BBC news latest: Corporation loses millions in licence fee payments | UK | News

In order to watch or record live television in the UK each household needs a £157.50 TV licence. However, there is speculation an increasing number of families are instead spending the money on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Overall, the BBC’s licence fee revenue fell by £170million in the past year as the Government also cut support used to provide free licences to those aged over 75. The BBC is struggling in particular with young people who the report found watch nearly as much content on YouTube as…

Help for Heroes announces emergency measures as COVID-19 puts charity in crisis | UK | News

The charity, which supports the Armed Forces community, announced the restructuring after being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Help for Heroes has faced falling income, while demand also surged during the lockdown. The charity relies on donations by the public which have plunged in recent months. It has also been forced to postpone or cancel its fundraising events. The charity is expecting reduced income over the coming years due to the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Help for Heroes CEO, Melanie Waters, said: “In 2007, we made a…

North East faces local lockdown restrictions on Friday as cases spike – curfew expected | UK | News

The areas expected to be governed by the new restrictions include Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Country Durham and Sunderland. The Government is poised to announce the changes tomorrow.  The new rule will come into effect from Friday, which could force pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises to close from 10pm each day, as a curfew is introduced. But the hospitality venues will be allowed to reopen, unlike in Bolton where pubs and restaurants are take-away only. Residents of the areas will also be banned from socialising with…

Boris Johnson’s COVID plan ripped apart as English councils warn marshals ‘unlikely’ | UK | News

Measures which came into force on Monday now means groups of no more than six people are able to meet indoors and outdoors as cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic continue to soar across England. Fears of a second wave of the virus have been raised. As part of the new plans, Mr Johnson suggested COVID marshals would enforce rules on social distancing, gathering in groups and wearing masks. But his plans have been criticised by local councils and health officials over the lack of detail. Questions on funding, recruitment…

Madeleine McCann: Parents detail siblings’ account of disappearance – ‘Going to look’ | UK | News

Maddie vanished 13 years ago from Apartment 5A of the Ocean Club resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, while her parents ate dinner at a tapas restaurant with seven friends just metres away. She and the twins had been left asleep at 8:30pm and were checked every half-an-hour until Kate made the “horror discovery” that Maddie was not in her bed at 10pm. The disappearance led to “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history” and the youngster’s whereabouts is still unknown, despite the Met’s Operation Grange racking up…

Keir Starmer poised to cash in on Boris Johnson’s ‘catastrophe’ as Tories face extinction | UK | News

The UK has entered recession after a 20.4 percent contraction between April and June. The UK’s slump is also one of the biggest among advanced economies, according to preliminary estimates. Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned last month that the recession would represent a difficult time for the country. Despite this, the Chancellor has shown no intent to extend the furlough scheme once more, with the deadline currently set for the end of October. At the start of August, up to 4.5 million people in Britain remained furloughed, according to the Resolution…

Brexit news: Remainers predictions mocked as panicking EU make decision on City | UK | News

Michael Fabricant has taken aim at “Project Fear” and reminded Remainers about his previous prediction, where he insisted trade through the City on London would not be affected by Brexit due to the volume of transactions conducted firms in the EU. In a post on social media, the backbench Tory MP recalled a quote from German Finance Minister, who said EU banks trade more on the London Stock Exchange than on the EuroNext Paris in France and Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany combined. Mr Fabricant wrote on Twitter: “While Remainers predicted…

Prince Harry claimed MILLIONS from Royal Family in birthday treats | UK | News

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their plans to step down as senior royals in January, they stated they would “work to become financially independent” from the Royal Family, while “continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen”. It appears that they have now achieved that goal. As well as paying back the renovation costs of their home in the UK, Frogmore Cottage, they are no longer receiving any financial support from Prince Charles. Speaking to People, a source close to the Sussexes shared that while Prince Charles was…

Flights: New duty-free shopping rules announced – extended to the EU from 2021 | Travel News | Travel

British passengers travelling to EU countries will be able to take advantage of duty-free shopping from January 2021, bringing the UK’s approach to the EU in line with the rest of the world. Passengers will be able to buy duty-free alcohol and tobacco products, where available, in British ports, airports, and international train stations, and aboard ships, trains and planes. “This follows a consultation with industry on our approach to taxing goods carried across borders for personal use from January 2021, as the end of the transition period brings with…