NEWS DIGEST 03.10.2021: This weekend’s news from east London & Essex

Good morning. The news today comes from InYourArea.

Two charity heroes were honoured this week for their efforts to feed the borough’s poorest and most vulnerable. Frank, 58, who lives in Wanstead but says his “heart is always in Waltham Forest”, delivered food to Whipps Cross Hospital staff, firefighters and struggling households during Covid and has devoted himself to charity “on and off” for 38 years. While the appeal only became a formal charity in 2015, this will be Frank’s 18th year delivering presents to Whipps, in memory of his son Ashley, who died in 1989. The charity’s purpose is “serving humanity, one plate at a time” and provides food and essentials to thousands of people of all faiths, including hundreds of Christmas meals last year. Frank is currently raising money for a van to support his work delivering food to the poor – Borough’s charity heroes honoured for feeding the poor (Waltham Forest Echo)

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Individuals and companies in Essex have been named on the government’s latest list of tax defaulters. HMRC’s Publishing Details of Deliberate Defaulters scheme provides information about people and businesses given financial penalties for failing to comply with tax obligations or deliberately filing errors in tax returns. Details are published when a person or business has made at least one deliberate default on more than £25,000, according to HMRC. The list is updated every three months and the information wiped after a year – Latest Essex firms who have been named by HMRC for unpaid tax (Thurrock Gazette – News)

In response, the government is rolling out the biggest flu vaccination programme in NHS history, which will see 35 million people across England offered a jab or nasal spray vaccine. Despite a record number of people getting the vaccine last year, even more will need to come forward to accept it if the government is to meet its ambitious targets. In total, there were nearly 19.2 million people considered at-risk in England between last September and the end of February this year, of whom 13.0 million received the vaccine. Those aged over 65 were the most likely to be vaccinated, with 81% of all people in this age group getting their flu shot last year – although that still left nearly 2.0 million people unprotected. Just 58% of three year olds and 55% of two year olds in England not in a clinical risk group were immunised last year, leaving more than 541,600 susceptible to catching and passing on the flu – Flu jabs: Warnings as not enough people in England are getting the vaccine (InYourArea Newsroom – National)

On the road: Council works South Street in Romford will be closed from 7.30pm until 6am on both October 4/5 and October 6/7; delays are likely. Resurfacing works are set to take place on Collier Row Roundabout between October 7-9. Other works – One lane will be closed on the Southend Arterial Road between 10pm on October 6 and 5am on October 7. On the rails: On Sunday – October 3 – services will be diverted to start from and terminate at London Fenchurch Street. From 8.40pm onwards between Monday, October 4 until Thursday, October 7, services will be diverted to start from and terminate at London Liverpool Street – Travel disruptions to look out for in and around Romford next week (Romford Recorder – News > Traffic & Travel)

Summarised with SMMRY.

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