At Some Councils, Nine Out Of Ten Staff Still Work From Home

It has emerged that more than 90 per cent of council staff are working from home in some places. According to freedom of information requests, council buildings are between a quarter and a half as full as offices in the private sector, yet local authorities are still using taxpayers’ money to service empty office space.Continue reading “At Some Councils, Nine Out Of Ten Staff Still Work From Home”

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Britain Is Crippled By Staff Shortages

COVID related staff shortages continued to have a significant impact on British life just hours before much of the nation returns to work, with bin collections suspended, rail services cancelled and one in ten NHS staff off sick. And as some workers prepare to go back into the office after the Christmas and New YearContinue reading “Britain Is Crippled By Staff Shortages”

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In England, Two-Thirds Of Councils Are Considering Tax Increases For 2022

Two-thirds of councils in England are considering tax hikes next year, in another blow to family finances. Millions of people across the country are now having to brace themselves for a double whammy of skyrocketing bills and an upsurge in National Insurance Payments. According to some estimations, this is on top of rising inflation, whichContinue reading “In England, Two-Thirds Of Councils Are Considering Tax Increases For 2022”

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Before Christmas Shopping, Take The COVID Test

The Government has announced new guidance to take a lateral flow test before travelling to congested areas to avert a fourth wave this winter. It’s the first time Britons have been asked to take a test before going to high-risk settings, which could include busy stores and town centres. Before people in England were askedContinue reading “Before Christmas Shopping, Take The COVID Test”

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The Home Office Orders Councils To Care For Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Councils will be forced to take migrant children into their care systems as Kent gets overwhelmed following a record 4,000 making the perilous crossing this month. Unaccompanied migrant children were previously moved around the UK based on a voluntary scheme to lessen the impact of migrants crossing the English Channel on Kent County Council. ButContinue reading “The Home Office Orders Councils To Care For Unaccompanied Migrant Children”

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Knock Off Christmas

Police have seized an extraordinary haul of knock-off designer goods, unsafe toys and hot products in pre-Christmas raids. More than 17,500 items were impounded by police and public bodies from shops on Oxford Street, London, in a single day. The multi-agency Operation Jade saw four souvenir and sweet shops raided on Thursday night in theContinue reading “Knock Off Christmas”

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Up Grit Creek, We Go!

Britain’s roads could be more dangerous than usual this winter because of a possible shortage of gritter drivers. Local authorities across the country are thought to be in dire need of people capable of driving the huge salt spreading lorries to keep highways clear in poor weather. Whereas before councils could use contracted staff fromContinue reading “Up Grit Creek, We Go!”

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Bible Downpours Cause Rush Hour Chaos

Biblical downpours have pounded parts of Britain overnight leaving passengers facing travel chaos and submerged roads this morning as the Met Office warns some areas could see up to three inches of rainfall today. Forecasters say that St Jame’s Park in London has recorded 26mm or just more than an inch of rain in theContinue reading “Bible Downpours Cause Rush Hour Chaos”

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Councils Are Recruiting Troops Of New Coronavirus Marshals

Armies of new COVID marshals are being utilised across the nation for jobs that could continue for another two years despite lockdown restrictions being set to end in eight weeks. Councils in England are in the process of hiring a new body of marshals who are expected to take to the streets from July thisContinue reading “Councils Are Recruiting Troops Of New Coronavirus Marshals”

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