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The cross-party Commons Treasury committee has expressed concerns about reports that Liz Truss, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest, may hold an emergency budget in September without asking the Office for Budget Responsibility to update its fiscal and economic forecast.

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The OBR usually publishes a new forecast alongside a budget, and it provides an independent assessment of what impact the budget measures will have. The system was put in place by George Osborne to discourage the Treasury from making dubious claims about what its tax and spending announcements might be able to achieve.

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Mel Stride, the Conservative MP (and Rishi Sunak supporter) who chairs the committee, has written to the Treasury and the OBR asking for assurances that both organisations are doing what they can to ensure that the OBR can produce a new forecast in time for a possible budget on 14 or 21 September. Stride said:

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OBR forecasts provide transparency and reassurance to the markets on the health of the nation’s finances. As a committee, we expect the Treasury to be supporting and enabling the OBR to publish an independent forecast at the time of any significant fiscal event, especially where, unlike other recent fiscal interventions, this might include significant permanent tax cuts.

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Whether such an event is actually called a budget or not is immaterial. The reassurance of independent forecasting is vital in these economically turbulent times. To bring in significant tax cuts without a forecast would be ill advised. It is effectively ‘flying blind’.

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Truss has not confirmed that she would stop the OBR producing a new forecast ahead of a September budget. Her allies have suggested that there might not be time for the OBR to do the work, but OBR sources dispute this.

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The National Grid has doubled the length of its annual emergency gas shortage drill from two to four days as the energy industry braces for supplies to potentially run out over the winter, my colleague Jasper Jolly reports.

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Philippe Commaret, managing director of EDF, has become the latest energy company boss to warn that customers are facing a dire winter. Announcing an initiative by the firm to ensure customers know what they can do to reduce their bills, Commaret told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

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We face, despite the support that the government has already announced, a dramatic and catastrophic winter for our customers.

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In fact, in January half of the UK households might be in fuel poverty. That’s the reason why we want to take actions in order to do everything we can do in order to help our customers.

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Commaret also said the government should consider a wide range of measures to keep bills down. He said:

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I think that all ideas in order to keep the bills for customers flat are really important and have all to be considered. There is not only one lever to be pulled but all levers have to be pulled right now because we face a catastrophic winter.

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A record 1,295 migrants arrived in the UK on Monday after crossing the Channel, PA Media reports. It is the highest daily total since current records began in 2018. PA says:

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Some 27 boats made the journey, the provisional Ministry of Defence (MoD) data said, which suggests an average of around 48 people per boat.

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The previous highest daily number was 1,185, on November 11 2021.

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Babies and several other young children, including some wrapped in blankets and wearing woollen hats, were among those seen being brought ashore in Dover on Monday.

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Life vests were pictured lying in piles on the Kent dockside after dinghies and other vessels were intercepted in the Channel.

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The crossings came after a three-day hiatus between Friday and Sunday when no arrivals were recorded.

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More than 22,600 people have arrived in the UK after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats such as dinghies so far in 2022, according to the figures.

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At the equivalent point in 2021, the cumulative total was just under 12,500.

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Overall, 28,526 people made the crossing last year.

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Good morning. We will hear from Boris Johnson for the first time since he got back from his holiday in Greece later today when he gives a speech to the International Crimea Platform, a virtual conference organised by the Ukrainian government, at 12.30pm. Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of the (most recent) Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The Conservative leadership contest has not been going on for quite that long (although it may feel like it) and at 7pm tonight Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will take part in the 10th official party hustings, in Birmingham. Truss remains the clear frontrunner, but her attempt to present herself to the party as the new Margaret Thatcher took a knock last night when Paul Johnson, head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the highly respected public spending thinktank, said her policies were more like those of Edward Heath. It is almost 50 years since Heath left office, but he remains a potent hate figure for many Tory rightwingers (which, given the current composition of the party, means many Tories).

