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- Ring the changes: the best mid-price smartphonesby Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor on 26 September 2020 at 11:00 am
Lower cost doesn’t have to mean lower quality: these mobiles can give high-end models a run for their moneyIt used to be the case that you had to spend at least £700 to get a really good phone. […]
- ‘It’s not what was promised’: shoppers divided on mystery fashion boxesby Joanna Partridge on 26 September 2020 at 9:00 am
A company’s charity scheme in the Covid crisis delighted some buyers, while others feel let downSoon after lockdown started and high-street stores closed, a scheme called Lost Stock appeared, […]
- Escape to the country: how Covid is driving an exodus from Britain’s citiesby Sarah Marsh on 26 September 2020 at 6:00 am
The pandemic has triggered a reappraisal of urban living, with increasing numbers fleeing city confines in search of green spaceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDebbie […]
- Brexit: EU citizens in UK could be shut out of vital servicesby Anna Tims on 26 September 2020 at 6:00 am
Fears that shift from paper to digital permits could prevent those with settled status accessing jobs, banking and healthcareThousands of EU nationals could face problems accessing essential services […]
- Rishi Sunak's winter plan - here's how it will affect youby Hilary Osborne on 25 September 2020 at 2:09 pm
What the new job support scheme and help for the self-employed means for workersThe chancellor unveiled a winter plan on Thursday which included schemes to protect what he referred to as “viable […]
- Job Support Scheme: How is furlough changing?on 25 September 2020 at 10:53 am
The government has announced a job support scheme for when furlough ends.
- The best savings deals as NS&I slashes rates and Premium Bonds prizesby Rupert Jones on 25 September 2020 at 8:30 am
Millions of account holders face deep cuts from next month, but there are alternativesThe savings bank NS&I has this week been accused of shutting the door on UK savers after it slashed interest […]
- Can you cancel Christmas and get your money back? | Patrick Collinsonby Patrick Collinson on 25 September 2020 at 6:00 am
From downsized turkeys to travel refunds, there are many ways to make the most of an uncertain festive seasonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe earliest, and weirdest, […]
- Homes for sale by a canal – in picturesby Jill Papworth on 25 September 2020 at 6:00 am
From a peaceful former lock-keeper’s cottage to a steel houseboat in the middle of London Continue reading...
- Shoppers warned to buy early for Christmas or miss outon 24 September 2020 at 11:57 pm
With three months to go before the big day, online retailers stress shoppers need to buy early this year.
- Rising number of Londoners looking for work outside capital, says job siteby Hilary Osborne on 24 September 2020 at 11:01 pm
Wave of ‘reverse commuters’ in prospect as number of jobseekers looking further afield jumps 27%Londoners are increasingly looking for jobs outside the capital as the city’s economy stalls, one […]
- Norfolk, Wiltshire and Cornwall emerge as £1m property hotspotsby Julia Kollewe on 24 September 2020 at 11:01 pm
£1m-plus houses selling at fastest pace since 2014 as home workers seek more space and leafier locations Norfolk, Wiltshire and Cornwall have emerged as hotspots for properties on sale at £1m or […]
- 'Who knows what's around the corner?' Bolton and Crawley react to Sunak's plansby Helen Pidd North of England editor and Rupert Neate on 24 September 2020 at 7:26 pm
Some workers say government has been generous, while others worry job scheme does not go far enoughKey points from Rishi Sunak’s winter economy planWhat is Sunak’s job support scheme and how will […]
- Rishi Sunak's jobs plan reduces the immediate risk, but it's flawedby Nils Pratley on 24 September 2020 at 6:27 pm
The job support scheme looks fiddly, and unemployment looks sure to rise sharply“I cannot save every business, I cannot save every job,” said Rishi Sunak. We knew that, of course, because the […]
- Rishi Sunak's job support scheme is a welcome offer, but may not go far enough | Clare McNeilby Clare McNeil on 24 September 2020 at 4:12 pm
Despite the chancellor’s promises, unemployment could still rise by more than 1 million before the end of the year It was inevitable that the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, would eventually have to act […]
- Rishi Sunak unveils emergency jobs schemeon 24 September 2020 at 2:35 pm
The Job Support Scheme will see the government top up the pay of people who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".
