Bigger and taller phone masts could be built across the British countryside in a government bid to widen mobile data coverage and increase speeds.Current planning restrictions dictate that structures exceeding 25 metres in height cannot be built on public land, but Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan is keen for firms investing in 5G to be able bypass such restrictions. An estimated 400,000 super masts may spring up in rural areas as part of the plans, which Ms Morgan said could add between £6bn and £13bn to the UK economy. Image: Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan wants to improve mobile network coverage in the countryside Ms Morgan told Sky News: "This is really important for people running businesses, for tourism, for agriculture."But it is
President Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering a new, temporary payroll tax cut to help boost the US economy.White House officials had earlier dismissed reports that the administration was discussing the move.But speaking to reporters, the president said a "payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of people would like to see that".US workers pay payroll taxes on their earnings to finance health insurance, social security, and pensions.Mr Trump has been talking up the US economy in recent days amid growing unease about a potential recession. "We're very far from a recession," he told the reporters.A strong economy is seen as key to his re-election prospects in 2020, but continuing trade tensions with China have sparked concerns about...
A woman lights a candle at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 20 people dead, on August 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.Mario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesThe threat of gun violence is real enough that business owners, schools and houses of worship can buy insurance against it.Active shooter insurance, which is also known as active assailant coverage, has been around since 2011, according to the Insurance Information Institute.It's a policy that covers the cost of property damage and loss of business income, as well as medical expenses and funeral costs for victims.This insurance supplements — but doesn't replace — other coverage a business owner may already have, including general liability insurance. "As violence grows in schoo
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a one-off cash boost of £1.8bn for NHS hospitals in England.Of this, almost £1bn will be available immediately to go towards new equipment and upgrades to 20 hospitals.Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson said he was "determined to deliver" the promises of the Brexit referendum campaign and increase NHS spending.But Labour said it fell "significantly short" of the amount needed by the NHS and would not reverse years of cuts.The money is coming from the Treasury and is not a re-allocation of funds from the Department of Health.It is on top of an extra £20bn a year by 2023 announced by former prime minister Theresa May last year.Around £850m - spread over five years - will go towards funding the 20 hospital upgr
By Jon Craig, chief political correspondent Plans to create up to 10 duty-free or low-tax ports and airports across the UK – promised by Boris Johnson in his Tory leadership campaign – are being launched by the government.Liz Truss, the new International Trade Secretary, is creating a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise the government on setting them up in areas such as Teesside, Aberdeen, and Belfast. The government aims to create the first new freeports after the UK leaves the EU and claims they will "turbocharge" growth and ensure towns and cities across the UK benefit from a Brexit trade boost."Freedoms transformed London's Docklands in the 1980s and freeports will do the same for towns and cities across the UK," said Ms Truss, who succeeded Li