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Local businesses urged to join NHS trace scheme

Pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, cinemas and other businesses across the borough are being urged to get the NHS QR code that will make it easy for their customers to check-in to the national test and trace scheme.

Negotiating with the EU

The only past UK Prime Minister to have conducted a successful UK negotiation with the EU was Margaret Thatcher. I wish the current PM every success in pursuing a Free Trade Deal and a full assertion of UK powers over borders, trade, money and laws.

The public sector and derivatives

I have highlighted before Network Rail’s use of derivatives. In their last annual accounts to end March 2020 they report progress with winding down foreign currency futures, as they gradually eliminate the foreign currency borrowings previous managements had taken out.

Growing more at home

One of the big wins from current changes should be more home grown food. There is a big opportunity for farmers as we leave the EU and as people respond to environmental and pandemic concerns.

Progress for New Free Special School in Winnersh

The new special free school would cater for children and young people of all ages and would provide 150 places for children with autism (ASD) and social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Reducing the need to travel long distances out of borough each day, allowing children to benefit from the wider school experience and a high quality education as well as reduce pressure on families who have to work their lives around a much longer school day

Another new business opening at Elms Field

A new Starbucks store will open at Elms Field, Wokingham tomorrow (Friday 18 September.) Operated by a regional Starbucks licensee Cobra Coffee Ltd – part of Southern Co-op, the store will create 12 new jobs for the local area. 

Some progress with treatments for CV 19

I reproduce below my recent question pressing for more results on use of drugs for CV 19

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most recent results are of trials of existing approved medicines as potential treatments for covid-19. (81471)

Saving lives and livelihoods – the policy dilemma

The government is accused of mixed messages and shifts of policy in response to the pandemic. It is in practice trying to achieve a precarious balance between bearing down on the virus and allowing the resumption of more normal economic life.