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Sunak commits to Civil Service cuts as part of plan for Whitehall ‘shake-up’

Sunak commits to Civil Service cuts as part of plan for Whitehall ‘shake-up’

Rishi Sunak has committed to cutting Civil Service jobs as part of a “shake up” of the “bloated post-Covid state” that would also require senior civil servants to spend a year working outside of Whitehall if they want promotion. The Sunak campaign said the plans for the Civil Service include cutting the “back office” headcount, …

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NI Secretary urges Stormont politicians to resurrect powersharing government

NI Secretary urges Stormont politicians to resurrect powersharing government

Northern Ireland Secretary Shailesh Vara has urged the parties to agree the resurrection of powersharing government at Stormont. He has not ruled out cutting MLAs’ salaries, but said he would prefer to see politicians agree to the return of the Assembly. Earlier, Sinn Fein’s Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill said she had no confidence that the …

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Warning over ‘dangerous’ flooding in cities and rural areas

Warning over ‘dangerous’ flooding in cities and rural areas

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for most of the UK on Monday and Tuesday as conditions could cause flash flooding, transport disruption and power cuts. The weather warning will stay in place for southern England on Wednesday, where communities could be cut off by flooded roads, and the chance of fast …

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Starmer pledges to freeze fuel bills by extending windfall tax

Starmer pledges to freeze fuel bills by extending windfall tax

The Labour leader said the £29 billion plan to address the “national emergency” would freeze the energy price cap at its current level of £1,971 for six months from October, saving the average household £1,000. He contrasted Labour’s proposal with the inaction of “lame duck” Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the “internal battle” of the …

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PM available for ‘urgent’ decisions while on holiday, says Downing Street

PM available for ‘urgent’ decisions while on holiday, says Downing Street

Mr Johnson, who took a holiday earlier this month despite warnings of further inflation and the threat of a recession later this year, is now on another break. It was reported over the weekend that Mr Johnson is spending a week in Greece, with locals spotting him shopping alongside wife Carrie in a supermarket in …

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Harry and Meghan to visit UK next month for first time since Jubilee

Harry and Meghan to visit UK next month for first time since Jubilee

Harry and Meghan will also travel to Germany as part of their trip to support “several charities close to their hearts”, their spokesperson said. The couple will head to Manchester for the One Young World Summit, an event which brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries, on September 5. Meghan, a counsellor for …

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Thunder, lightning and floods predicted over the next few days

Thunder, lightning and floods predicted over the next few days

The Met Office has implemented the warning for Scotland and Northern Ireland until 11.59pm on Monday and 11.59pm for all of England and Wales on Tuesday after a change in air pressure led to dramatic showers. Power cuts and delays and cancellations in trains and buses are predicted, while spray and sudden flooding could lead …

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