Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
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By Esme Stallard Published 11 August Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People in poorly insulated homes could end up spending £968 more on their annual gas bills, than people in highly insulated homes, according to new research from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. With energy bills expected to rise significantly this winter, how can people better insulate their homes to help with costs? What is insulation and how can it cut bills? Home insulation is the process of trapping heat inside a property, usually by covering areas exposed to the outside, such as roofs, floors and walls. Without it, indoor temperatures can be hard to maintain, with homes losing up to 45% of their heat, according to the Energy Savings Trust. If the temperature drops very quickly after the heating is switched off, the home is unlikely to be properly insulated. The … [Read more...] about Home insulation: How can it cut energy bills?
Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Welsh Parliament election 2021 An independent Wales could negotiate a much smaller gap in its public finances than previous estimates suggest, according to new research. A £13.5bn gap between tax receipts and public spending was estimated in 2019. But the new research suggests it could initially be much lower in an independent Wales, depending on the outcome of separation negotiations. Plaid Cymru said it "debunks" claims "Wales is too small and too poor to thrive as an independent nation". But the Welsh Conservatives said the report made some "wild predictions". Welsh independence to be considered by commission Thousands in Welsh independence march The research has been published ahead of a Yes Cymru pro-independence march in Cardiff on Saturday. In 2018-19, … [Read more...] about Welsh independence: Does new research support the idea?
Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions
Published 23 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington will move to England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from next week, its council has confirmed. The Labour-run council said it had reached agreement with the government and would be moving into tier three. Local leaders agreed a financial settlement worth £5.9m. Conservative MP for Warrington South, Andy Carter, said this was proportionate with the financial settlements for other tier three areas. The Cheshire town, home to about 210,000 people, is the 35th-worst hit place in England according to government figures. As of Monday, the government reported 733 coronavirus cases in Warrington, with a rate of 349 per 100,000 people in the previous seven days. 'Grim inevitability' Council leader Russ Bowden said case numbers remained … [Read more...] about Covid: Warrington to move to tier 3 restrictions
Published 24 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Tier three rules will come into force in Warrington on Tuesday, instead of Thursday, according to an agreement by the government and borough council. The Cheshire town was designated for England's top restrictions level after the number of Covid-19 cases remained "stubbornly high" . The tier three rules had been expected to come into force next Thursday. But Warrington Council said the date was moved "to urgently bring down the number of cases" and protect the NHS. 'Upsetting and grim' Council leader Russ Bowden said the decision was "necessary and proportionate". "We know that our case numbers in Warrington remain stubbornly high, but what is more concerning is the number of admissions into hospital," he said. "The upsetting and grim reality is that there are more people in hospital, more … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington tier 3 rules brought forward to Tuesday
Published 26 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the top tier of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed. People living in the city, along with Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe, face the toughest restrictions. The measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will expire after 28 days. It comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in the country. About eight million people in England will be living in the tier three - "very high" alert level by the end of the week. This means pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, and there are further restrictions on households mixing. The affected parts of Nottinghamshire join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South … [Read more...] about Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3
A British holidaymaker was left in a coma and may be disabled for life after suffering horrific injuries when her dune buggy plunged off a cliff in Turkey . Rebekka Kelly, 30, was left with a broken back, pelvis and permanent nerve damage after her holiday in the popular resort town of Antalya took a devasting turn. The single mum-of-two holidayed with her eldest son Sonny, 10, when they took a two-hour safari buggy tour in the area through a TUI rep. After a short, while it became apparent the dune buggy was too big for the small roads and Rebekka had trouble steering. Before she knew it she was flung off the side of the 164ft cliff. Doctors have told Rebekka that she may be permanently disabled ( Image: Rebekka Kelly / SWNS) She holidayed with her eldest son Sonny, 10 ( Image: Rebekka Kelly) She was rushed to a private hospital in Turkey where she was treated for over three weeks, had two surgeries on her spine and had to have her lungs … [Read more...] about Mum on TUI holiday may be disabled for life after dune buggy plunged off cliff