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NHS staff demand decision on 1% pay rise this week and descend on Downing Street

NHS staff furious about the Government’s “pitiful” offer of a 1% pay hike will take their protest to Downing Street this week.

Boris Johnson will be told “claps don’t pay the bills” as a petition signed by 800,000 people calling for him to ditch the “pathetic” 1% – a real terms cut – and instead back a 15% rise will be handed to No10 on Tuesday.

Fears are growing that ministers will fail to back any rise before MPs disappear for their summer break next week, despite the rise being due some 100 days ago.

The Government raised hopes it could back a larger rise following a fierce backlash to its original plan, with ministers saying they would wait for the independent NHS pay review body (PRB) to make a recommendation.

But the body sent its report to ministers some three weeks ago and unions say exhausted NHS staff are “being treated as an afterthought”.

Matthew Tovey, the nurse working in Wales who organised the petition, said for healthcare staff, working during the pandemic “felt like running into a burning building – every single day”.

He added: “Our lives were turned upside down. We left our homes, our family, our children in order to work, to save lives.

“And instead of a pay rise, we get a pay restraint. It’s a kick in the teeth when we’re already down.”

He added: “We now live in a country where nurses are barely scraping by.

“Over a third skip meals to feed their families and over half work overtime to pay the bills. Pay cuts, freezes and caps have led to a 20% wage loss.

“The Government has a choice to restore this pay – and a meagre 1% is pathetic, pitiful and poor.”

NHS staff stage a protest outside St Thomas' Hospital in London
NHS staff stage a protest outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said on Sunday that a “reasonable” rise would be between 3% and 4%.

He told Times Radio: “That’s what I think where the Scottish Government were, at the higher end of that bracket. But interestingly nurses in Scotland weren’t particularly happy with that. So I do think there is an important issue here.

“The key point is our staff have been working incredibly hard and it feels to me it is right and proper that we should recognise the contribution that those staff have made.

“It was delightful for the NHS to receive the George Cross but actually we also need to ensure that hard working frontline NHS staff are also paid and remunerated at an appropriate rate and the effort they’ve put in over the last year is properly recognised.”

Healthcare union Unison, meanwhile, has called for a £2,000 increase for every NHS worker.

Head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s in Boris Johnson’s gift to grant staff a fair deal. Yet he’s still making them wait.

“It’s 320 days since UNISON wrote to Boris Johnson asking for a £2,000 increase for every NHS worker. But health workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland still don’t know what they’ll get nearly eleven months on.

“Staff who’ve done so much during the pandemic are being treated as an afterthought while MPs head off on their holidays. And infections are rising which means pressure is piling back on the whole health team once again.

“The least the government can do is confirm now that staff will get a decent pay rise.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson has said: “We are incredibly grateful to all our NHS staff. This year the Government has committed to providing NHS staff with a pay uplift, at a time when uplifts in the wider public sector have been paused. In doing so, the Government is acknowledging the extraordinary effort of NHS staff through the pandemic.

“We have received the reports from the independent Pay Review Bodies and are now carefully considering their recommendations before responding.”

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Royal Family LIVE: Queen to meet Lili? Harry and Meghan poised to make huge baby decision

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her daughter, named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11oz. She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, who tragically died in a car crash in 1997.

Due to Harry and Meghan relocating to California after stepping down from the Firm, the Queen has yet to meet her great-grandchild in person.

However, this could soon change as a source claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keen to have Lili christened at the same place as Archie.

The source told the Daily Mail: “Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother.”

According to the source, the couple are happy to “until circumstances allow”.

Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St George’s Chapel in Windsor back in 2019.

If the couple do return to the UK, it would mark Meghan’s first trip back to Britain since March 2020.

Announcing the birth of their daughter, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

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“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well and settling in at home.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”


8.15am update: Prince Harry’s move to mark Lilibet Diana’s birth raises questions among US audience

Prince Harry has been challenged on taking five months of paternity leave following the birth of Lilibet Diana.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Express.co.uk: “It’s sort of funny that their foundation has this sort of thing when it’s not the norm in the US because we have no national policy on paternity leave.

“The federal government has for federal workers an X number of weeks of paid leave.”

She added: “There is more of it but there’s no national policy. It’s interesting, five months? Most American mothers are like, ‘excuse me’.

“For the majority of American moms you have to save your sick leave, your vacation pay and cobble it together unless you have a good employer.”

8am update: Prince Harry’s exit not the only path for Louis and Charlotte to copy, says expert

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte as royal “spares” will not follow in the footsteps of their uncle Prince Harry as there are plenty of other role models for them to emulate to lead successful lives, a royal commentator said.

English Lecturer and Victorian History Expert Dr Sarika Bose told Express.co.uk that Prince Harry’s departure from the Royal Family was the exception rather than the rule for royal “spares”.

Dr Bose explained Prince Louis and Charlotte are extremely unlikely to follow in the footsteps of Harry as she says much of the frustration that led to Harry’s departure was down to the feeling of not being in power or appreciated.

