Economy

UK shoppers have been warned to expect food shortages by the end of the week with some suppliers predicting “farmageddon” within 10 days. The shortage of HGV drivers and other workers that has hit the food and retail sector has been compounded by new backlogs at abattoirs and processing plants caused by a shortage of CO2 gas. “Across industry there is...

Inflation rate surges to record rise as autumn is set to...

UK inflation has surged at its fastest rate since records began with a 3.2% rise in August carried by steep rises in food and drink and home furnishing prices. Figures released today (September 15) by the Office for National Statistics...

Labour leads Tories in polls after tax hike yet Johnson aims to beat Thatcher’s...

The Labour party has overtaken the Conservatives in the polls as voters react to this week’s tax hike to pay for social care. The latest YouGov/Times poll shows support for the...

No 10 plot to sideline Sturgeon at Cop26 in Glasgow; Tories at war over...

Downing Street has drawn up plans to try and isolate Scotland’s first minister during Cop26 in Glasgow amid fears Nicola Sturgeon will “steal the limelight” and exploit the event...

Government will break manifesto promise on tax to pay for social care reform –...

The government is set to break a manifesto promise by raising taxes in order to pay for reforms to the UK’s crisis-hit social care system. Boris Johnson assured voters he...

Dowden hails new data protection laws as one of the biggest prizes of Brexit...

The culture secretary Oliver Dowden has hailed plans to replace EU data laws with a new “light touch” British framework as “one of the biggest prizes” of Brexit. Dowden said the new rules will deliver...

Brexit bites – no chickens now and no turkeys for Christmas, while millionaires escape...

Staff shortages in the UK caused by Brexit has forced the partial closure of Nando’s with warnings from poultry producers that the serious lack of workers means many households may have to go without...

Priti Patel urged to relax immigration rules with HGV driver-shortage crisis predicted to worsen

A shortage of HGV drivers is threatening supermarket supplies with firms warning some shelves may be empty for months to come unless the government acts to address the labour shortage. Councils across the UK have...

Elite Tory donors’ secret meetings with Johnson and Sunak; new lobbying allegations for Cameron;...

Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson and his chancellor Rishi Sunak are holding secret meetings with elite Tory donors who are part of an“Advisory Board” of members who have given at least £250,000 to the...

England’s ‘shameful’ social care system can be ‘one to be proud of’ for £10bn...

England’s "shameful" social care system can be transformed with 1% extra government spending, according to the architect of Boris Johnson's most favoured plan to reform the system. Sir Andrew Dilnot said we need a social...