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Chancellor Rishi Sunak will set out the budgets for Whitehall departments on Wednesday against the grim economic backdrop of the coronavirus crisis. – What is the Spending Review?   The Treasury sets out how much taxpayers’ money will be allocated to the various branches of government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern […]

The Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved in the UK, paving the way for vaccination to start next week. The jab has been shown in studies to be 95% effective and works in all age groups.   A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “The Government has today accepted the […]

Plans to allow people to form a temporary bubble over the festive season will be welcome news to families across the country. But how much do we know about what is being proposed?   Here, we look at some key questions based on information released by the Cabinet Office and relating to England. Scotland, Wales […]

A coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK can prevent 70.4% of people from getting Covid-19, according to new data. AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill and it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly.   Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at […]

A federal US agency has ascertained that Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the November 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from Donald Trump’s administration. The move by the General Services Administration (GSA) allows Mr Biden to co-ordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on January 20. […]

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned that “Christmas is not going to be normal” despite England preparing to move out of lockdown and into a strengthened three-tier system of local coronavirus restrictions next mont Boris Johnson will detail his “winter Covid plan” on Monday, setting out the restrictions to replace the national lockdown on December 2 […]

The Scottish Government will invest £35 million in the creation of a new tool for the planning system which will make it easier for the public to be involved in the process. Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced plans to start work on the new project from early next year. While details are scarce, the […]

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £500 million package to support mental health services as part of measures to recover from the coronavirus crisis. The Treasury said he will pledge the new funding in his spending review on Wednesday, when he will also deliver his long-term plan for infrastructure investment. The majority of the spending […]

England will enter a strengthened three-tiered system of local restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2, Downing Street has said. Boris Johnson is expected to detail his plan for winter, which includes details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas, to MPs on Monday. The “Covid winter plan” is expected […]


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