Dr Bose said from what she can see, Louis and Charlotte are very much involved and brought up in equal ways meaning it is unlikely to see any animosity which could lead to another royal departure, adding the young royals also have many other royal role models who have led successful lives.

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Novak Djokovic makes Golden Slam decision following spate of Tokyo Olympics withdrawals

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, despite the recent string of high-profile withdrawals. The Games have been hit by a spate of players deciding not to compete in Japan over the past few days, but the world number one will continue his quest for the Golden Slam in the next few weeks.

Djokovic has been completely dominant in 2021, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles to move onto 20 Grand Slam titles.

The 34-year-old is now level with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and has the chance to complete an unprecedented Golden Slam by winning all the Majors and an Olympic gold medal in a single calendar year.

Such an achievement has never been done in men’s tennis, but Steffi Graf – an icon in the women’s game – did complete it in 1988.

Federer is among many players to withdraw from competing at the Olympics, but Djokovic says is still going to Tokyo despite concerns about a spike in coronavirus cases.

“I am very proud to pack for Tokyo and join our national team in the fight for the brightest medals in the Olympic arenas,” he wrote on Twitter.

“For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and motivation and I will do my best to make us all happy! Let’s go.”

Djokovic’s confirmed involvement in the Games comes as a timely boost to the organisers, who have been hit by a succession of withdrawals recently.

While Federer’s announcement was due to a knee injury picked up at Wimbledon, many others have been prevented from travelling because of COVID-19.

British number ones Dan Evans and Johanna Konta are both not competing following positive tests.

Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov and Stan Wawrinka are not competing in the men’s singles.

Meanwhile, 2016 silver medalist Angelique Kerber, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are among the big names in the women’s game not playing in Japan.

Kerber said her “body needs a rest”, while Azarenka cited the “challenges from the pandemic” as her reason for withdrawing.

The Tokyo Olympics will take place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed to attend due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Japan.

The Olympics, which will be staged amid a state of emergency in Tokyo, will run from Friday, 23 July to Sunday, 8 August, with 339 events in 33 sports set to take place.

The tennis event runs from Saturday, 24 July to Sunday, 1 August on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park.

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‘We have no rights!’: British expat fury over decision not to recognise Spanish vaccines

“It’s grossly unfair that expats are being made to quarantine we are all desperate to see our families,” one said.

Another wrote: “Disgusting, my husband didn’t see his family for a year and a half. Really selfish.”

“How do the children deal with this?” one asked. “It’s not fair to them…and they’re the ones that have sacrificed the most.”

On Thursday last week Grant Shapps announced: “From Jul 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to self isolate when they return to England.”

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Princess Anne made bold decision to skip major milestone due to her love of travel

Princess Anne is a world-traveller, jetting off all over the world to make public appearances on behalf of the Royal Family. However, it was in her teenage years that the Princess made the bold decision to prioritise travel.

Her older brother, Prince Charles had already decided to pursue his education by studying at Trinity College, Cambridge.

This was a very esteemed move for the future king, however, it was not one his younger sister hoped to epilate.

In the 2020 ITV documentary “Anne: The Princess Royal at 70,” she revealed that in her opinion travelling the world alongside her mother would be far more educational than packing up and heading to university.

Anne said: “So many of my contemporaries, when asked why they were going to university, would say, ‘Well basically because that’s what you do.’

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While Prince Charles achieved a 2:2 grade from Cambridge, and Anne’s younger brother Edward further earned a 2:2 from Cambridge, Prince Andrew did not go to university either.

Instead, he joined the Armed Forces.

Though the Princess may have been a young girl when she made this decision, it is clearly a perspective she still holds today.

Alongside her brother Prince Charles, the Princess Royal is one of the busiest members of the Royal Family when it comes to appearances and engagements.

These tags typically show whom the suitcase belongs to, as well as where it is going.

According to reports, Princess Anne is said to travel with a green baggage tag that displays her name.

The Prince of Wales, meanwhile, has a red one.

Queen Elizabeth’s luggage is tagged with a yellow label that simply reads: “The Queen”.

Prince William, like his father, has been assigned red in the past, meanwhile, his son Prince George has been given a blue tag.

Author: Aimee Robinson
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Mourinho and Wenger join criticism of England’s Euro 2020 decision – ‘Never a penalty!’

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have joined the chorus of criticism about the decision that saw England beat Denmark in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, but Mourinho said it was “never a penalty”.

Harry Kane saw his resulting penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, only to tuck home the rebound to give England a 2-1 lead that ultimately proved enough to send them into the Euro 2020 final.

The result was just-reward for an excellent performance by Gareth Southgate’s side. But Mourinho says the decision itself was very soft.

“England were fantastic but, for me, it was never a penalty,” the former Spurs manager told TalkSport.

