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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.

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.

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.

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