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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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 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