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Covid: 'Our 10 days of hotel quarantine are finally over'

UK residents arriving in England from so-called "red list" countries need to self-isolate in hotels for 10 days as part of Covid rules; all other arrivals are banned. So what does the experience feel like? Wiehann Meyer travelled from South Africa to London with a friend to start a job on the first day the…
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Blyth 'gigafactory': Ex-offenders offered chance at car battery plant

image copyrightBritishvoltimage captionConstruction of the "gigaplant" on the site of the former Blyth Power Station is scheduled to start in 2022Ex-offenders and people "on the wrong tracks" are to be offered training for jobs at the UK's first "gigafactory".Potential recruits at Britishvolt's electric car battery plant in Blyth, Northumberland, will be offered life skills classes,…
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Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy – Hammond

media captionThe former chancellor Philip Hammond says ministers will not be able to stick to pre-pandemic spending plans.Former Chancellor Lord Hammond has said the government must risk unpopularity and tell "some difficult home truths" about the state of the economy. He told the BBC that dealing with the pandemic had been the financial equivalent of…
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Get used to fewer trains, says rail body

By Caroline DaviesTransport correspondent, BBC Newsimage copyrightGetty ImagesAround 10% fewer train services should run once the country opens up again, compared to the pre-pandemic timetable, the chairman of Network Rail has said.The old pattern of five days of peak commuter travel may not return, Sir Peter Hendy warned the National Rail Recovery conference.Instead, leisure travel…
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Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in new business plan

image copyrightGetty ImagesAsda says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of the business which could put about 5,000 jobs at risk, including 3,000 non-store jobs.Proposed cuts would include in areas such as cash management, where there is less work as more people shop online. The company said it planned to create…
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HMRC letters question Covid self-employment support grant claims

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC Newsimage copyrightGetty ImagesAnother 11,000 people are receiving letters from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) questioning claims for self-employment support grants.The UK's tax authority sent 24,000 similar letters last year to claimants who said they had stopped trading.The Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has paid three grants so far…