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Image caption In Wembley, north London, Elsley Primary School has resorted to food parcels and vouchers bought from its own budget The Department for Education says it does not know how many vouchers for free school meals have been delivered to parents over the past month. A scheme to give poor pupils in England vouchers […]

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Image caption Robert Rodrigues with his fiancĂ©e after proposing in New Zealand last year Private healthcare facilities – largely the preserve of the affluent prior to the coronavirus pandemic – have been made available to NHS patients in recent weeks. It has meant some cancer or cardiac patients considered at high risk if they contracted […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some Londoners have been wearing face masks when travelling for several weeks Wearing face masks while travelling in London should be compulsory, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Despite UK public health experts not currently recommending the use of face-coverings, Mr Khan is lobbying for guidelines to […]

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The UK’s media watchdog has launched a formal investigation into a TV network’s broadcast of an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke about coronavirus. Ofcom acted after London Live screened the programme on Wednesday evening. The regulator received more than 40 complaints following the broadcast. It follows YouTube’s introduction of stricter misinformation rules after a […]

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Image copyright Reuters A member of Metropolitan Police staff has died after contracting coronavirus, the force has confirmed. In a statement, it said a member of staff in its contact centre, who had pre-existing health conditions, died after testing positive for COVID-19. Scotland Yard said it would not be releasing a name in line with […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the world, affecting 175 countries and claiming more than 23,000 lives.There are more than 510,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Southern Europe is now at the epicentre of the crisis and the US is also facing a surge in cases.This series of maps and charts will help [...] Read more

Tahnoon Nimer (left) and Matt Southall pictured together at Charlton’s match against Barnsley in February Charlton Athletic chairman Matt Southall has insisted he will not step away despite majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer “deciding on a new board” at the Championship club. Southall has been locked in a row with the Syrian businessman over finances at […]

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Image copyright PA Media The England and Wales polling watchdog has recommended delaying May’s local elections until the autumn to “mitigate” the impact of coronavirus. The Electoral Commission said there were “growing risks to the delivery of the polls”, with the number of infections in the outbreak rising. Mayoral and local elections are due to […]

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The fall in police numbers is “likely” to be a “contributory factor” in the rise in murder and manslaughter cases since 2014, an official study suggests. Police numbers in England and Wales fell by 21,000 from 2010-18 – and community support officers by 6,000. And the rate of murders and manslaughters soared by 39% in […]

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Image copyright AFP Image caption A specialist centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London, is treating one of the new patients Two more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15. They have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Liverpool and London, the Department […]

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