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At the end of his statement Matt Hancock signalled that the government will soon announce a system to simplify local lockdown rules. It is expected to opt for a three-tier system.
Hancock said it was “critical” the UK’s Covid-19 rules were “clear at a local level” so the public could “be certain of what they need to do” to suppress the virus. He went on:
I’ll update the house in due course on what action the government is taking so we can have more consistent approaches to levels of local action, working with our colleagues in local government.
In the Commons Labour’s Stella Creasy asks who will take responsibility for the error. She wants to know if the contractors will pay a penalty.
Hancock says this was a problem with Public Health England’s computer system, although he claims that is probably not the institution that Creasy wants to blame.