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Children aged 12 could get Covid vaccine as soon as next week

“Schoolchildren across England could start getting Covid-19 jabs as soon as next week as the chief medical officer prepares to give his endorsement. In advice to ministers Chris Whitty is expected to recommend that children aged 12 and over be included in the vaccination programme after concluding that it would be of benefit to their education, mental health and social development. Ministers are understood to have made contingency plans to distribute vaccinations to schools quickly. Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said yesterday, however, that younger teenagers might be offered only one dose, in line with advice for 16 and 17-year-olds.” – The Times

  • Health officials are already working with schools on giving jabs to under-16s – Daily Mail
  • Unison chief lambasts mandatory Covid jabs plan for NHS workers in England – FT
  • NHS underfunding and flawed government policies boosted Covid death toll, says BMA – Daily Telegraph

Nearly 70,000 may die waiting for adult social care before Johnson plan kicks in

“Nearly 70,000 people in England are likely to die waiting for access to adult social care before the changes revealed this week by Boris Johnson come into force, reveals analysis that Labour says “exposes a gaping flaw” in the plan. Criticism has continued to mount after the prime minister announced a 1.25% tax to be paid by workers and businesses aimed at finally resolving the social care crisis he promised he had a strategy to fix more than two years ago on the steps of Downing Street. The manifesto-busting move has been condemned by opposition parties, thinktanks and some backbench Conservatives, who warned it would disproportionately hit the poorer and younger, fail to guarantee people would not have to sell their home to foot the costs and not address the urgent situation for those seeking care.” – The Guardian

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No more national lockdowns as Johnson rips up Covid rules

“Boris Johnson will make clear this week he is “dead set” against another national lockdown as he rips up the old system of Covid rules and adopts a new approach for winter. The Prime Minister is expected to argue to Parliament and in a press conference that the UK must learn to live with Covid-19 now that all adults have been offered a vaccine. Covid laws that are no longer required will be ditched and plans for vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large crowd venues have been shelved. The travel traffic lights system will be scrapped, PCR tests will not be required for fully vaccinated travellers and, The Telegraph understands, the red list will be significantly reduced.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister prepares to unveil Winter Plan – The Sun
  • An autumn booster jab for adults set to be announced – Daily Mail
  • Covid vaccine passports can still help defeat winter wave, No 10 insists – The Times

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  • Sturgeon urged to axe vaccine passports – The Sun

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “I am pleased to say we will not be going ahead with vaccine passports” – Javid

Cabinet big guns warn Johnson not to keep hiking taxes

“Cabinet ministers have warned Boris Johnson that the burden on taxpayers cannot keep rising amid Tory anger over plans to increase national insurance. Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said ‘higher rates of expenditure’ could not continue and taxes could not be put up indefinitely. In a speech this week, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will say the Conservatives need to do more to fight the further expansion of the state. And yesterday Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Tory governments should try to keep tax rises as low as possible. It came as the Liberal Democrats said they would be stepping up campaigning in constituencies where they hope to unseat Tory MPs.” – Daily Mail

  • Cut public spending before any more tax rises, demands Javid – Daily Telegraph
  • 100 Tories revolt over tax ‘gift to Labour’ – Daily Express
  • Tory big beasts accuse Prime Minister of ‘spraying money up the wall’ – The Sun
  • Government impact assessment said the policy could hammer families and jobs – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Johnson, Sunak, tax and spending. The former strains to soar skywards as the latter tugs him back to earth.

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Javid insists that tax rises “should always be a last resort”

Ministers tell firms complaining about shortage of foreign workers to increase wages

“Ministers have warned companies that they should increase their wages rather than complain about the shortage of foreign labour. The pandemic and Brexit have combined to cause a staffing crisis in restaurants, cafes, warehouses and factories as fewer foreign workers have been looking for work in the UK. But firms have been criticised for offering ‘poverty wages’ to prospective staff while lobbying for immigration rules to be relaxed. Meanwhile, driving schools for lorry drivers have been flooded with applicants after retailers were forced to raise salaries to over £50,000 amid a national shortage. The hospitality sector is missing 210,000 staff, or 10 per cent of its total workforce, according to trade body UKHospitality. And unemployment has risen during the pandemic to just over 1.6million.” – Daily Mail

  • CBI head warns Sunak of further backlash over corporate tax rises – FT
  • Higher taxes could leave low-paid frontline workers £1,000 worse off – The Guardian

>Today: Iain Duncan Smith MP in Comment: The Universal Credit uplift is an opportunity, not a problem. It helps to save taxpayers’ money and improve lives.