“At this level, the semi-final of the Euros, I don’t understand the referee’s decision and even less why the Var did not bring the referee to the screen.

“I’m very happy that England won. As a football man, I am disappointed that a penalty was given.”

READ MORE: England escape heartbreak as Kane’s penalty ‘shouldn’t have stood’

And Mourinho’s old Premier League rival Arsene Wenger is in total agreement that the officials made the wrong decision.

“In a moment like that I don’t understand why they don’t ask the referee to have a look at that and to have a clear view,” he said.

“It’s important that the referee must be absolutely convinced it was a penalty and I don’t understand why the Var did not ask him to look at it.”

The video assistant referee did look at the decision, but deemed it not a serious enough error for the on-pitch referee to reassess the penalty call.

Peter Schmeichel, the father of the beaten Denmark goalkeeper Kasper, also revealed that he has been inundated with angry comments about the decision from fellow Danes.

“Everyone says that it is not a penalty,” Schmeichel said. “This will be debated for a very long time.

“It’s a hard one to take. It’s not a penalty. I would have been much more relaxed and accepting if they scored one of the many chances they created.

“Unfortunately the referee made a big mistake. Anyway, we are very proud of the Danish team – we leave the tournament with honour.”

England will face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening, with kick-off at 8pm at Wembley Stadium.

Kane is just one goal off the top-scoring charts for the tournament, having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

Italy beat Spain on penalties to reach Sunday’s showpiece final, with Roberto Mancini’s side heralded by many as the most impressive side at the tournament so far.

The visit to the final is England’s first at a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

Author: Tom Bennett
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Annie Mac opens up on why she quit BBC Radio 1 role after 17 years: ‘Very easy decision’

Annie Macmanus, 42, will be stepping down from BBC Radio 1 at the end of this month after spending 17 years at the station. The decision, she revealed, was both a personal and a professional one, as the DJ wanted to be able to spend more time with her husband and fellow DJ Toddla T, real name Tom Bell, and their two children.

On July 30, the Dublin-born star will present her final Radio 1 show.

Since 2015, she’s hosted Future Sounds each evening from Monday to Thursday and Dance Party on Friday nights. 

Annie is turning 43 this month and she’s felt for some time that her work schedule was impinging on her domestic life.

“Having a show every evening is just not sustainable,” she said. 

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“I wanted to be around in the evenings as my youngest kid starts school in September – but really, lots of things have come together to make this decision feel very easy,” she added to this week’s Radio Times.

The radio presenter admitted it was in no way a spontaneous decision, as it had been on her “mind for a while”.

She continued: “There’s something very nice about the feeling of steering your own ship.

“I want to leave feeling good, with nothing but goodwill on both sides.”

She continued: “When I turned 40, I looked outside my life for the first time and started thinking how I wanted to challenge myself and learn something new.

“I took up podcasting and tried writing, and realised that those things could become conceivable career choices that I could do on my own time and terms.” 

Now approaching 43, Annie’s Changes podcast is about to launch its sixth season and her debut novel, Mother Mother, has been released.

The radio star enrolled on a writing course and somehow squeezed her new passion in amongst a hectic lifestyle of her nightly radio show, DJ gigs, and raising her two children.

Author: Holly Fleet
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PIP: What to do if you disagree with a decision about your payment – take action now

PIP, or Personal Independence Payment, as it is commonly known, can help millions of people living with a disability or health condition. In many cases, extra costs can arise for those living with health challenges and PIP is designed to assist. The amount a person will receive is dependent on how their condition impacts them, rather than the condition itself.

This all depends on circumstances, and a person’s original decision letter will state if this applies to them.

A person will need to ask for the mandatory reconsideration process to take place within one month of the date of the decision.

To action the process, Britons will need to reach out to the benefits office which gave them the decision.

This can be done by phone, by letter or by filling in and returning a form.

This, though, must be for a “good reason”, for example, ill health, hospitalisation or a bereavement, and the reason must be explained clearly. 

When applying for a mandatory reconsideration, there will also be certain information it is important to provide.

This includes:

  • The date of the original benefit decision
  • A name and address
  • A date of birth
  • A National Insurance number

PIP hopeful claimants will need to explain what part of the decision they believe is wrong, and why. 

They can also send evidence such as new medical documents, bank statements, or reports from healthcare professionals. 

Author: Rebekah Evans
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Wimbledon make schedule decision on Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios for England clash

Federer’s third-round clash against Norrie will follow the conclusion of Gauff’s match on Centre Court, which could potentially get underway by 4pm at the latest and that would leave plenty of time before England kick off against Ukraine.

It’s a similar situation on Court One with Kyrgios’ hotly-anticipated match against Auger-Aliassime taking place after Raducanu.

Ashleigh Barty against Katerina Siniakova will be the last match on Centre Court, which could clash with England’s quarter-final.

And world No 2 Daniil Medvedev will be in a similar situation when he takes to Court One against Marin Cilic.

Author: Stuart Ballard
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