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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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