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  • The Yorkshire Jobcentre review – the truth about benefits August 10, 2020
    This clear-eyed series follows the work of jobcentre staff in Leeds, as they deal with the needs of 600 people a day – each with their own challengesIn her forthcoming book, More Than a Woman, the writer Caitlin Moran posits the Janet Theory. This is the working assumption that whenever you have unfortunate occasion to […]
    Lucy Mangan
  • Martin Rowson on the pied piper of Bullingdon – cartoon August 10, 2020
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    Martin Rowson
  • Scientists urge routine Covid testing when English schools reopen August 10, 2020
    Exclusive: experts say staff and pupils should be screened for virus, possibly by group testingScientists have called for routine Covid testing of teachers and pupils alongside a robust test-and-trace system, amid a debate over how to safely reopen schools in England.On Sunday, the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said teachers and pupils should have […]
    Nicola Davis
  • Did you solve it? Carry on camping August 10, 2020
    The solutions to today’s hard onesEarlier today I set you the following puzzle:Six friends – Babs, Charles, Hattie, Joan, Kenneth and Sid – are going camping in France. They are travelling across the Channel on a magic carpet that can take only two people at a time. So, in order for everyone to get across […]
    Alex Bellos
  • Sturgeon promises urgent review of 124,000 downgraded exam results August 10, 2020
    First minister apologises after predicted awards downgraded more heavily in poorer areasNicola Sturgeon has apologised to tens of thousands of Scottish teenagers whose exam results were downgraded last week and promised urgent changes to their awards.The first minister attempted to defuse a growing crisis for her government by confirming that her deputy, John Swinney, would […]
    Severin Carrell Scotland editor
  • Boris Johnson will face the ire of parents if English schools don't reopen safely August 10, 2020
    The PM has a lot riding on September’s plans, and will look to shift blame to Labour and unions if they go awryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson was careful to lavish praise on teachers as he visited two schools in east London on Monday before he heads off to Scotland for […]
    Heather Stewart Political editor
  • Dive for cover – Boris Johnson is invoking 'morality' in his Covid policies | Simon Jenkins August 10, 2020
    Yes, the schools should reopen next month – but where was the talk of morality at the height of the first wave?We should beware. The prime minister has recovered from Covid-19 only to be struck down by a new ailment: morality.Not reopening schools next month, says Boris Johnson, would be “socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and […]
    Simon Jenkins
  • Undergraduate students: what plans do you have for freshers' week? August 10, 2020
    If you are set to begin an undergraduate course in the UK this autumn, we would like to hear from youWith nightclubs closed and social distancing measures in place at hospitality venues – including pubs – across the UK, freshers’ week is likely to be a toned down affair for first-year university students in September.Many […]
    Amy Walker and Guardian community team
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