Heatwave Boosts UK Retailers But Concerns Mount Over Rate Hike

Heatwave Boosts UK Retailers But Concerns Mount Over Rate Hike

The sweltering summer drove Britons to splurge on food, drink and days away but the boost to retailers may prove short-lived, with higher interest rates expected to hit already fragile consumer confidence, surveys published Tuesday found. Payments processor Barclaycard said that spending rose an annual 5 percent in July, capping the strongest three-month period since […]

'Dangerous' prescription drugs sold to UK patients and addicts without checks through regulation loophole …

'Dangerous' prescription drugs sold to UK patients and addicts without checks through regulation loophole …

Online doctor sites are doling out powerful painkillers and dangerous prescription medicines to UK patients, including recovering addicts, with few checks and no oversight from medical watchdogs, an investigation has found. A loophole in the regulatory system means that firms operating in the UK but contracting GPs overseas to see patients and prescribe over email or video […]

Inside Anthrax Island: Abandoned WEAPONS test site off UK coast REVEALED

Inside Anthrax Island: Abandoned WEAPONS test site off UK coast REVEALED

Just off the British mainland, in Gruinard Bay, – also known as “Anthrax Island” – is the site of one of Britain’s most infamous weapons-testing facilities.  For five decades the island, off the coast of Scotland, was out of bounds after being sealed off by the government in 1942.  The 1942 test was sanctioned amid […]

Only one third of UK's plastic food packaging is recyclable, study finds

Only one third of UK's plastic food packaging is recyclable, study finds

Only one-third of the plastic food containers used in the UK can be recycled, local authority chiefs have revealed. New analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) indicates 525,000 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays are carefully set aside by residents for their local recycling collection each year. But only 169,145 tonnes is recycled, […]

Heatwave in Europe set to push up UK food prices

Heatwave in Europe set to push up UK food prices

The ongoing heatwave is starting to burn a hole in Britons’ pockets, as higher food prices linked to scorched harvests across Europe reach shops and restaurants. “Today I am selling a box of broccoli for £8 but by Monday that could have doubled,” says Paul Murphy, a director of Yes Chef,based at London’s New Covent […]

Mopeds and quad bikes put 4.5 million UK holidaymakers at risk, travel association warns

Mopeds and quad bikes put 4.5 million UK holidaymakers at risk, travel association warns

British holidaymakers who rent mopeds or quad bikes abroad are risking death or life-changing injuries, ABTA has warned. The travel association has launched a campaign advising travellers to think twice before hiring mopeds whilst overseas, and to ride quad bikes only as part of an organised excursion. Last week 19-year-old Kieran Roche from Swindon died […]

UK's Brexit proposals threaten future of EU, says Barnier

UK's Brexit proposals threaten future of EU, says Barnier

Michel Barnier has said Theresa May’s Brexit proposals, put forward in the UK government’s recent white paper, pose a threat to the future of the European single market. In an article published in 20 newspapers around Europe, the EU’s chief negotiator writes: “The UK knows well the benefits of the single market. It has contributed […]

Bitcoin Bank Comes Closer As Coinbase UK Adds Sterling

Bitcoin Bank Comes Closer As Coinbase UK Adds Sterling

The Coinbase headquarters in San Francisco, May 2018. (Photo by Christie Hemm Klok for The Washington Post via Getty Images) The prospect of a fully fledged U.K. bitcoin bank took a step closer to reality yesterday with the launch of pound sterling support for San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase. The move, designed to make it easier for Coinbase […]

UK betting firms face complaints deadline and ads crackdown

UK betting firms face complaints deadline and ads crackdown

Betting firms face a crackdown on breaches of advertising rules and consumer law in a drive to ensure fairer treatment for gamblers. From October the Gambling Commission will have powers to impose unlimited fines for promotional campaigns that appeal to children or glamorise gambling. The watchdog will also introduce an eight-week deadline for operators to […]