Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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    Video caption: PMQs: Starmer and Johnson on coronavirus retractions

    Sir Keir Starmer said there is "widespread confusion" over local lock down rules.

  2. Taxi drivers urged to apply for financial help

    Bolton Council is encouraging taxi drivers to apply for financial aid over concerns that some may seek help from loan sharks.

    A taxi logo

    A spokesman for the council said they had had a rise in calls from worried drivers, but added that there was help available from the government for self-employed workers, including private hire drivers.

    Councillor Adele Warren said:

    Quote Message: Loan sharks are a blight on our communities, causing misery to lots of families.
    Quote Message: Private hire and taxi drivers are a particular group being targeted during this pandemic.
  3. School works with library service to produce PPE

    Turton School in Bolton is working closely with Bolton Council's library service to produce PPE for key workers in the area.

    Bolton teachers producing PPE

    Bolton's library service donated a 3D printer to assist teachers in producing visors, masks, bags and headwear for front-line staff.

    Sam Gorse, head teacher at the school, said:

    Quote Message: When we started production, our aim was to produce 500 visors for local use, however, we have more than tripled our production as demand increased.
    Quote Message: Yesterday's production saw 400 visors, 140 masks, 20 scrub hats being produced in a day.

    The school says the PPE will go to surgeries, hospices, care homes and special schools.

  4. Bolton Council remembers BBC journalist

    Councillors held a minute's silence to honour BBC radio broadcaster and author Jonathan Ali.

    Jonathan Ali

    Bolton mayor Hilary Fairclough asked those in the chamber to stand in silence before Wednesday's meeting.

    Ali spent more than 25 years with the corporation, mostly at BBC Radio Manchester, and was an authority on World War One. He died at Manchester's Christie Hospital on 30 May, aged 50.

    A memorial service for him will be held at Bury Parish Church on 6 July.