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Big furlough update for bosses as employers will soon have to pay 30 per cent of wages - Birmingham Live
According to reports, a scheme which would see employers cover between 20 and 30pc of a worker's wage has been outlined by the government
Employers will be forced to fork out anywhere up to 30 per cent of furloughed workers' wages. Bosses at businesses across the country currently signed up to the furlough scheme set up by the government in March face having to make up between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of their employees' pay packets. Companies will begin to share the cost of the scheme from August, after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extension of the scheme. Mr Sunak confirmed the scheme would run until October - but with some big changes from August. According to reports, a scheme which would see employers cover between 20 and 30pc of a worker's wage has been outlined by the government. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Proposals will see changes made 'to support the transition back to work', with an announcement due in the coming days. Mr Sunak announced the modifications to the scheme earlier this month, having voiced concern over companies becoming too reliant on it. The scheme - which is costing the government billions - has acted as a source of much-needed relief for under-pressure businesses. But the Chancellor confirmed he was looking at ways to "wind" the scheme "down" after becoming concerned businesses were becoming addicted. The scheme currently has millions signed up to it, and served as the first real relief for Brits left without work following the nationwide shutdown. The lockdown has led to many businesses shuttering, with every sector from hospitality to travel and tourism impacted in a major way.
First picture of Phoenix Netts whose body was found in suitcases in Forest of Dean - Birmingham Live
Her devastated family thanked police officers involved in the investigation
A young woman whose body was discovered in the Forest of Dean has been named as Phoenix Netts. The 28-year-old's remains were tragically found inside two suitcases in Coleford, Gloucestershire last Tuesday (May 12). She was named as detectives from West Midlands Police took lead in the murder investigation after working closely with Gloucestershire Constabulary. Exactly where Phoenix was killed is still unknown and officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened. Phoenix Netts Specialist family liaison officers from the force are working with the victim's family at this devastating time. A statement released on behalf of Phoenixs family reads: As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix. We ask most humbly that our familys privacy is respected whilst we grieve and come to terms with the loss of Phoenix in such tragic circumstances. Whilst we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone can understand why we need to be left alone at this very difficult time. We have family and good friends supporting us and our thanks go out to all of them. We would also like to thank all the police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity." Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Two people charged in connection with the murder appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this morning (May 19). Gareeca Conita Gordon, aged 27, from Salisbury Road, Birmingham was charged with the murder of a woman on or before May 12. Mahesh Sorathiya, aged 38, from Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender on or before May 12. Gordon was remanded into prison, while the court granted Sorathiya conditional bail, and both are next due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on August 4. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from the West Midlands Police homicide team added: Firstly, Id like to offer my sincere condolences to Phoenixs family. Weve worked closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire over the past week and our investigation continues at pace. Wed urge anyone with any information about the tragic loss of Phoenixs life to get in touch with us." Anyone with any information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at our website or call 101 anytime.
Premier League considering relegating 'rebel' group including Aston Villa - reports - Birmingham Live
Aston Vila news - Premier League bosses are set to meet on Monday, with the intention of formulating plans for the season to resume
Premier League bosses will consider relegating the bottom three, as they stand if a compromise cannot be made to resume the season. English football has been suspended since mid-March, with genuine concerns fixtures may not be fulfilled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, there is set to be a meeting between the 20 top-flight bosses, with further talks aimed at hammering out the details of the controversial Project Restart plan. Daily Mail report that clubs are growing increasingly frustrated with the self-interest displayed by teams at the bottom, which is putting the resumption of the season under threat. Aston Villa, Brighton and Watford have all publicly outlined that they are against plans to resume the season, if games are played at neutral venues, the current, most viable plan. Sign up to your club's daily newsletter here Earlier this week, Villa CEO Christian Purslow hinted he would vote against the current proposal, with Dean Smith's side losing the home advantage they would have for six of their remaining 10 fixtures. And the report suggests that if a majority decision cannot be reached, the three teams in the relegation zone, Norwich City, Villa and Bournemouth would all be relegated. It is said that this drastic threat is being considered, with no proposal likely to carry 14 of the 20 votes required to pass. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Villa are reported to be in a WhatsApp group with the other rebel groups to discuss strategy. The rebel group have succeeded in delaying the vote over neutral grounds, with the Premier League now given time to think of a suggestion more to the liking of the teams at the bottom. Villa are currently in the bottom three, but have a game in hand on their relegation rivals where a win would see them move out of the relegation zone. That would mean a legal challenge would be likely should they be relegated, but league bosses are confident that their case would be weakened if they themselves have refused to play games.
