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Vodafone has the cheapest fibre broadband deals in the UK right now

Looking to upgrade to a new fibre internet plan? While there are plenty of choices out there right now, Vodafone is standing out as the number 1 choice with two fantastic offers.

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On both of its fibre broadband deals, Vodafone is throwing in a GBP100 Amazon voucher for all sign-ups and, any Vodafone mobile customer will also get a free Amazon Fibre HD8 tablet. While the free gifts are a nice touch, it's the deals themselves that are most impressive. Vodafone's Superfast 1 is currently the cheapest fibre plan on the market at just GBP19.50 a month while offering strong speeds averaging 35Mb.

While those speeds will be enough for a small household with a few devices connected and some light gaming, its Vodafone's Superfast 2 plan that will be best suited to most people.

It does boost the costs to GBP21.50 a month but you'll also see your speeds jump up to 63Mb.

That means fast gaming, a good connection for working from home, and HD Netflix all running at the same time.

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How to claim free school meals voucher for children this half term

Councils in England can use the Government Household Support Grant to provide food vouchers during half-term to families entitled to benefits-related free school meals. The councils can use the Government's Household Support Grant to provide GBP15 food vouchers during half-term to families entitled to benefits. Most, but not every council, are providing free meal support over the half term.

West Berkshire council is among those who will not supply food to eligible schoolchildren. How to claim While some councils are providing cash payments, others are providing supermarket vouchers worth GBP15-20 per schoolchild.

It's worth checking out your local authority's website, or getting in touch with your school if they haven't already provided information on whether your child is eligible, and how to claim the vouchers or cash.

Half term free school meals support, listed by areas with the most need Blackpool: Lancashire County Council has got in touch with schools in the city to support eligible pupils with a GBP15 voucher to cover the one-week holiday. The families of children and young people from reception to Year 11 will receive the vouchers.

Thanet: Children across Kent County Council will be entitled to benefits-related Free School Meals this October half-term. Each eligible child or young person will receive one GBP15 food voucher to be used in supermarkets and local shops. Schools will provide the vouchers.

Tendring: Essex County Council will paying for meal vouchers during the October half term. The vouchers are for children and young people aged 5 to 19 who are registered for free meals with their school or college. Coventry: Those eligible and registered children will automatically receive support towards food costs over the October half term via Huggg supermarket vouchers via Warwickshire County Council.

Waveney: Food vouchers will be offered to families whose children are eligible for free school meals this October half-term holiday.  The vouchers, which are worth GBP15 per child per week, will be provided for families whose children would normally get free school meals during term time, which can be ordered by schools on behalf of families. Kingston upon Hull: School children who live in Hull and are currently receiving free school meals will be given a GBP15 voucher for this October half term.

Around 12,500 families currently receive free school meals in Hull and these families will be sent a text or an email asking them to choose the supermarket of their choice, vouchers for their chosen supermarket will then be sent directly to the family. North East Lincolnshire: There has been no public confirmation Lincolnshire County Council will provide free school meals this half term. Burnley: Schools in the Lancashire town will provide food vouchers worth GBP15 use to buy food at a range of supermarkets, including Aldi, Asda, McColl's, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores.

Mansfield: Nottinghamshire County Council has announced it will continue to fund Free School Meals in the October half-term. The GBP15-per-week vouchers will be distributed to those eligible by their schools. Blackburn with Darwen: Families will be provided with free school meal vouchers to use in the markets over half term.

All children in Blackburn with Darwen who are eligible for free school meals will receive the vouchers throughout half term which families can use to shop in Blackburn or Darwen markets. Schools will provide the vouchers. Great Yarmouth: Norfolk County Council received additional Household Support Funding from the Government.

It will provide vouchers worth GBP15 per child via their school, or families can redeem vouchers either via online or printed voucher by post, collection or delivery if they don't have internet access.

Some extra help Some schools, charities and businesses across England are providing additional meals for those in need. In Knowsley, Merseyside, charity One Knowsley will be providing 3,000 hot and cold meals in partnership with the Merseyside council.

