How much “fiscal headroom” does the UK have? Both candidates argue there is “fiscal headroom” to fund their spending plans in the public finances. However, the term describes the difference between the current UK budget deficit – the gap between government income and spending – of 1.2% of GDP and a level of 2% of GDP, which is worth £26.6bn. … [Read more...] about Do spending plans of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt add up?
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Meanwhile, problematic issues in Brexit negotiations still include fishing rights, the "level playing field" aimed at preventing unfair competition in areas such as workers' rights and state subsidies and the governance of any deal are yet to be resolved. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden fires Brexit warning at Boris Johnson saying closed Irish border ‘not right’
“More likely is that we may be able to start rolling it out before Christmas. But almost certainly the vast bulk of the rollout - if the safety data proved that it’s safe, and that is still not known, we still don’t have a vaccine - but even if we do, it’s likely that the bulk of the rollout would be in the new year. … [Read more...] about Matt Hancock to give No.10 coronavirus briefing at 5pm as Boris Johnson self-isolates
His comments on the Tory leadership contenders’ tax plans are likely to cause fresh tensions, given the Department for Work and Pensions, led by Amber Rudd, as secretary of state, is a key supporter of Hunt. The department has accused Alston of producing a “barely believable” report painting “a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty”. … [Read more...] about UN rapporteur: tax cut plans of Johnson and Hunt ‘a tragedy’
Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said: “The consistent pattern of the Covid period has been that the government’s economic responses have been seen as far more successful than more medical responses such as management of test and trace or PPE for NHS workers. That has fed into public perceptions of key members of the cabinet with Rishi Sunak being the only cabinet minister with a net positive rating.” … [Read more...] about Labour and Tories neck and neck in polls after opposition’s lead evaporates