Furlough Scheme Ends with Almost 1 Million Left in Limbo

The furlough scheme closed on Thursday, with uncertainty ahead for people who have not yet returned to work. Nearly one million workers were expected to be on the scheme at the end of September, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics. It is unclear how many of those still were relying on it […]

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UK Lockdown Rebound Stronger Than First Thought

The economic rebound triggered by the easing of COVID-19 restrictions during spring was stronger than initial estimates, official figures show. From April to June the UK’s economy grew by 5.5%, which was higher than the previous estimate of 4.8%, the Office for National Statistics said. Spending on retail and hospitality surged after lockdowns lifted. However, […]

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Ministers Prepare for Worst in Gas Price Crisis

The government has said it has to “prepare for the worst” as the UK’s energy firms continue to come under pressure from soaring gas prices. Small business minister Paul Scully told the BBC his department was working closely with regulator Ofgem to protect customers if more firms went bust. Nearly 1.5 million customers have been […]

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Most Workers Do Not Expect Full-Time Office Return

Most people do not believe workers will return to the office full-time after the COVID-19 pandemic, an exclusive survey for the BBC suggests. A total of 70% of 1,684 people polled predicted that workers would “never return to offices at the same rate”. The majority of workers said that they would prefer to work from […]

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