Tell us: has your pub received financial support during the pandemic?

We would like to hear from pubs across England who have been promised a £1,000 grant during the pandemic Nearly three-quarters of the pubs promised a £1,000 grant by the prime minister to help them survive the loss of Christmas sales in England are still waiting for the money, the industry trade body has warned. […]

The housing crisis and the scandal of empty homes: ‘You do not grasp how key this is’

A shocking number of properties are lying idle while families languish in temporary accommodation. Two activists see clearly how the government could rapidly right the wrongs of the UK’s imbalanced property market Empty homes are one of the most visible signs of the UK’s housing crisis. “They’re the most obvious example of what’s wrong, which […]

The big picture: lie back and think of England

In this quintessentially British image, Barry Lewis captures four friends sleeping off lunch in a Peak District car park There was a time when a day out in the Derbyshire dales did not come with the risk of drone surveillance or police sting operations against coffee-sipping walkers. Barry Lewis took this picture of a dozing […]

‘How many more lockdowns can we go through?’ Bosses on Covid double-dip recession

From Burnley to London, those in hospitality sector tell of pressures they and staff face, and dismay at UK government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November, as a second national lockdown in England and tough restrictions across the rest of the UK hit growth. […]

Parents in England: share your experiences of free school meals

Whether you have received food parcels or vouchers during the new lockdown, we would like to hear from you Parents who qualify for free school meals in England have been given the choice between receiving food parcels or vouchers. There has been criticism over the content of some parcels after one parent took to Twitter […]

‘Cummings effect’: why are people bending lockdown rules?

Analysis: experts say erosion of trust in government contributes to liberal interpretation of guidance Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Photographs of crowded beaches, parks and queues at food stalls outside popular walking spots, all at a time when the UK is on highest alert under tough coronavirus restrictions. Despite Matt Hancock […]

Tell us: how has the pandemic affected Newham?

We’re looking to speak to people who live or work in Newham as part of our investigation into the recent surge of positive coronavirus cases The east London borough of Newham has had more than 4,000 people test positive for the coronavirus during the past week. The council stated that more than a fifth of […]

‘We heard the army would come in to help with Covid testing. Apparently not’. Diary of a headteacher in England

In the first week of term it’s been hard for schools to keep up with the government U-turns Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The alarm goes off at 6am. After two and a half weeks’ holiday, I should be feeling refreshed but I’ve been putting in 15-hour days since New Year’s […]

‘Another year wasted’: A-level and GCSE students react to cancelled exams

Four school pupils share their thoughts on England’s announcement that summer exams will not go ahead Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage After months of insisting A-level and GCSE exams in England would go ahead, the government confirmed this week they would be cancelled, with Northern Ireland also cancelling exams on Wednesday […]

A-level and GSCE students: how are you feeling about exams?

We would like to hear from students in England about their reaction to summer exams likely being cancelled The education secretary is due to make a statement in the Commons on Wednesday saying summer exams in core subjects may still go ahead in England. Meanwhile, college leaders in England have urged the government to cancel […]

Key workers in the UK: Share your experiences of the second wave of coronavirus

We’d like to hear from key workers such as refuse collectors and bus drivers about their experience of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK If you work in a supermarket and would like to share your experiences, please do so here The number of new cases of coronavirus in the UK […]

Light brigade: the Christmas holdouts keeping their decorations up

English Heritage and Church of England back extending traditional January deadline to brighten gloom of lockdown See all our coronavirus coverage In other years, the threat of bad luck if you fail to take your Christmas decorations down by Twelfth Night might have meant something. In 2021, the idea that things could get any worse […]

Rishi Sunak builds bridge to post-Covid UK – but will it stand up?

Many stretched businesses and workers are wondering how they can survive Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Throughout the pandemic, bridge building has been a favourite metaphor of Rishi Sunak to describe his big-spending economic support packages. Billions of pounds have been spent in furlough wage subsidies, state-backed loans, business grants and […]

Share your experiences of test and trace in the UK

We’d like to speak to contact tracers working in the NHS’s test and trace system, and those who have been reached by tracers With news that contact tracers in England are under pressure and failing to meet targets, there are continued concerns around the effectiveness of the UK’s test and trace system. We would like […]

Parents in England: how have you been affected by the delay to schools reopening?