UK failing on childcare, finds survey of over 20,000 working parents

“Tens of thousands of working parents say the government is failing them with inadequate childcare policies that leave them financially crippled, stymied in their careers and desperate for radical change, according to a major survey. The survey of more than 20,000 working parents, which was shared with the Guardian and involved more than a dozen organisations, found that 96% believed ministers were not doing enough to support parents with the cost and availability of childcare while 97% said childcare in the UK was too expensive. One-third of parents said they paid more for childcare than their rent or mortgage. This proportion rose to 38% for both those in full-time work or were single parents, and to 47% of respondents from a black ethnic background. The survey comes before a debate on childcare in parliament on Monday that was triggered after more than 100,000 parents signed a petition calling for an independent review of childcare funding and affordability.” – The Guardian

Patel faces ‘widening revolt’ over policing bill’s restrictions on protest

“The home secretary, Priti Patel, is facing a growing revolt in parliament and the country over plans to restrict the fundamental right to protest, as controversial legislation that would increase police powers enters the House of Lords this week. More than 350 organisations, including human rights groups, charities and faith bodies, have written to Patel and justice secretary Robert Buckland this weekend complaining that the measures would have a “profound impact” on freedom of expression, and represent “an attack on some of the most basic democratic rights of citizens”. On Saturday night, former home secretary Lord Blunkett said the hugely contentious bill would leave a “toxic” mark on British society if it were to pass into law unchanged, and said he was sure that peers would table amendments to the bill in the Lords.” – The Guardian

  • Home Secretary branded ‘reckless’ over ‘secret meeting with billionaire Tory donor’ – The Sun

Johnson hopes to meet Biden for talks at White House

“Boris Johnson will attempt to patch up Britain’s frayed relationship with the Biden administration at a White House summit between the two leaders pencilled in for this month. The prime minister is expected to hold bilateral talks with the president during a four-day trip to the US for the UN general assembly, which starts in New York on September 21. Downing Street had asked the administration for a meeting to coincide with the trip and sources on both sides said this has been agreed in principle. One senior diplomatic figure said the summit was expected to take place at the White House but this had not been “100 per cent confirmed”. The meeting would follow a difficult period in transatlantic relations after Biden’s decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan and the chaotic departure from Kabul.” – The Times

Prime Minister seeking new charities chief to stamp out ‘dangerous modern hysteria’

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking a new charities chief who will wage a war on cancel culture amid fears that some charitable bodies in Britain have been hijacked by vocal Left-wing minorities trying to ‘burnish their woke credentials’. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has warned that some charities are ‘hunting for divisions’ in British society after a string of cases in which bodies including the National Trust have tried to erase their links with ‘controversial’ historical figures. Last week, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust removed pictures of the wartime leader from its website and changed its name to the Churchill Fellowship, while carrying a statement on its website calling the wartime PM’s views on race ‘unacceptable today, a view that we share’. It was forced to perform a partial U-turn, reinstating his photograph but insisting the name change will remain and pointing out it has the support of Churchill’s grandchildren amid a furious public backlash led by Number 10 Downing Street.” – Daily Mail

  • Change law to protect controversial speakers from no-platforming, ministers told – Daily Telegraph

Ministers plan more mayoralties to reboot stalled devolution agenda

“Ministers will pursue further devolution of powers to the regions and create more mayors despite warnings that the localism agenda has stalled, according to the UK’s housing and communities secretary. The Conservative party pledged “full devolution” in its 2019 election manifesto but some senior Tories believe that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has soured on the plan, particularly after bruising public encounters with Andy Burnham, the Labour Greater Manchester mayor, during the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with the Financial Times at the ministry of housing, communities and local government’s new secondary headquarters in the West Midlands, Robert Jenrick pledged to “widen and deepen” devolution even if Whitehall would not impose mayors on any region that was opposed.” – FT

