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August, 2020

  • 5 August

    Schools ‘must come before pubs and restaurants in future’

    Image copyright Alamy Image caption Some eight million children in England were sent home from school in March Schools should only close after pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops in any future lockdown, the children’s commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield says children have a right to an education, must …

  • 4 August

    Redundancy advice calls triple as furlough scheme winds down

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Citizens Advice had the highest daily number of visitors to its website topped four times in one week Thousands of firms and employees are seeking redundancy advice as the coronavirus crisis continues to bite into the UK economy. Conciliation service Acas said calls to …

  • 4 August

    John Hume: SDLP tribute as body returns to Derry

    Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption The coffin of John Hume is brought into St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry John Hume’s body has been brought to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry, ahead of his funeral on Wednesday. SDLP members formed a guard of honour, holding candles in tribute to their former …

  • 4 August

    Coronavirus: GCSE students allowed to drop topics in 2021 exams

    Image copyright PA Media Image caption Students will be able to choose one topic to drop in subjects such as English literature GCSE students in England will be able to drop subject areas in history and English literature exams next year. It follows concern that schools may not be able …

  • 4 August

    Queen in anniversary tribute to British Red Cross

    Image copyright PA Media Image caption The charity’s work is “recognised, valued and greatly appreciated”, said the Queen The Queen has led the royal family’s tributes to the “dedicated work” of the British Red Cross on its 150th anniversary. Volunteers and staff are “valued and greatly appreciated”, she said. And …

  • 4 August

    Lockdown: Tackling Cardiff Bay anti-social behaviour

    Image copyright Matthew Horwood Image caption Police have additional powers to disperse people congregating in Cardiff Bay Crowd management measures could combat anti-social behaviour at Cardiff Bay after police officers were injured, an MP suggested. Two people in their 20s were arrested after incidents on the weekend. Since the easing …

  • 4 August

    Coronavirus: Drive-through test motorist given parking fine

    Image copyright PA Image caption Geoff Pugh said he was only at the car park for 23 minutes A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a £90 parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park. Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed the penalty after taking his …

  • 4 August

    Edinburgh Festival late licence for pubs cancelled

    Image copyright Iain Ponton Image caption Iain Ponton, owner of Oz Bar in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, said it would have “really helped” if he could have stayed open later during August The two-hour extended opening hours given to pubs during the Edinburgh Festival have been cancelled this summer by licensing officials. …

  • 4 August

    How grades were worked out in Scotland’s no-exams year

    Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s class of 2020 are getting their results, but for the first time in history they will not be based on exams. The coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of schools and an abrupt end to the 2019/2020 academic year. Pupils in Scotland will be the …

  • 4 August

    Scotland’s results day: School pupils get their grades after exam-free year

    Image copyright PA Media Scotland’s school pupils are receiving their results after the Covid-19 pandemic forced exams to be cancelled for the first time in history. About 138,000 students are finding out their grades in Nationals, Highers and Advanced Higher courses. This year’s results will be based on estimates from …