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Minister cannot give figures on quarantine fines as safe travel list changed

Minister cannot give figures on quarantine fines as safe travel list changed

Travellers from Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago will have to self-isolate from Saturday.

Crossrail delayed until ‘first half of 2022’

Crossrail delayed until ‘first half of 2022’

Meanwhile, construction may need as much as another £1.1 billion to be completed.

Four-week extension of eviction ban confirmed amid fears of homelessness surge

Four-week extension of eviction ban confirmed amid fears of homelessness surge

Charities had warned that without action, there would be mass evictions by Christmas.

Irish agriculture minister resigns after attending golf event

Irish agriculture minister resigns after attending golf event

The event involved 80 other people, when current guidelines state that no more than 50 people should gather indoors.

Ovo Energy pays £1.2m to avoid Ofgem crackdown after smart meter failure

Ovo Energy pays £1.2m to avoid Ofgem crackdown after smart meter failure

SSE’s energy supply arm, which Ovo bought in January, has missed its smart meter targets for two years running.

Retail sales return to pre-pandemic levels but high street fashion stores suffering

Retail sales return to pre-pandemic levels but high street fashion stores suffering

The Office for National Statistics said growth has come from food and online retailers, but physical non-food stores are still struggling.

Government debt hits record £2 trillion amid Covid-19 relief effort

Government debt hits record £2 trillion amid Covid-19 relief effort

Debt was more than 100% of GDP for the first time in 59 years, the Office for National Statistics said.

What the papers say – August 21

What the papers say – August 21

The front pages focus on the ‘extraordinary exams fiasco’ and prison for one of those behind the Manchester Arena attack.

Ministers accused over data protection during pandemic

Ministers accused over data protection during pandemic

A number of MPs have signed a letter to Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham to raise their concerns.

Government asks universities to prioritise disadvantaged students

Government asks universities to prioritise disadvantaged students

It follows the announcement of extra funding to help increase capacity on a number of courses.

Boris Johnson urged to adopt ‘zero-Covid’ strategy to tackle virus

Boris Johnson urged to adopt ‘zero-Covid’ strategy to tackle virus

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said the Government had ‘failed abysmally’ to put a clear strategy in place to eliminate coronavirus from the UK.

Strong winds and ‘confused’ weather forecast for UK

Strong winds and ‘confused’ weather forecast for UK

Gusts of up to 70mph were forecast to batter coastal areas.

Holidaymakers scramble to return to UK after new restrictions imposed

Holidaymakers scramble to return to UK after new restrictions imposed

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday that Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago would be removed from the safe travel list.

Six million people in UK are behind on bills due to Covid-19, study finds

Six million people in UK are behind on bills due to Covid-19, study finds

One in four people who are parents or carers have fallen behind on their bills, compared to one in 14 people without caring responsibilities.

Meghan tells female voters: ‘If you are complacent, you’re complicit’

Meghan tells female voters: ‘If you are complacent, you’re complicit’

Meghan appeared via videolink as a special guest at a virtual event held by When All Women Vote.

Jet2 to resume flights and holidays to Portugal’s Algarve

Jet2 to resume flights and holidays to Portugal’s Algarve

The country has been exempted from the global advisory against non-essential travel.

Keir Starmer’s Covid-19 response is exactly right, says John McDonnell

Keir Starmer’s Covid-19 response is exactly right, says John McDonnell

The former shadow chancellor made the comments to John Pienaar on Times Radio.

Warnings issued over strong winds expected to batter UK

Warnings issued over strong winds expected to batter UK

Gusts of up to 70mph could hit coastal areas.

Timeline of countries added to and removed from 14-day quarantine list

Timeline of countries added to and removed from 14-day quarantine list

Arrivals to the UK from Portugal will no longer have to self-isolate after it was added to the travel corridor list.

Legionella bacteria found in water system at Royal Navy HQ

Legionella bacteria found in water system at Royal Navy HQ

A building has temporarily had to close so the bacteria can be flushed out.

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