Private parking firms are issuing 50% more fines this year with an average of nearly 30,000 per day being dished out, analysis suggests. A record 2.7 million were issued between April and June, up from 1.8 million during the same period last year. The figures come from analysis of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Royal Mail says it has delivered a “best and final” offer to the union representing its frontline workers, in a bid to avert a 48-hour strike to begin on Thursday and covering the Black Friday shopping spree. The company, which claimed earlier this month that a series of walkouts in a row over pay and
Students in England have been skipping meals, attending lectures remotely and taking on more debt in a bid to cope with the rising cost of living, new data shows. The Office for National Statistics found the rate students at English universities are being impacted by the crisis is similar to that of other adults across
Pay growth has only kept up with inflation in one industry, official figures show. According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), regular wages – wages excluding bonuses – have only risen as fast as prices in the professional and scientific industry. Jobs in the sector include legal services, management, engineering and scientific
The news that Manchester United’s controversial owners, the Glazer family, could finally be selling the club has been met with delight from many of their supporters. After saddling the club with huge debt and overseeing United’s worst trophy drought in 40 years, Sky News exclusively revealed the American owners are considering selling up after a
A venture capital fund backed by the advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell will this week unveil its first public investment in a US digital asset management platform. Sky News understands that S4S Ventures, which was set up this year by Sir Martin and Stanhope Capital Group, are jointly leading a $10m Series B fundraising by
A challenger bank specialising in green finance has poached its new finance chief from a rival as it seeks to accelerate its growth in a challenging economic environment. Sky News understands that David McCarthy, who resigned after eight years as chief financial officer of Atom in September, is joining Tandem Bank in the same role.
Climate change activists have occupied Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant in London. Members of Animal Rebellion entered Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road, Chelsea, at around 6pm on Saturday. Wearing smart casual clothing, they sat at tables reserved for guests of the high-end restaurant. They held mock menus outlining the environmental costs of items served
Elon Musk’s strategy “does not bode well” for the future of Twitter, an early backer of the billionaire’s SpaceX firm has warned. The social media platform has been in an almost constant state of chaos since the world’s richest man bought it in a $44bn deal last month, with warnings this week that a spike
A multimillion-pound payout to Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former business secretary, is in jeopardy amid faltering talks about a sale of the asset management business he cofounded. Sky News has learnt that negotiations between Somerset Capital Management, in which Mr Rees-Mogg is a substantial shareholder, and prospective buyer Emso Asset Management have stalled in recent weeks.
Tesla is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in the US because of potential problems with their rear lights. The Texas-based electric vehicle manufacturer said the recall affects some 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. Tesla said it has had no reports of any crashes or injuries related to the recall of about 321,000
Banksy has accused US fashion retailer Guess of stealing his work, encouraging shoplifters to head to their flagship Regent Street store in central London and “help themselves” to the clothes. The anonymous graffiti artist shared an image of the shop’s front window with his 11.6 million Instagram followers, showing items of the capsule collection inspired
Brexit, slashing investment and Liz Truss’s mini-budget are among the “own goals” that have led to the UK’s dire financial straits, according to a top economist. Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has been speaking about what left the UK in a position where yesterday’s autumn statement – that will
Civil servants at several government departments will take part in a month of sustained industrial action from mid-December. Members of the PCS union who work for the Home Office, Border Force, Department for Transport and Defra are seeking better pay and conditions. Ports, borders, and all areas of transport, including driving licences, will be affected,
The regional newspaper group founded by David Montgomery, the former Daily Mirror boss, has struck a deal to invest in an industry start-up founded by another of Britain’s most prominent journalists. Sky News understands that National World Publishing has agreed to invest £1m into The News Movement (TNM), a social media-focused news platform. The investment
The head of the Bank of England – responsible for the rise in interest rates – has said it never feels good for central bankers to raise rates but it is their job. Asked how it feels to be doling out the medicine of interest rate rises, in an effort to reduce inflation, Andrew Bailey