Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

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Atruchecks in partnership with Eurofins Scientific to provide Covid-19 PCR Test service

UK firm Atruchecks has entered a new partnership with international laboratory group Eurofins Scientific to help provide an accredited Covid-19 PCR test express service, capable of delivering results within 24 hours.

Baroness Harding appointed interim head of Public Health England’s replacement body

England’s NHS Test and Trace chief, Baroness Dido Harding, has been appointed interim head of the new Health Protection Institute which will be replacing Public Health England.

Downing Street optimistic of UK-EU trade deal in September

The prime minister’s official spokesman has said that the UK believes a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU can be agreed before the end of September.

England makes exams u-turn

All A-Level and GCSE results in England will be based on teachers’ predicted grades following criticism of the controversial standardisation algorithm.

Greater Manchester mayor to pursue legal action over exam grading system

As pressure mounts on the government to resolve the exam grades crisis, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has made public his intent to write to exam watchdog Ofqual and pursue legal action over the algorithm system which has calculated this year’s A-Level results.

MPs fear rise in homelessness when eviction ban lapses

Several MPs are concerned that England could be hit by a “new wave of homelessness” when the ban on evictions ends later in August.

Public Health England to be scrapped

Health secretary Matt Hancock will announce this week that Public Health England is to be replaced by a new body, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

Royal Society calls for higher sick pay and flexible furlough to reduce health and economic risks

In a new report, the Royal Society has recommended that statutory sick pay is increased, and the furlough scheme is extended on a flexible basis.

Frost: UK-EU trade deal could be in place by September

Chief UK negotiator David Frost has this week said that a free-trade deal with the EU could be agreed as early as September, the Telegraph reports.

3.5 million EU citizens secure right to remain in UK

Two million EU citizens residing in the UK have been given settled status under the government’s settled status scheme, allowing them to remain in the country permanently after the post-Brexit transition period lapses in December.

Labour leader calls for A-Level results to be based on teacher’s predicted grades

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that the UK government must allow teachers’ predicted grades to take precedence following an “exams fiasco” in England which has seen 280,000 pupils have their final grades marked down.

PM promises “sensitive” NI centenary during trip

During a visit to Northern Ireland this week, prime minister Boris Johnson said that next year’s centenary celebration of the country should be held in a “sensitive” manner “to the point of view of all communities”.

UK updates quarantine list

The UK government has imposed quarantine measures on arrivals from a host of countries, with people entering the country from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Aruba all required to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Saturday.

Government to resume easing of lockdown restrictions in England from Saturday

From Saturday, further lockdown restrictions will be eased in England to allow small wedding receptions and live indoor performances to resume with socially distanced audiences.

Conservative spring conference to be held in Wales

The Conservative Party has announced that it will hold its UK spring conference in March with Newport as the chosen venue, ahead of Wales’ Senedd election in May.