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Warnings of ‘A Threat to Public Safety’ as UK Faces Bouncer Shortage.

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By Emma Robson

 

Nightclubs are set to face a growing shortage of door staff which industry experts have warned could cause a ‘threat to public safety.’

It is reported by the trade body the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) that one in five nightlife and hospitality businesses had to close or operate on reduced hours last month. However the situation has since ‘deteriorated further’ as the demand for nights out has soared following the relaxation of the Covid-19 rules. The trade body is calling for urgent government intervention to help tackle the shortage, which had already been damaged by many staff leaving due to Brexit regulations.

Michael Kill, the Chief Executive Officer of the NTIA commented on the shortage, “if shortages continue to get worse, there is a very real chance it could become a threat to public safety.” Like in other sectors currently seeing shortages, this is a long-term issue and decline in security resources can be tracked back at least three years.. But this has been hugely exacerbated by the pandemic with many licensed staff leaving the sector when the bars and clubs closed and now choosing not to return.”

Mr Kill also added that temporary visas and more government funding for bouncer training schemes could help ease the problem. The security industry has recently lost great numbers as many workers have left the industry in favour of jobs with more preferable hours.

Rekom UK, the UK’s largest nightclub and bar operator, has also reported a shortage of workers. The Chief Executive of the company, which has 42 sites across the UK, said the problem had been building slowly but has become so much worse since the pandemic.’

The PA news agency was told “It’s been a real struggle at times but we’ve fortunately often been able to push back with security agencies to find the teams we need just in time. But even then, on one or two occasions we’ve had to limit numbers into venues because of security levels. We are in a particularly strong position though as we can agree to take on staff in larger numbers – this is particularly hitting independent clubs hard.”

It is also reported that the lack of staff has now resulted in increased fees as well as firms having to deal with rebounding VAT levels and the rising energy costs.

 

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London’s new Elizabeth Line to finally open on May 24

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The long-awaited Elizabeth Line is officially opening on May 24, Transport for London has announced. Just a week before the Queen’s Jubilee.

It will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield. The £19bn underground railway will be shut on Sundays until Autumn, when it will connect with central tunnels also.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I’m delighted that our world-class new Elizabeth line will be opening to passengers later this month, helping build a better London – one which is safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.

‘This is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades, and will revolutionise travel across the capital and the South East – as well as delivering a £42 billion boost to the whole UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.

‘Green public transport is the future and the opening of the Elizabeth line is a landmark moment for our capital and our whole country, particularly in this special Platinum Jubilee year.

‘I’m so proud of this new line and can’t wait for millions of passengers to start riding on the Elizabeth Line from 24 May.’

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Holidu reveals the top 10 British cities

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Rated as cultural attractions, Holidu has shared the best cities to visit in Britain 2022.

Fancying a city break? According to the search engine for holiday rentals, these are the best places to explore!

Edinburgh – Average of 4.61/5 stars

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Portsmouth – Average of 4.61/5 stars

Newcastle – Average of 4.59/5 stars

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York – Average of 4.56/5 stars

Belfast – Average of 4.56/5 stars

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Leeds – Average of 4.56/5 stars

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London – Average of 4.56/5 stars

Liverpool – Average of 4.52/5 stars

Sunderland – Average of 4.52/5 stars

Coventry – Average of 4.51/5 stars

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Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Pandas To Stay in Scotland for Another Two Years

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Scotland’s only giant pandas will remain in the country for another two years after China gave permission to extend their stay.

Yang Guang and Tian Tian arrived at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo back in 2011 when they were eight, with the hopes they may have a cub.

The pair were loaned to the RZSS charity as part of a 10-year arrangement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, but will now return to China at the end of 2023.

Tian Tian gave birth to a cub in 2007 before she came to Scotland, but efforts to breed from the pair in Edinburgh have proved elusive.

A natural breeding attempt was made in 2012, with artificial insemination used instead each year between 2013 and 2017. Tian Tian was believed to be pregnant in August 2017, but her hormone levels and behaviour later returned to normal. Phantom pregnancies are common among giant pandas.

She was artificially inseminated again in 2019 and April this year, but both were unsuccessful.

Hopefully the pair will produce a cub before they return back to their furever homes in Asia.

Check out the Zoo’s Live Panda Cam here

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