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Important new furlough changes come into force today -how your pay is changing; Employers will have to start making salary contributions for all furloughed employees from Saturday, as one of the scheme's biggest changes comes into force across the UK. Aug 1, 2020 558
Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Co-op issue urgent product recalls; Some of the biggest supermarket chains have issued urgent food product recalls this week -with information on what customers should do if they have purchased them. Aug 1, 2020 929
'Rare' 50p coin sells for [pounds sterling]200 on eBay -and there are 210,000 more out there; The Kew Gardens 50p, believed to be one of the most sought after coins in circulation, sold for [pounds sterling]200 on eBay after attracting more than 27 bids over the course of a week. Jul 31, 2020 559
Vue to reopen cinemas next week -full list of branches that will be back in business; The high street cinema chain said branches will reopen to the public next month, with tickets going on sale for the first 10 sites on July 30. It follows in the footsteps of Odeon which returned to business on July 4. Jul 30, 2020 461
Travel giant TUI to close 166 high street stores in the UK and Ireland; The decision -which is likely to affect hundreds of employees -comes amid 'huge changes in customer behaviour' sparked by Covid-19, the travel company said in a statement. Jul 30, 2020 304
TUI store closures -what it means if you already have a holiday booked; Travel agent TUI has announced plans to close 166 branches in the UK and Ireland with 900 jobs at risk. It said the decision will allow it to expand online amid a huge shift in "customer behaviour". Jul 30, 2020 417
Can your boss force you to go back to work? Questions unanswered as rules change; Government guidance continues to be that if employees can work from home, they should continue to do so. However, from August 1, firms will be allowed to call all staff back to the office. Jul 29, 2020 1388
Waterstones to make employees redundant in latest high street blow; In a statement on Wednesday, the chain said that the company needed to cut costs, despite a strong performance in online sales after months of lockdown restrictions. Jul 29, 2020 381
McDonald's announce wraps and other favourites are back on the menu for [pounds sterling]1; The fast food chain said it will also be taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out campaign, offering all dine-in customers 50% off food and drink throughout August. Jul 28, 2020 474
DWP payment dates for Universal Credit, tax credits and more to change next week; Anyone expecting their carer's allowance, child benefits, state pension, income support or other payments to clear over the August Bank Holiday should be aware it may arrive slightly earlier. Here are the dates for your diary. Jul 28, 2020 830
New furlough rules from Saturday -including how your pay will change on August 1; The furlough scheme, which has seen the government pay the wages of millions of workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic, will come to an end on October 31 -with the biggest change yet due to kick in this weekend. Jul 27, 2020 538
Online shopping and home deliveries could rise with Chancellor's new 'sales tax'; The Treasury is looking to introduce an "online sales tax" to help claw back the millions spent on the coronavirus crisis and boost the struggling high street. Jul 27, 2020 346
Furloughed workers start business during lockdown -now it makes [pounds sterling]1million a month; Hugo Tilmouth and Charlie Baron's phone-charging start-up was due to take off this year at train stations across Europe -but after dozens of countries went into lockdown, they were forced to make a quick transformation. Jul 27, 2020 737
Petrol prices jump [pounds sterling]3 in a month but motorway stations 'now at lowest in decades'; Between mid-June and mid-July, the average pump price of petrol jumped nearly 6p a litre, from 108.01p to 113.73p a litre -adding [pounds sterling]3.15 to the cost of filling up. Jul 25, 2020 819
Martin Lewis issues important overdraft warning to all Brits ahead of bank account changes; Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the MoneySavingExpert founder said overdraft rates will jump to almost 40% this month -more than double the current rate. Jul 24, 2020 480
Enforcing new face mask laws will be 'impossible' with police fines a 'last resort'; Face coverings are now compulsory in England in shops, supermarkets, hospitals on public transport and when buying food or drink to take away -but police forces say they're too understaffed to enforce it. Jul 24, 2020 721