Gary Neville reveals when Aston Villa's Premier League season will resume - Birmingham Live
Aston Villa news - Dean Smith's men currently find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone
Gary Neville has revealed that the Premier League intends to return on June 8, although it has yet to be confirmed. Elite football in the UK has been suspended since mid-March, as the country tries to come to grips with the coronavirus pandemic. There have been fears that the season may not be completed, with a number of Europe's major leagues taking the decision to cancel the remainder of their fixtures. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles In the last week, leagues in Netherlands and France have been ended, with the former expunging all results and cancelling relegation and promotion. The Premier League have remained committed to completing the season, with claims suggesting they are targeting resumption at the start of June. And now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed on his social media account that clubs in the top-flight have already been briefed about resuming the season, saying: "June 8th for the @premierleague return! This is being briefed anonymously. No-one wants to put their name against this one!" Aston Villa will be keen for the season to resume, with Dean Smith's side occupying one of the three spots in the relegation zone, prior to the suspension. Of the potential solutions, points-per-game and a midway point table would both see Villa relegated, despite having a game in hand on their rivals at the bottom. Meanwhile, at the top of the table, Liverpool are just weeks away from winning the title, while the race for top-four and Champions League is still wide open.
Premier League come to decision on controversial West Brom and Leeds United plan - reports - Birmingham Live
The Championship has been suspended for over a month, with the possibility that the season may not be competed
The Premier League have ditched controversial plans for a 22-team division next season, according to reports. West Brom and Leeds United currently occupy the two automatic promotion spots, with a healthy gap over the chasing pack. However, with the coronavirus suspension now set to last until at least June, there are fears that the season will not be completed. A general view of the Hawthorns, the home of West Bromwich Albion FC. The EFL and Premier League remain committed to fulfilling fixtures, but a precedent of cancelling promotions in a major league has now been set. Earlier this week, the Dutch Football Association announced that all promotions and relegations would be cancelled in the top two divisions. There was an expectation that the two sides at the top of the Eerste Divisie would be granted promotion, but that was dismissed in Fridays statement. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Brighton owner Tony Bloom had proposed that no top-flight teams should be relegated, which in turn, could mean a 22 team Premier League, with Albion and Leeds awarded promotion. But, according to Football Insider, those plans have been shelved, with few teams keen to add more matches to next seasons schedule. It is claimed that the suggestion was discussed, before being dismissed - but there is still believed to be a strong appetite to complete the season naturally.
Jamie Carragher makes West Brom and Leeds United demand after UEFA decision - Birmingham Live
West Brom news includes Liverpool legend calling on Premier League to ensure promotion and relegation is in place using sporting merit system that would see WBA go up
Jamie Carragher has called on the Premier League to ensure Championship teams are promoted by using sporting merit to finish the season. West Bromwich Albion's promotion push has been halted for well over a month after English football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA told its member nations yesterday to decide European qualification places for 2020/21 based on sporting merit if the current season is cancelled, most likely using a points-per-game method. Former Liverpool defender Carragher has now called on top-flight bosses to apply UEFA's recommendation to the full league table if the remaining fixtures are not played, and keep the promotion and relegation process in place. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles He told Sky Sports (via the Liverpool Echo): "I actually think what UEFA came out with yesterday about Champions League places and European qualification being decided on sporting merit, I'd actually love the Premier League to come out and say that." Such a move would see Albion promoted in second place behind current Championship leaders Leeds United. Carragher added: "I do feel there are a few teams, certainly down the bottom, who are not shy in coming out at times and saying why the season shouldn't continue and it should be null and void and should be curtailed. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "I still believe the league should be decided on sporting merit, whether that's title winners, European qualification or relegation. "If we don't finish the games, as UEFA said yesterday then it should be on sporting merit. "How they work that out, that's up for debate. But there should still be teams coming up to the Premier League next season and there should be teams going down. "If the Premier League came out and said that, a lot more people in the game would look for ways how we can somehow get the season finished." Albion have nine matches left to play, while both the EFL and Premier League remain committed to finishing the season.
