Coronavirus news: Express.co.uk readers in favour of taking COVD vaccine | UK | News

In an Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 9.30am to 10pm today – asked whether people would take the vaccine. Out of 8,521 votes, 62 percent of people voted in favour of taking the vaccine. Just 32 percent would not take the vaccine when it became available and six percent said they don’t know. One person said those who refuse to take the vaccine should not be able to “travel or visit crowded places”. They said: “Fine, if you won’t take it but those who refuse should be denied the right to…

BBC warned millions of over-75s to refuse paying licence fee in aftermath of benefit cut | UK | News

The BBC announced last year free TV licences for the over-75s would no longer be issued and anyone benefitting from the cut would need to start paying again from 2020. The decision sparked the outrage of BBC users, with the group Defund the BBC emerging in a bid to make the payment of the licence fee voluntary. Group member Calvin Robinson has now warned the corporation elderly Britons are ready to stop paying for TV access after years of underrepresentation. Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Robinson said: “We hear from so…

London news: Surrey Quays shopping centre EVACUATED as ‘armed police’ rush to scene | UK | News

At 3.45pm this afternoon, a witness said shoppers had been evacuated from the shopping centre, in Rotherhithe, Southwark, south east London. A spokesman for the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre told Express.co.uk there were two different incidents this afternoon. Shoppers were evacuated after a fire alarm was falsely set off.  Police were already at the shopping centre as they were searching for an armed person.  He said: “There were two separate incidents as the first was a false fire alarm. “Police were already on site for an armed suspect in a nearby…

SNP branded ‘delusional’ after demanding Royal Navy moves major warships to Scotland | UK | News

Despite continuing to call for a second Scottish independent referendum, the nationalist party has demanded the Royal Navy place a permanent fleet in Scottish waters. The party claimed a fleet was needed in the wake of the intelligence and security committee report on Russia, which was released in July. While submitting their paper, the party said: “Scotland hosts no major surface warships, a fact which means that scrambling the Fleet Ready Escort to Scottish waters takes more than 24 hours, as witness by the (Russian) Kuznetsov carrier group ‘visit’ to…

Covid hotspots EXPOSED: Which places are most common settings to catch covid? | UK | News

Coronavirus cases in the UK first peaked in April but dropped after the nation was put under lockdown. Lockdown measures were eased starting in July with the rate of growth increased sharply in September and October prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a second national lockdown. But which places are the most common spots for catching coronavirus? Supermarkets are the most frequent common exposure setting for catching coronavirus in England according to new Public Health England data. The new data, collected using the NHS Test and Trace app, evaluated…

Christmas coronavirus plans leaked: Test and Trace overhaul coming | UK | News

Leaked documents indicate the coronavirus body believe they need to “reset” their relationship with local councils and public after losing their trust. The body has produced a powerpoint called “the path to Christmas” which outlines its plan. Test and Trace head Baroness Dido Harding has continued to claim the service is working well with local councils. She also claimed the service has been engaging the public effectively. More to follow… Source link

GCHQ went over budget by 83 PERCENT after wasting £50m taxpayer cash on new luxury offices | UK | News

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) said there was an “emphasis on image rather than cost” during the highly flawed selection process. It found Nova South in Westminster was chosen despite it being more than twice the price of offices earmarked in Canary Wharf. The committee said the selection criteria were faulty, locations outside London were never considered and there was a “great emphasis” placed on finding high-end accommodation. “Even disregarding the faulty criteria, it is clear that GCHQ selected Nova South against all the evidence – and…

Brexit veteran recalls price of butter QUADRUPLING after UK joined EU | UK | News

Trade talks between Britain and the EU are being held in Brussels this week, with time running out to agree a deal before the UK leaves the single market and customs union on December 31. Despite optimism at the start of November, both sides say daily meetings have produced little progress on the fundamental blockages that have dogged an agreement since the start of the year. As the talks resumed in Brussels this week, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said: “We’re working very hard to get a deal…

Spain holidays: Can we fly to Spain now? | Travel News | Travel

Instead, you should arrange to take a private test as this has more validity in terms of travel requirements. It is mandatory for all passengers travelling by plane or boat to Spain to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours before travel. This will provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information, details of any known history or exposure to COVID-19, and confirmation that you can provide evidence of a negative swab test within the last 72 hours. On completion of the form, you will…

Martin Lewis lists savings accounts with top interest rates for children right now | Personal Finance | Finance

With the Bank of England Base Rate currently being maintained at a record low of 0.1 percent, keeping on top of the bank accounts offering market-leading interest rates on savings may well be a priority for many. It certainly is a topic of interest for one This Morning viewer, Ruth, who contacted Martin Lewis about the matter today. The Money Saving Expert then addressed some alternatives for those who wanted to make a one-off or larger deposit. “If you want to put a lump sum in, then depending on the…