"And on top of that you have got a very large garment industry which should have locked down which my sources are telling me have worked for internet retailers who have been very busy during the lockdown and they have carried on working as well." … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says we must ‘no longer be prisoners’ of coronavirus but there will be more local lockdowns
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The percentage of children in relative poverty has RISEN from 27% to 30% The percentage of children in absolute poverty has FALLEN by 27% to 26% The percentage of individuals in relative poverty has RISEN from 21% to 22% The percentage of individuals in absolute poverty has FALLEN from 21% to 20% The percentage of working-age adults in relative poverty has STAYED THE SAME at 21% The percentage of working-age adults in relative poverty has FALLEN from 21% to 19% … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s PMQs claims about child poverty – fact-checked
Johnson said he would look at how the scheme works: “You’ve raised a very, very important point if a condition of their leave to remain is that they should have no recourse to public funds. I will find out how many there are in that position, and we will see what we can do to help.” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s liaison committee appearance: what did we learn?
Energy efficiency There was no mention of the £9.2bn promised in the Conservative manifesto for refurbishing Britain’s draughty homes, the leakiest housing stock in Europe. Yet economists, engineers and green campaigners all agree that upgrading buildings to make them energy efficient is one of the quickest ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reducing energy bills for the fuel-poor and creating new jobs. There are still hopes Sunak could announce a home improvement scheme next week. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s ‘new deal’ speech: what is missing?
Return to the workplace if you cannot work from home The most significant immediate change is Johnson formally urging people who cannot work at home - for example in construction - to return to their jobs from Monday. Johnson said such people “should be actively encouraged to go to work”, while trying to avoid public transport and maintaining physical distancing. While the PM says every workplace should be “Covid-secure”, the plan for more people returning to work will bring fresh warnings from unions about the predicament of staff who feel they are not being kept safe. Unions were sent outline guidance by the government a week ago, and reacted angrily, saying it lacked teeth and could let “bad bosses” force the vulnerable to return to work against their will. It will also be a matter for debate what jobs can and cannot be done from home. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown: what are the new rules announced by Boris Johnson?