Payment holidays are being offered for up to three months on credit cards and loans under guidelines published by the Financial Conduct Authority, the City watchdog. Mortgage repayment holidays can also be requested up until the end of October, with about 1.8m approved so far. … [Read more...] about UK banks granted 1.5m payment holidays on credit cards and loans
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Hashmi tells me she feels tentatively hopeful for the future. “I think coronavirus might change people for the better,” she says. “Some of my friends, who weren’t considering working in hospitals and stuff, now look at clap-for-carers and think, we want to do our part and give back.” She believes coronavirus will create a more compassionate, selfless generation of young people. “I think we’re more aware of others now,” Hashmi goes on. “At the start of this, I was just thinking about making myself safe. But seeing the death toll increase, I was thinking about everyone else.” Despite the fact that the lockdown restrictions have been eased, with socially distanced meet-ups for one individual from each household now permitted, Hashmi is in no rush to start socialising. “Most of my friends and I think that it would be safer and better to meet when the lockdown is way, way more relaxed and the death toll has decreased,” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m stuck in limbo’: will the Covid generation of young people face long-term fallout?
The boy composer who can't read music The autistic musician who 'makes music with his mind' Musician with cerebral palsy unlocks creativity with his eyes Commenting on the money raised, the youngster, who cannot stand or walk independently, said: "What a huge amount of money. … [Read more...] about Boy with cerebral palsy completes piano challenge
"Where consumers can afford to re-start mortgage payments, it is in their best interests to do so. But where they can’t, a range of further support will be available. People who are struggling and have not had a mortgage payment holiday, will also continue to be able to apply until 31 October." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus mortgage holidays to be extended until October for thousands of people
Despite their unorthodox approach to the curriculum and exam system, England's education secretary Michael Gove has spoken warmly about Steiner schools. In opposition, Gove visited the Meadow School in Bruton, Somerset, a private Steiner school, and declared that "whilst the education is based on alternative principles, [the children] also end up with an impressive record of literacy and numeracy". The free schools policy would enable schools like the Meadow to acquire state funding while preserving their educational beliefs, Gove indicated. … [Read more...] about A different class: the expansion of Steiner schools