Budget proposals for the coming year will strive to protect council services and save as many jobs as possible amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic response. A report to Middlesbrough Council's Executive sets out how a £3 million budget gap will be made up with the minimum of impact to frontline services.
A Middlesbrough department store that was ignoring lockdown rules has now closed after being issued with fixed penalty notices totalling £17,000. The store was issued with several FPNs and a prohibition notice by Middlesbrough Council for failing to close as required under Covid-19 regulations.
A pioneering initiative to protect the vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic took hold has been hailed a success. Middlesbrough's shielding and community hubs - known as the Help Boro Hub - helped up to 1,000 people a week across the town during the first period of lockdown.
NHS Blood and Transplant has opened the doors of its new plasma donation centre in Thornaby, and has issued an urgent call to anyone who has had COVID-19 to register as a donor. The antibodies in plasma could slow or stop the virus spreading, which could save lives.
More people around Middlesbrough can now apply for financial support if they're instructed to self-isolate due to Covid-19. A national scheme open to those currently in receipt of qualifying benefits provides payments of £500 for those that meet the criteria.
Individuals and businesses breaking Covid-19 rules risk "putting Middlesbrough's future on hold", it's been warned. The town's infection rate had rocketed to 464 per 100,000 of population as of Friday. Current Covid regulations state that people should stay at home other than for specific purposes.