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Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has warned that Rishi Sunak’s new £ 500million grant package for vulnerable households shows the Chancellor knows there is a problem with the rising cost of living .
“It shows me that there is a realization that there is a problem – but the scale is not understood,” Sir Iain reportedly said.
Labor has called the package, designed to help up to 4 million people, a “sticky plaster”.
And with the end of the government’s leave program, a minister admitted that it was “impossible” to know how many people will lose their jobs this winter.
Simon Clarke, Chief Treasury Secretary, added: “Obviously there will be a variety of outcomes… Jobs will be created just as some have unfortunately been lost, this is part of the process of ending this crisis and back to normal.”
Estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that nearly a million workers are still expected to receive support at the end of the month, while economists have warned that unemployment is likely to rise.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned this week that workers in London would likely be hit hardest by the end of the program, with employees in the capital in “the most precarious position”.
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Jane daltonSeptember 30, 2021 2:04 PM
Mayor of London asks police “serious questions” over Sarah Everard murder
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “serious questions” about the murder of Sarah Everard by a police officer should be answered, but did not call for the resignation of Met Police Chief Cressida Dick.
“There are serious questions that need to be answered about how we make sure something like this never happens again, and I am determined that the lessons are not only learned by the police, but implemented.” Khan said in a statement.
You can find all of his comments below:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 1:06 PM
Opinion: “The leave has only delayed the important changes that will overcome us soon”
The leave scheme has only delayed major changes in the UK labor market brought about by Covid-19 and Brexit, accelerating trends towards working from home and e-commerce, according to our commentator. Sean O’Grady.
As the employment support program ends today, Sean writes:
“We are on the verge of unprecedented convulsions in the labor market due to the after-effects of two shocks external to the system – Covid and Brexit – and their interaction. The only thing we can be sure of is that there will be pain.
“As in similar periods of protracted economic dislocation in the 1930s and 1980s, dilapidated areas of high unemployment and growing poverty will coexist uncomfortably with booming and understaffed regions. The new jobs will be in the wrong trades in the wrong places and will arise at the wrong time in people’s lives.
You can find its entirety below:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 12:55 PM
Our journalist, Jon stone, has more details on Harriet Harman’s call for the resignation of Met Police Chief Cressida Dick below:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 12:35
Met police chief must resign after Sarah Everard murder, senior Labor MP says
Labor MP Harriet Harman has called on the Metropolitan Police Chief to resign over the murder of Sarah Everard – who was killed by a police officer after being kidnapped under the guise of a false arrest earlier this year.
“Sarah Everard was just walking home. Women must be able to trust the police, not to fear them, ”Ms. Harman said Thursday after the officer was sentenced to life in prison.
“Women’s confidence in the police will have been shattered. Urgent action needed. The commissioner met must resign.
You can find his letter below:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 12:29 PM
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has warned that Rishi Sunak’s new £ 500million grant package for vulnerable households shows the Chancellor knows there is a problem with the rising cost of living as the UK heads into winter.
“It shows me that there is a realization that there is a problem – but the scale is not understood,” Sir Iain said, as reported by the BBC’s Nick Eardley.
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 12:08 PM
Big polluting countries must put in place ambitious climate plans, says Sharma
Major polluting countries must keep their pledge to present more ambitious plans to tackle climate change ahead of Cop26 talks, the summit chairman said.
Alok Sharma warned on Thursday that countries had failed to meet all necessary emission reduction or funding commitments, just one month away from the United Nations conference in Glasgow.
“The ball is in the court of all the G20 countries that did not come forward, and we have to see them keep their promise,” Sharma said.
Some of the world’s biggest emitters, like China and India, have yet to come up with new action plans – which they pledged to do ahead of Cop26 earlier this year.
He added that there was still work to be done to meet the commitment of $ 100 billion per year in climate finance to help poorer countries tackle climate change.
“People around the world recognize that climate is a great leveler, it doesn’t recognize borders, it affects absolutely every country on Earth, and that’s why we need to work together collectively on this,” Mr. Sharma.
“We’re already at 1.2 ° C of average global warming, and I think to very many people that may not seem like a lot, but you are seeing the impacts of it literally being felt in every country in the world.
“In the last few months alone, you’ve seen terrible flooding in China, loss of life, you’ve seen flooding in Central Europe, forest fires in North America, we’ve seen record temperatures in Europe. “
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 11:54 AM
Our journalist, Isobel lewis, has more details below on Sir Keir Starmer’s comments today on the James Bond film series:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 11:30 AM
ICYMI: Starmer presents himself as a serious leader for tough times
Yesterday in his conference address Sir Keir Starmer attempted to portray himself as the serious leader Britain needs to overcome multiple crises, unlike Boris Johnson – whom he called a “trivial man” without plan.
The Labor leader said on Wednesday he wanted to reposition his party in order to win the next general election, as he took on rowdy leftists and celebrated the achievements of the Blair and Brown governments.
Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has more discourse analysis below:
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 11:20 AM
On a milestone in the entertainment world, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said this morning that he believes the next James Bond should be played by a woman.
“I don’t have a favorite Bond, but I think it’s time for a female Bond,” Sir Keir told ITV.
Conrad DuncanSeptember 30, 2021 10:57 AM