Coronavirus: Government ‘looking at’ £151-a-week benefit to stop workers facing destitution

“To strengthen the safety net that many families will rely on in the months ahead, the government should increase the generosity of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA), and the standard rate of Universal Credit (UC).

Exclusive: U.S. calls for broad Venezuela transitional government, lays out proposal for sanctions relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is calling for a transitional government in Venezuela made up of the opposition and some members of President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party and is laying out for the first time how U.S. sanctions might eventually be lifted, including on the vital oil sector.

In toned-down approach, U.S. proposes Venezuela transition government, sanctions relief

With the South American nation squeezed by low world oil prices, a spreading coronavirus pandemic and a U.S. economic pressure campaign, Washington shifted to a more toned-down approach aimed at promoting fair elections as soon as this year to end the political crisis there.

Swiss coronavirus deaths rise, government says infection wave could last into summer

FILE PHOTO: Civil defence workers wearing protection masks check the papers of a driver of a car before he can enter a drive-in test center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Luzern, Switzerland March 27, 2020. The sign reads: “Only on advance notification. Close windows.” REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Swiss government asked Swisscom for data on people’s movements, says was not surveillance

Koch said the Swisscom data was 24 hours old and provided a retrospective picture of people’s movements, adding “it had nothing to do with current data or surveillance, it was really about seeing if there were patterns in people’s movements and was only focused on public spaces.”

Row over Kezia Dugdale vote as government avoids defeat

The average annual increase in council tax as a result of the band adjustments announced by Ms Sturgeon will be: band E – £105 band F – £207 band G – £335 band H – £517 During a debate earlier on Thursday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay hinted that the Scottish government could consider further reform […]

Fresh food exports, medical supply imports assured by $170 million Government COVID-19 rescue package

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Joe Biden Stumbles Through Edited Podcast, Claims Coronavirus Critique ‘Not Political’

“The president notoriously is rejecting the advice of scientists and doctors. He’s not listening to people,” Klain said. “He just wasn’t listening to these great experts we have in the government, nonpartisan experts,” he claimed, before citing Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Mitch McConnell: Impeachment Diverted the Government’s Attention from Coronavirus

“What that meant was seize in the crisis to try to achieve unrelated policy items that you have not been able to get under other circumstances. So I would think any kind of bill coming out of the House I would look at like Reagan suggested we look at the Russians – trust, but verify.

Government blames misleading coronavirus test figures on Public Health England

He added: “We have set out the importance which we place on testing and have been increasing our capability to conduct tests. We are also at the same time working on the development of the anti-gen testing which will allow people to know if they’ve had the coronavirus at some stage in the past.