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    Downing Street Briefing  – Monday 12th July 2021 Summary Boris Johnson outlined the end to England’s social-distancing rules on 19 July, at the Downing Street press conference; The PM warned there will be more hospitalisations and deaths – saying the pandemic is not over; Mask use will be “advised” on public transport and in crowded and enclosed spaces[…]

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    The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay. According to a recent BBC survey, 43 of 50 big UK employers will not bring staff back to the office full time. Instead, employees will[…]

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    The government recently published its response to the previous report prepared by the Women and Equalities Committee, ‘Unequal Impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact.’ The report concluded that government policies during the pandemic had consistently overlooked women’s caring responsibilities and the inequality experienced by them. The report identifies that:   “The initial closure of nurseries[…]

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    The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in domestic violence victims being unable to access support in the usual way. According to Women’s Aid 67.4% of victims who are currently experiencing abuse said that they abuse had got worse during the pandemic. Women’s Aid define domestic abuse as “an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive,[…]

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