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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.

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.

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.

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.

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