A proposed pay rise of 1% for nurses and other health workers who have been on the coronavirus frontline has triggered an angry backlash. Having been clapped by the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic, critics have branded as "contemptuous" the increase for NHS staff in England, with unions raising the prospect of industrial action . Health minister Nadine Dorries has said in "an ideal world" everyone would love to see nurses paid more, but the government cannot afford it in the face of record borrowing and costs due to the coronavirus crisis. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1% NHS staff pay rise 'most' we can afford What are the state of the nation's finances? Advertisement Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out plans in his budget this week to repair the Britain's battered coffers, which will see UK households and businesses … [Read more...] about Nursing pay rise row: Are other public sector workers in line for an increase?
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A property investor which has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on buying hospitality sector assets is racing to find a new owner for QHotels, a collection of four-star properties located across the UK. Sky News understands that Aprirose, which spent £525m acquiring QHotels in 2017, is working with advisers at PricewaterhouseCoopers to offload the business. Prospective bidders are understood to include turnaround funds and mainstream private equity investors. Live COVID updates from the UK and across the world QHotels' portfolio includes Slaley Hall in Northumberland, The Queens in Leeds, Dunston Hall in Norfolk, and Ashford International in Kent. Advertisement The company also oversees four DoubleTree by Hilton properties, two Delta by Marriott sites, and one Mercure-branded hotel. The valuation of the business is unclear, although a number of parties which had looked at it said it required a substantial capital injection in the near … [Read more...] about Property investor Aprirose races to find buyer for COVID-hit QHotels
The UK R number is still below one - between 0.7 and 0.9, official figures show. This week's R rate - or reproduction number - is largely unchanged from last week's, which scientists estimated was between 0.6 and 0.9. Today's figure means that on average, every 10 people with coronavirus will infect between seven and nine others. Although the R number is below one across England, it is between 0.7 and one in the North East and Yorkshire. Live COVID updates from the UK and across the world Advertisement This means it could soon rise above one and infections start growing again - instead of shrinking like elsewhere in the country. "Although the epidemic continues to decrease nationally, there may be more variation in transmission locally, with some indications that the rate of decline in infections could be slowing in some areas," the government's Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) warned. More from Covid-19 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: UK’s coronavirus reproduction number remains below 1