Tag Archives: UK news

‘Young people need help now’: Britons want more from 2021 budget

Wednesday’s budget extended measures brought into to help people struggling during the Covid crisis, and introduced the idea of a green savings bond to help rebuild the economy. We asked people what they thought about Rishi Sunak’s plans. Furloughed worker: ‘The amount offered for hospitality wouldn’t even touch the sides’ Cumbria has some of the […]

Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to Alex Salmond inquiry amid calls to resign – live updates

5.30am EST 05:30 Allan asks why the first minister and deputy first minister have different roles in the new procedure compared with the previous fairness at work policy? Sturgeon answers that the world had changed in the light of the MeToo movement and it was important to address perceptions. She says it was best for […]

Coronavirus live news: UK will face ‘enormous strains’, says chancellor; New Zealand PM says Auckland to go into lockdown for seven days

“I am certainly not going to argue with an eminent scientist but I think what I would say is a week on Monday we are at a moment, a national moment – 10 million children and young people are going to start the process of going back into their schools. “The government today is launching […]

Alex Salmond gives evidence at hearing into botched inquiry against him – live updates

While we wait for the session to resume at around 3pm, PA has this speedy take on part one: Alex Salmond has said there is a failure of leadership in Scotland as he attacked Nicola Sturgeon and claimed there has been a “calculated and deliberate suppression of key evidence” to a Scottish parliamentary committee. In […]

All people on learning disabilities register in England to be invited for Covid vaccine

People who are on a GP register for learning disabilities will now be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccination in England, following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Helen Whately, the care minister, said those registered would be invited for vaccination to ensure people at higher risk of the disease were […]

UK Covid live: Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end England’s lockdown

There are still many people in vulnerable groups who do not have protection; neither directly (because they have not been vaccinated or because their vaccination has not prevented them from becoming infected then ill) nor indirectly from wider population immunity (because many younger age groups have not yet been vaccinated or infected). The herd immunity […]

Wales is first UK nation to offer Covid jab to top four priority groups

Wales has become the first UK nation to have offered a Covid jab to everyone in the top four priority groups, the first minister, Mark Drakeford has announced. Last month, Drakeford was forced to defend Wales’s vaccination programme after criticism of delays from opposition parties and doctors. But at a press conference on Friday, he […]

UK Covid live: Hancock set to announce compulsory tests for travellers isolating after arrival in country

Good morning. Ministers have been under pressure to toughen up border controls, particularly in the light of concerns about the South African variant of coronavirus, and today Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is expected to make a statement to MPs saying passengers arriving in the UK will have to get tested while they are self-isolating. […]

Community vaccinator: ‘It can be very frustrating, but we feel like we‘re injecting hope‘

At the end of November, when the hospital I was working at was becoming overwhelmed with Covid patients, I started hearing talk about people being needed to join the vaccine effort. I usually work elsewhere in the NHS, but my work had been stopped temporarily. I now work as a vaccinator in the community going […]