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News | Published October 06 2019

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Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics

Rory Stewart, former candidate for the Conservative leadership campaign, has disclosed he will be standing down from his seat in Penrith and The Border at the next general election. He will stand for Mayor of London as an independent candidate.

Following the previous attempt to prorogue parliament, the government has confirmed its intentions to prorogue parliament next Tuesday.

In his speech to the Conservative party conference on Wednesday, Boris Johnson stated that if his Brexit proposals are rejected by the EU, the only other option will be a no-deal Brexit.

Chancellor Sajid Javid will pledge to invest £25 billion into improving Britain’s roads and an additional £5 billion for ultra-fast broadband in the “hardest to reach” areas of the country as part of a wider plan to revolutionise the UK infrastructure.

The leader of Plaid Cymru has said that there will be a referendum on any Welsh independence by 2030. 

Economy

The IHS Markit/CPS Purchasing Managers’ Index for the services sector fell in September, indicating that the UK economy may have entered recession.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has revealed that he is considering reducing inheritance tax during a speech at a Conservative party conference fringe event.

The National Living Wage will be raised to £10.50 by 2025 , according to Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer.

Justice

Judges ruled today that the government’s handling of the rise in the state pension age of women was not discriminatory.

A Scottish judge has been asked to consider whether the prime minister could be arrested and sent to jail if he takes the UK out of the EU without a deal. 

Brexit

The UK government has published its proposals to the EU for a new Brexit deal, including its alternative solution to the controversial Irish backstop.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that customs checks will have to be introduced in Ireland after Brexit and this is a “reality” of the UK leaving the EU.

Education

England’s local government ombudsman Michael King has revealed that breaches of children’s legal rights to special educational needs support have reached record levels and called for reform to the "crisis" system.

Environment

Environmental concerns have been cited as a major factor in the reduction of flights, with a UBS study suggesting flight growth could be halved in the coming years.

Business

The John Lewis Partnership has announced that it will cut a third of its senior management jobs as the company undergoes major restructuring from February 2020.

DMA Talent, a part of the Data & Marketing Association, have published a new guide which aims to raise the proportion of autistic people in the UK who are in employment.

Retailer John Lewis has informed some of its landlords that it will withhold 20 per cent of its obligatory service charges as it looks to save money, the BBC has revealed.

Health

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has pledged that the government will invest £13 billion on hospital projects in the coming years, focused on improving NHS infrastructure.


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October 06 2019

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