How to make sure you're not getting ripped off when buying a face mask or covering; Beauty giant Boots came under fire this week after it was accused of marking up face mask prices by an eye-watering 500% -so how much should you be spending? We take a look. Jul 24, 2020 620
Aldi boss issues important message to shoppers ahead of face mask changes on Friday; The government has announced that face coverings in England will be mandatory for people visiting shops from 24 July -including in supermarkets and at all high street retail outlets. Jul 22, 2020 906
BREAKING McDonald's reopens 700 of its stores for dine in -is your local restaurant on the list? The chain said it will also be taking part in the Chancellor's new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering 50% off dine-in bills, up to [pounds sterling]10 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August 3; The chain said it will also be taking part in the Chancellor's new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering 50% off dine-in bills, up to [pounds sterling]10 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August 3. Jul 22, 2020 1802
Face masks compulsory in shops from Friday -all your questions answered; From Friday, anyone going to a corner shop, high street store or supermarket, will have to cover up -- or risk a [pounds sterling]100 fine, the government has announced. Here's what you need to know. Jul 22, 2020 1338
How much you can be fined for not wearing a face covering or mask; Face masks will be compulsory in shops and supermarkets from Friday, July 24, and anyone who refuses to adhere to the new rules will face an on the spot penalty fine. Jul 22, 2020 374
When the public sector pay rise for doctors, teachers and more comes into force; Nearly 900,000 people will benefit across the country, with teachers and doctors seeing the largest rise at 3.1% and 2.8% respectively, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said. Jul 21, 2020 331
How parents can apply for the free [pounds sterling]150 School Uniform Grant -all you need to know; The school uniform grant is offered by local authorities to help families on low incomes manage their budgets. It's paid directly into your bank account and can help with everything from clothing to stationary. Jul 21, 2020 1133
Love Holidays issues fraud warning over fake [pounds sterling]25 travel refunds; The online travel agent said criminals are targeting Brits who have had their holidays cancelled due to the pandemic, and in many cases are promising fake refunds. Jul 21, 2020 427
Walmart in talks to put Asda back on the market a year after Sainsbury's takeover ban; It comes after the UK's competition watchdog blocked a [pounds sterling]10billion deal to merge Asda with Sainsbury's last year over fears it would lead to higher prices for consumers. Jul 21, 2020 473
New 3-day season tickets introduced as Boris Johnson tells the nation to return to work; Great Western Railway said the new initiative could help get thousands of workers back to their London offices after Boris Johnson urged the nation to return to work on Friday. Jul 20, 2020 452
DWP to give thousands of universal credit claimants a 2 week boost -see if you qualify; The DWP has announced that thousands of benefit recipients moving on to Universal Credit will receive up to two weeks of additional cash to provide them with extra support. Jul 20, 2020 561
Ryanair refuses to refund passengers with flights to Cyprus despite ban on UK visitors; Flights to the country have started running again after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifted "all but essential" travel restrictions to Cyprus last week -but British visitors are still banned. Jul 20, 2020 548
Marks & Spencer say 950 jobs are at risk as part of new 'retail management structure'; Chief executive Steve Rowe is planning a major restructuring of the business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic after placing around 27,000 workers on furlough in April. Jul 20, 2020 717
All the rules your employer must now follow as PM tells the nation to return to work; The Prime Minister has said that from August 1, it will be up to individual businesses to decide whether staff should return to work -these are all of the rules your employer will have to follow if they take you back. Jul 20, 2020 795
Smyths, Co-op and Waitrose issue urgent recalls on food, toys and more; Customers who have any of the following items are being urged to return them to their local supermarket or retailer for a full refund, the Food Standards Agency has warned. Jul 19, 2020 398
