Uber to report crimes direct to police to boost safety

Image copyright Reuters Uber is to report crimes directly to the police and will set up a phone line as part of measures to improve safety. Last year, a Metropolitan Police officer said in a letter that passengers were being put at risk because of delays in the reporting of sexual assaults. The company said […]

£10,000 proposed for everyone under 55

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What would you do with £10,000? The government should give £10,000 to every citizen under 55, a report suggests. The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) said it could pave the way to everyone getting a basic state wage. The idea sees two […]

Tesco’s Cardiff call centre closes with loss of 1,100 jobs

Image copyright Google Image caption The closure has been described as a “massive blow” for the Cardiff economy Tesco’s Cardiff call centre will close on Friday with 1,100 jobs lost. Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) said it had made “huge efforts” to reverse the decision. In June 2017, Tesco announced the closure, […]

Mid-earners ‘locked out of buying a home’

Image copyright Getty Images The extent to which young people are locked out of the British housing market has been revealed in new figures from economists. The biggest decline in home ownership in the last 20 years has been among middle-income 25 to 34-year-olds, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said. In 1995-96, 65% of this […]

UK retail sales show weak growth despite gym wear boost

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption New Year’s resolutions to get fit and lose weight helped sales of sports equipment Retail sales saw only a slight pick-up in January as rising prices continued to dampen shoppers’ spending. UK sales volumes rose by just 0.1% in January from the previous month, the Office for National […]

Island tax haven firms own 23,000 UK properties

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The British Virgin Islands are home to 11,700 firms owning UK property A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 […]

Amazon plans hundreds of layoffs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A worker boxes orders at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on August 1, 2017 in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Amazon is cutting hundreds of positions at its headquarters and global operations, a reset that comes after several years of significant growth. The cuts were first reported by the Seattle Times, which […]

Barclays Bank charged over Qatar loans

Image copyright LEON NEAL The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays Bank PLC with “unlawful financial assistance” related to billions of pounds raised from Qatar in 2008. The same charges were bought against Barclays PLC in June last year. The move to charge Barclays Bank as well is significant because it holds the banking […]

Fox promises Sky News independence

Image copyright Sky Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has pledged to ensure the independence of Sky News as it seeks to overcome issues surrounding its plans to takeover Sky. The company said it would commit to maintain Sky News for at least five years and would establish a fully independent board for the channel. Fox […]

Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Unilever says it does not want to support online platforms that do not take a stand against extremist content Unilever has threatened to withdraw ads from platforms like Google and Facebook if they do not do enough to police extremist and illegal content. Unilever said consumer trust in social media […]

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