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  • 26 August

    Storm Francis: Dozens evacuated and hundreds without power

    Image caption Emergency services attended flooded roads in Abergwyngregyn on Tuesday Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes overnight and hundreds of homes are still without power after Wales was hit by Storm Francis. The country saw winds of up to 75mph (120km/h) and severe flooding. A yellow Met …

  • 26 August

    Coronavirus: Face coverings U-turn for England’s secondary schools

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some schools in England may require pupils to wear masks in certain situations Secondary pupils will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England, after the government reversed its guidance. Head teachers in any secondary school will also have …

  • 26 August

    Coronavirus: School face coverings U-turn and Aberdeen lockdown ends

    Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST. 1. U-turn over face coverings in England’s schools The government has changed its advice for face coverings in schools, saying secondary pupils will have to wear …

  • 26 August

    Spreadsheet error led to Edinburgh hospital opening delay

    A mistake in a spreadsheet set in motion a series of events that delayed the opening of a £150m hospital, a new report has revealed. Last-minute issues with ventilation prevented the opening of Edinburgh’s new children’s hospital last July. An NHS Lothian-commissioned review found a “human error” in a 2012 …

  • 26 August

    Victims’ commissioner urges rethink on Troubles investigations plan

    Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Ms Thompson urged the Executive Office to fill her vacancy after it was decided not to re-appoint her The victims’ commissioner has urged the government to rethink its latest plan for dealing with Troubles murder cases, labelling it “completely wrong”. Judith Thompson was speaking as …

  • 26 August

    The Papers: PM ‘forced to backtrack’ on masks and ‘Harry’s shame’

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  • 26 August

    Coronavirus and schools: Ditch truancy fines, say doctors

    Image copyright Thinkstock As the first pupils in England return to school, psychiatrists say truancy fines should be dropped amid a Covid-related spike in mental health issues. More than 250 psychiatrists have written to the education secretary saying a forced return to school will hit pupils with anxiety hard. Pupils …

  • 26 August

    Primary pupils’ learning gap widens for first time since 2007

    Image copyright Getty Images The learning gap between rich and poor primary age pupils in England has widened for the first time since 2007, analysis of government data suggests. And figures for both primary and secondary education show progress in helping poorer pupils catch up has stalled overall. The figures, …

  • 26 August

    Eat Out to Help Out: The highs and lows of the coronavirus discount scheme

    Image copyright Danielle Hughes “When are we going to get this opportunity again?” says Danielle Hughes, from Livingston in West Lothian. She estimates that she’s saved £150 on eating out this month – money that’s been stumped up by the taxpayer. She is one of millions of people who have …

  • 26 August

    Lockdown may have lasting effects on friendships

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online connections cannot fulfil all of our social needs “Friendships can deteriorate very quickly if you don’t invest in them – it probably only takes about three months,” says evolutionary psychologist Prof Robin Dunbar. So the social strain of lockdown, while hopefully short-term, could …