John Lewis customers can now pick up click and collect orders at 900 Co-op food stores; The department store said its click and collect delivery and returns service will be available at hundreds more Co-op food stores by the end of the summer due to a surge in online orders. Jul 17, 2020 481
Thrifty couple quoted [pounds sterling]1,000 for new home installation build one themselves for [pounds sterling]175; First time buyers Thomas and Kayleigh Firth have spent the past three months transforming their cupboard under the stairs on their own budget -and it looks incredibly professional. Jul 17, 2020 937
Leisure centres, bowling alleys and more given go ahead to reopen in August -full list; Sports stadiums will be able to welcome back fans and conferences will be allowed to go ahead from October, as long as they are Covid-19 secure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. Conference news Jul 17, 2020 517
Poundland to sell frozen food and offer home deliveries to 'rebuild high street'; The discounter said the move will help "lead the recovery of Britain's town centres", with changes to pricing, including more clothing lines and frozen food sections at stores across the UK. Jul 16, 2020 393
All the items that will fall in price from today as VAT is slashed on days out and more; Theatre tickets, amusement parks, caravan bookings and even zoos should cost less from today as part of a [pounds sterling]4.1billion pledge to boost tourism and get the public spending again. Jul 15, 2020 708
McDonald's, Nando's, Starbucks and Wetherspoons slash prices from today after VAT cut; The Treasury estimates households could save up to [pounds sterling]160 a year if firms agree to pass on the cut -but who will be taking part? We take a look at the chains that have already slashed their prices below. Jul 15, 2020 958
What is VAT and when does the tax cut start? Questions answered; From Wednesday, VAT will be reduced to 5% across the hospitality sector, allowing firms to reduce prices to win back customers. But what does this mean and how will it affect you? Jul 15, 2020 773
Single mum wins huge case against landlords who automatically reject benefit claimants; Singe mum of two Jane was left living in a hotel after being handed a Section 21 eviction notice and discovering she would not qualify for another home because of her benefit status. Jul 14, 2020 758
Nationwide to bring back 90% mortgages for first-time buyers -but with new small print; The lender said it will lower the minimum deposit it requires from first-time buyers to 10% from 20 July -but tough new clauses could mean many first time buyers still lose out. Jul 14, 2020 733
BREAKING Virgin Atlantic 'secures [pounds sterling]1.2bn rescue package' to save thousands of jobs; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jul 14, 2020 269
Wetherspoons launches cheaper menu with [pounds sterling]1.29 pints ahead of new VAT cut; A major cut in VAT from 20% to 5% will kick in on Wednesday across food, accommodation, attractions and days out as part of efforts to revive the economy -but alcohol will not be included. Jul 13, 2020 783
DWP issues update on assessments for Universal Credit, PIP, DLA, ESA claimants; Face to face benefit assessments were temporarily suspended on March 17, due to the coronavirus outbreak -however for some claimants, it could be about to start again. Jul 13, 2020 407
Last chance for parents to sign up for [pounds sterling]90 summer free school meal vouchers; Mums and Dads across the UK have just days left to register for Edenred's free school meals scheme this summer -with the deadline to claim the [pounds sterling]90 voucher just around the corner. Jul 13, 2020 550
VAT cut explained -everything that will be cheaper from Wednesday including food; Chancellor Rishi Sunak is cutting VAT on hospitality and tourism from 20% to 5% to help get the British public spending again. This is how it works and what it will mean for you. Jul 13, 2020 709
Furlough changes from August 1 explained as firms face biggest challenge yet; For the first time since April, employers across the UK will have to start making salary contributions for all employees -including pension and national insurance payments. Jul 11, 2020 469
Full list of venues and businesses that are still banned from reopening in July; The extended wait means firms are facing their fifth month in lockdown, with no indication given as to when staff may return to their jobs amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Jul 10, 2020 512
