Bailout bill tops £100bn but struggling firms beg for more

Businesses are demanding more taxpayer cash to help them survive new lockdown restrictions, as the Treasury revealed the bill for propping up struggling firms has topped £100billion so far. Six trade associations have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to extend the emergency loan schemes due to end this …

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Airlines plead for Covid tests at airports to save industry 

Airlines have pleaded for Covid-19 tests to be rolled out at airports so that the industry can begin to recover. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said pre-departure tests for all passengers would be the only way to replace the uncertain and fast-changing quarantine systems that have put people off …

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US private equity giant Apollo leads race to buy Asda

US private equity giant Apollo is in position to snap up Asda after its rival Lone Star backed out of the race at the 11th hour. The two firms were vying for a majority stake in Britain’s third-largest supermarket from US retail giant Walmart. Lone Star’s bid for Asda was …

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Fury as Hargreaves Lansdown bosses cash in amid Woodford scandal

Hargreaves Lansdown has sparked fury among former Woodford investors after awarding bosses £2.2million in bonuses. The investment platform, which faces legal action for recommending the doomed Woodford Equity Income fund right up until its suspension, handed share awards to nine directors over the 2019/2020 financial year. The rewards, ranging from …

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Stuck working from home again? Here ‘s what you can claim back

After six months of working from kitchen tables and makeshift desks, many of us may have seen our outgoings increase. And following Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday, whereby he suggested the nation work from home where possible, our domestic offices could continue for another six months. Energy bills could soar by …

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How the fight for women’s pension pay turned toxic

On the eve of last week’s crucial judgment on women’s state pensions, the Backto60 campaign declared ‘full restitution’ was on its way. Thousands of women left poorer by the rise in their state pension age had invested their hopes and their money in a court victory that could see them …

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