Tuesday, April 16

Day: April 16, 2020

Mayor agrees extra £10.5 million fund to tackle Covid-19
Featured, London

Mayor agrees extra £10.5 million fund to tackle Covid-19

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has established a new £10.5 million fund using money received from a central government fund of £1.6 billion announced on 19 March that will support local authorities with some of the cost of supporting residents, businesses and local organisations tackling the impact of coronavirus. Councils are able to make their own decisions about how the funding is distributed locally. A new service investment fund (SIF) is the latest in the council's response to coronavirus and will focus on supporting vulnerable residents and those badly affected by a sudden loss in income. Providing extra money to support vulnerable people who may also have limited social and family networks will make up much of the funding, with further funding for others including rough sl...
Plans to reopen schools outlined
Featured, United Kingdom

Plans to reopen schools outlined

    Ministers are today set to approve a three-week extension to the UK's coronavirus lockdown amid warnings that the country will have to practise social distancing until a vaccine is found. Professor Neil Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: We will have to maintain some form of social distancing, a significant level of social distancing, probably indefinitely until we have a vaccine available. It came as Captain Tom Moore, the army veteran who set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS by doing laps of his garden 100 times ahead of his 100th birthday, completed his challenge, receiving more than £13million in donations. Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a total of 27 NHS workers have died since the start of the outbreak, including Mary Agyeiwaa Agy...