We would like to hear from parents about childcare after some local authorities closed schools the day before children were due to return In parts of England, parents face more uncertainty as some local authorities delayed the reopening of schools due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The day before children were […]

NHS staff face burnout as Covid hospital admissions continue to rise

Nurses plead with public to follow official advice to relieve pressure on frontline workers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England’s chief nurse has said NHS and care staff are working “incredibly hard” to cope with record numbers of Covid-19 patients, amid concern that frontline staff are close to burnout. Ruth May […]

Teachers in England: how you are preparing for Covid testing in schools?

We would like to hear from teachers about the preparations being made in their schools, and from parents about the possibility of more homeschooling Amid the debate about whether or not English schools should re-open in January after scientific advisors urged a delay to the start of the new term, it was announced that members […]

New Covid variant and looming Brexit disruption deepen UK economic gloom

Our latest snapshot of key economic indicators show retail sales falling, job losses soaring, GDP growth and stock market stalling A perfect storm has pitched UK plc into troubled waters David Blanchflower: the puzzle of rising wages The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections has rapidly escalated across the UK in the past month, fuelled […]

How have you been affected by the coronavirus travel ban from the UK to many overseas destinations?

We’d like to hear from people who have been impacted by the travel ban imposed on countries including France and India France’s ban on UK transport came as surprise, says transport minister Grant Shapps Most European countries have banned flights and ferries carrying passengers from the UK in an attempt to stop a new variant […]

‘Your coursemates are just computer icons’: universities call for mental health cash

Low take-up of central support service shows funds should also go to universities, say vice-chancellors in England and Wales Universities are calling on the government to provide extra funding for their student mental health services, as new figures show low uptake of a scheme launched by the higher education regulator for England during the pandemic. […]

How have your UK Christmas plans been affected by the new restrictions?

We would like to hear from those who have had to change what they are doing, especially those under tier 4 restrictions A third of England’s population has been placed under new tier 4 restrictions, with the five-day Christmas bubbles plan of mixing up to three households applying now only on Christmas day for the […]

‘Listening to David Bowie reminded me of mum’: why we all turned to nostalgia to get through 2020

In a year of such jarring change, it is perhaps no surprise that many of us have longed to turn the clocks back – but is there more to nostalgic listening than just a desire to remember the good times? It’s natural to lean on things that comfort us during periods of grief, anxiety and […]

‘Not sustainable’: England’s teachers on coping with Covid

Pressure on schools is leading to low morale and burnout among even veteran members of staff Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Acorn Clayton could have been forgiven for thinking that her school in Wadhurst might escape what a teacher elsewhere described to the Guardian as “a year of hell”. But after […]

Tell us: what do you feel went wrong during your NHS maternity care in England?

We would like to hear from people in England who feel they received problematic maternity care during pregnancy and birth Urgent and sweeping changes are needed in all English hospitals to prevent avoidable baby deaths, stillbirths and neonatal brain damage, according to a damning internal review into one of the biggest scandals in the history […]

Buy a classic sport photograph: the immortal Bobby Moore

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. This week’s picture shows England’s greatest captain, Bobby Moore, in the autumn of his international career This photograph captures Bobby Moore in 1973, standing statuesque in the twilight of his international career, just a few months after winning his 100th cap for England. […]

How getting a hotel room in March kickstarted a life off the streets

The ‘Everyone In’ scheme housed 15,000 street homeless people during the first Covid wave. As winter hits, charities say it must be reprieved Mick Norman, 51, who has a long history of alcohol and substance abuse and crime, had been living on the streets of east London “this time around” for 18 months. Norman had […]

Parents and teachers: should schools follow the example of Wales and close ahead of Christmas?

We’d like to hear from parents and teachers about whether schools in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland should follow Wales and switch to online learning in the run-up to Christmas As the Christmas holidays approach, many schools are grappling with low attendance rates and staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, […]

Should London be in tier 3? Politicians face Covid rules dilemma

Some advisers say strictest rules should already cover city – while others warn of jobs catastrophe ‘If we go into tier 3, I’m done’: Upminster fears tougher Covid rules Coronavirus – latest updates Even in a political year of hugely difficult decisions, the one looming next week looks particularly tricky – and risks dividing the […]