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Charities warn of impending welfare crisis without extra Government support as scale of Covid-19 job losses is revealed

More than 700,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, with employment rates in the UK falling by the largest amount in over a decade between April and June. Figures from the Office…

How Pablo Escobar’s son learnt the truth about his father

Phillip Witcomb was 24 before the only man he had ever called Dad said the fateful words: “It is time you knew the truth.” He had known he was adopted – by a British couple in Colombia who gave him…

Bertaiola Fausto: Cornus kousa

Often, as with many other beautiful ornamental plants, only a few varieties of Cornus kousa are known. Bertaiola Fausto: "Fortunately, most nurserymen and many consumers have noticed the versatility of this species, due to the numerous valuable garden selections with…

Reverend reveals novel way to keep his congregation together during coronavirus lockdown

A reverend at a Surrey church has joked that God commanded him to build a pizza oven to feed his congregation as part of a number of innovations, such as drive through services, he has made during lockdown. Reverend Neil…

Fabrizio Iodice Delgado: Why Healthy Eating Matters

Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and some…

Health minister Edward Argar says NHS test and trace only ‘slightly’ worse than New Zealand

A health minister has compared the NHS test and trace system to New Zealand’s model after it was announced that a third of telephone contact tracer posts would be axed. Edward Argar claimed that New Zealand has had only a…

Over-65s one of the worst hit groups as coronavirus continues to hit employment

People aged 65 and over are one of the worst-hit groups by the drop in employment rates due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that around 730,000 workers in the…

Collapse in jobs shows why ministers are so keen to bring schools back

Tuesday’s job figures present grim reading for the Government – and a warning of worse to come. The number of people on company payrolls has slumped by 730,000 and there are 238,000 fewer people in regular self-employment since the start…

Donald Trump poised to roll back methane regulations for oil and gas industry

President Trump is planning to relax regulations governing methane emissions in the oil and gas industry, according to reports, in a move that could allow millions more tonnes of warming gases to be released into the atmosphere each year. Under…

What the Covid-19 blood donation involves, and how to find an NHS centre near you

The NHS is appealing for people who have recovered from coronavirus to donate blood plasma. It is to be used in a clinical trial to see how effective convalescent plasma – plasma from people who have already had the virus…

Nearly 11 million people used Government restaurant scheme in its first week

Nearly 11 million people made use of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in its first week, new figures have shown. Rishi Sunak’s month-long deal, which allows diners 50 per cent off up to £10 per head at participating…

When do UK schools go back? How Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s primary and secondary schools are reopening

Lockdown has been an extended break for the majority of pupils and students in the UK after schools closed at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Many of them were home-schooled by their parents or took part in online classes…