Health and Education

Furious campaigners have launched a petition to try and stop a US private health insurance company taking over 49 NHS GP surgeries in London. The government is being accused of “privatisation by stealth” of the NHS and is facing calls for an investigation after it emerged one of the UK’s biggest GP practice operators is merging with Centene Corporation. In a...

£700m ‘catch-up fund’ will benefit better-off pupils most

Pupils from better-off families are set to benefit most from the £700 million pound catch-up programme announced by the government. Education secretary Gavin Williamson laid out details of the fund at today’s (Tuesday) Downing Street briefing and stated that no...

Johnson declares ‘the end is in sight’ while Sage says at least 32,000 more...

Boris Johnson has laid out England’s exit from lockdown, declaring “the end is in sight” on the day the UK passed 129,498 deaths of people with Covid-19. The prime minister’s...

High Court rules Hancock acted unlawfully over multibillion-pound Covid contracts

Health secretary Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish details of multibillion-pound coronavirus contracts awarded by the government, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Chamberlain said Hancock...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake news’

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly...

Government ‘betrayal of millions’ in cladding scandal; BoE governor warns households of higher costs

The government has been accused of “a betrayal of millions’” over their £3.5 billion fund to fix the cladding scandal that has left leaseholders in debt and limbo since the Grenfell fire, more than...

Liars will get 10 years jail and £10,000 fines for quarantine rule breakers

Travellers who arrive in the UK and fail to follow new rules to contain the coronavirus will face £10,000 fines and 10 years in prison, the health secretary has told the Commons. Matt Hancock said...

PM to publish roadmap out of lockdown as R rate falls – but death...

The coronavirus rate of infection in the UK is back below 1, figures released today reveal, confirming the epidemic is finally shrinking, a month into England's third lockdown. Boris Johnson is set to publish the...

UK must ‘come down hard’ on SA Covid variant says Hancock, while Isle of...

Matt Hancock has said the UK must “come down hard” on the South African coronavirus variant after community cases were found in eight areas across England. “Surge testing” will be carried out in the eight...

Vaccine row explodes as EU triggers article 16 and is condemned in Belfast, Dublin...

The EU’s decision to trigger a Brexit clause to block the export of Covid vaccines to Northern Ireland has been roundly condemned in Belfast, Dublin and London. The governments of the UK and Ireland have...