Labour is preparing for a tax raid on up to two million pension pots with a plan to reverse the Chancellor’s decision to scrap the lifetime contributions cap. And Nicola Sturgeon has denied that the SNP is in crisis after it was revealed that more than 40 per cent of the party’s membership had quit.
Labour’s pension tax raid plan will ‘hit millions’
The public faces a £13 rise in the BBC licence fee next year, with the Government under pressure to cancel the increase. The fee is due to rise in line with inflation in April 2024 after a two-year freeze, according to the Culture Department’s official policy. Our Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith writes that the Office of Budget Responsibility forecast that the inflation figure used would be 8.2 per cent. That would mean the BBC licence fee rising from £159 to £172, which would amount to the biggest increase in more than 20 years. Nadine Dorries, the Tory MP who as culture secretary signed off the freeze, called for no further increases until changes to BBC funding are considered. It also comes in the wake of the BBC impartiality row sparked by Gary Lineker, which saw some Tory MPs demand that the licence fee be scrapped.
Strikes | NHS staff are being offered a pay bump of up to 18 per cent this year in an effort to end the strikes, amid questions about how the £2.5bn package will be funded. The terms, backed by ministers and unions for around one million health workers, propose a minimum five per cent increase for the next financial year – with a 10.4 per cent rise for the lowest paid. Read the full report here.
Around the world: France on verge of ‘democratic breakdown’, Macron warned
France is on the verge of a “democratic breakdown”, Emmanuel Macron was warned last night after he rammed his unpopular pension reform through parliament without a vote. The opposition said the controversial move was a denial of democracy and an admission of weakness, while unions warned it was tantamount to a declaration of war. A spontaneous demonstration of several thousand people erupted last night in the Place de la Concorde, in Paris, where fires were lit and protesters clashed with police. Henry Samuel has the full story.
French police fire tear gas during a demonstration against the pension reforms in Lille Credit: SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images
GPT has potential in diagnosis, clinical trials and analysing patient data – could it help our ailing health service?
a new technology is going further than hazy diagnosis, proving capable of analysing complex individual patient histories to suggest treatment plans as sophisticated as those of an expert medic. Ask nicely and it will even ditch the jargon and boil its recommendations down into a useful summary. For free. Turns out there is a new GP in town.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
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