Tesco Clubcard warning after fraudsters crack voucher system to book cheap holidays; The supermarket giant was forced to suspend its deal with retail partner Hotels.com, after customers discovered their points had been wiped by scammers selling them on the dark web. Jul 10, 2020 490
Tesco scraps one-way systems and increases customer limits as it lifts restrictions; Britain's biggest supermarket is slowly easing its coronavirus restrictions, with one-way systems scrapped as thousands more shoppers return to the high street. Jul 10, 2020 366
Burger King warns 10% of restaurants could permanently close with 1,600 jobs at risk; The fast-food giant's chief executive said the long-term economic damage of the pandemic could ultimately force the company to permanently close up to 10% of its stores. Jul 9, 2020 484
Rolls-Royce to make 2,000 UK staff redundant -with a further 1,000 at risk; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jul 9, 2020 303
Chancellor rules out new [pounds sterling]500 voucher scheme to save ailing retailers from collapse; The Chancellor ruled out plans for the scheme during his mini-Budget, with a new eat out to help out initiative unveiled for struggling pubs and restaurants instead. Jul 9, 2020 555
John Lewis to close eight department stores with 1,300 staff at risk -see full list; The chain has announced plans to axe its Bullring store in Birmingham, with several in Greater London, including Croydon, also on the list. It said without the cuts, the business risked being left unsustainable. Jul 9, 2020 558
All the voucher schemes set to be unveiled in Rishi Sunak's mini-Budget today; The emergency mini-Budget on Wednesday will attempt to help the millions who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic -from workers who are facing redundancy to businesses who who may collapse when furlough finally closes. Directory Jul 8, 2020 850
Mini-Budget 2020: How Rishi Sunak's stamp duty break could save buyers up to [pounds sterling]15,000; A temporary cut in duty could help revive the property market, which remains in a fragile state after being shut down at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. Jul 8, 2020 922
H&M to close 170 stores this year -COS, Weekday and Monki branches also at risk; Swedish fashion giant H&M has announced plans to close 170 European stores, in a move that could result in hundreds of job cuts. The chain said it's shifting its focus to online after sales fell 50% during the pandemic. Jul 7, 2020 441
Woman bags entire [pounds sterling]30 food shop for just [pounds sterling]3 using clever Morrisons hack; The chain's 'magic' boxes, which can be found on food waste app Too Good To Go, contain up to [pounds sterling]30 worth of perfectly good food which would otherwise be thrown away. Jul 7, 2020 786
UK facing bloodbath of job cuts as BA, Topshop, John Lewis and more axe 1000s of staff; A host of major high street brands, such as Laura Ashley, Debenhams, Monsoon Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Quiz and Victoria's Secret have all entered insolvency after being forced to shut their doors in March. Jul 6, 2020 716
John Lewis set to axe jobs and close shops because it has 'too much space'; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jul 1, 2020 438
Arcadia to cut 500 jobs as Philip Green's fashion group becomes latest Covid-19 victim; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jul 1, 2020 205
How much is the Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p worth and is it 'rare'? Questions answered; More than 2million Jemima Puddle-Duck fifty pence pieces entered circulation 2016 to mark the anniversary of literary genius Beatrix Potter -and some of them are selling for a lot more than face value. Jun 30, 2020 572
Furlough latest -millions could be called back to work this week as new rules kick in; From Wednesday, July 1, employees will be able to return to work on a part time basis, while still being able to claim the government's grant for the hours not worked. Jun 29, 2020 388
BP signs [pounds sterling]4billion deal to sell petrochemicals arm to one of UK's richest men; The company is preparing to sell part of its business to INEOS as part of a "reinvention of BP" that will also involve the trade off of more than 1,700 global employees. Jun 29, 2020 449
Full list of pub chains reopening next Saturday and the rules you'll have to follow; Chains across England will welcome visitors for the first time in four months on July 4, but with new social distancing measures in place, such as increased outdoor drinking and a reduced bar service. Jun 27, 2020 650