'Bruce can't wait' - Fans all make the same Aston Villa point after Newcastle takeover update - Birmingham Live
Newcastle United's takeover is reportedly edging closer and the future of former Villa boss Steve Bruce has come into focus
Former Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is reportedly going to be given time at Newcastle United, despite their imminent takeover. The Premier League is in the process of confirming the £300m purchase of the Tyneside club, with a Saudi backed consortium set to take over from Mike Ashley. Bruce faces a very similar situation to one he encountered at Villa, when Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris completed their takeover in 2018. July 25, 2018: Aston Villa's new investors Nassef Sawiris (l) and Wes Edens (r) meet then Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce (Image: Neville Williams / Aston Villa FC via Getty Images) He was given time to prove himself under the new owners, before ultimately making way for Dean Smith just months into the season. There have been suggestions that the Magpies new ownership group could look to replace Bruce, with a string of high-profile managers linked. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles However, according to Sky Sports, Bruce will be given until the end of the season to prove he is the man to guide Newcastle to European football. Newcastle are expected to be well backed in the transfer market, with a whole host of potential targets mooted. A number have come from his former club Villa, with John McGinn and Jack Grealish both linked with a move. But its a different Villa player fans on social media think Bruce could opt to sign. Ahmed Elmohamady Ahmed Elmohamady has already been signed by Bruce three times, with the Egyptain joining him at Sunderland, Hull and finally Villa. And with the manager expected to be given a transfer warchest, fans couldnt resist tipping the pair to make another reunion. @farria_c: I hope Steve Bruce is given longer. Just imagine when he comes in with a bid of £120 million for Elmohamady @LiamMartin96: Elmohamady for 50 million and Alex Bruce at the back. @Andrew_don24: Bruce will buy Titus Bramble & Elmohamady this Summer still Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles @GrealishAVFC: Bruce gonna pay 50 mill for Elmohamady @LukeHarrop1: We'll give Steve Bruce 150m and he'll bring in Elmohamady for 40m plus a few other players and we'll scrape survival again @JC91SAFC: Incoming Steve Bruce £50 million bid for Elmohamady @AntFerg14: Bruce cant wait sign Elmohamady from Villa for 50 million
Premier League chief sends huge warning that will affect Aston Villa - Birmingham Live
Aston Villa news - The Premier League remain committed to finishing the campaign, despite the ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic
The chief executive of one of Aston Villas rivals has warned the Premier League to scrap relegation if the season can't be finished. The Premier League remain committed to finishing the campaign, despite the ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. A meeting between clubs on Friday included discussions about finishing the season as late as August. There is still, however, the possibility of it not being able to be completed at all. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles A points-per-game calculator has been mooted to confirm Liverpools title win and determine who finishes inside the European places. If the same method was applied to the teams at the bottom, Villa - who currently sit 19th - could well be relegated. If that is enforced, Brighton CEO Tony Bloom believes no team should be relegated from the top flight. "I don't foresee a situation, if the season's not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis," Bloom told The Telegraph. "I just don't think it's fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 of a point and also it does not take into account the strength of the teams you have not played. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "You may get a title winner obviously Liverpool deserve it you may use that criteria for European qualification, but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the  per cent needed, for teams to get relegated." Bloom added: "When we are talking with the Premier League clubs and the Premier League itself, I think it's about finishing this season. "If we get to a situation whereby it's decided that the season can't be concluded, then that's when we need to have serious conversations about what's going to happen for next season."
