Serious #Fraud Office #charges #Barclays over £2.2bn loan to #Qatar

Good morning and welcome to the Business Breakfast live blog for Monday, February 12.

I’m Jonathon Manning and I’m running the blog today, the last for the week.

The business team’s live blog brings you all the breaking news from across the North East, the UK and beyond – basically anything and everything from the world of business.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays Bank over a £2.2bn loan given to the State of Qatar in 2008. The loan was made as part of a side deal linked to its emergency fundraising, which allowed its to avoid a Government rescue.

And bricklayers, plumbers and electricians today will earn around £2,000 above the national average wage by 2022, according to new research. The forecast, by DIY chain Screwfix, suggests these workers will earn £31,000 in four year’s time.

I’ll also include some reminders of our stories that you may have missed from this week.

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