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NHS Test and Trace to offload 6,000 staff

The government has said that 6,000 staff will be cut from the NHS Test and Trace system in England by the end of the month, following criticism of its efficiency.

ONS: April to June brings largest quarterly employment decline in over ten years

Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that employment fell by 220,000 between April and June 2020, the largest quarterly decline since May to July 2009 during the financial crisis.

PM hints at changes to UK asylum laws after Brexit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that his government must weigh up changing asylum laws after Brexit to deter migrants from attempting to cross the English Channel, calling it “very, very difficult” to legally return those who make the crossing from France at present.

Williamson: "Little evidence" that Covid-19 is "transmitted at school"

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that there is “little evidence” of Covid-19 transmission occurring in schools, as educational institutions prepare to reopen.

Burnham: Government will need to consider trade-offs if Test and Trace is not “fixed”

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has warned that the government may need to consider trade-offs such as closing pubs to allow schools to reopen safely if the NHS Test and Trace system is not “fixed urgently”.

UK and Japan nearing trade deal

The UK and Japan are aiming to have the outline of a post-Brexit trade deal agreed by the end of August following face-to-face talks in London last week.

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.

Inquiry launched into Channel crossings

MPs have launched in inquiry into incidents of people attempting to illegally enter the UK by crossing the English Channel in small boats, after it emerged that over 1,000 migrants came into the country in this manner over July.

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