Workers to start getting part of furlough payments from their companies

Businesses will have to start paying a portion of furloughed workers’ salaries from August (Picture: Reuters) Businesses will have to start paying towards the furlough scheme in August and the self-employed will be able to claim another grant the same month, the chancellor has announced. The self-employment income support scheme has been extended enabling freelancers to access grants of up to £6,570 from August, announced Rishi Sunak during the daily No 10 press briefing. This will give those workers access to a total grant of up to £14,070 each during…

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Man denies ‘running restaurant’ from home despite sign above front door

The council said it’s going to investigate what is going on at the house (Picture: Getty/PA) A man has been accused of running a restaurant from his own home and offering customers the option of dining inside, according to reports. Orlando Williams has denied that he is operating a Japanese restaurant inside his Norwich home, despite a large illuminated sign reading ‘Orlando’s’ hanging above the front door with a phone number and a website address. Norwich City Council said it will investigate what is happening at Mr Williams’ house after…

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John Lewis unveils plans to reopen department stores from June 15

A further 11 stores will open on June 18 after the store has seen whether social distancing measures are working (Picture: Paul Grover) John Lewis has unveiled plans to reopen from the middle of next month, as the coronavirus lockdown eases.  The department store has said it will open the doors of two branches on Monday, June 15 with new social distancing measures put in place to protect shoppers and staff. Poole and Kingston will be the first sites to allow customers in. The retailer is then hoping to reopen…

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Has Shearings collapsed and can customers get a refund on booked trips?

Coach travel has always been a popular custom in the UK (Picture: Getty) With ‘normal’ still a long way off, coronavirus continues to impact businesses across the world – with the travel industry particularly affected. British Airways announced last month that they were set to make 12,000 redundancies and more recently revealed that staff face a future 55% pay cut. TUI is also set to cut 8000 jobs and calling the pandemic the ‘greatest crisis’ the industry has faced. With global brands struggling, local UK travel groups are also facing…

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Ikea to ban families as it starts reopening from June 1

Ikea will only allow one adult and one child per household at any one time (Picture: REX) As the UK starts to gradually lift its lockdown, Ikea is set to reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland from the beginning of next month. However social distancing wardens will be on patrol to ensure shoppers keep their distance and families will be banned. The homewares giant says it will allow one adult and one child per household inside at any one time. Play areas and restaurants will stay shut, but…

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Man worth £200,000,000 takes Government to court over ‘extreme’ lockdown rules

Simon Dolan is challenging Health Secretary Matt Hancock over the lockdown, which he says could lead to deaths (Picture: Reuters/Getty Images) A multi-millionaire has filed a High Court challenge against England’s coronavirus lockdown rules, branding them ‘some of the most extreme restrictions imposed on fundamental freedoms in the modern era’. Simon Dolan fears the restrictions could kill more people than they save, with an economic slump potentially leading to more suicides and people leaving health conditions unchecked. The entrepreneur, who according to the Sunday Times Rich List is worth £200…

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Virgin Media and O2 to merge into £31,000,000,000 giant

The will create the UK’s biggest phone and internet provider if authorities allow it to go ahead The owners of Virgin Media and 02 have agreed to merge the two businesses together to form a company worth £31.4 billion. Both firms claimed the move would speed up the rollout of faster broadband and 5G networks, if competition authorities allow it to go ahead. It would form the UK’s largest phone and internet provider which would pose a big threat to its competitors. Details on the deal between O2 owner Telefonica…

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Barbers ordered to close after caught cutting hair during lockdown

The Godbarber and Eyez Barberz were both caught flouting restrictions by cutting customers’ hair (Picture: Facebook/City of Wolverhampton Council) Two barbers in Wolverhampton have been forced to shut down after they were found cutting customers’ hair during lockdown, as part of the latest businesses caught flouting rules. The Godbarber, in Penn Fields, has been served with a prohibition notice by the City Council after it was allowing customers to wait together for their haircuts on the premises.  Today the owner of the shop was served the notice by Environmental Health…

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The £35,000,000 car park where brand new motors are lined up as sales plunge 97%

With car sales down a huge 97% thousands of new cars are being stored on airfields around the country (Picture: Chris Gorman/Big Ladder) An old RAF base has turned into a sprawling multi-million-pound car park after the coronavirus lockdown triggered a nosedive in sales. Photos taken at the storage facility in Upper Heyford airbase close to Bicester, in Oxfordshire, show rows upon rows of brand new motors – including luxury Range Rovers and Jaguar sports cars – worth at least £35 million. The vehicles usually sit there for a few…

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Bosses could face legal action if they fail to protect you at work

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Sanctions are set to be brought in for employers who don’t keep their workers safe as the UK returns to the workplace, the health secretary has suggested. Matt Hancock would not be drawn on what exactly the sanctions could entail but he said there are ongoing official discussions about them. Business Secretary Alok Sharma is leading talks with trade unions and employers to set out rules for when lockdown measures begin to…

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