  • Cumbria, North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire in line for more local power, says Jenrick – The Guardian

Labour party pledges ‘ethical core’ to Britain’s foreign policy

“The Labour party on Sunday pledged to end what it calls the Conservative government’s “corporate-centred approach” to trade and rebuild policy around protecting workers’ rights and interests both in the UK and abroad. In an echo of the late former foreign secretary Robin Cook’s “ethical foreign policy” plan, Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, outlines the new plans in a report published at a special session of the TUC’s annual congress. The report also deliberately echoes the “worker-centred trade policy” set out by the Biden administration in the US. Labour claims that such an approach will enable it to make progress towards a free trade agreement with the White House, which the government has so far failed to achieve.” – The Guardian

  • Starmer ‘ridiculed’ over 14,000-word vision for Labour – Daily Telegraph

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  •  Workers shouldn’t wait for Labour victory, says Unite boss… – The Guardian
  • …as she defends strategy of targeting bosses’ families – The Times

John McDonnell: Labour’s leadership has little idea how to win a political fight

“After this week’s performance by the Labour party, I say – more in sorrow than in anger – that we can’t go on like this, something’s urgently got to give. It’s more than a year since a new leadership was elected, but the Labour response to Boris Johnson’s social care announcement demonstrated starkly just how far the party leadership is from having a strategy to deal with him or knowing how to respond to the new political battleground. Through hard experience you learn the basics of any political fight. You have to nail your opponent and offer a solid alternative. Nailing Johnson doesn’t require invention or much forensic interrogation. His character has become increasingly obvious to people. He is a self-interested liar, whose sole motive throughout his life has been looking after number one. His clowning antics have become passé and largely don’t wash any more for people who have gone through such tough times since Covid emerged.” – The Guardian

  • Flexible working demands risk women’s rights – Clare Foges, The Times
  • My union will no longer rely on Labour – Sharon Graham, The Guardian
  • Union leaders are hypocrites when it comes to high pay – John O’Connell, The Times

SNP risks splits in coalition with vow to protect oil jobs

“The SNP’s finance minister has vowed that Scotland will not abandon North Sea oil workers, risking a damaging split with the Green Party just days after the pair formed a coalition in Holyrood. Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, said the transition away from fossil fuels will happen at a “pace which protects the jobs”, despite pressure to clamp down on the industry from her power-sharing partners. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph (which you can read below), the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch pledged to diversify the Scottish economy away from oil after the industry was hit hard by the pandemic, but said the process would take time.” – Daily Telegraph

  • SNP conference urges separatist vote as soon as ‘health crisis’ eases – FT
  • Nationalist tension over removing Trident in independent Scotland – Daily Express
  • Salmond warns of ‘no progress whatsoever’ on independence – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “I am very confident that Scotland will vote for independence when the question is next put” – Sturgeon

Outspoken MPs face Twitter crackdown after record number of complaints

“A sleaze watchdog will crackdown on outspoken MPs making Twits of themselves online. Major curbs on what politicians can discuss on social media will be examined to ensure the strict code of conduct is up to date. The probe will be carried out by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after a record number of complaints last year. Kathryn Stone, who will lead the investigation wrote, said: “This is an ever-growing issue that cannot be ignored”… She said the review will look at MPs communicating with constituents and close gaps on lobby rules, outside employment and acceptance of benefits. More than 1700 allegations of breaches of the code of conduct were received last year. Thirty-two inquiries were completed with 25 rectified and six being referred to the Standards Commissioner.” – The Sun

News in Brief:

  • Johnson has one last chance at meaningful planning reform – Sam Bowman, CapX
  • On masks, its do as Tories say, not as Tories do – Rob Hutton, The Critic
  • Why does America hate itself? – Justin Webb, UnHerd
  • Duffield’s treatment brings shame on the Labour party – Debbie Hayton, The Spectator