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Johnson is not the first person to make this point about Truss’s policies. In an interview earlier this month, Michael Howard, the former party leader, revived the memory of the “Barber boom” as he explained why he thought Truss’s tax cuts would lead to higher inflation, more borrowing, recession and a Labour government (as Anthony Barber’s did under Heath).

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Truss, of course, does not agree. Ahead of tonight’s hustings she has set out her plan for the West Midlands economy. Here is an extract from the press release.

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Liz’s bold plan for the economy will tackle the Treasury orthodoxy and unleash the power of the private sector through lower taxes, better regulation and supply side reform. She will unshackle the private sector and get behind West Midlands firms, using their growth to turbocharge the UK economy.

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Liz’s low tax, low regulation investment zones will empower local leaders to bring new investment into the areas that need it most. A Truss government will deliver key infrastructure projects including the Midlands rail hub and support Andy Street [the Conservative West Midlands mayor] to ship the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill metro extension in full – and his efforts to receive the mandatory funds, together with by way of the brand new devolution deal. She will even put the federal government’s full weight behind efforts to deliver a battery gigafactory to the West Midlands, guaranteeing that the area continues to play a crucial function on the forefront of our financial growth.

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I attempt to observe the feedback under the road (BTL) but it surely is unimaginable to learn all of them. If you have got a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra seemingly to seek out it. I do attempt to reply questions, and in the event that they are of common curiosity, I’ll submit the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

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If you desire to appeal to my consideration rapidly, it’s in all probability higher to make use of Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you possibly can electronic mail me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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The cross-party Commons Treasury committee has expressed concerns about reports that Liz Truss, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest, may hold an emergency budget in September without asking the Office for Budget Responsibility to update its fiscal and economic forecast.

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The OBR usually publishes a new forecast alongside a budget, and it provides an independent assessment of what impact the budget measures will have. The system was put in place by George Osborne to discourage the Treasury from making dubious claims about what its tax and spending announcements might be able to achieve.

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Mel Stride, the Conservative MP (and Rishi Sunak supporter) who chairs the committee, has written to the Treasury and the OBR asking for assurances that both organisations are doing what they can to ensure that the OBR can produce a new forecast in time for a possible budget on 14 or 21 September. Stride said:

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OBR forecasts provide transparency and reassurance to the markets on the health of the nation’s finances. As a committee, we expect the Treasury to be supporting and enabling the OBR to publish an independent forecast at the time of any significant fiscal event, especially where, unlike other recent fiscal interventions, this might include significant permanent tax cuts.

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Whether such an event is actually called a budget or not is immaterial. The reassurance of independent forecasting is vital in these economically turbulent times. To bring in significant tax cuts without a forecast would be ill advised. It is effectively ‘flying blind’.

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Truss has not confirmed that she would stop the OBR producing a new forecast ahead of a September budget. Her allies have suggested that there might not be time for the OBR to do the work, but OBR sources dispute this.

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The National Grid has doubled the length of its annual emergency gas shortage drill from two to four days as the energy industry braces for supplies to potentially run out over the winter, my colleague Jasper Jolly reports.

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Philippe Commaret, managing director of EDF, has become the latest energy company boss to warn that customers are facing a dire winter. Announcing an initiative by the firm to ensure customers know what they can do to reduce their bills, Commaret told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

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We face, despite the support that the government has already announced, a dramatic and catastrophic winter for our customers.

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In fact, in January half of the UK households might be in fuel poverty. That’s the reason why we want to take actions in order to do everything we can do in order to help our customers.

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Commaret also said the government should consider a wide range of measures to keep bills down. He said:

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I think that all ideas in order to keep the bills for customers flat are really important and have all to be considered. There is not only one lever to be pulled but all levers have to be pulled right now because we face a catastrophic winter.

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A record 1,295 migrants arrived in the UK on Monday after crossing the Channel, PA Media reports. It is the highest daily total since current records began in 2018. PA says:

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Some 27 boats made the journey, the provisional Ministry of Defence (MoD) data said, which suggests an average of around 48 people per boat.

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The previous highest daily number was 1,185, on November 11 2021.

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Babies and several other young children, including some wrapped in blankets and wearing woollen hats, were among those seen being brought ashore in Dover on Monday.

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Life vests were pictured lying in piles on the Kent dockside after dinghies and other vessels were intercepted in the Channel.

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The crossings came after a three-day hiatus between Friday and Sunday when no arrivals were recorded.

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More than 22,600 people have arrived in the UK after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats such as dinghies so far in 2022, according to the figures.

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At the equivalent point in 2021, the cumulative total was just under 12,500.

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Overall, 28,526 people made the crossing last year.

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Good morning. We will hear from Boris Johnson for the first time since he got back from his holiday in Greece later today when he gives a speech to the International Crimea Platform, a virtual conference organised by the Ukrainian government, at 12.30pm. Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of the (most recent) Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The Conservative leadership contest has not been going on for quite that long (although it may feel like it) and at 7pm tonight Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will take part in the 10th official party hustings, in Birmingham. Truss remains the clear frontrunner, but her attempt to present herself to the party as the new Margaret Thatcher took a knock last night when Paul Johnson, head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the highly respected public spending thinktank, said her policies were more like those of Edward Heath. It is almost 50 years since Heath left office, but he remains a potent hate figure for many Tory rightwingers (which, given the current composition of the party, means many Tories).

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Johnson is not the first person to make this point about Truss’s policies. In an interview earlier this month, Michael Howard, the former party leader, revived the memory of the “Barber boom” as he explained why he thought Truss’s tax cuts would lead to higher inflation, more borrowing, recession and a Labour government (as Anthony Barber’s did under Heath).

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Truss, of course, does not agree. Ahead of tonight’s hustings she has set out her plan for the West Midlands economy. Here is an extract from the press release.

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Liz’s bold plan for the economy will tackle the Treasury orthodoxy and unleash the power of the private sector through lower taxes, better regulation and supply side reform. She will unshackle the private sector and get behind West Midlands firms, using their growth to turbocharge the UK economy.

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Liz’s low tax, low regulation investment zones will empower local leaders to bring new investment into the areas that need it most. A Truss government will deliver key infrastructure projects including the Midlands rail hub and support Andy Street [the Conservative West Midlands mayor] to ship the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill metro extension in full – and his efforts to receive the mandatory funds, together with by way of the brand new devolution deal. She will even put the federal government’s full weight behind efforts to deliver a battery gigafactory to the West Midlands, guaranteeing that the area continues to play a crucial function on the forefront of our financial growth.

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I attempt to observe the feedback under the road (BTL) but it surely is unimaginable to learn all of them. If you have got a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra seemingly to seek out it. I do attempt to reply questions, and in the event that they are of common curiosity, I’ll submit the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

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If you desire to appeal to my consideration rapidly, it’s in all probability higher to make use of Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you possibly can electronic mail me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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Truss ought to let OBR to provide new forecast alongside emergency funds in September, Treasury committee says

The cross-party Commons Treasury committee has expressed issues about stories that Liz Truss, the frontrunner within the Tory management contest, could maintain an emergency funds in September with out asking the Workplace for Funds Accountability to replace its fiscal and financial forecast.

The OBR often publishes a brand new forecast alongside a funds, and it supplies an impartial evaluation of what influence the funds measures may have. The system was put in place by George Osborne to discourage the Treasury from making doubtful claims about what its tax and spending bulletins may have the option to realize.

Mel Stride, the Conservative MP (and Rishi Sunak supporter) who chairs the committee, has written to the Treasury and the OBR asking for assurances that each organisations are doing what they’ll to make sure that the OBR can produce a brand new forecast in time for a doable funds on 14 or 21 September. Stride stated:

OBR forecasts present transparency and reassurance to the markets on the well being of the nation’s funds. As a committee, we anticipate the Treasury to be supporting and enabling the OBR to publish an impartial forecast on the time of any important fiscal occasion, particularly the place, in contrast to different current fiscal interventions, this may embody important everlasting tax cuts.

Whether or not such an occasion is definitely known as a funds or not is immaterial. The reassurance of impartial forecasting is important in these economically turbulent instances. To usher in important tax cuts and not using a forecast could be unwell suggested. It’s successfully ‘flying blind’.

Truss has not confirmed that she would cease the OBR producing a brand new forecast forward of a September funds. Her allies have recommended that there may not be time for the OBR to do the work, however OBR sources dispute this.

Mel Stride.
Mel Stride. {Photograph}: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Mel Stride, the Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Treasury committee and who’s supporting Rishi Sunak for the Tory management, agrees with Paul Johnson’s evaluation of Liz Truss’s tax plans. (See 8.52am.)

Says what it is advisable to know. Let's keep away from one other Heath/Barber growth adopted by extra inflation, larger rate of interest hikes and defeat at the following election. As Nigel Lawson has recognised solely @RishiSunak has the plan to tame inflation after which responsibly reduce taxes #Ready4Rishi https://t.co/SJEBih0He6

— Mel Stride (@MelJStride) August 23, 2022

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Says what it is advisable to know. Let’s keep away from one other Heath/Barber growth adopted by extra inflation, larger rate of interest hikes and defeat at the following election. As Nigel Lawson has recognised solely @RishiSunak has the plan to tame inflation after which responsibly reduce taxes #Ready4Rishi https://t.co/SJEBih0He6

— Mel Stride (@MelJStride) August 23, 2022

Lots of of docs in Wales at the moment are extra seemingly to go away the Welsh NHS in consequence of a “disappointing” pay deal introduced final month, the British Medical Affiliation has claimed. PA Media stories:

Greater than a 3rd of the 1,397 docs who responded to the BMA Cymru survey stated they’re indignant over the Welsh authorities’s supply of a 4.5% wage enhance.

Some 79% of them stated the under inflation pay rise, which can apply to consultants, junior docs and GPs, had additional decreased morale.

Thrice as many members responded to their survey in contrast with final yr, which the BMA stated exhibits the power of feeling inside the occupation.

Over half of these – greater than 700 docs – stated the most recent pay resolution meant they have been extra seemingly to go away the well being service.

Nationwide Grid extends annual fuel scarcity drill amid winter provide fears

The Nationwide Grid has doubled the size of its annual emergency fuel scarcity drill from two to 4 days because the vitality trade braces for provides to probably run out over the winter, my colleague Jasper Jolly stories.

Prospects face ‘catastrophic winter’ as a result of of rising costs, says vitality boss

Philippe Commaret, managing director of EDF, has grow to be the most recent vitality firm boss to warn that prospects are dealing with a dire winter. Saying an initiative by the agency to make sure prospects know what they’ll do to cut back their payments, Commaret advised BBC Radio 4’s At the moment programme:

We face, regardless of the assist that the federal government has already introduced, a dramatic and catastrophic winter for our prospects.

In reality, in January half of the UK households may be in gas poverty. That’s the explanation why we wish to take actions with the intention to do the whole lot we are able to do with the intention to assist our prospects.

Commaret additionally stated the federal government ought to contemplate a big selection of measures to hold payments down. He stated:

I believe that every one concepts with the intention to hold the payments for purchasers flat are actually necessary and have all to be thought-about. There will not be just one lever to be pulled however all levers need to be pulled right away as a result of we face a catastrophic winter.

Day by day arrivals in UK from small boats crossing Channel reached report excessive on Monday, figures present

A report 1,295 migrants arrived within the UK on Monday after crossing the Channel, PA Media stories. It’s the best each day whole since present information started in 2018. PA says:

Some 27 boats made the journey, the provisional Ministry of Defence (MoD) knowledge stated, which suggests a median of round 48 individuals per boat.

The earlier highest each day quantity was 1,185, on November 11 2021.