More details will be announced on Knowsley Council's website. School Food Matters will provide more than 500 breakfast boxes to school children at five institutions in the London borough of Newham. Pupils at Brampton Manor Academy, Rosetta Primary School, Cumberland Community School, and Upton Cross Primary School - which has two locations - are eligible.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust will provide a free meal service in October half-term with the aim of supporting children who are eligible for free school meals. Lunches will be available for collection on a first come, first served basis from the community offices at Deepdale, Preston located at the back of the Alan Kelly Town End on Alan Kelly Walk, between the hours of 12 noon and 1.30pm from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October. The packages will contain a sandwich, crisps, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water, meals can be collected without any prior contact or registration.

In London food retailer Tossed, children can ask for a free wrap and juice this half-term. Parents can speak to a manager to order a wrap for their child with a filling of their choice, and a juice or a fresh smoothie outside of the hours 12-2pm. Fitzrovia vegan burger restaurant, Flower Burger, will provide a free burger and side for pupils up to 12 years old any time from 12pm.

For parents looking to keep their kids busy next week, several councils are also offering free activity clubs for pupils eligible for free school meals.

In Essex, parents can click on Essex Activate's website to find out what clubs are available.

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Jon Tonge: Voucher scheme is a boost to retail, but can NI ever truly pay its own way?

Spent your GBP100 voucher yet? I hesitate to spoil the fun, as the high street really needs a break, but the last time I got a three-figure sum for nothing was for passing Go on the Monopoly board. Stormont's GBP166m giveaway is set against a long-standing, unresolved question: can Northern Ireland ever pay its way? t has been the most heavily subsidised part of the UK since the 1960s.

Geography and conflict provide two core explanations. But only one has been a constant. Amid relative peace, why does the region, in the words of its Secretary of State, "punch well below its weight economically?"

The UK Government spends 21% more on each Northern Ireland citizen than on those in south-east England. It's not that I'm against subsidies. I inhabit the region with the second-highest level of subsidy in England.

But the deficit per head here -- that is the amount spent per citizen minus the amount contributed -- is a mere GBP3,000 for every individual. The figure for Northern Ireland is not far shy of GBP5,500. Stormont controls 90% of what is spent locally.

But the overwhelming bulk of Executive finance comes from the UK Treasury. A big chunk of Executive spending is devoured by inescapable items, such as social security payments, with levels determined elsewhere. Options for Executive action are limited.

Unlike in Scotland and Wales, powers over income tax are not devolved. Even if eventually transferred, they would be no panacea. Income levels are only three-quarters of the level found elsewhere in the UK.

Taxes paid by Northern Ireland's citizens are, on average, nearly 20% lower than those contributed by those elsewhere in the UK, at GBP10,500 per year compared to GBP12,500. The only area where taxpaying in Northern Ireland per head reaches levels comparable to elsewhere is on "sin" items: alcohol and tobacco duties. There lies the dilemma.

The unhealthier your average local citizen's habits, the healthier the revenues. The Executive parties may sometimes be daft, but they are not stupid. It would be political suicide for any to advocate tax-raising powers for Stormont, which could hit the lowest earners in the UK.

Related to Northern Ireland's dismal financial position are its other big problems: low productivity, 10% below the UK median, and an overreliance upon public sector jobs, at 28% some 10% above the UK-wide figure. When the Troubles raged, the dearth of private sector jobs was understandable. Possible kidnapping -- or even execution -- did not make the greatest inward investment prospectus for would-be investors.

But those days have long passed and irritation at Westminster has mounted over perennial subsidies. Remember David Cameron -- who subsequently proved an expert on raising personal finance at least -- and his comment prior to the 2010 General Election that Northern Ireland was "ripe for public expenditure cuts?" The poor old UUP had formed an alliance with the Tories and was left high-and-dry by such fiscal rectitude.

Gleefully, the DUP warned against supporting Tory austerity, using language of which Sinn Fein would have been proud. If one thing unites Northern Ireland's parties it is that the region has "special circumstances", which mean, bluntly, that the place cannot possibly pay its way. We have moved seamlessly from massive Troubles subventions to non-local taxpayers underwriting the eternal cost of peace.

Is there any scope to raise local finance? Water charges, anyone? More chance of pushing water uphill, given the strength of the campaign against the idea a decade-and-a-half ago.

We pay an average of GBP400 per year in England by the way. Just saying. Prescription charges?

No chance, even though expenditure on drugs in Northern Ireland is way more per head than in England or Scotland. Free prescriptions cost more than GBP1m per day. I think of you all every time I hand over GBP9.35 for pills to keep my heart stable at the high rates of tax I pay.

