Sunak serves up bold statement for uncertain times
It is finally time to set Britain's caged economy free. That was the clear message from Rishi Sunak, the Treasury's resident hawk, as he flapped his wings in the face of overcaution not just from the Department of Health - but Number 10 itself. Notable for its lack of jargon and brevity, at just 25 minutes, the Chancellor delivered his rescue package with bullet-point succinctness. His radical £30billion rescue package for jobs and the economy will see restaurant meals subsidised by the Government. Ordinarily, Tories would baulk at the idea of such a spending splurge. Camilla Tominey writes that Mr Sunak put the compassionate back into Conservative. Parliamentary Sketchwriter Michael Deacon watched Labour not knowing what to do about the rising star. But Allister Heath warns that Mr Sunak's next challenge is to unleash an entrepreneurial revolution and create millions of genuine, unsubsidised jobs.
Mr Sunak announced a VAT cut for the hospitality industry, stamp duty holiday, restaurant discounts and a suite of measures to boost hiring in his mini-Budget. This is how the half-price dining scheme will work. Our at-a-glance guide explains everything you need to know about how all the measures will affect you. These will be the winners and losers. And Matt jokes about the downsides of half-price meals in today's cartoon.
Sage advisers sidelined as 'secretive' unit takes over
The Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies appears to have been sidelined as ministers take more direct control of the coronavirus crisis. Scientists expressed concern, as an expanded Joint Biosecurity Centre will take a more prominent role and Sage - led by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser, and Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer - will meet less frequently, as its subgroups advise the Government directly. Downing Street has appointed a senior spy to lead the new centre. Health Editor Laura Donnelly explains fears that the "secretive" unit's work and staffing is "shrouded in mystery".
Working week is now just three days, ONS reveals
British workers are now effectively working a three-day week compared to before the pandemic, new Government data suggests. The Office for National Statistics published figures showing early insights into the impact of Covid-19 on the labour market. Social Affairs Editor Gabriella Swerling reports how the data tracks the effects of the home-working revolution, resulting from the national lockdown. For tips on staying productive, read our guide to working from home successfully.
At a glance: More coronavirus headlines
- PPE | Calls for inquiry after Treasury reveals £15bn cost
- Travel | Scots banned from visiting Spain this summer
- Schooling | Boys doing less home learning than girls
- France | Second wave expected, but no new lockdown
- Serbia | Clashes force president to rethink restrictions
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Whitehall payoff | Sir Mark Sedwill was given an almost £250,000 payoff to step down from his role as the UK's most senior civil servant. A letter signed by Boris Johnson reveals his award in "consideration of his employment situation". It came as Sir Mark added to speculation he had been ousted from his role as he insisted he did not resign from the post.
- Breaking | Glee actress missing after boat trip with son aged four
- 'I'm dead' | George Floyd transcript reveals his last words
- Brexit | UK and EU could agree 'multi-annual' fishing deals
- Crane collapse | One dead and four injured in east London
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Around the world: Dystopia greets us again
In Melbourne, millions are returning to lockdown to fight an upsurge that is seeing more than 100 new cases reported each day. As panic buyers strip shelves, read Cristian Bonetto's account of closed borders and rationed toilet paper. View our gallery for more global images.
Comment and analysis
- William Sitwell | The Chancellor knows how to bolster a nation
- Juliet Samuel | Sorry, but Rishi Sunak's bribes are not enough
- Matthew Lynn | The old economy will not be coming back
- Jeremy Warner | Autumn Budget will need to be bolder than this
- Reader letters | Statues must remain for those who fought for UK
Editor's choice: Features and arts
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- Rock in a hard place | Farewell to Kerrang!, lone champion of working-class metalheads
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Business and money briefing
WTO race | Liam Fox, the ex-international trade secretary, is Britain's candidate to lead the World Trade Organisation. Downing Street has nominated the prominent Brexiteer to replace the Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo as director-general. These are his competitors.
- Second wave | The stocks to avoid in case of a new spike
- Investment tip | 'Quality' firm whose shares are unfairly punished
- Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist's latest work on world of finance
The £70m question | The world's most expensive goalkeeper has five years remaining on a seven-year contract. Should Chelsea take the pain and move on? Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace examines how the club can extricate itself from a costly Kepa Arrizabalaga problem.
- Geoffrey Boycott | First Test verdict: I would have picked Broad
- Spellbinding | Holding finds perfect pitch on Black Lives Matter
- West Ham United 0 Burnley 1 | Matt Law's match report
And finally... for this morning's downtime
Floor Is Lava | An idiotic children's playground game is now 2020's hottest game show. But it takes true genius - plus 100,000 gallons of slime - to look this stupid. Chris Stokel-Walker examines how Netflix's health and safety nightmare became a reality.