Wales The public in England and Wales are electing police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in their local police force areas for the third time as part of the elections being held on May 6. PCCs govern police forces and have a range of responsibilities, including […]

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European Super League: why punishing the breakaway 12 could backfire badly

Mikhael Damkier Adrian R Bell, University of Reading; Andrew Urquhart, University of Reading, and Chris Brooks, University of Reading The football world has been rocked by the announcement of a breakaway European Super League (ESL). The majority think it a bad idea, from governing bodies Fifa and Uefa through to […]

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Prince Philip dies: old-school European aristocrat and dedicated royal consort

Sean Lang, Anglia Ruskin University The death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh marks the end of a chapter not just for the British royal family – but for European monarchy itself. Philip belonged to that cosmopolitan world of interrelated royals that had ruled Europe before the first world […]

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