Health and Education

Anti-lockdown protestors have gathered at Trafalgar Square as the prime minister toils in Downing Street to devise a response to alarming rises in Covid-19. Police have clashed with anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, 5G conspiracists, pro-cannabis activists and anti-lockdown protestors in London who have congregated in their thousands for today’s “Resist and Act For Freedom” rally in the capital. “We are the resistance!” organiser...

NHS contact tracing app due as Covid-19 rules prove more divisive...

Coronavirus rules and restrictions are proving even more divisive than Brexit in Britain, according to a poll of 10,000 people carried out across the UK. Demos has found that animosity between people who stick to the coronavirus rules and those...

Male suicide rates in England and Wales highest in twenty years

Although efforts to destigmatise mental health issues have born fruit in recent years, the latest ONS statistics show that the male suicide rates in England and Wales have reached...

Education gap UK set to widen between poor and rich pupils

Up until recently, the education gap UK had been narrowing. But a report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) now suggests that this trend has stopped even before taking...

Parliamentary authority accused of ‘censorship’ over non-Covid patients’ petition

A patients’ charity has accused parliamentary authorities of censorship following the rejection of a petition highlighting the reduced level of NHS care for non-Covid patients during the pandemic. Action against...

School closed after Covid outbreak; Scottish schools to heed WHO advice on masks, but...

A Scottish school in Dundee has closed following an outbreak of coronavirus that has so far led to 27 positive cases. In separate developments the Scottish government has confirmed pupils may have to wear face...

Hancock scrapping PHE is ‘desperate attempt at blame-shifting’ for govt’s coronavirus failings

Matt Hancock’s plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) is a "desperate attempt at blame shifting" for the government's coronavirus failings, critics have said. The government has been accused of trying to “scapegoat” the organisation...

Students launch A level legal battle against Ofqual

Students have launched a legal challenge against the exam regulator Ofqual with the watchdog itself being accused of “blindsiding” the government on the exam results-appeals process. Ofqual withdrew its guidance on how schools can appeal...

France on quarantine list is ‘devastating blow’ to travel industry ‘already reeling’

British holidaymakers are facing a frantic rush to try and return from France before the deadline imposed by the government comes into effect requiring 14 days quarantine. Boris Johnson’s late decision to take France off...

A’ level results ‘disaster’ while NHS records longest waiting lists in history

A level pupils have this year become the first in British history to have their results determined by algorithm rather than results achieved in examinations taken. Meanwhile, the number of people on waiting lists for...