With pubs and restaurants in the north of England due to close next week, workers would pay two-thirds of their wages. It comes as figures show the economy grew only 2.1% in August – well below what was expected and a dramatic slowdown in the recovery.
Elsewhere, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is holding ‘escalated’ Brexit talks with his British counterpart Lord Frost in London today – less than a week before the deadline Boris Johnson took. imposed to enter into a trade agreement.
Government “hits red pen” in northern economy, say Labor
Phantom Labor Minister Lucy Powell spoke of ‘fury’ in the north over the coronavirus brakes set to arrive next week – and the lack of clarity on how, why and when they will be imposed.
“There is a tremendous amount of frustration, and frankly fury, here in the north over the way we are being treated by this government,” she told the BBC. Breakfast. “They appear to be sitting in desks in Whitehall, slapping a red pen across large swathes of our economy and our society.”
Powell also told Sky News she was concerned the new local leave payments “may not be enough” to help affected workers, and called on the government to resume giving cash grants to businesses “urgently. “.
Large parts of northern England are expected to be placed in the top tier when the government’s new three-tier traffic light system rolls out – possibly as early as Monday.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 9:24 AM
Manchester mayor wants existing leave program extended
Will Rishi Sunak’s plan go far enough for northern leaders? Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has warned that “the damage to the economy of the month will be profound and lasting” if the government does not extend the full holiday program.
Reacting to news of the loss of 465 jobs at Manchester Airport, he tweeted: “The government’s line is that these jobs are ‘unsustainable’. I say they are.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 9:13 AM
Media leaks on the borders of Covid become “corrosive”, according to the minister
Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi has tried to put a brave face to these new GDP figures revealing a struggling economy.
“It’s a really tough year economically,” he told BBC’s Breakfast. “Without a doubt, 2020 will be a difficult year. The direction of movement is still positive, it is still a growth of more than 2%. “
The minister declined to confirm the government’s plans for further restrictions expected next week – widely informed to the media – and said the “leaks” to the newspapers were becoming “corrosive”.
Zahawi told Sky News: “It’s such a shame that people are running away from this stuff and I hope anyone who does stop it because it’s actually counterproductive, it’s confusing and it’s corrosive. “
Asked about a £ 3,000 pay rise for MPs, Zahawi said he would consider donating it to a charity in his constituency.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:59 AM
UK economic recovery slows dramatically
The UK economy grew only 2.1% in August as the recovery from the lockdown slowed – despite Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out program, official figures show.
The latest monthly GDP estimate, which is well below analysts’ growth forecast of 4.6 percent, will raise serious concerns for the Chancellor.
It came after a 6.6 percent increase in production in July. The slowdown means the economy remains 9.2% below its pre-pandemic peak, the Bureau of National Statistics reported.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:47 AM
Four million families to lose 13% of benefits
Much of today’s attention will be on the new leave payment, but many families stand to lose money. Plans to remove the £ 20-per-week increase in universal credit, according to a new report, would see four million families lose 13% of their benefits.
The government has so far resisted pressure to drop measures to end the additional payment for the pandemic from April 2021, which would result in loss of income of £ 1,040 per year for applicants.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report says withdrawing the additional payment would mean a “significant drop” in the finances of families affected by the move.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:44 AM
EU chief negotiator in London for ‘intensified’ Brexit negotiations
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is in London today for talks with his British counterpart Lord Frost – less than a week before the deadline Boris Johnson imposed on himself to reach a deal commercial.
The prime minister’s official spokesperson said after the talks concluded on Friday they would resume in Brussels “early next week”.
Despite the urgency of trying to achieve some form of breakthrough ahead of the EU Council summit, negotiators are not expected to continue discussions this weekend.
The spokesperson for No 10 declared: “We have been perfectly clear on the need to work in view of the European Council on 15 October. The EU has agreed to intensify talks, these took place this week and you will see more next week. “
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:33 AM
One third of infections spread in pubs, minister says
Almost a third of all coronavirus infections spread in pubs, restaurants and other places of hospitality, said Minister of Business, Nadhim Zahawi.
Evidence presented to MPs has shown that about 30% of all Covid-19 cases are contracted through visits to places such as pubs and restaurants, Mr Zahawi told the BBC on Friday morning.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:26 AM
Rishi Sunak to announce local holiday schedule
We expect the Chancellor to announce local support measures for workers at bars and restaurants forced to close due to new coronavirus restrictions expected to take place next week.
The new regime will see workers pay two-thirds of their wages until companies are allowed to reopen, according to Time.
That won’t quite be enough to meet union demands that the treasury match the 80 percent rate of the initial leave program – but it goes beyond Sunak’s wage support measures announced in late September.
Adam ForrestOctober 9, 2020 8:13 AM