Twenty consecutive opinion polls have shown that most people in Scotland now favour independence, compared to 2014 and following the UK’s exit from the EU.
The new Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, confirmed this week plans for the UK government to review UK workers’ rights post-Brexit, including rules governing the 48-hour week, rest breaks and holiday entitlements.
This week, UK leaders from all political parties universally condemned the violence and attempted coup by Pro-Trump right-wing extremists in the U.S. Capitol, which saw four people dead.
Boris Johnson announced this week that many parts of England would be placed in Tier 4 rules following a new strain of the virus, with Christmas festivities cancelled for almost 20 million people.
Carers UK and Carers Trust this week called on the UK Government to include unpaid carers on the priority list for coronavirus vaccine, alongside health and social care workers.
Research has shown that nearly three-quarters of care workers are paid less than the “Real Living Wage”, with more than 800,000 care workers paid less than £9.30 per hour.
England went into a second national lockdown this week, with around 600,000 business premises closed until 2nd December. Non-essential shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants are closed.
Over 280,000 people have this week signed Marcus Rashford’s petition to support 1.5 million vulnerable children in England with the expansion of the free school meals scheme.
Scotland has announced a nationwide two-week shutdown on drinking indoors in pubs, bars and restaurants, with parts of northern England expected to announce similar measures this month.
Reports in the media this week have raised concerns about the UK Government response to testing for the Coronavirus, with millions of people unable to get a test and people having to travel hundreds of miles to get tested.