Mayor Andy Burnham blames Chancellor Rishi Sunak for being ‘the problem’ in Tier 3 lockdown row

A growing feud between Andy Burnham and top ministers is set to intensify after the Labour mayor labelled Rishi Sunak ‘the problem’  in a row over tighter coronavirus restrictions in Greater Manchester. The mayor of Greater Manchester, who has called for more financial support for the area after it was plunged into a Tier 3 lockdown, … Read more Mayor Andy Burnham blames Chancellor Rishi Sunak for being ‘the problem’ in Tier 3 lockdown row

Government worry over Andy Burnham’s soapbox moment

Burnham’s enjoying a ‘soapbox moment’: Manchester Mayor accused of attention seeking as Treasury warns Boris not to write blank cheque Chancellor Rishi Sunak was warned the PM about caving in to Andy Burnham The Manchester mayor wishes to secure additional funding for his region  Downing Street sources are worried about what may happen in this … Read more Government worry over Andy Burnham’s soapbox moment

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns circuit-breaker lockdown could cost jobs and close businesses

Rishi Sunak has warned a ‘blunt’ circuit-breaker national lockdown could cause ‘permanent damage,’ to UK jobs and firms.  There are growing calls, particularly from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, for a two-week circuit breaker to be implemented as a means of slowing the Covid-19 infection rate. Manchester and Lancashire could well join Liverpool under Tier … Read more Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns circuit-breaker lockdown could cost jobs and close businesses

Amazon will NOT be impacted by £500m digital services tax – but smaller retailers will be

Amazon will NOT be impacted by £500m digital services tax – but smaller retailers will be, HMRC admits Two per cent on tax on internet giants will not impact Amazon, HMRC admits  Treasury said Digital Services Tax would make companies pay ‘fair contribution’ Business leaders say the tax is penalising smaller companies who use Amazon   … Read more Amazon will NOT be impacted by £500m digital services tax – but smaller retailers will be

He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS 

He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS By Simon Walters for the Daily Mail Published: 22:11 BST, 13 October 2020 | Updated: 00:21 BST, 14 October 2020 The image spoke volumes. At Monday’s dramatic press conference, Boris Johnson was flanked by two of the most influential men … Read more He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS 

Top think-tank warns Rishi Sunak to avoid ‘act of self-sabotage’ over taxes

Increasing taxes to pay for the Covid crisis would be ‘an act of self-sabotage’ which would derail Britain’s economic recovery, Rishi Sunak was warned last night. The Chancellor has repeatedly signalled that tax rises will be needed to repair the battered public finances. With Britain’s national debt topping £2trillion for the first time and borrowing … Read more Top think-tank warns Rishi Sunak to avoid ‘act of self-sabotage’ over taxes

Cabinet hawks Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson sideline Matt Hancock over lockdown

Matt Hancock appears to have lost a Cabinet battle over control of the coronavirus restrictions after he was sidelined by the Prime Minister last night. Boris Johnson was flanked by hawkish Chancellor Rishi Sunak as he unveiled new lockdown measures last night that placed millions of people into a stricter regime to control the pandemic. … Read more Cabinet hawks Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson sideline Matt Hancock over lockdown

Kurt Geiger boss calls decision to axe duty-free shopping ‘ludicrous’

Boss of fashion giant Kurt Geiger slams Rishi Sunak’s decision to axe duty-free shopping as ‘ludicrous’ Kurt Geiger boss Neil Clifford has slammed decision to stop duty-free shopping He has called the ‘ludicrous’ decision to end VAT refunds a ‘staggering own goal’ Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the proposed policy change in September  By Francesca Washtell … Read more Kurt Geiger boss calls decision to axe duty-free shopping ‘ludicrous’

UK unemployment will soar to almost THREE MILLION by Christmas

Jobless total will soar to almost THREE MILLION by Christmas: Dire outlook as experts predict 1.5million people are set to lose their jobs before the end of the year The CEBR says new furlough scheme is ‘unlikely to prevent a major loss of jobs’ The new scheme will now pay two-thirds of wages for staff … Read more UK unemployment will soar to almost THREE MILLION by Christmas