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Ofgem to lower cap on energy bills from October 1

Energy industry watchdog Ofgem has said that it will lower the annual price cap on energy bills to £1,042 per household from October 1, the Telegraph reports.

ONS figures show levelling out of Covid-19 cases

According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics [ONS] Infection Pilot Survey released on Friday, Covid-19 cases in the UK are now levelling out or in decline despite a recent increase.

Sunak talks down extending furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has dismissed the idea of extending the furlough scheme beyond October, warning that it cannot “carry on indefinitely”.

Covid-19 sees rise in families hitting benefit cap

Between February and May, the number of families hitting the benefit cap for individual households increased by 93 per cent as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

Bank of England hints at less severe downturn but longer recovery

The Bank of England has said that the economic downturn in the UK brought about by Covid-19 will not be as severe as previously thought but estimates that the recovery will take longer than forecast.

Preston among the latest areas to impose local lockdown restrictions

Preston Council has told residents of the city to abide by restrictions currently in place elsewhere in the north west and West Yorkshire following a rise in cases in the area, the Telegraph reports.

Quarantine should have been in place earlier, committee says

The Home Affairs Committee has said that the government could have curbed the spread of Covid-19 in the UK if it had introduced its quarantine on arrivals into the country at an earlier stage.

FosterTalk conducts survey into impact of government amendments on fostering and adoption regulations

FosterTalk is a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality independent advice and support to foster carers and their families throughout the UK. Part of the Martin James group of companies, FosterTalk is currently supporting 20,000 fostering families through its comprehensive membership package. It also delivers Fosterline England on behalf of the Department for Education, offering advice, support and information to foster carers and prospective foster carers via an interactive website and free to use helpline.

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