Debenhams to close seven UK stores with 422 jobs lost - FULL LIST - Birmingham Live
These branches will be in Truro, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Salisbury, Westfield in west London, Warrington, Leamington Spa and South Shields
Debenhams has confirmed the closure of seven stores with the loss of 422 jobs after it slid into administration last week. The department store firm said it has agreed terms with landlords to continue trading at 120 of its 142 UK stores. It is understood the group is in ongoing talks over the remaining stores and is confident more deals will be secured in the coming days. These branches will be in Truro, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Salisbury, Westfield in west London, Warrington, Leamington Spa and South Shields. The retailer said talks are at an "advanced" stage on the remainder of its estate and that bosses are confident that deals can be arranged "in the coming days" but a "handful" more shops could be at risk. It was unable to rule out further closures. "I'm delighted with the progress we are making with our landlord discussions which reflects the pragmatic view the vast majority of them are taking of the current market conditions," Debenhams chief executive Stefaan Vansteenkiste said. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "We have agreed terms on the vast majority of our UK stores and talks are proceeding positively on the remainder, positioning us to reopen these stores when government regulations permit. "Regrettably we have been unable to reach agreement on seven stores and these will not be reopening, and Id like to express my thanks to our colleagues in these stores at what I know is a difficult time for everyone".
The three coronavirus symptoms you probably don't know about as Birmingham surgeon issues advice - Birmingham Live
Symptoms and signs of the deadly bug, which has killed patients across Birmingham and the Black Country, include fevers and persistent coughs
Three mild symptoms of coronavirus have been shared by sufferers as the Covid-19 pandemic continues: a buzzing sensation, sore testicles and needing the toilet more. Across the past two months, thousands of Brits have been infected, with the death toll surpassing 11,000 this weekend. Symptoms and signs of the deadly bug, which has killed patients across Birmingham and the Black Country, include fevers and persistent coughs. But medical experts have also urged people to watch out for milder symptoms that have become hallmarks of the virus. These include physical and mental fatigue, loss of sense of smell and a lack of appetite. And now three further symptoms have surfaced, including a buzzing sensation that runs through the body. We all have our favourite toilet habits - from reading a newspaper (a copy of the Birmingham Mail, obviously) to playing Candy Crush. Tarana Burke, recognised as the founder of the #MeToo movement, said that her partner had the illness and the sensation that his 'skin felt like it was burning'. Twitter user @Miafia described having "an electric feeling on my skin." Another mild symptom is the need to go to the toilet more often. Dr Diana Gall explained to the Express : "Digestion problems and changes in bowel habits - particularly looser stools and making more frequent trips to the toilet - are sometimes the first signs that you're coming down with something, not just with this coronavirus. "However, diarrhoea has been reported as an early symptom in patients who have later tested positive for Covid-19." A new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, analysed data 204 patients with Covid-19 in Chinas Hubei province and found nearly 50 per cent had diarrhoea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Isla Haslam, 29, from Balham, South West London, was someone who also experienced stomach troubles whilst battling coronavirus. She told The Sun Online that she initially woke up with a dodgy stomach, but thought it was from her dinner of lentils and beans the night before. But by the following day, she had developed a tickle in her throat and felt exhausted before attempting to rest at home. She explained: "Waking up in the middle of the night, I noticed my nose was blocked and I felt horrific. My body ached severely, I felt so heavy and was sweating with a fever." And the third, slightly less common symptom, is testicular pain. Read More Related Articles Speaking to MailOnline, Dr Viney, a surgeon in Birmingham, said: "There are certain viruses that can affect the testicles, such as mumps. "Only time will tell if COVID-19 also affects the testicles but it isn't a symptom many of the patients I've dealt with have complained about. "For most of them, their testicles are the least of their worries."