Coronavirus

Additional funding for North Yorkshire bus services

The Department for Transport has announced that bus operators across England will benefit from up to £130 million of further support. Grant funding for commercial routes struggling to recover after the Government-imposed lockdowns had been expected to end in October. But last week the government announced further funding to cover six months from October this year to March 2023, which will be provided directly to bus operators rather than councils. Shortly before the announcement, the leader of the council, Cllr Carl Les, and executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, wrote to transport secretary Grant Shapps to stress Harrogate Informer…


New learning centre to create opportunities for thousands of young people

The University of York is launching a new education centre for school age children in East Hull, in partnership with the University of Hull and the UK’s largest university-access charity, IntoUniversity. The learning centre, which opens for pupils aged 7-18 this autumn, aims to make the prospect of studying at university much more likely for thousands of young people in the city. Based in The Freedom Centre in East Hull, the learning centre will work closely with local schools to improve educational outcomes for young people in the area, which has the fifth largest percentage of postcodes in England where Harrogate Informer…


Government launch consultation to cap legal costs in clinical negligence claims, but Harrogate Solicitor says it will result in limiting access to justice

The government is launching a consultation to reduce, what they say are, disproportionate legal fees for lower value clinical negligence claims. The Government proposes new cap to ensure legal costs for lower value clinical negligence cases are proportionate and fair Patients will be prioritised with a new streamlined process to secure faster resolutions Government says the proposals could save the NHS half a billion pounds over the next ten years A Harrogate solicitor has said that they see many claims against hospitals that are dragged out by the hospital, and that costs wouldn’t be what they become what they do Harrogate Informer…


ONS data shows around 80% COVID-19 deaths have underlying conditions – 17,371 deaths attributed solely due to the virus

The main points: There are 17,371 deaths attributed solely to COVID-19 up to September 2021. There have been 152,872 deaths within 28-days of a positive test The average age of death due to COVID-19 is higher than the overall average age of death. From 13 March 2021 to 7 January 2022 there were 127,704 excess deaths recorded above 5-year average in England and Wales ONS data see Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) As of 19 January 2022, 152,872 have died within 28-days of a positive test – Government data see Deaths in the UK | Harrogate Informer…