Day: May 26, 2020

Plenty of reasons to keep clapping | Brief letters

May 26, 2020

I don’t agree that the “clap for carers” has become politicised (Let’s stop clapping for the NHS, says woman who started the ritual, 22 May). It might have become an empty gesture for some, a tedious ritual for others, but for this elderly person staying safe in lockdown, it is a special moment that lights […]

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Government to ‘look at’ fines given to families in lockdown after vicar puts Hancock on spot

May 26, 2020

Fines given to people who have broken lockdown rules to access childcare will be “looked at” by the government, the health secretary has said. At the government’s daily coronavirus press briefing, a vicar called Martin Poole from Brighton asked Matt Hancock: “Will the government review all penalty fines imposed on families travelling for childcare purposes […]

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Cyclists rule the roads by Westminster as people avoid public transport

May 26, 2020

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A video showing Westminster at lunchtime has revealed how many more cyclists are taking to the roads during the coronavirus lockdown. In the clip, filmed at 1.30pm on Monday, tens of people of all different ages can […]

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‘Big cat’ spotted stalking wealthy area of North London

May 26, 2020

A ‘big cat’ has been seen in North London, sparking a police search to try and track it down. The animal, which has not been caught, was seen in a garden around last night. Natalie Dangoor, 24, was having dinner in the garden with her mum around 8pm when they saw what they thought was […]

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Councils urged to keep up homeless support after fears help ‘fizzled out’

May 26, 2020

Councils have been urged to carry on helping rough sleepers into accommodation during the coronavirus outbreak after claims efforts and funding had “fizzled out”. The government’s homelessness adviser Dame Louise Casey told local authorities not to “discriminate” against people seeking shelter and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She called for work to help people off […]

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London faces surge in rough sleepers as coronavirus funding runs out in June

May 26, 2020

The mayor of London has warned that funding for the coronavirus emergency programme to house all rough sleepers in hotels will run out in mid-June, and without new government money there could be a surge in homeless people returning to the streets. About 1,400 of the capital’s homeless people are currently staying in hotels at […]

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