What about raising rates bills? The obvious difficulty is the relatively low property prices in Northern Ireland. The average house price is GBP150,000, compared to GBP268,000 in England.

Given the amount spent on hotels over the years, the biggest career mistake I ever made was not buying a property in Northern Ireland. But the immense value available for house-purchasers makes Northern Ireland a great place for everyone to live -- except for its Finance Minister. That minister sees average rating revenue on a property in Northern Ireland raise only 55% of the amount yielded by a house in England.

And the comparative dearth of commercial properties compared to residential ones (nine out of 10 buildings are in the latter category) exacerbates the financial shortfall. How about raising university tuition fees, so that Executive subsidies could be cut? This is a probable "file with water charges".

Students from Northern Ireland (and the south) embarking on their courses at Queen's or Ulster University this autumn will be paying a mere GBP4,350 per annum. UK students enrolling at the University of Liverpool will be coughing up GBP9,250 for the privilege of hearing my gripping exposition of Northern Ireland's fiscal problems. Now, with all due respect to my own distinguished institution, I am not quite sure it is worth paying an extra GBP5,000 per year to attend than one of Northern Ireland's own reputable seats of learning.

But can Executive subsidies continue? So, you see the financial dilemmas for Northern Ireland. As someone once didn't quite say, it isn't going to pay its way you know.

I'll vouch(er) for that.

Jon Tonge is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool

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Mike Nesbitt highlights equality issues over holiday voucher scheme

Mike Nesbitt has requested an urgent briefing on the GBP2m Holiday at Home voucher scheme as concerns mount about its viability. conomy Minister Gordon Lyons has said it is now a matter of "if" the scheme proceeds, rather than when. His department said it was looking at the scheme afresh in the context of tourism's performance over the summer months, as well as any impact from the Spend Local retail voucher programme.

It would entail households obtaining a voucher giving GBP100 off an accommodation stay or a voucher giving GBP20 off a tourist attraction visit, after the visit or stay has taken place. A household would be able to claim just one voucher of each kind on a "first come, first served" basis. Strangford UUP MLA Mr Nesbitt, a member of the department's scrutiny committee, said: "At the committee I suggested we seek an urgent briefing on the Holiday at Home scheme.

"The biggest issue, I think, is how do they square the concept that it's 'first come, first served' with an equality agenda? "Could you have a very well-off couple going to a five-star hotel and people living in an area of deprivation -- who could really use a weekend break in Portrush -- losing out? "The equality impact assessment is going to be very interesting."

He added: "You have to spend the money and then claim back; so, if it's a finite scheme on a first come, first served basis, how can you as a consumer be confident that if you spend the money there will still be government money in the pot to pay you?" Mr Nesbitt said a situation could arise where a member of the public could pay in advance for a weekend break in the expectation that a voucher would cover part of the cost, only to discover afterwards that the scheme had run out. He added it could be more appropriate to reallocate the money to help households that cannot cope with rising energy bills over the winter.

Colum McLornan, co-owner of The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle, said he had hoped the Holiday at Home voucher scheme would have brought custom mid-week when rooms were otherwise under-occupied.

He added that customers were using their Spend Local vouchers at the hotel for meals, snacks and coffees, rather than for accommodation.

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Ukraine offers Russia’s Gazprom 50% tariff discount for extra gas transit

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine has offered Russian gas giant Gazprom a 50% tariff discount for an additional gas transit to Europe, a Ukrainian president spokesman said. "Ukraine offers it to Gazprom and European gas traders," Sergii Nykyforov said. Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the security and defence council of Ukraine, told a briefing earlier on Friday that Kyiv was ready to increase its annual gas transit to Europe by 55 billion cubic meters from the current 40 bcm provided by the 5-year contact with Gazprom.

He did not reveal details.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Chris Reese)

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These are some of the best Google Pixel 6 deals and they come with a £20 voucher

Google's latest pair of flagship phones are now available to pre-order, and if you've got your eyes on them, we've got a promotion to help you get a little bit more out of your tariff.

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Across all Google Pixel 6 deals and 6 Pro deals on Mobiles.co.uk, you can currently get a GBP20 Currys voucher. This is exclusively available for TechRadar readers and gives a nice boost to the already market-leading offers Mobiles.co.uk has. The best offers available with this promotion are on the Vodafone and iD Mobile networks.

