It is estimated this would allow an extra 1.1million children to take part at a cost of £200million. Mr Sunak is also understood to be ‘open’ to the idea of extending the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit, which is due to finish in April. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s £200m sweetener: Prime Minister is planning to pour a fortune into school holiday clubs in bid to defuse row over free school meals
Business governance plan
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Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT is calling on the government to step in immediately to give lifeline financial support for the important international infrastructure role fulfilled by Eurostar and the thousands of jobs supported both directly and indirectly by the service. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Eurostar ‘fighting for survival’ as it calls for government financial support