Every household in the country will get extra money taken off their energy bills this autumn under a new cost of living support package to be unveiled by Rishi Sunak today.
The Chancellor is set to announce an increase to the £200 saving unveiled earlier in the year and scrap plans to make people pay back the amount over the coming years.
To fund the move, he will announce an oil and gas windfall tax that will see the amount companies pay linked to how much they invest.
The multi-billion pound package is also expected to include new "targeted" support for the poorest households, possibly through Universal Credit or extra help for pensioners.
Read how Boris Johnson and Mr Sunak hammered out the agreement as they faced growing pressure from voters to act.
PM denies partygate cover-up over ‘Abba party’
Boris Johnson was forced to deny a cover-up after Sue Gray admitted abandoning her investigation into the Downing Street "Abba party", claiming it was not "appropriate or proportionate". The event on Nov 13 2020 was reportedly hosted by Carrie Johnson, the Prime Minister’s wife, to celebrate the departure of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain. There were claims Abba’s Winner Takes It All could be heard blasting out of the Number 11 flat. Ms Gray began investigating the event in December last year, and quickly established that there was alcohol on offer. But she shelved her inquiries in January, when Scotland Yard launched its own criminal investigation. Associate Editor Gordon Rayner analyses what happened and whether the "Abba party" was a boisterous celebration, or work meeting. Here is a look in detail at all the Downing Street parties and what Ms Gray’s report says about them.
The Prime Minister insisted that it was his "duty" to attend certain Downing Street parties as senior Tories questioned whether he will win the next election. Mr Johnson said it was important for him to attend farewell events for officials and advisers at Number 10 to "thank them for their service", which he said was "one of the essential duties of leadership". On a dramatic day in Westminster, he faced calls to resign from senior backbenchers including those who broke ranks for the first time. Yet Madeline Grant sketches how the anti-climactic Sue Gray report has not cost Mr Johnson his job … yet. Read the Telegraph View that it is time for strength and competence in Downing Street.
We can’t help falling in love with jukebox epic Elvis
When Baz Luhrmann decided in 2013 to follow his adaptation of The Great Gatsby with an Elvis Presley biopic, the flamboyant Australian was either ahead of the curve or a good decade behind it. The rock biopic was lying fallow after the mid-noughties Oscar truffling of Walk the Line, Dreamgirls and Ray, and Bohemian Rhapsody’s coming £750 million windfall was barely a rustle in the bushes. Yet when Elvis premiered at Cannes on Wednesday after almost a decade in the making, it felt bang on-trend. Yes, it is a bright and splashy jukebox epic with an irresistible central performance from Austin Butler. But Robbie Collin reveals how, in that signature Luhrmann way, it is the most impeccably styled and blaringly gaudy thing you’ll see all year, and all the more fun for it.
Daily dose of Matt
The Sue Gray report inspired Matt’s latest cartoon. Also, see how you can buy one of Blower’s Platinum Jubilee jigsaw puzzles.
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‘Fragmented’ oversight | The social services responsible for looking after Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson worked from home and carried out "virtual visits" over FaceTime, a review has found. Both children were fatally abused throughout lockdown at the hands of their parents’ partners and their cases prompted national outrage at the lack of safeguarding in place to prevent their deaths. Read how changing work arrangements led to a "lack of clarity" in social worker accountability.
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