Thursday, May 21, 2020

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

Starting this week, the Government has opened up coronavirus testing to all adults and children over five in the UK who have coronavirus symptoms with Redbridge residents urged to get tested.

Seven weeks after the small business grant was set up some Redbridge businesses fear they will go under while waiting for their relief with no guidance as to when or if they will receive it.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

Woodford Bridge residents are celebrating after Redbridge Council was forced to back track and act to protect the Village Rest, a local landmark and site of a First World War memorial.

Recycling and green garden waste collections are due to start again in Redbridge.

A number of businesses in Redbridge are still waiting to receive cash from the small business grant they applied for more than a month ago.

Former engineering apprentice Elliot Dervish went back to his old college to design a gadget to keep his mum safe while she’s on duty in an NHS hospital during the coronavirus emergency.

A Redbridge Councillor has been charged with electoral fraud and is due to appear in court this month.

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Almost 2,000 Redbridge businesses have not received cash as part of a scheme to help them stay afloat, with no information as to when they will.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting addressed the tragic murder of a baby and toddler in Newbury Park on Sunday at Prime Minister’s Questions today calling for the government to do more to prevent domestic abuse.

Redbridge Council estimates it will lose close to £50million due to the coronavirus.

Redbridge Council’s cabinet will meet tonight to discuss the dire impact of coronavirus on the council’s finances.

Gladys Xavier, director of public health, integrated strategy and commissioning at Redbridge Council, shares some advice on dealing with the continued lockdown.

At least six deaths linked to coronavirus in Redbridge may not be captured in official estimates, new figures suggest.

A group of MPs and council leaders has written to the health secretary demanding a Covid-19 test centre.

Redbridge Council is urging parents to continue to vaccinate their children during the coronavirus pandemic while surgeries have put in place safety measures to reduce the risk of infection.

Redbridge Labour councillors have hit out at the lack of coronavirus testing as the government is far below the goal of conducting 100,000 daily tests by the end of April.

New figures reveal 12 Redbridge Council employees have received pay packages in excess of £100,000.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ilford MP Wes Streeting has been asked by new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to take on a key economic portfolio as part of a new-look Labour team.

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the NHS, saying there is “no question” it saved his life after he contracted coronavirus.

The Home Secretary has kicked off a public awareness campaign to ensure those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse know of the help on offer.

Boris Johnson is on the mend and “sitting up in bed” the chancellor has confirmed.

Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” in a London hospital as he battles coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

A group of 93 MPs have called upon Royal Mail to offer greater protection for postal workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Boris Johnson is in a “stable” condition after spending the night in intensive care as he battles coronavirus.

The government has extended a voucher scheme to give children free school meals over Easter.

Despite the coronavirus lockdown the Wanstead farmers market went ahead yesterday and was only shut down an hour before closing.

A Redbridge Council-led initiative to help protect those most vulnerable to coronavirus has aided hundreds in the first two weeks since its launch.

Redbridge Council is thought to have stopped funding placements at a complaints-battered special school that costs more than Eton.

Redbridge Council has started installing fences around playgrounds as people were ignoring the rules to stay away from them to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Environment Agency is investigating a water course that runs near a special needs school in Redbridge amid fears that it could be contaminated.

Redbridge households will no longer have recycling separately collected as the coronavirus crisis continues to limit services.

More money has been announced for public health in Redbridge, as councils work to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Redbridge churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship are now closed to the public.

Redbridge Council acknowledged that as part of its commitment to tackle on-street prostitution in Ilford it has pushed it into “pop-up” brothels. But the authority has pledged to tackle the issue from all angles.

A person in Redbridge is one of 321 people in the UK who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The leader of Redbridge Council insisted the local authority is getting “a bloody big bang for our buck” as the borough’s budget for the next financial year – including a 3.99pc increase in council tax – was approved last night.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed how much Redbridge Council has spent on reaching settlement agreements with ex-employees in the last four years.

Tens of thousands of EU citizens in Redbridge have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit, according to the Home Office.

A journalist who spent 10 years living in temporary accommodation with her mum and three sisters in Ilford has produced a BBC radio programme raising questions about how permitted development rights let office blocks be turned into sub-standard flats for homeless people.

The leader of Redbridge Council has asked the government to explain why promised funding for security measures at places of worship in Redbridge and across the country has been delayed.

The Mayor of London has announced he will be investing an extra £55.5million to tackle the underlying causes of violent crime, but critics have called for a more “holistic” approach to the issue.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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