From Monday 28th September, people in England were required by law to self-isolate if they tested positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Roads Minister, Baroness Vere (Con) also announced £32 million of government funding to overhaul local transport links in Norwich. Local transport hubs in the Portsmouth region will also receive almost £56 million to revitalise local bus routes. The Government announced a project to up-skill, retrain and enable progression in work for those over 50 which will support workplace retention and support SMEs to improve business productivity. Dr Neil Hudson MP (Con) raised the ongoing issue of rural and wildlife crime in the House of Commons and welcomed the increase in police funding to support local communities.
On Tuesday 29th September, the Prime Minister announced plans to transform the training and skills system, allowing adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification to be offered a free, fully-funded college course.
On Wednesday 30th September, the Government published its consultation response to the proposed changes to publishing house building statistics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP (Con) also delivered a speech to update the public on COVID-19 measures, he noted that there is a rising proportion of tests that are yielding a positive result, and that the rise in cases is not just a result of increased testing. The Government’s Green Homes Grant launched to help homeowners upgrade their homes and save up to £600 a year on their energy bills. Tenants also benefit from the new measures, with a consultation launched on upgrading private rental properties by 2028 as well as new scheme for social housing. Natural England’s new People and Nature Survey has revealed that during April-June 2020, almost nine in 10 adults in England reported that protection of the environment is important to them personally.
On Thursday 1st October, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP (Con) announced extra resources to support delivery of remote education, including 100,000 additional devices and increased peer to peer support for teachers.
On Friday 2nd October, the Prime Minister announced that 40 hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion.
On Saturday 3rd October, residents in Liverpool, Halton, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough were instructed not to meet anyone outside their household or bubble in any indoor setting.
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