More than half of Ukrainians arriving in the UK are struggling financially, without enough money to support themselves and their family for the coming weeks, a survey has suggested. The majority will be looking for work straight away, according to the findings. Experimental research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) questioned a sample of adults who had arrived in the UK by April 19 under Ukraine visa schemes.
The price cap on household energy bills could be reviewed every three months under new plans mooted by Ofgem on Monday. The energy regulator said that it might insert two new reviews a year, one in January and another in July. It would help pass on savings from a potential fall in gas prices to customers more rapidly, Ofgem said, and also protect under-pressure energy suppliers from being damaged by the cap.
A memorial garden where survivors can “remember together” looks likely to be created at the site of Grenfell Tower. Seventy-two people died when fire engulfed the residential tower block in North Kensington, west London, in June 2017. No decision has been made about the future of the tower, which is currently covered in a protective wrap which shows a green heart and the message “Forever in our hearts”, but the Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission said a garden was “by far” the most popular idea from a survey of survivors, bereaved relatives, and local residents.
Anxiety levels among young adults have risen in recent weeks and are higher than any other age group, a new survey suggests. Around four in 10 (42%) of 16 to 29-year-olds questioned at the start of this month said they experienced high levels of anxiety, up from just over a third (35%) in early April.
The number of Britons buying less food due to soaring inflation has increased over the past month, according to new figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its latest survey found that 41% of adults reported cutting back on their grocery shop due to the rising costs.
The “plague of potholes” will be addressed in new Government measures created to penalise companies responsible for leaving damage on roads after carrying out street works. The Department for Transport (DfT) said utility companies will face financial penalties more easily for poor quality road works and leaving behind potholes.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has sidestepped questions on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign if he receives another fixed penalty notice for lockdown-busting Downing Street parties, after it emerged police had issued a wave of fresh partygate fines. The Metropolitan Police issued around 50 new fines for breaches of Covid-19 laws in Downing Street and other government buildings on Thursday.
Here are the key figures from the latest data on the performance of the NHS in England: The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new high. A total of 6.4 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of March 2022, according to NHS England figures.
Britain’s economy shrank unexpectedly in March as official figures revealed a pullback in consumer spending amid mounting fears that the cost-of-living crisis may plunge the UK into recession. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.1% month on month in March after growth stalled in February – revised down from the 0.1% previous growth estimate.
Voters are more focused on the cost of living than Partygate or Beergate but are more likely to want Boris Johnson to resign than Sir Keir Starmer, new polling shows. Half of people surveyed between May 6-10 told polling company Ipsos they thought Boris Johnson should resign while only 36% thought the same of Sir Keir Starmer.
Boris Johnson will sign historic security assurance declarations with Sweden and Finland in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, pledging to “bolster military ties” and support both countries should they come under attack. The Prime Minister arrived in Stockholm on Wednesday before travelling to Harpsund, the country residence of his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, where he set out a UK commitment to come to the country’s aid in the event of a crisis.