Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

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Government to invest £355 million into Great Britain and Northern Ireland trade

The UK government will invest £355 million into launching a new system for moving goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland, as a requirement of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

UK appoints new permanent UN representative

The UK has appointed Dame Barbara Woodward, the British ambassador to China, as its permanent representative in the United Nations.

Inquiry launched into Channel crossings

MPs have launched in inquiry into incidents of people attempting to illegally enter the UK by crossing the English Channel in small boats, after it emerged that over 1,000 migrants came into the country in this manner over July.

Sunak talks down extending furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has dismissed the idea of extending the furlough scheme beyond October, warning that it cannot “carry on indefinitely”.

Preston among the latest areas to impose local lockdown restrictions

Preston Council has told residents of the city to abide by restrictions currently in place elsewhere in the north west and West Yorkshire following a rise in cases in the area, the Telegraph reports.

Covid-19 sees rise in families hitting benefit cap

Between February and May, the number of families hitting the benefit cap for individual households increased by 93 per cent as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

Bank of England hints at less severe downturn but longer recovery

The Bank of England has said that the economic downturn in the UK brought about by Covid-19 will not be as severe as previously thought but estimates that the recovery will take longer than forecast.

Ministers weighing-up loss cap on gambling websites, the Telegraph reports

Ministers are considering plans to introduce a £100 loss limit on gambling websites to reduce risk to lower-income players, following a report by the Social Market Foundation.

Jenrick talks up planning system changes

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said that the draft changes to England’s planning system will "be faster" and "build better quality homes".

Ross named new Scottish Conservatives leader

Moray MP Douglas Ross has been confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives, having been the only candidate to put his name forward by the deadline of noon on Wednesday.

New system for assessing health targets to be introduced

A new system is to be established to enable the Commons Health Committee to assess whether health targets are being met in England.

Quarantine should have been in place earlier, committee says

The Home Affairs Committee has said that the government could have curbed the spread of Covid-19 in the UK if it had introduced its quarantine on arrivals into the country at an earlier stage.

FosterTalk conducts survey into impact of government amendments on fostering and adoption regulations

FosterTalk is a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality independent advice and support to foster carers and their families throughout the UK. Part of the Martin James group of companies, FosterTalk is currently supporting 20,000 fostering families through its comprehensive membership package. It also delivers Fosterline England on behalf of the Department for Education, offering advice, support and information to foster carers and prospective foster carers via an interactive website and free to use helpline.

Minister insists schools will reopen in autumn despite warnings

Minister for regional growth and local government, Simon Clarke, has said that schools will “reopen in full” in the autumn, despite a recent study warning that it could bring about a more severe second wave of Covid-19 cases.

China Research Group calls for TikTok security probe

The China Research Group of Conservative MPs has urged the government to task security services with a review into influential app TikTok before its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, makes a decision over whether to base its headquarters in the UK.