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Bristolpost 2021 Why lockdown law in England will be extended until October

Bristolpost 2021 Why lockdown law in England will be extended until October

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Mon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000

Asked about the extension, Helen Whately told BBC Breakfast: “The road map is on track and indeed we want to lift those restrictions by June 21

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“We have said 

“We have said we will take steps cautiously and we will be driven by the data rather than those dates.”

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The Government is to ask MPs to extend coronavirus restrictions for a further six months so that furlough can continue to apply even after all measures have possibly been scrapped, a health minister has said.

Asked about the extension, Helen Whately told BBC Breakfast: “The road map is on track and indeed we want to lift those restrictions by June 21.

“We have said we will take steps cautiously and we will be driven by the data rather than those dates.

“There are also a number of things which will need to continue and will be continued for a longer period of time.

“So, for instance, the furlough scheme, which the Chancellor extended through to October, and this Act is needed in order to have the furlough scheme.

“Also the sick pay, which means you can get sick pay from day one and, for instance, if you’re isolating from Covid, so there are things we need to have in place beyond the dates in the road map.”

Ms Whately, when asked whether she agreed with an assessment that social distancing and mask wearing could continue for years, pointed to the work of a taskforce that is due to report to the Prime Minister as part of his road map plan for releasing the lockdown.

Public Health England’s head of immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay said on Sunday that “lower-level” restrictions could be in place for a “few years” until the rest of the world is better vaccinated against Covid-19.

Asked about the comments, health minister Ms Whately told BBC Breakfast: “There is a specific piece of work going on to look at what social distancing measures we are going to be needing and I don’t think I should pre-empt the outcome of that work.”

Ms Whately said it was “premature” to consider booking a holiday abroad with coronavirus rates on the rise in other countries.

The health minister told BBC Breakfast: “I know everybody feels like it is time for a holiday, we all need that.

“It just so happens that when I was on holiday last August, I in fact booked my next holiday, which is a UK holiday, for later on in the summer.

“But my advice would be to anybody right now just to hold off on booking international travel.

“The Prime Minister launched a taskforce looking specifically at international travel that will be reporting back shortly and it just feels premature to be booking international holidays at the moment.”

Asked whether the road map target of foreign travel possibly starting up on May 17 was likely to be pushed back, Ms Whately added: “I don’t think it is helpful for me to say one way or the other.

“What I would counsel is caution at the moment for people to hold off on booking because, as anybody can see, we are in a situation where there are rising rates in many countries in Europe and we know that also something that comes with rising rates is increased rates of variants, which is why it is so important that we are going to be able to test more rapidly for variants of concerns, as I have outlined.”

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The Post Office settled the civil claim brought by more than 550 claimants for £57

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75 million, without admitting liability, in December 2019

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Mr Justice Fraser, who 

A civil claim brought by more than 550 claimants was settled for nearly £58m

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Dozens of former Post Office workers who say they were wrongly convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting because of a defective IT system are battling to clear their names at the Court of Appeal.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the cases of 42 former subpostmasters to the Court of Appeal last year, following a landmark civil case against the Post Office.

A High Court judge found the Fujitsu-developed Horizon accounting system contained “bugs, errors and defects” and that there was a “material risk” shortfalls in branch accounts were caused by the system.

The Post Office settled the civil claim brought by more than 550 claimants for £57.75 million, without admitting liability, in December 2019.

Mr Justice Fraser, who formally approved the settlement, also referred the case to the director of public prosecutions over “very grave concerns regarding veracity of evidence given by Fujitsu employees to other courts in previous proceedings”.

As a result of the High Court’s findings, the CCRC considers there is “a real possibility” that the 42 subpostmasters’ convictions are unsafe, and their appeals began at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday.

Opening the appellants’ case on Monday, Tim Moloney QC said: “The appellants before this court were prosecuted by Post Office Limited between 2000 and 2013.”

He told the court that the Post Office has conceded that 39 of the 42 appellants’ appeals should be allowed, on the basis that “they did not or could not have a fair trial”.

Mr Moloney added that the Post Office has accepted that “the absence of disclosure prevented the proceedings from being fair”.

He said many of those 39 appellants had “pleaded guilty in the face of the difficulties that they faced in defending themselves, being deprived of any meaningful way of defending themselves”.

Mr Moloney told the court: “All had the shame and humiliation of arrest and prosecution.

“All experienced the enormous psychological toll associated with that process.”

He added that many “received a custodial sentence – many immediately went to prison”.

Mr Moloney continued: “Some saw their marriages break up, others suffered bankruptcy and some are dead, having gone to their graves with their previous convictions still extant.”

He said “similar damage” was caused to a number of other subpostmasters, who he said were “blameless individuals”, whose cases are not before the court this week.

Mr Moloney said this “extensive damage” was “caused by unfair recovery of alleged debt and unfair trials stemming from the defective software and an abject failure on the part of the respondents to effectively assess, let alone effectively address, the defects in that software”.

He also said that there were “concerns” about the Horizon system “from the very outset”.

Mr Moloney argued that “the very highest levels of management and governance in the Post Office were on notice of the real potential for Horizon to malfunction and misfire”.

But, he added, the Post Office “chose to disbelieve the subpostmasters … it chose to ignore the distress that was being suffered by those subpostmasters”.

The Post Office is opposing 35 of those 39 cases on a second ground of appeal, which is that the reliability of Horizon data was “essential to (their) prosecution and conviction” and their convictions were therefore “an affront to the public conscience”.

Four of the 42 appeals are not being opposed on either ground, while three are fully opposed by the Post Office, which has previously said it will not seek retrials of any of the appellants if their convictions are overturned.

The hearing before Lord Justice Holroyde, Mr Justice Picken and Mrs Justice Farbey is expected to conclude on Thursday or Friday, and it is expected that they will give their ruling at a later date.

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