Rishi Sunak is expected to confirm a fourth Covid support grant for self-employed workers next week, as he delivers the biggest Budget since the Covid crisis emerged. Amongst stamp duty, the £20 Universal Credit uplift, new minimum wage rates and an update on the future of furlough, the Chancellor is set to deliver news on the next self-employed support grant. But the fourth payment in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) could prove the last as it may be scrapped by May. The final scheme will be worth up to £7,500 and cover February, March and April, according to The Telegraph . Workers who meet the criteria will be able to claim 80% of their average profits over three months capped at £2,500, and paid as a single lumpsum. But the scheme could either be scrapped or capped at 20% of profits from May when lockdown restrictions are expected to lift and businesses could reopen. Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said the … [Read more...] about Will there be a fourth SEISS grant? Latest news on self-employed support scheme
A new 'Covid passport' is being tested which could help make it easier for passengers to navigate the various rules when travelling, including requirements for Covid-19 tests. Since the pandemic, countries have introduced new entry requirements which often include needing to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within a certain time window (usually 72 hours before departure). Airline Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to trial the IATA Travel Pass, an app that allows you to store key information such as proof of a negative Covid test and any vaccine information. The idea is that holidaymakers can take a Covid-19 test at a certified lab, and the results will be sent to the mobile app which they can then share with the authorities and their airline while travelling. The app is also set to offer the same feature for those who have proof of having received a Covid-19 vaccine. The app will also offer features such as … [Read more...] about Emirates to trial ‘Covid passports’ that prove passengers have a test or vaccine
Rat sightings across London have soared during the pandemic, new data from the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) suggests. In the first lockdown last spring, 51% of BPCA members reported a rise in rodent activity. By October, 78% of pest controllers were reporting more sightings. Recent figures from pest.co.uk also show there were 30 million more rats in the country in 2020 than in 2019. While in part experts say this is due to increased resistance to rat poisons, they say the numbers are mainly down to greater visibility. David Lodge, who runs Beaver Pest Control in London, explains "by nature rats typically avoid humans and so before the pandemic, they would be hidden from view in drains and sewer systems". Advertisement With businesses shut and streets deserted, these nocturnal creatures are now becoming more "brazen" and beginning to infest areas they would not usually occupy, such as empty restaurants, pubs and office buildings. … [Read more...] about Rat sightings on the rise in London as businesses remain closed during lockdown
In the 1980s, the world was fawning over a stunning young British actress who was set to become the next star of Hollywood. Aged just 21, Cathy Tyson was already one of the UK’s most recognisable actresses after wowing audiences as a glamorous prostitute in the 1986 film Mona Lisa with Bob Hoskins. She had been nominated for a Golden Globe and had won best supporting actress at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards. The Liverpudlian was spoken of in the same breath as other emerging stars such as Julia Roberts and Sharon Stone. But her upbringing left her cautious – because she had been raised to believe America was bad. “I was brought up by a mother who was anti-American and pro-Russia,” says Cathy, “She wasn’t a spy, she was a socialist. So when I went to Hollywood at the age of 20, I went with this kind of attitude. I was very wary. “I spent some months there, and I did one film, but it was shot in Haiti not in America. I was getting lots of offers to do … [Read more...] about Cathy Tyson says she shunned Hollywood in 80s because it didn’t match her values
Anyone who has bought a smartphone since 2015 could be entitled to a share of a £480m payout if a legal claim from watchdog Which? is successful. The consumer rights group is suing US chipmaker Qualcomm, accusing it of using its market dominance to inflate charges to manufacturers, which they have then passed on to millions of Britons in the form of higher smartphone prices. About 29 million people in the UK may be entitled to compensation of around £17 each. Qualcomm's technology can be found in a number of leading brands, including Apple and Samsung. Damages are being sought for all affected Apple and Samsung smartphones bought since 1 October 2015. Advertisement Anabel Hoult, chief executive of Which?, said: "We believe Qualcomm's practices are anti-competitive and have so far taken around £480m from UK consumers' pockets - this needs to stop. More from Apple Streaming inquiry: Spotify, Apple and Amazon bosses defend models but seem … [Read more...] about Qualcomm: UK smartphone owners are due £480m payout, claims Which?