The group consists of four SNP MSPs – one of whom, Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani, acts as convener – as well as two from the Scottish Conservatives, one from each of Scottish Labour and the Lib Dems, and independent MSP Andy Wightman, formerly of the Greens.
“If we can grow the British economy over the coming years, then just as we did after the Second World War, we can make the debt fade in significance, because, although it stays the same in absolute terms, it becomes a much smaller percentage of our national economy.”
Explaining the return of all pupils to England’s schools on 8 March, the government said in its roadmap document: “By February half-term, studies suggest the total loss in face-to-face learning could amount to around half a school year, with two-thirds of a normal year lost if the return to face-to-face education in schools is delayed to after Easter.”
In the published document he asserts: “I leave to others the question of what is, or is not, a conspiracy but am very clear in my position that the evidence supports a deliberate, prolonged, malicious and concerted effort amongst a range of individuals within the Scottish government and the SNP to damage my reputation, even to the extent of having me imprisoned.
In Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said he hopes the “stay-at-home” requirement could end within three weeks, with some non-essential shops and hairdressers possibly reopening at the same time. Children aged three to seven are starting a phased return to Welsh schools on Monday, along with some college students.
She added: “This government’s contracting has been plagued by a lack of transparency, cronyism and waste and they must take urgent steps to address this now – by winding down emergency procurement, urgently releasing details of the VIP fast lane, and publishing all outstanding contracts by the end of the month.”
Plans by the British Govt and Electoral Office to wipe the electoral register are very concerning
This could lead to tens of thousands of voters losing their vote
I have requested an urgent meeting with the British SoS
People should be encouraged to vote, not disenfranchised
The cross-party group of MPs – backed by the British Medical Association and members of the House of Lords – wants the government to follow the example of countries including Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark, which formally recognise Covid as an “occupational disease”.
The call for action came from the Big Issue Ride Out Recession Alliance, Crisis, Citizens Advice, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Money Advice Trust, the Mortgage Works, the National Residential Landlords Association, Nationwide building society, Propertymark, StepChange Debt Charity and Shelter.
Cllr Neil Nerva, public health lead at Brent Council, in north-west London, told BBC News: “We’ve got 17,000 people who are shielding. The news today means that over the next two weeks we’re going to be shielding another 12,000 people who are over 70 and another 12,000 who are under 70.”