Category: <span>General</span>

Teachers’ leader calls for crackdown on ‘bad bosses’ in private schools
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Teachers’ leader calls for crackdown on ‘bad bosses’ in private schools

The head of a teaching union has called for private schools to have their charitable status removed if they continue with “fire and rehire” policies. Speaking at the Nasuwt teaching union’s annual conference in Birmingham, general secretary Patrick Roach criticised “bad bosses who believe it’s OK to threaten teachers with the sack in order to drive down their...

After 2 years of Covid rules, are you sick of MPs interfering in YOUR life?
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After 2 years of Covid rules, are you sick of MPs interfering in YOUR life?

The coronavirus pandemic has seen the Government take unprecedented steps to keep the country afloat during numerous lockdowns. Now, Boris Johnson’s newly appointed Chief of Staff Steve Barclay has declared the Government should “restore a smaller state” and take “a step back from people’s lives”. Mr Barclay declared: “It’s time to return to a more...

‘Impossible’ for Covid inquiry to start on time as Boris Johnson delays preparations, experts warn
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‘Impossible’ for Covid inquiry to start on time as Boris Johnson delays preparations, experts warn

It is “impossible” for the public inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid pandemic to begin on time after Boris Johnson delayed preparations for it, experts are warning. The prime minister is accused of appearing to shunt the investigation – which he pledged would begin in “spring 2022” – to the bottom of his “to do list”, after dragging his...

Fewer Covid deaths reported in weekly update
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Fewer Covid deaths reported in weekly update

The number of people who died with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in Scotland fell in the week to Sunday, according to the latest figures. National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics show that in the week to December 19, 68 deaths were registered that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, down 17 on the previous week. As of Sunday,...

Covid-19 boosters for millions more as Omicron cases increase
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Covid-19 boosters for millions more as Omicron cases increase

Covid-19 booster jabs will be available to millions more people in England this week as cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise. The national booking system will open to everyone aged 30 to 39 from Monday so they can make appointments to get a booster three months on from their second Covid-19 jab. The move comes amid concerns...

Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says
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Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says

Face masks should be worn in communal areas in England’s schools and colleges as part of efforts to slow the spread of the omicron Covid variant, the government has said. Pupils in year 7 and above, plus staff and visitors, are being “strongly advised” to wear a face covering under the “temporary and precautionary” measure, which will take...

Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says
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Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says

The law should be changed to stop the “future prospects” of grooming gang victims being tarnished by crimes committed because of the abuse suffered, a watchdog has suggested. A probe into the police response to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham said many survivors “now have criminal records as a result of their actions when they were being exploited”. The Independent...

Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named
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Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named

Police have named the failed bomber who died in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital explosion. Detectives said they strongly believe the taxi passenger who was carrying the device was Emad al-Swealmeen. The 32-year-old is thought to have lived in a house in Sutcliffe Street where several other men have been arrested. He recently rented a different property, in...

Thousands of payphones could be protected under new rules
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Thousands of payphones could be protected under new rules

Phone companies could be forced to maintain thousands more phone boxes under new plans by Ofcom. The regulator has proposed stronger rules to safeguard the iconic red boxes and estimates a further 5,000 could be saved from being removed or decommissioned. If Ofcom’s new criteria are adopted, it would mean BT – and in Hull, KCOM, which operates the city’s own...

Salisbury train crash: Investigation team ‘almost certain’ of cause
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Salisbury train crash: Investigation team ‘almost certain’ of cause

One of the trains in the Salisbury crash was unable to stop at a red light because it was “almost certainly” affected by “low adhesion between the wheels and the track”, officials have said. Two trains from the Great Western and South Western railway services collided on Sunday evening leaving a train driver with “life-changing”...