One of the most important coronavirus pandemic safety nets for Americans came to an abrupt end on Labor Day as federal unemployment assistance approved by Congress expired. The programme was originally introduced to help offset the economic impact of government-mandated shutdowns and the closure of businesses as the Covid-19 virus
Bus services are facing disruption across several regions of the UK due to a driver shortage which has been catalysed by Brexit and Covid. Local authorities in Lincolnshire and parts of Northern Ireland have advised parents to make their own arrangements for travelling to school this week because there are
The construction industry faces a further hit to supplies of cement while deliveries to 1,500 Budgens and Londis convenience stores are expected to be severely disrupted as lorry drivers strike over pay. Growing supply problems for a host of retailers and industry sectors look set to intensify amid a wave
The British government has invited unions to join its secretive groups which advise on trade deals, days after The Independent revealed the bodies had been excluded for over a year. These groups have allowed business representatives to scrutinise key details and some draft text of trade agreements. They have been
Scottish vegetable growers are having to throw away millions of cauliflower and broccoli heads due a shortage of farm workers and lorry drivers. Producers predict that problems with lack of labour will only get worse in the run up to Christmas. The East of Scotland Growers (ESG) group, a farmers
Wagamama has warned the mounting supply chain crisis could lead to rising food prices as the chain struggles to hire chefs to fill vacancies in a fifth of its restaurants. It comes as the hospitality sector battles a “perfect storm” of supply chain woes and worker shortages amid increasing demand
Builders are being forced to down tools amid a “perfect storm for construction” which is putting the UK’s economic recovery in doubt, industry groups have warned. The cost of building materials has soared by 20 per cent, exacerbating the problems facing an industry worth around £117bn to the UK economy.
The UK’s food supply problems are at risk of getting worse because of additional Brexit red tape which will come into force in a matter of weeks, businesses have warned. From 1 October, the UK will begin carrying out checks on paperwork that must be pre-completed using a government IT
When Robert left Brixton prison earlier this year, he faced a daunting prospect. It has always been difficult for ex-offenders in the UK to find good quality work. With millions of people on furlough and the country emerging from its deepest recession in a century, things could have been bleak.
Christmas could be a little less merry this year, with wine manufacturers warning that truck driver shortages will impact alcohol supply. Accolade, the wine giant that makes Hardys, has said that staff shortages could push up costs of products and lead to sparse shelves at Christmas. Robert Foye, chief executive