Health & Social

Devon Farmer Sows Historically Important Fields, Reaps £31,500 Bill
Health & Social, Social

Devon Farmer Sows Historically Important Fields, Reaps £31,500 Bill

Braunton tenant-farmer Andrew Cooper has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for ploughing historically important fields linked to prehistoric and Second World War periods. Natural England 21 June 2021 When Cooper of Croyde Hoe Farm ploughed and planted fields on National Trust-owned land which experts regard as archaeologically significant, he was ordered to stop and remediate the fields by Natural England in September 2017. However, the farmer ignored the stop notice and continued to plough and lime most of a neighbouring field as well by March 2018. The fields in question, found on the Baggy Point headland jutting out on the North Devon coast, are linked to the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras where large numbers of flint artefacts have been found. They were also used as traini...
Delivering the Stable and Prosperous Nation the People of South Sudan Deserve
Health & Social, Politics, Social

Delivering the Stable and Prosperous Nation the People of South Sudan Deserve

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe, UK Acting Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on UNMISS Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Delivered on: 21 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Many thanks indeed, Mr President, and can I begin by joining others in thanking SRSG Fink Haysom for his briefing. Thank you for the honest analysis and reflections and also for setting out the very action-oriented plan for the mission going forward. It’s clear from what you said that there are some encouraging signs on the political level, but still really significant challenges at the security, governance and development and humanitarian level. And also our thanks also to Mr Rajab Mohandis for his briefing. As he was s...
A Political Coup in Myanmar is Fast Becoming an Economic and Humanitarian Crisis
Health & Social, Social

A Political Coup in Myanmar is Fast Becoming an Economic and Humanitarian Crisis

Speech Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the General Assembly on Myanmar Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE Delivered on: 18 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Thank you, Mr President. And I would also like to thank the Special Envoy for her briefing today. We support her ongoing efforts towards a peaceful return to democracy in Myanmar. The United Kingdom continues to condemn the military coup in Myanmar and to reiterate our call on the military to respect the human rights of the people of Myanmar as well as their democratic wishes. Mr President, I wish to make three points: First, the international community and UN continue to have an important ...
Statement in Response to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Report
Health & Social, Social

Statement in Response to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Report

Commenting on the report of the Inquiry to investigate the events of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack, Acting Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Michelle Russell made the following statement. Security Industry Authority 17 June 2021 Volume one of the report, which addresses the security arrangements at the Arena on the night of 22 May 2017, has been published today. Our thoughts today are with those who lost loved ones, suffered injuries, and had their lives shattered because of that terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena that night. Our priority in licensing individual security officers and working with suppliers of private security to improve standards, is always the protection of the public. The report findings provide learning and reflecti...
Building the Best Health System In the World
Health, Health & Social

Building the Best Health System In the World

Speech The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock spoke at the virtual NHS Confed Conference. Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 17 June 2021 Delivered on: 17 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) If I think about the last 18 months, one of the most striking moments for me was a nightshift I did at Basildon hospital in January. For me, nothing captures the extraordinary highs and lows of the past 18 months more than when I joined a night shift at Basildon Hospital. It was January – the height of the second wave. Our vaccine programme was still in its infancy. I started the evening by joining NHS colleagues as they got their jabs. It was right at the start of the vaccine programme And ...
Celebrating Refugees Across the UK
Europe, Health & Social, Social, World News

Celebrating Refugees Across the UK

Government recognises and celebrates the contributions of refugees who have resettled in the UK. Home Office, Chris Philp MP, and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP 14 June 2021 This week is Refugee Week – a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The government will be marking the occasion by sharing powerful stories of refugees who have come to the UK through government-backed legal routes to start a new life in the UK. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: This week casts a spotlight on all those who have enriched our communities since arriving in the UK looking to rebuild their lives. Thanks to the generosity and support of the British people, thousands of refugees from every part of the world are here makin...
Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease
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Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease

Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends. Department of Health and Social Care and Helen Whately MP 14 June 2021 Residents will be able to spend time away from their care home with family and friends Every resident can nominate an ‘Essential Care Giver’ to provide additional support during visits This is the latest cautious step taken to restore care home visits to as close to normality as possible Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends, including overnight stays as part of an easing of visiting restrictions announced today. Currently residents can only leave the care home for a visit if outdoors or for high-priority reasons, such as a dental or GP appointment, but will now be able to leave the hom...
Reintroduce Face Coverings
Education, Health, Health & Social

Reintroduce Face Coverings

08-06-2021 Government must ​reintroduce face coverings to minimise Covid disruption in schools, say education unions Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures. The unions that have signed are UNISON, GMB, UnFour education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.ite and NEU. The joint statement says: "Education unions are deeply concerned that second...
Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges
Education, Health & Social, Social

Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges

10-06-2021 Sexual harassment is still trivialised and normalised throughout society, and we urgently need to boost the focus around both preventing and responding to the sexual harassment. Commenting on the Inspectorate’s publication detailing how sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "Sexual harassment is still trivialised and normalised throughout society, and we urgently need to boost the focus around both preventing and responding to the sexual harassment which happens in every school and college. Listening actively to girls and women staff is crucial. "The Ofsted review finds a very similar picture to that revealed by the work of th...
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021
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The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

‘Caring Nation’ at the centre of Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP 11 June 2021 The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 demonstrates the extraordinary efforts made by individuals in all four nations of the United Kingdom during the pandemic. The List includes those who have worked throughout the crisis, putting others before themselves - from caring neighbours, frontline and community heroes, to those supporting the UK recovery. The Birthday Honours List 2021 is the most ethnically diverse list to date, with 15% of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background. In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of the country, almost 23% of recipients are recommended for COVID-19 service. These include recipi...