Why is Isle of Wight now on medium Covid-19 risk? No one seems to know exactly. Even Government unable pinpoint reason

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With the risk factor increasing from low to medium on the Test and Trace App, News OnTheWight sought clarification from the Isle of Wight council as to why this was happening. Here’s what they told us

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 10:43am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Islanders thanked for trialing Test and Trace App, but still no sign of stats

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The Government still haven't released stats about the usage of the App during the Isle of Wight trial, but thank Islanders for their part

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 9:21am

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Survey reveals more in teaching profession experiencing worsening mental health

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Education Support, a charity "dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the education workforce", carried out a recent survey on those in the teaching profession and the results were concerning. Details within

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 8:15am

By Peter Shreeve

Help to Save account holders receive their first bonus payments

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Help to Save is a savings scheme which allows eligible people to save up to £50 a month in a secure savings account, which is backed by Government

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 8:00am

By Lisa Billard

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely also being stonewalled from getting information on v2 of Test and Trace App usage

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News OnTheWight had to resort to asking Bob Seely to get usage numbers on the v2 Test and Trace App, after being stonewalled by the Government team. Twenty days later, on the eve of the National rollout, even our MP can’t get them.

Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 8:35am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

New Coronavirus measures could be in place for six months, says Prime Minister

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Without immediate action, the nation could see 50,000 cases per day by mid-October say the medical and scientific officers. The PM says these measures could be in place for six months

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 1:28pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Government won’t reveal how many Mainlanders are coming to Isle of Wight for Covid-19 testing

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News OnTheWight has been seeking from Government the number of Mainlanders who have self-diagnosed with Covid-19 that are travelling on ferries to the Isle of Wight for testing. They won’t say. Red Funnel were more forthcoming

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 8:36am

By Simon Perry with 14 readers' comments

Kickstart: Federation of Small Businesses teams to help business enter the scheme

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The Federation of Small Businesses has teamed up with Adecco Working Ventures to help small businesses take part in the Kickstart Scheme offering work placement opportunities for young people

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 8:32am

By Sally Perry

Covid-19 testing situation facing Islanders ‘is unacceptable’ says Isle of Wight MP

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The MP has written to Matt Hancock to stress how the issue is more acute here on the Island if there is a need to travel across the Solent to have a test

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 2:38pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 11 readers' comments

Police chief sets out how they will monitor and enforce Coronavirus ‘Rule of Six’

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Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth explains how the police will be involved with engaging, explaining, encouraging or enforcement in relation to the new Coronavirus measures

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 12:11pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 7 readers' comments

Call for work on Isle of Wight sea defences to increase biodiversity

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The Isle of Wight MP has asked ministers whether Isle of Wight sea defence schemes could include features to benefit marine wildlife

Monday, 14th September, 2020 12:18pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Test and Trace App to be rolled out nationally, but how well has it performed on the Isle of Wight?

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The App will be rolled out nationally in two weeks time, but the team behind it are still failing to answer very simple public interest questions about its IW uptake/use - even the MP seems to be blocked from the answers

Friday, 11th September, 2020 3:02pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments