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Ministers are believed to have decided to wait until after the midterm break to decide whether they will apply so-called Plan B Covid restrictions.

Measures under consideration include restricting household mixing indoors this winter, as modeling data suggests that working from home and mandatory mask wear may not be enough to avoid an increase in hospitalizations.

The UK reported 263 deaths on Tuesday, a number higher than on any day since March 3, but the government will wait another two weeks before making its final decision on the matter, The independent understand.

It comes amid a damning report by MPs, which concludes that the NHS testing and tracing system has cost taxpayers ‘attractive’ sums of money and ‘failed to meet its primary purpose’ of enabling taxpayers. people to resume normal life.

The program was quickly put in place in May last year, with the aim of testing the country and tracing contacts of positive cases. But a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said, among other findings, that the program has failed “to achieve its primary goal of helping to break chains of transmission and enabling people to return to a more normal lifestyle ”.

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Budget ‘optimism’ boosted by expected post-Covid growth

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will hail a ‘new era of optimism’ in his budget amid forecasts that he will have more money than expected due to a rapid rebound in Covid.
Mr Sunak is expected to adopt an optimistic tone as he talks about building a ‘stronger economy of the future’, with the promise of higher wages, money for the NHS and investments in regional transport projects.
Its spending plans are expected to be bolstered by forecasts of faster-than-expected growth in the spring as the economy comes back to life since the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, analysts said.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the independent body whose forecasts guide budget spending, is expected to raise its growth outlook for 2021, lower its unemployment forecast and cut borrowing through higher tax revenues.
The EY Item Club, a UK economic forecasting group, estimates that the OBR will increase its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for 2021 to 7% growth from the 4% forecast in the last budget report in March. He also predicts that the OBR will reduce its estimate of the scale of the pandemic to 1%, which could increase the government’s budgetary position by £ 25 billion a year by 2025.
The temperature said the GDP growth figures, coupled with “favorable” employment figures, could give the Chancellor another £ 20 billion to 30 billion to spend.
Sam HancockOctober 27, 2021 8:10 AM
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Budget optimism is boosted by expected post-Covid growth

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will hail a ‘new era of optimism’ in his budget amid forecasts that he will have more money than expected due to a rapid rebound in Covid.
Mr Sunak is expected to adopt an optimistic tone as he talks about building a ‘stronger economy of the future’, with the promise of higher wages, money for the NHS and investments in regional transport projects.
Its spending plans are expected to be bolstered by forecasts of faster-than-expected growth in the spring as the economy comes back to life since the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, analysts said.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the independent body whose forecasts guide budget spending, is expected to raise its growth outlook for 2021, lower its unemployment forecast and cut borrowing through higher tax revenues.
The EY Item Club, a UK economic forecasting group, estimates that the OBR will increase its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for 2021 to 7% growth from the 4% forecast in the last budget report in March. He also predicts that the OBR will reduce its estimate of the scale of the pandemic to 1%, which could increase the government’s budgetary position by £ 25 billion a year by 2025.
The temperature said the GDP growth figures, coupled with “favorable” employment figures, could give the Chancellor another £ 20 billion to 30 billion to spend.
Sam HancockOctober 27, 2021 8:10 AM
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Test and Trace is costing taxpayers staggering amounts of money

The NHS Test and Trace has cost taxpayers ‘exhausting’ sums of money and ‘failed to achieve its primary purpose’ of getting people back to normal lives, a damning report from MPs concluded.
The program was quickly set up in May last year and led by Baroness Dido Harding, with the aim of testing the nation and tracing contacts of positive cases. But a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the program was “muddled” and a number of the program’s goals were “overestimated or not met.”
The failures come despite the program receiving the equivalent of 20% of the total annual NHS budget – £ 37bn over two years, writes Joe Middleton.
Sam HancockOctober 27, 2021 8:03 AM
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Ministers delay plan B decision by two weeks

Ministers will not make a decision on Covid-19 restrictions for two weeks until the impact of the half-term on infections is visible, The independent understand.
The UK reported 263 deaths on Tuesday, a number higher than on any day since March 3 at the end of the second wave, when 315 were reported.
It comes amid a growing clamor from experts and politicians to impose measures, including social distancing, as soon as possible. Labor has supported the imposition of Plan B measures and called on the government to implement them without “procrastinating or delaying”, reports our economic editor. Anna Isaac.
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