Government will be culpable for mass unemployment if they go ahead with furlough cuts, Labour warns

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Ministers will be “culpable” for mass unemployment if they go ahead with planned blanket cuts to the furlough scheme, Labour has warned. Business groups and opposition politicians said on Friday night that firms will likely have to let their staff go...

Duke of Cambridge warns nation faces mental health ‘repercussions’ from Covid-19

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates The Duke of Cambridge has warned that society faces mental health "repercussions" from Covid-19, as the FA Cup Final was renamed after his Heads Up campaign to support football fans. William said he believes the epidemic, which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and left many people isolated by the...

UK snow forecast: FOOT of snow coming as Met Office warns of -3C freeze from Polar CYCLONE | Weather | News

The powerful storm will plough into the UK just after the weekend, catapulted in on a super-charged 150mph jet stream. It will collide with a Polar cold front putting Scotland and the north on alert for heavy snowfall while elsewhere hunkers down for severe gales and torrential downpours. The UK faces at least another week of volatile weather with storms threatening havoc through the rest of the...

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China’s new ambassador to Canada is threatening “very firm countermeasures” if Parliament adopts a motion calling for sanctions over alleged Chinese human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.China has long warned against what it considers foreign meddling in its internal affairs, but Ambassador Cong Peiwu upped the tone Thursday in...

Quebec’s daycare system is headed for a labour shortage, union warns

A protest against cuts to the health-care system in 2014. The FSSS-CSN represents more than 130,000 workers in the health and social services sectors. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files Union officials are sounding the alarm about Quebec’s daycare system, which they say is headed for a labour shortage.At a press conference on Sunday morning, representatives of the union said the sector is...