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Reuters Chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to deliver his first Budget since the pandemic was declared, amid fears of widespread unemployment and huge government borrowing. He delivers his statement, including updates on public finances and the economic outlook, from about 12:30 GMT. The government has already said furlough, paying up to 80% of people’s wages, […]

Getty Images People with low immunity due to health conditions, including cancer, are being recruited to a study to urgently find out if coronavirus vaccines will still offer them high protection. As the UK comes out of lockdown, it is important to know the virus risk for all populations. Trials and real-life data show the […]

Tej Parikh, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, said business leaders would “breathe a sigh of relief” at the extension of the furlough scheme, adding that it would provide “an extra cushion as they attempt to rescale and rehire when the economy reopens”. Go to Source Date: 2 March 2021 Author:

PA Media Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to resign after new documents raised further questions about her involvement in the Alex Salmond saga. The government has published emails showing it continued a legal fight with Mr Salmond despite its lawyers advising it was likely to lose. Further evidence from two other witnesses has also called […]

Getty Images The chancellor is set to announce more than £400m of additional support for the badly-hit culture sector in Wednesday’s Budget. Rishi Sunak is preparing to hand out £408m to help museums, theatres and galleries in England reopen once Covid restrictions start to ease. He will also announce a £150m fund to help communities […]

Reuters Parts of the UK reliant on tourism have been most affected by the Covid-19 jobs crisis, analysis suggests. In some areas, around three out of five people who began claiming Universal Credit at the outset of the pandemic were still doing so six months later. Experts said areas with seasonal employment were more likely […]

Viramdevsinh Gohil Two UK cruise ships have been scrapped on an Indian beach despite assurances they would continue to be operated. Ships at the end of their lives are considered hazardous waste and it is illegal to send them to developing countries from the UK. But months after being sold at auction to buyers outside […]

PA Media A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows. The Public Health England data – based on people over 80 – follows similarly ‘spectacular’ results in Scotland. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the findings […]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the government’s measures to prevent new coronavirus variants being imported into the UK. It comes as officials seek a person in England who has been infected with a concerning variant of coronavirus first found in Brazil. They are one of six cases of the P1 variant found in the […]

Getty Images The Duke of Edinburgh has been transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for continued treatment, after 13 nights at another London hospital. Doctors are treating Prince Philip, 99, for an infection. They will also undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said. The duke is responding to treatment and “remains […]