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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.

PMQs: Government guilty of being complacent over national security, Labour leader says

Speaking at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the government has been complacent with the UK’s national security and has left a “serious gap in our defences”.

More stringent security laws considered following Russia report

The government is weighing up strengthening security laws after a report by MPs suggested that it has “badly underestimated” the threat of Russian interference in the UK.

Met police refers itself for investigation after finding no evidence of misconduct

After conducting its own reviews and finding no evidence of misconduct, the Met police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Home secretary promises overhaul of Home Office culture in response to Windrush scandal

Home secretary Priti Patel has promised a “full evaluation” of the Home Office's 'hostile environment' policy in response to the Windrush scandal, adding that the £1.5 million Windrush compensation scheme was “just the beginning”.

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers in line for pay rise

Around 900,000 public sector workers will receive an above-inflation pay rise, chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.

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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