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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”.

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.

Committee calls for closer consultation with local communities over infrastructure projects

The Public Administration Select Committee of MPs has said that more effective consultation with local communities is required to enable large infrastructure projects to bring tangible socio-economic benefits.

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.

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.

Covid-19 lockdown reduces numbers on payroll by 649,000

Figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that the number of workers on UK payrolls fell by 649,000 between March and June.

UK economy grew 1.8 per cent in May

The UK economy grew by a modest 1.8 per cent compared to April, rebounding slower than economists had anticipated.

Gove defends £705 million investment in Britain's post-Brexit borders, Leaders Council reports

The announcement of a £705 million funding package to help manage Britain’s post-Brexit borders has been defended by cabinet minister Michael Gove, the Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland has reported.

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