Whitehall

The Home Office has spent £30,000 to charter a jumbo jet in order to deport a single asylum seeker to France. An investigation by Channel 4 News discovered the “deportation flight chartered by the Home Office yesterday was carrying just one Sudanese man” and followed an operation requiring “3 mini buses, 2 coaches, a small army of Home Office...
Whitehall shake-up

Whitehall shake-up – yet another top civil servant quits

Boris Johnson's promised Whitehall shake-up is continuing apace. Director general of the Attorney General’s Office, Rowena Collins Rice, announced her resignation only hours after the departure of Sir Jonathan Jones, head of the Government Legal Department. This brings to...

Hancock scrapping PHE is ‘desperate attempt at blame-shifting’ for govt’s coronavirus failings

Matt Hancock’s plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) is a "desperate attempt at blame shifting" for the government's coronavirus failings, critics have said. The government has been accused of...

Outrage as over-40s face tax hike to fund social care

The government is considering introducing an age-tax on over-40s to help fund the UK’s crisis-hit social care sector. A report that ministers are studying radical plans to hike tax or...

UK’s top civil servant stands down – a victory for Johnson and Cummings

The UK’s most senior civil servant has announced he will stand down in September following months of tension at the heart of Downing Street. Number 10 has blamed the top...

PM has ‘full confidence’ in Jenrick – Labour calls for inquiry into ‘cash for...

Labour has called for an inquiry into the planning row surrounding the housing secretary Robert Jenrick and Tory donor and property developer Richard Desmond. Calls for Jenrick’s resignation have escalated since documents were released yesterday...

UK to see lockdown measures relaxed by July 4

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce on Tuesday his new plans for the coronavirus lockdown, among which are the reopening of the hospitality sector and the reduction of two-metre social distancing...

Three airlines sue UK for ‘flawed’ quarantine measures

Three Europe-based airlines have sued the UK government for its “flawed” plan to quarantine all inbound travellers, saying the move will threaten tourism and the economy. In a joint statement, British Airways, Easyjet, and Ryanair...

‘Drop in consumer spending largest in 5 years’

Consumer spending in the United Kingdom contracted by over a third last month as a result of retail shops shutting to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on their businesses. Data from Barclaycard—Britain’s largest credit...

Britain suspends sales tax on protective equipment

The UK government is set to scrap sales tax on essential protective equipment as it seeks to help reduce the expenses of non-profit organisations such as care homes, charities, as well as businesses. On Thursday,...