BBC news: Government scrapping plans to ditch licence fee | UK | News

Following a public consultation last February, the Government said it “remains concerned that a criminal sanction for TV licence evasion is increasingly disproportionate and unfair in a modern public service broadcasting system”. The Government added how there could be damaging consequences for the public if the current system is abandoned. Ministers also said how the Government remained determined any change to the TV licence enforcement scheme “should not be seen as an invitation to evade the TV licence requirement, nor should it privilege the rule-breaking minority over the rule-abiding majority”.…

EU chaos: 200 lorries a day being turned back from Europe | UK | News

The former Brexit negotiator for the bloc suggested that its leaders must make an example of the split to prove it’s “better to be inside than outside”. He said they should prepare to “combat” the same levels of resentment that prompted Britain’s referendum. Mr Barnier, who has taken on a new role as Brussels’ special adviser on UK-EU relations, also said the EU should resist ironing out bumps in cross-Channel trade after Britain’s decision to quit the single ­market and customs union. He said: “Brexit means Brexit, it cannot be…

When will teachers get the Covid vaccine? | UK | News

“If the JCVI says that is a possibility, we can make it happen. “We have the supply, we have the logistical plans in place, we will absolutely work to make that happen.” The committee advising the Government on vaccines, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has also said it will consider factors like exposure risk and occupation in the next phase of the rollout. Asked whether groups whose work brings them into contact with others, such as police officers and teachers, should be vaccinated next, Prime Minister Boris…

Nissan boss says Brexit trade deal gives car giant edge over rivals | UK | News

Ashwani Gupta, the carmaker’s chief operating officer, said he believed the last-minute deal would “redefine” the UK’s auto industry. Mr Gupta said: “Brexit has brought the business continuity in the short-term, protects 75,000 jobs across Europe and most importantly – all of our models which we manufacture in Sunderland.” Speaking from the company’s HQ in Japan, he said Nissan would continue investing in the UK, stressing that the company didn’t stop investing in the run-up to the UK leaving the EU. He said Brexit had secured the sustainability of Nissan…

Birmingham news: Horror as 15-year-old dies after stabbing as shots ‘ring out’ | UK | News

Witnesses described hearing gunshots and the suspects were armed with knives. It happened in Linwood Road in the Handsworth area of the city just after 3.30pm on Thursday. The teenager was taken to hospital but died from his injuries a short time later, West Midlands Police said. The suspects fled in a white car which crashed into a house a short distance away in Wheeler Street, the force added. No arrests have been made. Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from the homicide team, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This level…

BBC licence fee: Broadcaster facing £160m blackhole as one million over-75s refuse to pay | UK | News

BBC is ‘clinging on to licence fee’ says Mark Littlewood The corporation hit 4.5 million older pensioners with a bill for the first time in 20 years last August, despite warnings some would be left having to choose between paying up or heating their homes. It comes as MPs found the broadcaster has spent more than £1 million of fee payers’ money fighting sex and race tribunals brought by its own staff. Campaign group Silver Voices said it was time for the BBC to reach a compromise with the over-75s…

City of London votes to tear down MORE statues of historical figures linked to slave trade | UK | News

Nigel Farage shuts down calls to take down historic statues The City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee voted to remove memorials to William Beckford and Sir John Cass from its medieval Guildhall headquarters. Sir John Cass was a Tory MP and merchant in transatlantic slave trading during the early 1700s while William Beckford was twice Lord Mayor of London in the 18th century and had plantations in Jamaica with slaves. The slave trade is a stain on our history Caroline Addy City of London Corporation Policy Chair Catherine…

Leeds hospital fire sparks panic as ‘smoke fills corridors’ of NHS General Infirmary | UK | News

Fire services have rushed to the scene, to help put out the fire which is believed to be affecting the hospital’s A&E, ICU and Theatres. Patients and staff were seen being evacuated from the hospital. One witness wrote on Twitter: “Large fire at LGI A&E in Leeds.” A man, who is understood to have wielded a screwdriver, has been arrested in conjunction with the blaze. Another witness told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I heard that the smoke was filling up the corridors from A and E up to ICU and…

Holidays: Travel corridor list latest – which countries are exempt from quarantine now? | Travel News | Travel

Holidays are currently banned by the UK Government due to the rise in coronavirus cases. The travel corridor list had previously given much hope to British holidaymakers. If a country was on the list then no quarantine was required. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement last week. This means that anyone entering the UK has to quarantine for 10 days. It doesn’t matter whether they are travelling from a nation previously on the exempt list or not. However, Shapps did take to Twitter this evening to say that two…

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert: Small steps to save big money and get out of debt | Personal Finance | Finance

Leanne’s debt-slashing attempts didn’t stop there. “I got everything onto nought percent,” she continued. “I went on comparison sites, together with cashback sites, moved energy provider. I moved car insurance provider, home insurance – the companies aren’t loyal to me so I’m not going to be loyal to them. “I started haggling to reduce payments so just things like breakdown cover, mobile phone providers, TV packages, and on every occasion at work there wasn’t one occasion where I didn’t get the price down. “I would never have even thought about…