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By Harlow Councillor Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing: Chris Vince SAM’S Place is a much loved and valued provision in Harlow. It not only provides respite for parents of disabled children, but also an opportunity for young people to socialise with their peers and…

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By Monica Jones FOLLOWING the two Zoom “public meetings” held by Essex County Council last week regarding the plans for Harlow Library and Adult Community Learning (ACL), there have been many concerns raised by residents – some of whom are part of Harlow Save Our Libraries Essex…

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Sir, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Stan Newens He often, either popped into the agency (Howick and Brooker) or stopped me whilst he was walking up to the High Street for a short enjoyable chat, mostly about how the Harlow property…

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ESSEX County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Louise McKinlay has welcomed today’s Government announcement that pledges an additional £19 million to tackle domestic abuse across England and Wales. Cllr McKinlay said: “Everyone has the right to live a life free of abuse,…

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A SENIOR Harlow councillor has answered questions regarding what plans Harlow Council has regarding supporting a music venue. Councillor Tony Durcan, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for growth and prosperity, said: “There are no current commercial ventures for a new music venue in Harlow that we…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to support the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget. Mr Halfon said: I welcome this Budget. It has five core purposes: to balance the books, help people through covid, to cut the cost…

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THE DEATH has been announced of the former MP for Harlow, Stan Newens. Stan’s son, Thomas Newens, put a message out on social media this afternoon (Wednesday). Stan was born in Bethnal Green, a true Londoner, who made North Weald and eventually, since 1960, Harlow,…

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A SENIOR Harlow councillor has questioned why he has been invited to Loughton for a vaccination. Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, cllr Tony Durcan asked the question at a meeting of the Harlow Council Covid-19 Recovery Group. Cllr Durcan said he had naturally been expecting to…

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WITH a phased return to the classroom for secondary school and college pupils set to start from Monday 8 March, settings are currently putting arrangements in place for pupils to take part in asymptomatic Covid-19 testing as per the latest Government guidance. The Government has…

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OVER 400 Harlow residents aged over 80 have yet to take up an offer of a vaccine. This was revealed by Harlow Council’s Head of Environment, Andrew Bramidge at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery Group. He did stress that this was…

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THE chancellor will extend the furlough scheme until the end of September when he makes his Budget speech later reports the BBC. Rishi Sunak said the scheme – which pays 80% of employees’ wages for the hours they cannot work in the pandemic – would…

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THE Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will tomorrow announce that the fuel duty freeze – which has saved the average driver £10 every time they fill up – will be maintained for the tenth year. The announcement comes after a long running campaign from Harlow’s MP, Robert…

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THE chancellor is set to announce £408m of help for museums, theatres and galleries in England to reopen when Covid restrictions start to ease reports the BBC. In his Budget on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak will also pledge £150m to help communities take over pubs. Meanwhile,…

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THE LABOUR leader of Harlow Council has written to Harlow :MP Robert Halfon and the leader of the Harlow Conservatives regarding Terminus House, the new director of the BBC and donations to the Conservative party. Dear Robert Halfon MP and Cllr Andrew Johnson, I know…

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MORE than 264,000 individuals have opened a Help to Save account, statistics from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed. Help to Save is the government backed savings scheme that allows individuals to earn a 50 pence bonus for every £1 saved over four years.…

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THE Government’s package of financial support for Harlow in the pandemic has soared past £200 million in addition to the furlough scheme which has protected over 16,000 Harlow jobs claims MP Robert Halfon. The support has included: £37 million in Government grants to local businesses£41…