It is worth noting that there are some stock issues already with these devices, so you may find certain storage sizes and colours are unavailable.  To get the added voucher, you will first have to go to this link. Once you've filled in your details, you will get an email, and you can go check out the Mobiles.co.uk website.

If you order the device before, you won't get the voucher.

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Pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and get a GBP20 voucher:

What are the Google Pixel 6 devices like?

Google Pixel 6:

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Load Error The more affordable of the two devices, the Google Pixel 6, will stand out to those that want a powerful smartphone at a more affordable price point. While it won't compete with the flagships of the world, there is a lot of promising specs on board.

The 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while not as impressive as some other more expensive devices, will look bright and clear. That paired with the 90Hz refresh rate will provide a fluid move as you swipe around the phone's interface. Google promises a 24-hour battery life from the 4524mAh battery and up to 30% charge in 30 minutes.

That paired with the 8GB RAM 'Google Tensor' processor means this device will be capable of operating most apps without lag or any major trouble. Google has fully committed to the security of this device, using end-to-end security along with anti-phishing and malware protection, multi-layer hardware security, and plenty more. The dual-camera setup provides an impressive camera performance.

While not as powerful as what Samsung and Apple can offer, it is still likely to be one of the best around. Google Pixel 6 Pro: Step up to the more powerful Google Pixel 6 Pro, and you'll get a very similar package to the regular 6, just with some critical upgrades in the more important categories.

The most obvious upgrade is in the size and display. The Google Pixel 6 Pro comes in at an impressive 6.7-inches with a QHD display. It also upgrades to a 120Hz refresh rate for the display for even faster and cleaner movement around your phone's apps and operating system.

There are also improvements in both the battery life and charging rates. You'll be getting a 4905mAh battery and the ability to charge 50% in 30 minutes. As for the camera, like the Google Pixel 6, the Pro model includes a 50MP wide camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera.

However, the Pro model also includes a 48MP telephoto lens with a zoom of up to 20x.

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Google's latest pair of flagship phones are now available to pre-order, and if you've got your eyes on them, we've got a promotion to help you get a little bit more out of your tariff.

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Across all Google Pixel 6 deals and 6 Pro deals on Mobiles.co.uk, you can currently get a GBP20 Currys voucher. This is exclusively available for TechRadar readers and gives a nice boost to the already market-leading offers Mobiles.co.uk has. The best offers available with this promotion are on the Vodafone and iD Mobile networks.

It is worth noting that there are some stock issues already with these devices, so you may find certain storage sizes and colours are unavailable.  To get the added voucher, you will first have to go to this link. Once you've filled in your details, you will get an email, and you can go check out the Mobiles.co.uk website.

If you order the device before, you won't get the voucher.

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Pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and get a GBP20 voucher:

What are the Google Pixel 6 devices like?

Google Pixel 6:

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Load Error The more affordable of the two devices, the Google Pixel 6, will stand out to those that want a powerful smartphone at a more affordable price point. While it won't compete with the flagships of the world, there is a lot of promising specs on board.

The 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while not as impressive as some other more expensive devices, will look bright and clear. That paired with the 90Hz refresh rate will provide a fluid move as you swipe around the phone's interface. Google promises a 24-hour battery life from the 4524mAh battery and up to 30% charge in 30 minutes.

That paired with the 8GB RAM 'Google Tensor' processor means this device will be capable of operating most apps without lag or any major trouble. Google has fully committed to the security of this device, using end-to-end security along with anti-phishing and malware protection, multi-layer hardware security, and plenty more. The dual-camera setup provides an impressive camera performance.

While not as powerful as what Samsung and Apple can offer, it is still likely to be one of the best around. Google Pixel 6 Pro: Step up to the more powerful Google Pixel 6 Pro, and you'll get a very similar package to the regular 6, just with some critical upgrades in the more important categories.

The most obvious upgrade is in the size and display. The Google Pixel 6 Pro comes in at an impressive 6.7-inches with a QHD display. It also upgrades to a 120Hz refresh rate for the display for even faster and cleaner movement around your phone's apps and operating system.

There are also improvements in both the battery life and charging rates. You'll be getting a 4905mAh battery and the ability to charge 50% in 30 minutes. As for the camera, like the Google Pixel 6, the Pro model includes a 50MP wide camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera.

However, the Pro model also includes a 48MP telephoto lens with a zoom of up to 20x.

