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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: £500m pledged to help the unemployed and Insulate Britain protesters clash with the public


Here’s your latest roundup on news headlines for across England and Wales for Monday including £500m pledged by Rishi Sunak as furlough scheme ends, Insulate Britain protests continue as major roads blocked, and butchers protest outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. 

£500M PLEDGED: Chancellor Rishi Sunak will commit more than five hundred million pounds in fresh funding to help people back into work as he seeks to stem the continuing turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic. He announced the new funding will be used to help workers leaving the furlough scheme and unemployed over-fifties back into work, while the "kickstart" scheme for young people will also be extended.

MOTORWAY PROTESTS: Insulate Britain protesters have clashed with motorists including a woman desperate to see her mother in hospital as the group staged another demonstration in London. The group said around fifty people had blocked four sites around the capital on Monday morning during the fourth week of its campaign to urge the Government to insulate twenty nine million homes by 2030.

This included Blackwall Tunnel in east London, where LBC captured the moment a woman stuck in the traffic tearfully clashed with protesters as they blocked her journey to see her mother, who she said was in hospital.

Amid blaring horns from dozens of other angry motorists, she told them: “She’s in the ambulance, she’s going to the hospital in Canterbury, do you think I’m stupid?

“I need to go to the hospital, please let me pass. This isn’t OK … How can you be so selfish?”

Protesters wearing high-vis jackets appeared to be speaking quietly with the woman but showed no sign of letting her through.

BUTCHERS AT CONFERENCE: Pig farmers have protested outside the Conservative Party conference, arguing a lack of skilled butchers could lead to tens of thousands of UK pigs being killed for waste. Farmers have warned a shortage of butchers could see up to one thousand two hundred animals slaughtered because they cannot go to the abattoir and they have nowhere left to house them.

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