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Retailers in refusal to enforce new face covering rules

Sainsburys, Asda, Co-op and Costa Coffee are among major retailers who have said that they will not be responsible for enforcing new rules over wearing face coverings in shops.

Government to slash foreign aid budget by £2.9 billion

The UK will reduce its foreign aid budget by £2.9 billion this year amid fears of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic may have on the economy.

30 million in England to be offered flu vaccine for free

The government has said that around 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccine ahead of winter.

Treasury Committee criticises shortfalls in economic support

The Treasury Committee has said that chancellor Rishi Sunak has effectively abandoned over one million people who cannot access existing support measures, following his response to an interim report into gaps in Covid-19 related economic support for firms and workers.

Hospitality, retail industries and opposition MPs claim mixed messages on face covering rules

Trade bodies and opposition MPs have said that the government has given out mixed messages over the circumstances in which face coverings must be worn, prior to new rules being implemented on Friday.

Committee criticises lack of planning for economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has criticised the government for what it calls an “astonishing” failure to plan for the economic effect of a pandemic situation, adding that Westminster’s response to the Covid-19 crisis was rushed.

Johnson champions “might” of the union ahead of Scotland visit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK’s response to the Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the “sheer might” of the union and has saved 900,000 Scottish jobs as he prepares to visit Scotland on Thursday.

Government borrows record £127.9 billion between April and June

The period of April to June saw the UK government borrow a record £127.9 billion to finance mitigating the effects of Covid-19.

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