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These are some of the best Google Pixel 6 deals and they come with a £20 voucher

Google's latest pair of flagship phones are now available to pre-order, and if you've got your eyes on them, we've got a promotion to help you get a little bit more out of your tariff.

(C) Provided by TechRadar Google Pixel 6

Across all Google Pixel 6 deals and 6 Pro deals on Mobiles.co.uk, you can currently get a GBP20 Currys voucher. This is exclusively available for TechRadar readers and gives a nice boost to the already market-leading offers Mobiles.co.uk has. The best offers available with this promotion are on the Vodafone and iD Mobile networks.

It is worth noting that there are some stock issues already with these devices, so you may find certain storage sizes and colours are unavailable.  To get the added voucher, you will first have to go to this link. Once you've filled in your details, you will get an email, and you can go check out the Mobiles.co.uk website.

If you order the device before, you won't get the voucher.

  • Black Friday: find out everything you need to know about the event

Pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and get a GBP20 voucher:

What are the Google Pixel 6 devices like?

Google Pixel 6:

Loading...

Load Error The more affordable of the two devices, the Google Pixel 6, will stand out to those that want a powerful smartphone at a more affordable price point. While it won't compete with the flagships of the world, there is a lot of promising specs on board.

The 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while not as impressive as some other more expensive devices, will look bright and clear. That paired with the 90Hz refresh rate will provide a fluid move as you swipe around the phone's interface. Google promises a 24-hour battery life from the 4524mAh battery and up to 30% charge in 30 minutes.

That paired with the 8GB RAM 'Google Tensor' processor means this device will be capable of operating most apps without lag or any major trouble. Google has fully committed to the security of this device, using end-to-end security along with anti-phishing and malware protection, multi-layer hardware security, and plenty more. The dual-camera setup provides an impressive camera performance.

While not as powerful as what Samsung and Apple can offer, it is still likely to be one of the best around. Google Pixel 6 Pro: Step up to the more powerful Google Pixel 6 Pro, and you'll get a very similar package to the regular 6, just with some critical upgrades in the more important categories.

The most obvious upgrade is in the size and display. The Google Pixel 6 Pro comes in at an impressive 6.7-inches with a QHD display. It also upgrades to a 120Hz refresh rate for the display for even faster and cleaner movement around your phone's apps and operating system.

There are also improvements in both the battery life and charging rates. You'll be getting a 4905mAh battery and the ability to charge 50% in 30 minutes. As for the camera, like the Google Pixel 6, the Pro model includes a 50MP wide camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera.

However, the Pro model also includes a 48MP telephoto lens with a zoom of up to 20x.

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When is Black Friday 2021 and where are the best UK deals?

Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2021. (Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2021. (Getty Images)

Yahoo Life's editors are committed to independently selecting wonderful products at great prices for you. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

There are several discount shopping events throughout the year that we keep a close eye on, from Amazon Prime Day to Boxing Day sales. However, there is one US-born sale event that many bargain hunters consider to be better than all the rest: Black Friday.

When is Black Friday 2021 in the UK?

Originally Black Friday lasted for one day - the last Friday in November. But, in recent years this has been expanded to include the following weekend and Monday (known as Cyber Monday) and some sales have even begun starting the weekend prior to Black Friday.

This year, Black Friday will fall on Friday 26 November 2021 and the event will run over the weekend until 29 November, which is Cyber Monday.

Attractive woman looking at online purchased fashion clothing. Mature female looking online bought product at home.

Many retailers could start their sales earlier this year. (Getty Images)

Last year Amazon's UK sale ran for a record two weeks, while high street brands such as John Lewis, Boots, Superdrug and Currys also started their sales a week in advance.

What is Black Friday?

The event originated in the US, with shops offering discounts the day after Thanksgiving.

Since Amazon brought the event online in the UK in 2010, it has rivalled other big annual sale events like Boxing Day and the January sales.

Joyful middle aged man get his delivery with heaphones at home

There are sure to be huge discounts to be had on tech products. (Getty Images)

Why, you ask? Well, a huge range of retailers have got onboard with Black Friday and slashed prices on big ticket items like TVs, sofas and coffee machines. It's a great time of the year to find a deal and, of course, an ideal opportunity save money on your Christmas shopping. 

Where are the Black Friday deals?

With so many retailers getting involved this year, it can feel a little overwhelming knowing where to start. 

