UK’s old university towns hit by Covid-19 ‘double whammy’

Usually, St Andrews is thronged with students and its Old Course links fully booked by international golfing tourists. Around 9,000 students make up one-third of the population, and Scotland’s oldest university, which generated £268.6m for the local economy in 2018, is the town’s major employer, supporting 4,260 jobs. Will there be a second wave of […]

Global report: leaders urge free vaccines as France allows staycations

More than 140 world leaders and experts have called for future Covid-19 vaccines to be made available to everyone free of charge, amid growing tensions between drug companies and governments and a boycott of vaccine summits by the US. Vaccines and treatments for the virus should not be patented, say the signatories to an open […]

UK fashion industry pleads for more aid to survive Covid-19 crisis

The British fashion industry has called for more financial aid from the government amid fears that Covid-19 crisis could wipe out half of the sector. On the day the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the recipients for its £1m emergency fund, the organisation said the amount was meagre in light of the sum needed to […]

‘I cry every day’: anxiety over plans to cut furlough scheme

More than 6.3 million workers have been furloughed by their employer, meaning the government would fund 80% of their salary but that the employee cannot work. The government is expected to start winding down the scheme from July, after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, suggested the UK was becoming “addicted” to it. The Guardian spoke to […]

Ministers meet unions and business to plan getting UK back to work

Ministers have held a series of high-level meetings with trades unions and business leaders amid fears that millions of people will be too fearful to return to work as pressure intensifies on the government to publish a path out of the national lockdown. The Guardian has been told that both sides of industry have been […]