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Lockdown and the tier system is a “blunt instrument” of last resort when the pandemic could have been managed with a better run test and trace system, argued Sir David King.
The former chief scientific advisor and chair of Independent Sage told Sky News on Monday (21 December) that tier 4 in London and the South East was put in place too late, and that the country now needed to go into lockdown.
He said experts knew three weeks ago a new strain of the virus had emerged and added it was “almost certainly” present throughout the country. But Westminster had a track record of doing “far too little, far too late”. Click here to read more.
UNISON wants to hear from members that provide cleaning services – wherever you work and whether you are employed by an NHS trust, a local council, a school or a private contractor. Click here to read more.
The London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge continue to have some of the highest coronavirus rates in London.
Government figures show much of east London is a hotspot for Covid-19 – the infection rates are so high in Havering, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, and Barking & Dagenham, it could push the capital into tougher tier 3 restrictions later this week. Click here to read more.
Waltham Forest Council has been accused of “misleading” hundreds of residents for years over the safety of their homes.
At a full council meeting on December 3, Nick Tiratsoo claimed 217 residents in Northwood Tower and four other blocks were misled about how fire resistant their front doors were.
He alleged the council repeatedly insisted new doors installed after the Grenfell Tower disaster were “FD60”, meaning they could withstand fire for an hour, but that it later emerged this was not true. Click here to read more.
This survey covers the last two years (from September 2018 to December 2020). Please answer the first half of the survey about your health and safety work in general over the whole period. The second half of the survey will ask specifically about the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to read more and access the survey
Trade union campaigners are calling on the Government to open a second Jobcentre in Waltham Forest as the borough faces a “jobs armageddon”.
In October, the council’s cabinet heard nearly one in 10 working-age residents in the borough is now out of work due to the impact of Covid. Click here to read more.
Mon, December 14, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GM
To mark the sixth anniversary of the release of the Miami Five (17 December 2014), we are honoured to welcome Gerardo Hernández for a live discussion with Richard Burgon MP. Click here to read more and register for the online event.
Visit bartshealth.nhs.uk/future-whipps for information about the proposals and to complete the online survey.
Demand the government:
1. Scrap the minimum earnings threshold for statutory sick pay
2. Increase the weekly level of sick pay to at least £330 per week
3. Give employers the resources to afford sick pay for their workers
Click here to read more and sign the petition.