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The Week in Review Tuesday 1st September

As Storm Francis lashed the UK last week, another storm was brewing as the government took a late U-turn regarding the use of face coverings in schools in England. From the beginning of September, secondary pupils and adults in local lockdown areas of England and in areas facing extra government restrictions, will be required to […]

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The Week in Review Monday 24th August

Last week, as the COVID-19 global death toll passed 800,000, Health Secretary Matt Hancock launched a new body tasked with a “single and relentless mission” of protecting people from external health threats including pandemics and infectious diseases.

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The Week in Review Monday 10th August

Last week, the Bank of England released the minutes of the latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which concluded on 4 August, during which members unanimously voted to maintain the base rate at a historic low of 0.1%. The MPC feel the current rate and monetary policy remain suitable, adding, ‘The Committee will continue to […]

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The Week in Review Monday 3rd August

At a Downing Street briefing on Friday, the Prime Minister Announced that further easing of lockdown restrictions in England was to be postponed for at least two weeks. This was one of several policy changes announced during the week.

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The Week in Review Monday 27th July

Last week, the Prime Minister and his cabinet met in person for the first time since lockdown commenced in March. Opening the meeting, the PM said there will be “difficult months ahead for our people and our country but no-one will be without hope.”

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The Week in Review Monday 20th July

As millions of people around the globe went back into lockdown last week, in England confirmation was received that face coverings will be mandatory for shoppers in supermarkets and shops from Friday 24 July. The move aligns England and Scotland and other major European nations including Italy, Germany and Spain.

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The Week in Review Monday 13th July

Last Wednesday, the Chancellor delivered an Economic Update onthe government’s plan to rebuild the economy. Rishi Sunak outlined hisPlan for Jobs, the second phase of the government’s economic response tothe coronavirus pandemic.

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The Week in Review Monday 6th July

Last week, as the coronavirus global death toll passed half a million, England was preparing for the next significant step in lockdown easing measures. Businesses including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, reopened on what was dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – 4 July. In a press conference on Friday afternoon, the Prime Minister cautioned, “We are not out […]

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The Week in Review Monday 29th June

In a significant step toward the ‘new normal’, the Prime Minister announced the next raft of lockdown easing measures in England, commencing from 4 July, including the re-opening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. The two metre social distancing rule will be modified, moving to a one metre plus rule, from the same date.

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The Week in Review Monday 22nd June

“There is genuine cause to celebrate a great, British achievement” At Tuesday’s Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister announced a significant development in the fight against coronavirus. A low-dose, cheap and widely available steroid treatment, dexamethasone, has been found to reduce the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and by one-fifth […]

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The Week in Review Monday 15th June

“We must do everything in our power to avoid a second peak of infection“ Speaking at the Downing Street briefing last Wednesday, having confirmed the government’s five tests have been successfully satisfied, the Prime Minister announced plans to further ease lockdown restrictions in England. During the briefing he reiterated, “We must do everything in our […]

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The Week in Review Monday 8th June

“Together we rise to fulfil the greatest shared endeavour of our lifetimes” Last week, the UK’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 40,000, a sombre milestone, and only the second country in the world , after the US, to register the grim statistic. Boris Johnson used the UK-hosted Global Vaccine Summit last week to urge world leaders […]

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The Week in Review Monday 1st June

“We can now take careful but deliberate steps to reopen our economy” On Friday, the Chancellor took to the Downing Street podium and confirmed that the Job Retention Scheme will conclude at the end of October. Rishi Sunak set out further details of how employers will have to start sharing the cost from August.

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The Week in Review Tuesday 26th May

“We must renew our efforts” With another sunny bank holiday weekend approaching, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, took the opportunity at the Thursday briefing to remind the public, “We must renew our efforts…Over the course of this pandemic, people all across the UK have been making difficult but vital sacrifices for the greater good. So, let’s […]

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The Week in Review Monday 18th May

“This is a supremely difficult balance to strike” Further details of the government’s next steps in the fight against coronavirus were laid out in a statement in Parliment on Monday, accompanied by a 50-page three step plan. The Prime Minister continued to emphasise the conditional nature of the plan, “This is a supremely difficult balance […]

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The Week in Review Monday 11th May

“It is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous” Over the bank holiday weekend, the ‘stay at home’ message remained firmly in place, as a range of celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day were held. A nation in lockdown paused in a moment of unity and rememberance on Friday, as […]

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The Week in Review Monday 4th May

“We are throwing everything at it, heart and soul, night and day” Last week was a busy one for the Prime Minister. On Monday, he was back at the helm and kicked off by addressing the nation from Downing Street. He thanked the people of the country “for the sheer grit and guts you have […]

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The Week in Review Monday 27th April

“We must retain our resolve” As confirmed hospital deaths from COVID-19 passed the 20,000 mark over the weekend, the UK became the fifth country to reach the tragic milestone.

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The Week in Review – Monday 20th April

“There is light at the end of the tunnel” On Thursday, as anticipated, Foreigh Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed that lockdown measures would be extended for at least a further three weeks, outlining five specific points which the government would need to be satisfied of before considering it safe to adjust the measures.

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The Week in review – Tuesday 14th April

“We are making progress in this national battle” As the lockdown continued over the sunny Easter weekend, the government urged people to have a ‘stay-at-home Easter’. In the UK on Easter Sunday, a sombre milestone was reached, as recorded deaths in hospitals passed the 10,000 mark.

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The Week in Review – Monday 6th April

As COVID-19 continues its grim march across the globe, the statistics make sober reading. Last week, confirmed virus cases exceeded one million worldwide as the pandemic took hold in the United States and the global death toll continued to rise, sadly including a number of frontline workers.

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The Week in Review – Monday 30th March

The week everything changed – we saw a different face on the Downing Street podium on Friday afternoon, as Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove took centre stage, while the Prime Minister self-isolated after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Summer Newsletter 2019

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