Old coal mines can be 'perfect' underground food farms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts say former mine shafts could be used to grow food Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics.Mine shafts and tunnels are seen as "the perfect environment" for growing food such as vegetables and herbs.The initiative is…

Bricklayers among most likely to have suffered pay cut

image copyrightGetty Images Bricklayers and restaurant staff are among the workers most likely to have suffered a pay cut due to the Covid pandemic, analysis suggests.IT engineers and air travel assistants are also on the list put together by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).They are among non-key workers who are unlikely to have been…

Eurozone in fresh emergency action to boost economy

Image copyright AFP The European Central Bank has taken further dramatic measures try to boost the eurozone economies, amid their biggest recession since World War Two.Just months after emergency measures, the central bank said it would increase the size of its bond buying programme by €600bn (£546bn) to €1.35tn.The programme will run until June 2021,…

John McDonnell: IFS have 'got it wrong this time'

John McDonnell says the Institute for Fiscal Studies "got it wrong" when it described Labour's tax plans as "not credible".The shadow chancellor rejected analysis by the independent research group that broader tax increases than had been outlined in the party's manifesto were needed.

Thomas Cook: Final repatriation flights touch down

Image copyright AFP The final Thomas Cook holidaymakers to be brought home by the emergency repatriation will arrive in Manchester on a flight from Orlando on Monday. The flight is one of the 700 organised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as part of "Operation Matterhorn". The two-week operation returned 150,000 passengers to the UK…

‘It’s really hard to progress when working part-time’

Publishedduration1 hour agoimage copyrightHelen Cholmeley"I am sure 'mum guilt' will be familiar to many parents. Guilt that you are not spending enough time with your family and that you are not giving 100% at work," says HR professional Helen Cholmeley.The mum-of-two from Newbury has been juggling part-time work with looking after her daughters for the…