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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”.

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.

Ministers weighing-up loss cap on gambling websites, the Telegraph reports

Ministers are considering plans to introduce a £100 loss limit on gambling websites to reduce risk to lower-income players, following a report by the Social Market Foundation.

Jenrick talks up planning system changes

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said that the draft changes to England’s planning system will "be faster" and "build better quality homes".

Ross named new Scottish Conservatives leader

Moray MP Douglas Ross has been confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives, having been the only candidate to put his name forward by the deadline of noon on Wednesday.

ODEP and Beyond Compliance respond to Cumberlege Review

The publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review titled First Do No Harm on July 8 was a key moment for the healthcare sector, as it honed in on three interventions which have caused avoidable harm to thousands of people. Writing for The Parliamentary Review, chairman of the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel [ODEP] and the Beyond Compliance Advisory Group, Keith Tucker, welcomed the long-awaited findings of the report, after it had been commissioned two-and-a-half years ago during Jeremy Hunt's stint as health secretary.

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