- What is Rishi Sunak's job support scheme and how will it work?by Richard Partington Economics correspondent on 24 September 2020 at 2:30 pm
The replacement for the UK furlough scheme is similar to Germany’s KurzarbeitUK government to cover 22% of worker pay for six monthsKey points from Rishi Sunak’s winter economy planThe […]
- Property developers may pay lip service to ‘diversity', but they're ruining our cities | Dan Hancoxby Dan Hancox on 24 September 2020 at 12:19 pm
The gentrification of London’s Elephant and Castle centre has been fought over for decades. It’s local people who will lose outEverything must go at Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south […]
- Working from home: share your experiencesby Guardian community team on 24 September 2020 at 11:08 am
We would like to hear from people about working from home, after the government u-turn on returning to workplacesWe would like to hear from people about working from home, after the government […]
- Fraudsters 'caught me in a spider's web'on 24 September 2020 at 11:01 am
Banks warn that fraudsters are gathering personal details by exploiting the coronavirus crisis.
- Why have house prices in England shot up since the 1990s? – video explainerby Simon Roberts, Grace Shutti, Francesca de Bassa, Ryan Baxter and Paul Boyd on 24 September 2020 at 10:13 am
Since the 1990s, house prices have risen from roughly four to eight times the average national income. Many reasons, such as a million homes lying empty and rising buy-to-let demand, are cited as […]
- I was booked in at a Paris hotel … that had closed months agoby Anna Tims on 24 September 2020 at 8:00 am
Hotels.com had assured me all was well but I arrived to find steel shutters over the doorsIn February, I used Hotels.com to book a room for two nights at the Hotel Cambrai in Paris. I was required to […]
- 'My bank is shutting my account because of Brexit'on 23 September 2020 at 11:12 pm
Thousands of British expats living in the EU have been told their bank accounts are being closed.
- Coronavirus: Autumn Budget to be scrapped this yearon 23 September 2020 at 5:23 pm
"Now is not the right time to outline long-term plans," the Treasury says.
- We can't get an electricity meter for our vital church buildingby Anna Tims on 23 September 2020 at 8:00 am
It is empty and unusable, but we need it even more because of the pandemicI’m vicar in one of Britain’s most deprived communities. We’ve been working for some time on providing an affordable […]
- Could churches double up as bank branches in cash-stricken areas?on 23 September 2020 at 12:09 am
The idea is one of a number being trialled to help improve access to cash in remote areas.
- Video game loot boxes: another form of gambling?on 22 September 2020 at 11:05 pm
The government is asking for the public's opinion on the impact of loot boxes.
- The financial watchdog may have finally brought insurers to heelby Nils Pratley on 22 September 2020 at 6:33 pm
The FCA’s honest, simple ban on ‘price walking’ could end a long-running business model that punishes customer loyaltyWhen it first looked at insurers’ price-gouging tactics a couple of years […]
- Loyal customers 'must not pay more for insurance'on 22 September 2020 at 8:37 am
The City regulator plans a "radical" shake-up in home or motor insurance, to tackle the loyalty penalty.
- DVLA failed to reply after my partner passed awayby Rebecca Smithers on 22 September 2020 at 6:00 am
I needed to register the car in my name but I faced a series of delaysI have just read your letter about the DVLA during lockdown. My partner passed away on 23 March. In April – after failing to […]
- Coronavirus economy: The 'banker ladies' saving friends from debton 21 September 2020 at 9:24 pm
Amid a pandemic and economic crisis, minority communities turn to traditional saving methods to help.
- Premium Bonds issuer slashes chance of winningon 21 September 2020 at 12:20 pm
NS&I has cut the interest rates it pays, reducing the chances for savers in its £1m draw.
- NS&I to slash savings rates and Premium Bonds prizesby Hilary Osborne on 21 September 2020 at 10:32 am
Government-backed body to reduce returns on direct saver, investment account and IsasMillions of savers with NS&I have been dealt a blow after it announced it would slash interest rates in […]
- Can I get a mortgage if my only income is from lodgers?by Virginia Wallis on 21 September 2020 at 6:00 am
I receive about £1,600 a month from them and I may have to give up my job to look after a relativeQ Can I still get a mortgage if my only income is from my lodgers? It is about £1,600 a month. I […]
- Renters: Eviction cases resume after six-month banon 21 September 2020 at 12:17 am
Tenants must be given six months' notice as courts in England and Wales start to hear the most serious cases.
- UK DIY sales soar but clothing stores fall behindon 18 September 2020 at 10:28 am
The amount of retail sales continued to climb in August, but some sectors are still struggling.