Bosses at Suffolk County Council have insisted there should be no problem for people needing to get support from the special fund set up for those in need during the covid-19 crisis.

An Ipswich barber’s shop has been given a £1,000 fixed penalty by the borough council after a hairdresser continued working for four days with Covid-19 symptoms before speaking to NHS Test and Trace staff.

Suffolk cyclists should be able to benefit from new bike racks that are being created in three Suffolk towns.

This week we had confirmation of the 15 Ipswich projects that are being put forward to the government for funding from the £25m Town Deal funding that is due to come this way from the scheme that was announced just before the General Election was called last year.

Now they are working with borough officials to draw up costings for the scheme and develop the proposals.

The row over free school meals during half term and at Christmas has reached the steps of Ipswich Town Hall as protestors left empty plates to signify that children could go hungry because they may not be fed over holidays.

The opposition leader at Ipswich council has urged the authority to accept it is impossible to make long-term plans because of Covid-19 and to concentrate on immediate financial issues.

The chairman of the Suffolk Royal British Legion has issued an impassioned plea for residents of the county not to forget this year’s Poppy Appeal despite Covid-19 making it impossible for fundraisers to operate normally.

A bid to allow The Range on the Anglia Retail Park to sell more food as part of its link-up with Iceland has been made to Ipswich Council.

It could be another year before shows return to the Ipswich Regent after the coronavirus pandemic – and Ipswich Council has seen its financial cushion wiped out by the effects of the last eight months, a new report reveals.

A wish-list for the future of Ipswich has been agreed – with two more projects added as a result of a public consultation.

Former Labour councillor Ron Snell has died at the age of 86 – prompting tributes from his family and former colleagues.

Passengers travelling by rail from Ipswich face slightly different advice from the government depending on whether they go south through the tunnel or north towards Norwich, Lowestoft or Cambridge.

Greater Anglia paid out more than £4.7m to passengers whose trains were late or cancelled under their Delay Repay scheme during the financial year 2019/20.

Councils from across Suffolk are to get more than £6m from the government’s latest tranche of funding to help them deal with the Covid pandemic – but one leader has called for a change in the way funds are distributed.

Mobile phone giant O2 is preparing to launch its 5G network in Ipswich along with other large towns in the East of England.

Volunteers hoping to reinstate a section of the towpath along the River Gipping are hoping to reinstate a bridge that was removed half a century ago by the end of the winter.

Six of Suffolk’s seven Conservative MPs voted against an opposition motion that would have continued to offer free meals to children during school holidays until next year.

Over the last week there have almost been times when you could park Covid-19 and feel as if “normal” politics had returned to Suffolk with rows about council candidates and an argument between a local MP and government quango.

The East Suffolk Line from Saxmundham to Lowestoft is closed from late on Friday night for nine days until the early hours of Monday, November 2 - to allow Network Rail to do major engineering work.

Police have been called about three cases of “face mask rage” on Ipswich Buses as the council-owned company tries to make passengers feel safer in the wake of Covid-19.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has told his fellow parliamentarians during a Black History Month debate that it was “incredibly unhelpful and divisive” to brand organisations as institutionally racist.

The amount of traffic on Suffolk’s roads has almost returned to pre-lockdown levels according to monitoring by the county council’s highways department.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt branded pet theft “a sickening and depraved crime” as he launched a call for penalties to be increased while introducing a petition during a special session at Westminster on Monday.

Motorists face another winter of frustrating Orwell Bridge closures after it was confirmed a temporary 40mph speed limit to keep it open in high winds will now not be brought in until next year.

Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter has visited the site of two major new roundabouts being built on the A140 at Brome, near Eye to ease traffic congestion.

Hopes remain of a cash boost for improving cycling in Suffolk - despite a broadside from a cabinet minister claiming many new road layout schemes in England “weren’t good enough”.

Suffolk’s local politicians are gearing up for what could be the most complex local election for years next May – but still are not able to do “real politics” by getting out and meeting members of the public to ask for their vote.

Just days after Highways England told MPs and councillors that they were “on schedule” to make changes to the Orwell Bridge over the winter to reduce the risk of closure, it has emerged that they have told the county council that it will not be finished until the end of March.

Britain suffered its wettest day on record earlier this month as the entire country got a drenching on Saturday, October 3.

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