Furious health unions line up to slam Matt Hancock over ‘slap in the face’ 1% pay rise for medics

Furious health unions have slammed Matt Hancock over the one per cent pay rise for medics. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing and Unison wrote an open letter to Rishi Sunak calling for a ‘fair pay deal’. They said NHS workers ‘have literally kept the country alive for … Read more

Covid lockdown England: School summer holidays could be shortened, hints Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson hints school summer holidays could be shortened PERMANENTLY as he says government is looking at moving to a five-term year Gavin Williamson hinted five-year school term is being considered for England The proposed system would mean more breaks but shorter summer holidays Government has ordered a review of reform options after the coronavirus … Read more

Rishi Sunak Budget ‘super deduction’ could wipe Amazon corporation tax bill to ZERO, say campaigners

Rishi Sunak’s ‘super deduction’ could let Amazon wipe out its bill: Online giant’s corporation tax could be cut to zero, campaigners warn The online retail giant’s British sales soared 51 per cent to £19.4billion last year Its warehousing arm paid £6.3mil in tax in 2019 despite raking in £3bn in sales But campaign groups say … Read more

Budget 2021: Fury over Rishi Sunak’s ‘stealth and wealth tax’ on middle classes

The five-year freeze on income tax in yesterday’s Budget has been blasted as a ‘stealth and wealth tax’ which will drag 2.3 million workers into higher tax brackets. Rishi Sunak’s decision not to raise income tax and National Insurance thresholds will amount to a pay cut in real terms for millions of hard-working, middle-class families. … Read more

Rishi Sunak defends income tax raid on low and middle earners

Budget 2021 at a glance Here are the main points of Rishi Sunak’s Budget: Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts economy will return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, six months earlier than previously thought. OBR forecast economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, then … Read more

‘Covid vaccine passport app’ to be trialled on Singapore Airlines London flights

Vaccine passports have landed in the UK as the International Air Transport Association trials an app with an airline between Singapore and London. The phone software from IATA stores evidence of a negative Covid test as well as the facility to store evidence travellers have had coronavirus vaccinations. It is being trialled over the next few … Read more

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak’s VAT and business rates freeze hailed by small companies

Rishi Sunak unveiled a raft of measures aimed at helping small businesses today. The Chancellor targeted high street firms with a business rate holiday extension until June, followed by a two-thirds reduced rate for the rest of the financial year. He also confirmed a freeze of VAT at 5 per cent for hospitality firms until … Read more

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak announces eight new freeports to boost international trade

Rishi Sunak today unveiled the eight sites for the first freeports to be created in England. The Chancellor used the Budget to confirm the locations of the ‘special economic zones’ that were first announced in the Tories’ 2019 election manifesto.  East Midlands Airport, the Suffolk ports of Felixstowe and Harwich, the Humber region in Yorkshire, … Read more

Budget 2021: Fears of Covid lockdown THREE as Rishi Sunak extends furlough 

Fears of lockdown THREE as Rishi extends furlough AGAIN: Workers will carry on getting 80% of wages until end of September – with businesses expected to contribute from July – and self-employed grants will continue Chancellor Rishi Sunak today confirmed that furlough will continue to October Scheme will not change for employees but employers will … Read more

Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak freezes alcohol and fuel tax in boost for Covid-weary UK

Cheers to that! Rishi Sunak freezes booze tax for a second year in a row in a boost for Covid-weary Brits and also keeps fuel duty frozen for the tenth successive year Increases in duty on beer, cider, wine and spirits  axed for second year in a row  Tax on a tankful of fuel will … Read more