What is the UK’s inflation rate?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Researchers track the prices of thousands of items we regularly put in our shopping trolleys Inflation affects everything from mortgages, pensions and benefits to the price of train tickets. So, what is inflation and what impact does it have? What is inflation? Inflation is the rate at which the…

What is the UK’s GDP?

Image copyright Getty Images On Friday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will publish figures on how well the UK’s economy is performing. It’s the latest update on gross domestic product (GDP), one of the most important economic statistics. So what exactly is GDP, and how is it measured in the UK? What is GDP?…

Boris Johnson becomes UK’s new prime minister

Boris Johnson has said he wants to “change the country for the better” as he becomes the UK’s new prime minister. Speaking outside Downing Street, he said the UK would leave the EU on 31 October “no ifs, no buts”, adding: “The buck stops with me.” “The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” who say it…

UK weather: ‘Odds on’ for UK’s hottest day on Thursday

Image copyright PA Media Thursday could be the UK’s hottest day on record, forecasters have said. Temperatures in London could reach a record-breaking 39C (102.2F) on Thursday, beating the previous all-time high of 38.5C recorded at Faversham in Kent in 2003. The Met Office said there is a 60% chance that the record will be…

UK’s top doctor calls for global health effort

Image caption Prof Dame Sally Davies said people should not be taken in by vaccine myths on social media Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, the outgoing UK Chief Medical Officer has said. In her final annual report, Prof Dame Sally Davies said focusing on domestic issues could risk failing to control…

Could this be the UK’s answer to Disneyland?

Image caption Will this industrial estate in north Kent one day become a key destination? If you head to Swanscombe Peninsula in north Kent, you will see what can be best described as a rather unattractive industrial estate. Only accessible by car, rows of corrugated metal warehouses containing garages and car body repair workshops sit…