Triple lock | Retirees to pay income tax on state pension by 2030
Every retired person claiming the full new state pension is at risk of paying income tax for the first time as the triple lock drives up payments in line with surging inflation.The pension will rise to £12,544 a year in 2028, according to analysis of figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) by Canada Life – just £26 below the threshold for paying the basic rate of income tax.
Hospitals crisis | Call for true seven-day NHS as wards lie idle
Only two in 10 hospital appointments take place between Friday and Sunday, data reveal, amid calls for the NHS to become a full seven-day service.Analysis of outpatient appointments, which include seeing a cancer specialist after a GP referral, post-surgery follow-ups and physiotherapy, show 80 per cent took place Monday to Thursday.Just 37,634 booked appointments took place on an average Sunday in 2021-22, compared to 489,479 on a Tuesday.
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China | Alarm bells ring as Sunak ‘cosying up’ to President Xi
Asked, while flying to Bali for the G20 summit if he intended to label Beijing a “systemic threat”, as the ultra-hawkish Liz Truss had planned to, the Prime Minister responded: “My view on China is straightforward. I think that China unequivocally poses a systemic threat – well, a systemic challenge – to our values, and our interests, and is undoubtedly the biggest state-based threat to our economic security, let me put it that way. That’s how I think about China.”That response – using the term threat, taking it back, before using it again – left China hawks in the Conservative Party, already despondent at Mr Sunak’s apparent change in direction, bemused.
US | Republicans vow to investigate Joe Biden and his family
Senior US Republicans have said that launching an investigation into the business dealings of Joe Biden and his son is a “top priority”.Having taken control of the House of Representatives following the midterm elections, the party is gearing up to subpoena Mr Biden’s son, Hunter, over his business activities, which could see him forced to testify under oath.”This committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a president who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” said Representative James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, who is expected to become chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
Mr Musk announced on Friday that the company’s headquarters in San Francisco would be locked until Monday morning, without an explanation.
News focus | Bed-blocking is a deadly crisis for patients and the NHS – so what’s the cure?
While thousands are stuck on waiting lists desperate to go to hospital, increasing numbers suffer the opposite fate… they can’t get out
Juliet Samuel | Failed model condemns workers to penury
in the face of ageing pressures and rising borrowing costs, Mr Hunt doubled down on Britain’s failed model. He put more money into pensions, benefits and old-age care, cut investment and quietly told the forecasters that the Government would be importing more workers from abroad to pay for it all through their taxes. The “triple lock”, which guarantees that the state pension will rise by inflation even as the rest of the country is squeezed by rising prices, was kept firmly in place.
Camilla Tominey | This isn’t sound money. It’s socialismThere is nothing conservative about balancing the books on the backs of strivers, or labelling dividends ‘unearned’There is a new word doing the rounds to describe the Tories after Jeremy Hunt’s £55 billion tax-and-spend Autumn Statement and it doesn’t make for very comfortable reading. “Consocialists” was a term first coined by Reform leader Richard Tice to sum up the once-Thatcherite party’s lurch to the Left, but after Thursday’s unprecedented tax grab, it has now entered the general Westminster lexicon.
Telegraph View | The Tories must grasp the nettle of reform
‘Middle England is set for a shock.” So runs the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ bleak assessment of the Autumn Statement. The bare facts are dismal. Borrowing is high, debt is high, tax is high yet public services are creaking. Forecasts suggest that servicing the national debt will soon cost £100 billion a year, more than twice the defence budget. Meanwhile, over time the tax burden will rise by a massive 4 per cent of GDP. Those on middle incomes will feel the pain most sharply, as they are dragged into higher tax bands. Living standards are set to crash, with wages lagging inflation and household disposable income falling by 7 per cent in the next two years.
Nadhim Zahawi has said the Conservatives still want to cut taxes before the next election as anger continues to grow from party members over the Autumn Statement.
The Tory chairman has been tasked with winning the next general election and admits there have been “real problems with discipline” in his party.
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Politics | Nadhim Zahawi has spoken out after Conservative MPs attacked Jeremy Hunt‘s Autumn Statement, dubbing it the “economics of a madhouse” that has made the party “more Labour than Labour”. Asked whether he hoped the Conservatives would look to reduce taxes again before the next election, Mr Zahawi said Mr Hunt would prioritise easing the tax burden once inflation fell. The Tory chairman has got one of the hardest jobs in politics, as he stares down the barrel of a 24-point Labour poll lead.
Nadhim Zahawi | We need to show humility to win back voters
Staring down the barrel of a 24-point Labour poll lead and surrounded by gloomy colleagues on the Tory benches, the Iraqi-born Tory chairman who shot to fame as Britain’s Covid vaccine minister has been put in charge of winning the next general election.“It can be recovered. I’m confident it can be recovered,” he told The Telegraph in his office at the heart of Conservative HQ in Westminster this week.The scale of the challenge is unprecedented. The Tories face a wipeout in heartland constituencies in the south of England, where Labour and the Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard, and in the northern “Red Wall” where they won for the first time under Boris Johnson in 2019.
Poll | Britain was founded on racism, say almost half of young people
Almost half of young people believe Britain was founded on racism and continues to be “structurally racist” today, research has found.The revelation has prompted concerns that children are being taught contested ideas as fact in the classroom, with six in 10 school leavers saying they had been taught concepts associated with “critical race theory”.The research was carried out by Eric Kaufmann, an academic at Birkbeck, University of London, for the Policy Exchange think-tank.
North Korea | Kim Jong-un reveals daughter to the world
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un revealed his daughter to the world for the first time on Saturday in striking photos showing the pair hand-in-hand before the launch of the nuclear-armed country’s largest ballistic missile on Friday.
Controversy | France set for major row over school uniform proposal
MPs in France’s ruling party are set to spark a major row by proposing the controversial introduction of uniforms in schools.Seven deputies of Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party submitted a bill to party leaders on Friday aimed at promoting the “wearing of a common school uniform”, Le Figaro reported.The bill, which is due to be considered by parliamentary officials on Monday, aims to promote “equality” and protect against “school harassment”.
In an image released for his 74th birthday, the King stands beside an ancient oak tree in Windsor Great Park to mark his appointment as Ranger of the Park. In other royal events this week, the Prince of Wales wished the England football team good luck – and the Countess of Wessex sat behind the wheel of a JCB. See our gallery of pictures.
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