UK's biggest shopping centres at risk as Intu says administrators are likely; Intu -which owns the Trafford Centre, Lakeside and 16 other malls -is trying to negotiate a freeze on loan repayments with banks but coronavirusrestrictions, as well as demands from landlords is increasingly making this unlikely. Jun 26, 2020 326
Pubs should 'turn car parks into drinking areas' to stop drink driving from July; Pubs will be told to keep lists of everyone who comes in for 21 days in case there is an outbreak -with more outdoor seats and tape to mark distance on the floor, under rules from July. Jun 26, 2020 628
Full list of shopping centres at risk of closure as Intu warns of administration today; Intu, which owns 17 shopping centres in the UK and two in Europe, has warned it's on the brink of calling in KPMG amid fears it will not reach a deal with lenders by midnight on Friday. Jun 26, 2020 303
Royal Mail to axe 2,000 jobs as profits crash by a quarter amid pandemic; Thousands of roles are being cut as part of a management overhaul to help slash costs in the face of the coronavirus crisis -with workers across the UK set to be affected. Financial report Jun 25, 2020 284
Odeon confirms reopening dates for 88 branches -see when your local will return; The chain's Trafford Centre, Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza and Luxe Epsom branches will be among the first to reopen following government orders -with tickets going on sale today. Jun 25, 2020 668
Harvester, Toby Carvery and Miller & Carter to reopen on July 4 -and you can book now; The three restaurants are owned by Mitchells and Butlers, who also run several pub chains including All Bar One and Nicholson's which will also reopen on July 4. Jun 25, 2020 448
Hundreds complain as Virgin Media TV and broadband goes down across UK; Virgin Media has 3.2million customers, including around 6million broadband subscribers -with a large majority of them using the internet to work from home during the coronavirus lockdown. Jun 25, 2020 352
All 280 McDonald's branches reopening for takeaway and serving breakfast from today; It comes just a day after the Prime Minister gave pubs, restaurants and bars the go-ahead to reopen from July 4, though the fast-food chain said dining areas will remain closed for now. Jun 24, 2020 1725
House prices set for "surprise" 3% rise in coming months -but it won't last; Zoopla said that while buyer demand rising, despite coronavirus, the number of homes for sale has fallen 15% across the property market since the outbreak was declared in the UK. Jun 24, 2020 711
Morrisons is launching a meat box for gym-goers -with 50 portions for 80p each; It follows on from 22 other food box varieties -including a vegetarian bundle, gluten free food box, BBQ food box, assorted fish box and a British farmers hamper. Jun 24, 2020 420
'Two million' jobs to be lost in September as Government cuts furlough pay; From August, employers will have to start making compulsory contributions for their staff -meaning those who can no longer afford their employees may start making job cuts. Jun 24, 2020 639
BREAKING Trafford Centre and Lakeside at risk as owner warns it may call in administrators; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 23, 2020 249
Martin Lewis on how millions of people on universal credit could get a 50% cash boost; Help to Save is a government savings account to support working people on tax credits and universal credit build up their savings -and opening one now could mean you have access to it later in the year. Jun 23, 2020 1124
Restaurants that won't reopen in July -because they've permanently closed in lockdown; The Government is preparing to make a major announcement on the UK's lockdown restrictions at 12:30pm on Tuesday, and under it, restaurants could be allowed to welcome customers again. But for some, business has already shut for good. Jun 23, 2020 955
Next to reopen 66 more high street stores from today -full list of locations; By Tuesday, Next will have reopened 412 shops in England, following in the footsteps of hundreds of high street chains that have now returned from lockdown. Jun 22, 2020 514
Martin Lewis explains NHS Test and Trace sick pay rules -all you need to know; With the new Test and Trace scheme now up and running, you could be asked to self-isolate for 14 days if you have come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. Jun 22, 2020 686
DWP loses universal credit appeal against 4 single mums with 85,000 more people affected; A court of appeal defeat could now force the Department for Work and Pensions to radically overhaul the way it assesses incomes under the universal credit scheme. Jun 22, 2020 1376
