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27 Feb 5:31pm Sunak’s £5bn plan to rescue high streets from collapse
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Grants will be offered to stricken shops and pubs but NHS fears its pleas for cash will be ignored The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is to offer 700,000 shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses, grants of up to £18,000 each as part of a £5bn rescue scheme to prevent mass bankruptcies. News of the plan – to be announced in Wednesday’s budget – comes as Sunak faces increasing pressure to avoid or postpone significant corporation tax rises, as companies struggle to weather the latest Covid-19 lockdown in a strong enough state to reopen.
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27 Feb 12:00pm Austerity is alive and well, and giving public services a kicking | Phillip Inman
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Rishi Sunak rejects comparisons between himself and George Osborne. But the view from local government is very different There are plenty of ways to measure austerity. Before, during and after
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27 Feb 11:00am Out of office: what the homeworking revolution means for our cities
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Employees’ reluctance to return to full-time commuting after a year of Covid means change is afoot for companies
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27 Feb 7:00am ‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
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Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music Merck Mercuriadis had a good Christmas. On Christmas Day, the No 1 song in the UK was LadBaby’s
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27 Feb 5:30am Lockdown savings? Put them in an Isa while you can
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The Covid pandemic has bolstered many people’s balances – here are some tax-efficient places to put your cash Isas have fallen out of favour with some consumers but with tax increases potentially on the way to cover the bill for the coronavirus pandemic, experts are urging those with money to save or invest to take advantage of the allowances available to them. Many Britons have seen their incomes remain much the same but their spending plummet as a result of being stuck at home, and huge sums of cash have built up in bank and building society accounts. Figures from the Bank of England show that
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27 Feb 3:00am Rishi Sunak: Instagram chancellor and prime minister in waiting
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His is no rags to riches story and his usually adept use of social media sometimes goes awry – but ‘brand Rishi’ seems unstoppable Boris Johnson isn’t the most popular Conservative. That accolade goes to
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27 Feb 3:00am Can Oatly milk it? Oatmilk brand gears up for US stock market
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Swedish company has begun work on US flotation as plant-based foods enter mainstream “Here comes the post milk generation” is the slogan emblazoned on the side of the electric trucks of the alt-milk brand Oatly. We will soon find out if that’s true as the Swedish oatmilk juggernaut heads towards
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27 Feb 2:00am Npower withdraws mobile app after hackers steal personal details
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Company contacts affected gas and electricity customers, telling them to change passwords Npower has permanently withdrawn its mobile app after hackers used it to access its customers’ personal details, including the sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts. The hack, which cybersecurity experts said left the firm’s customers “wide open to fraud”, is understood to have taken place around the start of February.
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27 Feb 2:00am Should you book a holiday for 2021 yet? And what about refunds?
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Travel sites were buzzing after Boris Johnson unveiled his Covid lockdown exit plan, but much is still uncertain It has been one of the main topics of conversation all week: can we – should we – book a holiday for 2021? And will we be able to get our money back if it does not work out? Within hours of Boris Johnson presenting his plan on Monday to move England out of lockdown, travel websites were reporting a rush of reservations from people desperate to get a date for a break in the diary.
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