So, we've produced a guide to help you get to grips with some of the key online retailers to shop this year. Amazon is sure to have a number of best-sellers on sale this Black Friday deals early, so you can bag bargains across tech, homeware, beauty and much more all in one go. Story continues

Plus, sign up to Amazon Prime to get your purchases delivered the following day. From clothing to chic homeware and furniture, John Lewis is synonymous with style, choice and, most-festive of all, Christmas gift sets.

John Lewis is sure to have discounts across numerous departments, from clothing to tech. (Getty Images)

John Lewis is sure to have discounts across numerous departments, from clothing to tech. (Getty Images)

Whether you need a new sofa for those Netflix nights or a coat for your daily walk, this high street institution should be your go-to. Realised you needed a new TV or didn't manage to get your hands on a bread maker last year?

Well, the Curry's PC World Black Friday sale is the place to look first.  Expect smart home gadgets, fridge freezers, washing machines, headphones and all sorts of other essential - and non-essential - gadgets to get you through the winter and beyond. Argos' Black Friday sale usually includes everything from toys, games consoles and home audio devices; you'll even find health appliances to help you look after your wellbeing.

If it's beauty you're after look no further than Boots' Black Friday sale, that's sure to be filled with reduced gift sets to give this Christmas and if you're quick maybe a reduced beauty advent calendar or two. 

Watch: How to find the best deals this Black Friday

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When is Black Friday 2021 and where are the best UK deals?

Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2021. (Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2021. (Getty Images)

Yahoo Life's editors are committed to independently selecting wonderful products at great prices for you. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

There are several discount shopping events throughout the year that we keep a close eye on, from Amazon Prime Day to Boxing Day sales. However, there is one US-born sale event that many bargain hunters consider to be better than all the rest: Black Friday.

When is Black Friday 2021 in the UK?

Originally Black Friday lasted for one day - the last Friday in November. But, in recent years this has been expanded to include the following weekend and Monday (known as Cyber Monday) and some sales have even begun starting the weekend prior to Black Friday.

This year, Black Friday will fall on Friday 26 November 2021 and the event will run over the weekend until 29 November, which is Cyber Monday.

Attractive woman looking at online purchased fashion clothing. Mature female looking online bought product at home.

Many retailers could start their sales earlier this year. (Getty Images)

Last year Amazon's UK sale ran for a record two weeks, while high street brands such as John Lewis, Boots, Superdrug and Currys also started their sales a week in advance.

What is Black Friday?

The event originated in the US, with shops offering discounts the day after Thanksgiving.

Since Amazon brought the event online in the UK in 2010, it has rivalled other big annual sale events like Boxing Day and the January sales.

Joyful middle aged man get his delivery with heaphones at home

There are sure to be huge discounts to be had on tech products. (Getty Images)

Why, you ask? Well, a huge range of retailers have got onboard with Black Friday and slashed prices on big ticket items like TVs, sofas and coffee machines. It's a great time of the year to find a deal and, of course, an ideal opportunity save money on your Christmas shopping. 

Where are the Black Friday deals?

With so many retailers getting involved this year, it can feel a little overwhelming knowing where to start. 

So, we've produced a guide to help you get to grips with some of the key online retailers to shop this year. Amazon is sure to have a number of best-sellers on sale this Black Friday deals early, so you can bag bargains across tech, homeware, beauty and much more all in one go. Story continues

Plus, sign up to Amazon Prime to get your purchases delivered the following day. From clothing to chic homeware and furniture, John Lewis is synonymous with style, choice and, most-festive of all, Christmas gift sets.

John Lewis is sure to have discounts across numerous departments, from clothing to tech. (Getty Images)

John Lewis is sure to have discounts across numerous departments, from clothing to tech. (Getty Images)

Whether you need a new sofa for those Netflix nights or a coat for your daily walk, this high street institution should be your go-to. Realised you needed a new TV or didn't manage to get your hands on a bread maker last year?

Well, the Curry's PC World Black Friday sale is the place to look first.  Expect smart home gadgets, fridge freezers, washing machines, headphones and all sorts of other essential - and non-essential - gadgets to get you through the winter and beyond. Argos' Black Friday sale usually includes everything from toys, games consoles and home audio devices; you'll even find health appliances to help you look after your wellbeing.

If it's beauty you're after look no further than Boots' Black Friday sale, that's sure to be filled with reduced gift sets to give this Christmas and if you're quick maybe a reduced beauty advent calendar or two. 

Watch: How to find the best deals this Black Friday