'We can't afford 70% off sales' -small businesses on why many won't survive crisis; The coronavirus pandemic has wiped thousands of stores from the high street, from Warehouse to Laura Ashley, but what does it mean for small businesses and will they be able to bounce back? Jun 20, 2020 977
BREAKING Government bans 'unreasonable' evictions on struggling high street shops including pubs; A new extension means no business will be forced out of their premises if they a miss a payment in the next three months. Jun 19, 2020 265
BREAKING Huge queues seen outside Primark as chain prepares to reopen 153 branches; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 15, 2020 228
New face mask rules mean a [pounds sterling]100 fine for anyone who breaks the law from today; More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations across England to help enforce new laws on face masks on public transport and NHS hospitals. Jun 15, 2020 399
All the shopping rules you'll have to follow when stores reopen from lockdown on Monday; Hundreds of thousands of shoppers are expected to descend on Britain's high streets for the first time in three months tomorrow, as the Government finally relaxes the coronavirus ban on non-essential trading. Jun 14, 2020 1201
Inside Primark's post-lockdown stores -new opening times, refund rules and fewer tills; A total of 153 branches will return from lockdown on Monday, with extra security staff, safety signs, reduced hours and fewer tills, as the chain gets back to businesses following 10 weeks of closures. Jun 12, 2020 978
Heathrow to axe thousands more jobs as new 14-day quarantine rule kicks in; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 11, 2020 308
BREAKING British Gas owner Centrica to axe 5,000 jobs due to impact of pandemic; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 11, 2020 269
Chancellor insists it will be "safe" to visit high streets from Monday as stores reopen; Visiting a John Lewis store, Rishi Sunak said "extraordinary steps" have been taken to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak -with safety measures such as one-way systems in place to help people "shop in confidence". Jun 11, 2020 457
Lloyds and Bank of Scotland hit with [pounds sterling]64million fine in huge mortgage scandal; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 11, 2020 285
Morrisons extends 10% discount for NHS workers until September; The money-off initiative was introduced in April at the height of the pandemic and aimed to support 1.5million NHS staff who were working tirelessly to save lives and support those in need. Jun 11, 2020 333
Royal Mail to bring back Saturday deliveries after five week break; Royal Mail temporarily suspended Saturday deliveries back in March after admitting it was struggling to manage demand due to a rise in staff absences. Jun 11, 2020 279
Frankie & Benny's owner to permanently close 125 UK restaurants after lockdown; We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Jun 10, 2020 251
Frankie & Benny's owner to permanently close 125 UK restaurants after lockdown; The Restaurant Group -which owns the chain -said 125 outlets will permanently close with rent fees renegotiated on all other branches. Jun 10, 2020 520
JD Sports to reopen 309 stores on Monday as Government eases lockdown ban; The chain will join a growing list of businesses that will get back to business on Monday following a shutdown that has cost the economy billions. Jun 10, 2020 423
Fashion chain Quiz enters administration with 82 stores and number of jobs at risk; The chain joins a growling list of businesses that have filed for administration since the start of lockdown -with Cath Kidston, Debenhams and Laura Ashley all calling in emergency help. Jun 10, 2020 427
Deadline for UK employees to take advantage of part time furlough is today; Last month, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans to 'ease back' the furlough scheme and introduce part time hours from July 1 -and today is the deadline to enrol for it. Jun 10, 2020 648
Over 124,000 travel jobs at risk as pilots and cabin crew face 'three months of cuts'; British Airways, Virgin, Ryanair, Emirates and more have all announced proposed cuts with Healthrow and Gatwick also set to cut staff in the coming weeks as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Jun 10, 2020 513
Pubs 'to reopen on June 22' to help save 3million jobs -what they'll look like inside; The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to accelerate the easing of lockdown after he was warned prolonging the shutdown of the hospitality sector could cost more than 3million jobs. Jun 9, 2020 863

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