Infants and a number of other different younger kids, together with some wrapped in blankets and sporting woollen hats, have been amongst these seen being introduced ashore in Dover on Monday.

Life vests have been pictured mendacity in piles on the Kent dockside after dinghies and different vessels have been intercepted within the Channel.

The crossings got here after a three-day hiatus between Friday and Sunday when no arrivals have been recorded.

Greater than 22,600 individuals have arrived within the UK after navigating busy delivery lanes from France in small boats similar to dinghies to this point in 2022, in accordance with the figures.

On the equal level in 2021, the cumulative whole was just below 12,500.

General, 28,526 individuals made the crossing final yr.

Yesterday the polling firm Redfield and Wilton Methods printed a ballot that implies Labour has a 12-point lead over the Conservatives, its largest lead since Boris Johnson resigned.

Labour leads by 12%, largest lead since Boris Johnson's resignation.

Westminster Voting Intention (21 August):

Labour 43% (+2)
Conservative 31% (-3)
Liberal Democrat 13% (+1)
Inexperienced 5% (–)
SNP 5% (+1)
Reform UK 3% (–)
Different 2% (-1)

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— Redfield & Wilton Methods (@RedfieldWilton) August 22, 2022

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Labour leads by 12%, largest lead since Boris Johnson’s resignation.

Westminster Voting Intention (21 August):

Labour 43% (+2)
Conservative 31% (-3)
Liberal Democrat 13% (+1)
Inexperienced 5% (–)
SNP 5% (+1)
Reform UK 3% (–)
Different 2% (-1)

Modifications +/- 14 Augusthttps://t.co/Pt3WwEIMHQ pic.twitter.com/jDq52ETFns

— Redfield & Wilton Methods (@RedfieldWilton) August 22, 2022

The Redfield and Wilton polling means that, quickly after Johnson resigned, Labour’s lead shrunk – maybe as a result of, with Johnson on his manner out, certainly one of the components that made the Tories unpopular was now not in play. However extra lately the Labour lead has began to develop once more. That may be a consequence of rising alarm concerning the vitality payments disaster, and assist for Labour’s plan for a worth cap freeze (a uncommon instance of a coverage announcement that appears to have single-handedly generated a big ballot enhance). And it would be the case that, the extra individuals see of the Tory management contest, the much less they just like the celebration. Here’s a UK ballot of polls from Politico, displaying how common polling outcomes (based mostly on figures from all main polling organisations) have fluctuated in current weeks.

Uk poll of polls
Uk ballot of polls {Photograph}: Politico

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is to chair a particular summit to talk about what may be accomplished to mitigate the influence of hovering vitality payments, PA Media stories. PA says:

With warnings that the common quantity UK households pay for his or her fuel and electrical energy may attain £6,000 subsequent yr, Sturgeon is bringing collectively representatives from each the facility corporations and shopper teams to contemplate what assist may be offered.

Sturgeon has already warned many households will face “destitution and devastation” if vitality costs enhance once more in October.

The vitality worth cap presently limits funds for home prospects to a most of £1,971 a yr. However regulators at Ofgem are as a consequence of announce the revised restrict on Friday – when the cap is predicted to rise to £3,576, with additional will increase then anticipated in 2023.

The Poverty Alliance director, Peter Kelly, welcomed the summit, which his organisation might be attending together with Vitality Motion Scotland.

Kelly stated: “Throughout the nation, persons are more and more being swept up amid a rising tide of hardship. However with the vitality worth cap as a consequence of enhance in October, that tide threatens to grow to be a flood. Households up and down Scotland are scared of what the colder months will deliver and the chances are – with out additional motion – lives and life possibilities might be at danger. The scenario may scarcely be extra pressing.”

Vitality suppliers Scottish Energy, Ovo Vitality and E.ON are additionally as a consequence of participate in as we speak’s summit, with Sturgeon having already insisted that the rise within the cap in October “can’t be allowed to go forward”.

