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Havering Council has furloughed 260 members of staff during the pandemic “who are unable to work due to Covid-19-related issues”.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering — have called upon chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the self-employment income support scheme which is due to end this weekend.

Investigation into Woodford mosque row puts pressure on Romford nursery boss Jas Athwal

Opinion is divided among Havering’s MPs and residents as to whether Dominic Cummings was right to travel to Durham with his family during the coronavirus lockdown.

A retired Hornchurch PE teacher, whose son helped save 50 people’s lives, speaks of how the opt-out system “will change everything”.

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

Havering councillors have revealed their concerns with a council protocol that could prevent committee members from voting on planning applications.

More than a fifth of children in working households in Dagenham and Rainham live in poverty, a study shows.

In a world without the coronavirus outbreak, Shaun Bailey could be Mayor of London right now.

As the prime minister announced the first steps to ease the lockdown on Sunday night, followed by questions from the public and journalists in a broadcast last night, Havering has reacted with a mix of satisfaction and confusion about the next steps.

As government-issued food parcels from the shielding programme are wrongly-allocated, Havering volunteers have stepped in to share out the unwanted boxes as well as make more for those in need who have missed out.

Opposition councillors in Havering have called for the return of some council meetings amidst accusations of a “cancellation of local democracy” during the coronavirus outbreak.

Out of 516 total deaths in Havering between March 1 and April 17, 166 (32 per cent) were coronavirus-related.

Follow our live blog for the latest news, announcements and medical advice from across east London, to be brought to you throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Council leader Damian White explains how the authority’s Emergency Assistance Scheme can provide cash and food vouchers

A group of MPs and council leaders has written to the health secretary demanding a Covid-19 test centre.

Council leader Damian White explains how the authority is doing what it can to help support businesses in the borough and urges residents to help support a new crowdfunding campaign to protect our local business people.

Council leader Damian White explains how it is distributing food parcels to the most vulnerable and has launched a business support helpline.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus crisis has changed the way most of us work, and for MPs like Andrew Rosindell it is no different.

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the NHS, saying there is “no question” it saved his life after he contracted coronavirus.

The Home Secretary has kicked off a public awareness campaign to ensure those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse know of the help on offer.

Thousands of schoolchildren are at risk of going hungry over the Easter school holidays during the pandemic because they aren’t eligible for the government’s food voucher scheme, it has emerged.

Boris Johnson is on the mend and “sitting up in bed” the chancellor has confirmed.

Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” in a London hospital as he battles coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

Havering MPs have passed on their best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care.

Boris Johnson is in a “stable” condition after spending the night in intensive care as he battles coronavirus.

Havering Council has refused to say whether it will continue to fund placements at a complaints-battered special school that costs more than Eton.

Two organisations providing frontline services to the homeless in Havering have said they will continue for as long as they can amid the coronavirus outbreak.

During his visit to Romford, London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart stopped to talk to the Recorder about how he would tackle crime, housing and the spread of the coronavirus should he win the May election.

Havering Council has drawn up its plans for the future political map of the borough – including the creation of four new wards and two new councillor positions.

Havering’s councillors are to vote next week on proposals to increase their basic allowances for the first time in 12 years – a move that would, if approved, see the borough’s wage bill for elected members rise to almost £1million.

A popular Hornchurch pub could be set for a huge transformation if new plans for its outdoor area are approved by Havering Council.

The Mayor of London has announced he will be investing an extra £55.5million to tackle the underlying causes of violent crime, but critics have called for a more “holistic” approach to the issue.

An empty Collier Row shop that has frequently been home to squatters hopes to follow the example set by three neighbouring shopfronts and open as a takeaway restaurant, according to new plans submitted to Havering Council.

The number of children across Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham being referred to an emergency social services team for high profile crimes such as murder, criminal exploitation or child sexual exploitation rose sharply last year according to a new report.

A row has erupted between council leaders after one “dissed” Barking and Dagenham on the radio.

The number of fines handed out to parents taking their children out of schools in Havering and Redbridge during term-time has risen in the past five years.

The use of stop and search powers by police in Havering more than doubled in 2019. Here’s what a year’s worth of results looks like.

Havering Council has today held a second behind-closed-doors meeting with managers of an Upminster golf club after a man died following “an altercation” with four members of staff there.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge are sharing £15,000 from the government to tackle criminal landlords.

Just over 10 per cent of shoplifting crimes are being solved in Havering as police say they are having to drop “low-level” crime reports.

A GP practice led by a Havering NHS commissioning boss has been placed in special measures after a damning Care Quality Commission report.

Havering residents have from today (Tuesday, December 17) until March 2 2020 to have their say on potential changes to the borough’s political map.

Havering’s politicians have been reacting to last night’s general election results.


Schools across the country have been preparing for some of their pupils to return to the classroom. Here is how one group of schools has been getting ready to make sure pupils can be taught safely and get on with lessons.

Sparing just a couple of hours a week to help at your local hospice is incredibly rewarding; you’re supporting a cause that helps people facing the end of their lives. But there’s more to volunteering than meets the eye.

The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

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