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The MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, yesterday (May 27) questioned prime minister Boris Johnson on the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy.

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Rokeby School pupils have created a banner to thank all key workers on the coronavirus frontline.

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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.

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Over the past eight weeks people have been encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Year 6 students at Britannia Village primary school have recorded a poignant cover of Over The Rainbow to honour NHS staff as they battle coronavirus.

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A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

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East Ham MP Stephen Timms has called for the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) scheme to be suspended, following a recent court ruling which declared the practice unlawful.

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Little Ilford’s Bobby Seagull stars in a new BBC2 series beginning next Monday, May 18, where he and fellow University Challenge alumnus Eric Monkman rediscover some of the nation’s greatest inventions.

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Detectives are appealing for help to identify a number of different suspects from CCTV images who police wish to question about robberies in Newham.

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Stephen Timms has questioned the decision not to raise the benefit cap, arguing that this prevents many Londoners from accessing extra support.

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The pressure coronavirus has placed on healthcare is well-documented, with service provision entirely restructured to accommodate the pandemic.

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The speed of broadband has rarely felt more important, as huge numbers continue to work from home due to coronavirus.

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A number of financial packages have been introduced to protect people and groups affected by coronavirus, such as the job retention furlough scheme, business support grants and an income support scheme for the self-employed.

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Coronavirus has created a new normal, with lockdown affecting most aspects of daily life, including religious celebration.

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Producing 600 protective visors every day is no easy ask, yet that is precisely what 18-year-old Dhiresh Nathwani is coordinating right now.

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Rokeby School has stepped up its efforts during the Covid-19 outbreak; alongside its established foodbank, the school has started producing PPE for frontline workers.

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The entertainment industry relies on people being able to move around. With coronavirus putting a firm stop to this for now, Stratford record label Damnably has had to get creative.

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A Forest Gate sixth former is busy sewing scrubs for NHS workers on the coronavirus frontline.

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Help for Heroes is supporting workers at the Nightingale Hospital who are at risk of traumatic stress from working on the frontline.

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Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) are one of five Newham charities involved in a joint covid-19 effort which launched just under four weeks ago.

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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.

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The five-week wait for universal credit is a “fatal flaw”, according to East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

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Newham charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA) runs an annual easter egg appeal for local disadvantaged children and although the impact of coronavirus has reduced the scale of the appeal, more than 750 eggs will still be finding their way to children.

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Newham’s Bobby Seagull can add Celebrity Mastermind winner to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

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The fire at two houses and a number of sheds on Beckton’s Brandreth Road is now under control.

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An arrest has been made as the investigation into the murder of Kelly Stewart in Plaistow continues.

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Coronavirus has rocked the UK, with deprived areas such as Newham particularly affected by a pandemic that has stolen jobs, closed schools and raised endless questions.

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The Rokeby School is closed due to coronavirus, but teacher Omer Bashir says the foodbank remains open for business.

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Two departments from St Angela’s Ursuline school have received commendation in the inaugural Bernice McCabe award.

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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.

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