Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

O’Grady said: “Coronavirus is no leveller. It has exposed huge inequality in modern Britain. Hard work should pay for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of job you do. Yet, many of those who kept this country going through the crisis don’t get the respect they deserve.

Extreme poverty ‘will double by Christmas’ in UK because of Covid-19

The trust’s food banks reported extraordinary spikes in demand: Hammersmith and Fulham food bank in west London said it normally gave out 110 vouchers a week, but at the height of lockdown it was delivering food to 150 people a day. Caernarfon food bank said its normal referral rate of 20 people a day quadrupled […]

Gujarat High Court asks government to reinstate forester

After 36 years of service, the Gujarat government had terminated the service of Sureshsinh Yadav claiming that he did not undergo ‘basic training examination’ Gujarat High Court has asked the state government to reinstate an employee of the Forest department who was terminated on a misconception of the service rules. The forester was appointed in […]

UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders

And these problems don’t just affect big cities. Part of the justification for agglomeration is that wealth generated in city centres will eventually “trickle outwards” as investors look for cheaper opportunities – hence Boris Johnson’s assertion in 2016 that a “pound spent in Croydon is far more valuable to the country than a pound spent […]

UK coronavirus death toll grows by 10 to 41,514 as cases rise by 1,508 in last 24 hours

Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire have been plunged into lockdown Thousands of secondary school kids returned to their classes in masks today An Oxford expert claims there is no second wave of Covid-19 Spain is the new Europe hotspot as it is spreading faster than in the US The discrepancy in the figures is […]

The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

Last Friday the government released its “roadmap” for reopening UK theatres. There is just one problem: it’s woefully vague with no dates or hard information – or anything of practical use – and it has demoralised everyone I’ve spoken to in the industry. What good is a road map when you don’t know whether the […]

UK war veteran Sir Tom Moore was caught speeding aged 98

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UK coronavirus death toll grows by 13 to 41,527 as cases rise by 1,735 in last 24 hours

House prices have hit an all-time high after a post-lockdown boom Find out your risk of catching Covid-19 here Matt Hancock said airport coronavirus testing ‘doesn’t work’ Ofqual chiefs claimed that exams could have gone ahead this summer The discrepancy in the figures is based on when they were recorded.

NHS reminder about face-to-face appointments angers GPs

“Where face-to-face appointments are necessary, they are being facilitated, and we have called on CCGs to work with practices where this is not possible – for example, if all GPs at a practice are at high risk of Covid-19 – to ensure that they can be.

Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre

Mendes calls the Covid-19 pandemic “the biggest challenge to Britain’s cultural life since the outbreak of the second world war” and stresses that the arts are “a giant economic growth engine”, with theatre launching the careers of thousands who go on to work in the film and TV industries. Mendes started out as a theatre […]