Today’s Political Headlines include details of the Brexit economic impact, the Nick Timothy/George Soros story, council tax increases and Michael Gove’s plan to ban pet shops from selling puppies.
Further details of Brexit economic impact leaked
Further details of the Government’s leaked Brexit economic assessments have been published. According to The Guardian, in the event of ‘no deal’, the Government will need to borrow £120bn more over 15 years, while the North East would be the worst affected region with GDP growth 16% less. Sky News adds details of the expected impact on individual sectors, with retail expected to suffer a 20% increase in costs, and car manufacturing to experience a 13% increase.
Best for Britain campaign funder revealed
The Daily Telegraph leads with an article carrying the byline (alongside others) of Nick Timothy, the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff. The story reveals that the billionaire George Soros, who it claims is known as ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’, is one of three senior figures backing Best for Britain, a group campaigning to remain in the EU.
Council tax to increase as councils suffer budget shortfalls
Council tax is the subject of the main story of both The Times and the Daily Mail. The Times reports that Surrey County Council has one of the largest budget shortfalls in the country, while nine out of ten councils will end the year millions of pounds over budget. The Daily Mail says that a study by the Local Government Information Unit shows that average council tax bills are due to increase by £100.
Michael Gove to ban pet shops from selling puppies
The Sun says that the Government is planning to ban pet shops from selling puppies, forcing buyers to deal directly with breeders or rehousing centres. Other changes being examined by Michael Gove include enhanced licensing conditions for breeders and online sales being made in person.
One in five Westminster staff sexually harassed in last twelve months
A report by a cross-party working group shown to The Independent has found that one in five people working in Westminster has experienced sexual harassment in the last twelve months. The study is to be published by House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom alongside recommendations for a new staff grievance procedure.
Universal Credit programme criticised by new report
According to The Guardian, a report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee warns that the Government is expecting the public to ‘take it on faith’ that Universal Credit will deliver an improved service to claimants. According to the committee no business case has been produced for the programme, which started seven years ago.
Hospital bosses caught up in scandals to be banned from working for the NHS
The Daily Telegraph says that two former managers at Liverpool Community Health, which was found to have caused ‘significant unnecessary harm’ to patients are still working in the NHS. According to the paper, ministers will today announce plans to ban managers caught up in care scandals from working for the NHS again.
Minister says pupils should take more exams to reduce stress
Schools minister Nick Gibb claimed yesterday that students should sit more exams so that they find GCSEs less stressful, The Times reports. Gibbs was criticised by members of the education and health select committees, who claimed that there was a link between exam pressures and mental health.
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