Author Archives: Alex Tiffin - @RespectIsVital

Over Half of Flammable Cladding Removal Hasn’t Even Started

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The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that work to remove flammable cladding identified in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire, hasn’t even begun on over half of the buildings identified by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). Furthermore, the government spending watchdog also found that private landlords are lagging behind in remedial works, in comparison

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CUMMINGS LOCKDOWN COTTAGE VISITED BY COUNCIL FOR COUNCIL TAX AVOIDANCE

Dominic Cummings outside his London Home

Durham County Council (DCC) have now confirmed that the cottage Dominic Cummings travelled to during lockdown was not registered for council tax despite it be a separate dwelling. The council also found that planning breaches during a site visit on June 1st but, due to the uncertainty of when they took place, no further action will be taken. Regarding council

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Durham Council open investigation into cummings lockdown cottage

Dominic Cummings Durham County Council

Durham County Council (DCC) have confirmed that they have opened an investigation into Dominic Cummings cottage at North Lodge following complaints that it does not have the correct planning permissions or council tax banding. The investigation came about after I broke the story surrounding the “spare cottage” Mr Cummings stated he stayed at during his trip north during lockdown. I

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Cummings “Spare Cottage” Without Planning Permission and Pays No Council Tax

Dominic Cummings Cottage

Dominic Cummimgs; a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, made it clear that he had stayed at a “spare cottage” at his father’s farm when he addressed allegations that he had broken lockdown restrictions in April. In an Exclusive, I can now reveal that the cottage in question is not registered for Council Tax, nor has planning permission be sought

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Dominic Cummings Owns “Spare Cottage” in Durham

Dominic Cummings told people that when he made his questionable trip to Durham, that he stayed at a “spare cottage” on his parents estate. However, as of today, Mr Cummings is still shown as the registered owner of the property along with his parents and another family member. Therefore, Cummings trip was more of a journey to his second home,

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Devolved Governments Snub Johnson’s Stay Alert Slogan

Nicola Sturgeon with Boris Johnson

Saturday evening saw the UK government unveil the new slogan that is meant to send a message to the public on how to act during the lockdown restrictions. However, far from being a clear concise message, the new slogan has been met with ridicule and confusing. The devolved government’s in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast have also distanced themselves from it

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The Exercise Cygnus Report the Government Didn’t Want You to See

Read in full the damning secret report into Exercise Cygnus which revealed the UK government knew it was not prepared for a pandemic. The Guardian obtained a copy via a brave whistleblower and made it available for for anyone who wishes to read it. It should be a national scandal that the government has fought to keep this report from the

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Nurses Don’t Need Clapping & Medals, They Need a Pay Rise

There has been an outpouring of gratitude for the work of NHS Staff and others helping on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s taken hold so much that every Thursday at 8pm people are dutifully going out of their front doors and “Clapping For Our Carers”. Whilst this is a nice gesture, it is being used by the government

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NHS Trust Begs for Soap on Social Media

This week Healthcare Professionals across the country have been warning the government that supplies of essential items such as masks are aprons are running low. Despite the Prime Minister’s assertion that NHS staff would get everything they needed, a NHS Trust has taken to Twitter begging for soap for their nurses. With us barely two weeks into the UK’s response

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Tesco Will Deliver to People in Self Isolation – Learn More

Tesco have this evening released information regarding grocery deliveries for people who are self isolating under the government’s Coronavirus – COVID-19 guidelines. Thankfully, Tesco have confirmed that they will continue deliveries to affected people, but with certain conditions. This will be a relief to the thousands of people who already rely on home deliveries due to disability. It will also

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DWP Advice for Benefit Claimants & People Affected by Coronavirus

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the support available for current benefit claimants affected by Coronavirus – COVID-19. They have also released the type of help available to self employed people and businesses affected by the outbreak. Please read the following statements carefully and if you are unsure about anything, contact your Work Coach or local jobcentre

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UK Soldier Killed in Rocket Attack in Iraq

A UK Soldier and two Americans have been killed following a rocket attack on their base in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed than investigation is ongoing and the Prime Minister has described the attack as “deplorable.” At least 12 people were injured in the attack on the Taji military camp, 30 miles north of Baghdad with the US

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Universal Credit Roll-out Delayed Two Years to 2026

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The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) have delivered a damning blow to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The independent body who scrutinise government spending have said the full roll-out of Universal Credit is now likely to take until 2026. This comes as the government has been forced to relax benefit restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Prime Minister and Chancellor Laugh at Plight of Zero Hours Care Staff

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak at Prime Minister's Questions. PMQs

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn raised the issue of Care Workers who are on zero hour contracts. As the the Labour leader pointed out that 25% of carers in England are on the unpredictable and much criticised contracts, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and new Chancellor Rishi Sunak seemed to find it highly amusing

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