Sharon Graham, the Unite common secretary, advised Sky Information that she would love the Labour celebration to be extra “upfront” about supporting staff. In an interview with Sky Information, principally concerning the strike by dock staff at Felixstowe, she stated:

I actually stood on a mandate that I needed unions to return to what it says on the commerce union tin – deal with jobs, pay and situations – and that’s what I’ve been doing.

In fact I would love Labour to do extra, after all I need them to do extra to assist staff in a extra upfront manner. However, fairly frankly, what I’m centered on is the job at hand.

Unite members on a picket line at Felixstowe on Monday
Unite members on a picket line at Felixstowe on Monday.
{Photograph}: Anadolu Company/Getty Photos

Truss’ tax plan is extra like Heath’s than Thatcher’s, says IFS boss

Good morning. We are going to hear from Boris Johnson for the primary time since he obtained again from his vacation in Greece later as we speak when he provides a speech to the Worldwide Crimea Platform, a digital convention organised by the Ukrainian authorities, at 12.30pm. Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of the (most up-to-date) Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Conservative management contest has not been happening for fairly that lengthy (even though it could really feel prefer it) and at 7pm tonight Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will participate within the tenth official celebration hustings, in Birmingham. Truss stays the clear frontrunner, however her try and current herself to the celebration as the brand new Margaret Thatcher took a knock final evening when Paul Johnson, head of the Institute for Fiscal Research, the extremely revered public spending thinktank, stated her insurance policies have been extra like these of Edward Heath. It is nearly 50 years since Heath left workplace, however he stays a potent hate determine for a lot of Tory rightwingers (which, given the present composition of the celebration, means many Tories).

Slicing taxes and rising deficit in face of excessive inflation has clear echoes of Ted Heath in 1973. Couldn’t be farther from Thatcher who famously took v unpopular resolution to boost taxes in 1981 to administer deficit and inflation. https://t.co/6ULlSfygrE

— Paul Johnson (@PJTheEconomist) August 22, 2022

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Slicing taxes and rising deficit in face of excessive inflation has clear echoes of Ted Heath in 1973. Couldn’t be farther from Thatcher who famously took v unpopular resolution to boost taxes in 1981 to administer deficit and inflation. https://t.co/6ULlSfygrE

— Paul Johnson (@PJTheEconomist) August 22, 2022

Johnson will not be the primary particular person to make this level about Truss’s insurance policies. In an interview earlier this month, Michael Howard, the previous celebration chief, revived the reminiscence of the “Barber growth” as he defined why he thought Truss’s tax cuts would result in increased inflation, extra borrowing, recession and a Labour authorities (as Anthony Barber’s did below Heath).

Truss, after all, doesn’t agree. Forward of tonight’s hustings she has set out her plan for the West Midlands economic system. Right here is an extract from the press launch.

Liz’s daring plan for the economic system will sort out the Treasury orthodoxy and unleash the facility of the personal sector by decrease taxes, higher regulation and provide aspect reform. She’s going to unshackle the personal sector and get behind West Midlands corporations, utilizing their progress to turbocharge the UK economic system.

Liz’s low tax, low regulation funding zones will empower native leaders to deliver new funding into the areas that want it most. A Truss authorities will ship key infrastructure initiatives together with the Midlands rail hub and assist Andy Avenue [the Conservative West Midlands mayor] to ship the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill metro extension in full – and his efforts to receive the mandatory funds, together with by way of the brand new devolution deal. She will even put the federal government’s full weight behind efforts to deliver a battery gigafactory to the West Midlands, guaranteeing that the area continues to play a crucial function on the forefront of our financial growth.

I attempt to observe the feedback under the road (BTL) but it surely is unimaginable to learn all of them. If you have got a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra seemingly to seek out it. I do attempt to reply questions, and in the event that they are of common curiosity, I’ll submit the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

If you desire to appeal to my consideration rapidly, it’s in all probability higher to make use of Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

Alternatively, you possibly can electronic mail me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com


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