House sales surged in March on back of extended stamp duty holiday

Agreed house sales surged in March as the extension of the stamp duty holiday had an immediate impact on the housing market. Half of property professionals reported an increase in agreed sales during the month.  This marked the strongest rise in agreed sales since August 2020, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Cardigan in … Read more

Egg-freezing has surged during Covid pandemic as couples put family plans on ice

Egg-freezing has surged during Covid pandemic as couples put family plans on ice until health crisis eases Experts suggest difficulties of dating in person during lockdown has led to rise One of UK’s largest fertility groups reports an 11 per cent rise in monthly average Create Fertility seen almost three times number of inquiries about … Read more

Record day for property sales and Rightmove traffic has surged

Home sales hit their highest daily level in a decade this week, as the housing market boom continued apace. The number of property sales agreed on Tuesday 23 March was the highest for ten years, according to analysis by the UK’s biggest home listings website Rightmove. In total, just under 8,000 properties listed on the … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Abortion numbers surged by up to 30% in the first half of 2020

The number of abortions in England and Wales spiked by almost 30 per cent at the peak of the first wave, official figures revealed today. Charities said more pregnant women were seeking terminations because of anxiety over providing for existing children and the financial strain of the pandemic. The surge in numbers saw 20,546 terminations … Read more

Opioid overdose deaths surged 24% during pandemic lockdowns in Chicago, CDC report reveals

While the coronavirus pandemic rose to new heights in the U.S., the ‘silent epidemic’ of opioid overdose deaths worsened amid lockdowns, new research suggests. Opioid deaths increased by nearly a quarter in Cook County, Illinois – the county where Chicago is located –  during an 11-week stay-at-home order from late March to May, 2020, researchers … Read more

Travel and festival booking spend surged after roadmap revealed

Spending on holidays surged by 109 per cent in the week after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown, new research has revealed. Bookings soared with spending rising by 102 per cent at travel agencies and 122 per cent at airlines, compared to the week of spending prior, according to card data … Read more

How accidental damage claims have surged in the pandemic

Accidental damage claims have risen substantially over the past year with the pandemic meaning millions of workers are doing so from home. Some saw large increases, including Halifax Home Insurance, which reported a 35 per cent rise in claims in September in 2020 when compared to the same month in 2019. Although lockdown measures had … Read more

Public sector debt surged by more than £300BILLION since April

Rishi Sunak today delivered a fresh hint that taxes will be increased in the future to pay for the coronavirus crisis after it emerged public sector debt surged by more than £300billion since the start of April last year.  Office for National Statistics data released this morning showed that some £316.4billion has been added to … Read more

Public sector debt surged by more than £300BILLION since April

Public sector debt has surged by more than £300billion since the start of April last year as ministers continue to scramble to borrow cash to keep the UK afloat during the coronavirus crisis.    Office for National Statistics data released this morning showed that some £316.4billion has been added to the UK’s debt mountain since the … Read more

Facebook’s profits surged 53 per cent in 2020 despite controversy over content and competition

Facebook’s profits increased by 53 per cent last year compared to 2019, as the tech giant benefitted from more people being at home during the pandemic and saw an increase in use of their platforms. Their results for the final quarter of 2020, reported on Wednesday, came as Apple announced that it too had had … Read more