Winter arrives early for hospitality players as Londoners stay at home

Trade body UKHospitality wrote to the Mayor last week, complaining of his “inadequate” measures to revitalise the city’s economy and demanding a clear plan to lead its recovery.

Among the measures suggested by UKHospitality was a freeze on any further changes to the London congestion charge. Khan raised the charge by 30pc to £15 per day in June as part of a £1.6bn government bailout deal for Transport for London. The department was forced to go cap in hand to the Government after suffering a 90pc drop in income.

The increase means workers commuting into London by car Monday to

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let’s go halves on rent bills

In a joint statement, the British Property Federation, British Retail Consortium, UK Hospitality, ukactive and Revo said: “Without urgent action on rents, many otherwise viable businesses are, through not fault of their own, at imminent risk of failure.

“Where both landlord and tenant are able to cover at least 50pc of the rent owed, and are able to demonstrate they are working together as economic partners, government should have the confidence to invest in these businesses’ futures and prevent the needless loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

The Government has tried to support businesses by providing grants and loans

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Quarter of a million over-50s ‘will never work again’ after coronavirus

A key problem for older job seekers is that training schemes and apprenticeships tend to be geared towards younger people, the Centre for Ageing Better said.

Andy Briggs, the Government’s older workers tsar and chief executive of Phoenix Group, an insurer, said: “It’s also up to employers to clamp down on unconscious bias. If an older person reveals their age on a CV, they are much less likely to get the role.”

Older women in particular struggle to stay in jobs because many have to fit work around caring responsibilities, he added. One in four women over 50 years old

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‘My Blue Peter male co-hosts earned more than me so I kicked up a fuss’

Konnie Huq, 45, is a television presenter and author. She became a household name when she hosted Blue Peter from 1997 to 2008, becoming the show’s longest-serving female presenter.

She lives in west London with husband Charlie Brooker, the satirist and producer, and their two sons.

How did your childhood shape your attitude to money?

My parents brought me up to respect it and not be frivolous with it. They came from Bangladesh in the 1960s to give us opportunities here that we would not have had there.

My dad was an actuary with the Prudential, then opened a restaurant

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