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Tuesday morning UK news briefing: How your taxes could rise again

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/10/2021 Danny Boyle
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Brace for more tax rises. That is the warning from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which says further increases will be necessary to tackle the health and social care crisis because those announced by Boris Johnson are not enough to fund the NHS. 

Its report says the £12 billion annual tax rise announced by the Prime Minister last month is only sufficient to fix the immediate shortfall faced by the health service as it emerges from the Covid pandemic. 

As Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares for his Autumn Budget, the IFS said that the health and social care levy - set at 1.25pc on top of National Insurance, and due to take effect in April - may need to more than double as soon as 2025. 

We worked out how much this is likely to add to annual tax bills. With separate warnings that inflation could rise to its highest level for a decade next year, Tim Wallace says concerns are growing over surging government spending.

Rishi Sunak is preparing for his Autumn Budget later this month © Provided by The Telegraph Rishi Sunak is preparing for his Autumn Budget later this month

It comes amid a squeeze on household finances, as energy costs soar. Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel held talks with Vladimir Putin last night, as it emerged the EU could buy emergency gas supplies from Russia in an effort to drive down prices. 

The Kremlin's ambassador suggested Europe could have more gas if it stopped treating Russia as "an adversary". Europe Editor James Crisp explains a "geopolitical move" by Russia

Meanwhile, meat producers warned of spiralling prices this Christmas triggered by a surge in the cost of carbon dioxide.

PS: As Mr Johnson is criticised for taking a Marbella mini-break while Britons face a predicted "Winter of Discontent", Camilla Tominey argues that he should beware the benefactor bearing holiday gifts.

Failure to challenge advice cost thousands of lives

Britain did not lock down sooner because ministers failed to challenge poor scientific advice, the first major report into the UK's pandemic response has concluded. The error led to "one of most important public health failures the UK has ever experienced" and resulted in a higher death toll, MPs said. A joint report by the Government's health and science select committees found that many mistakes were made in the early days of the outbreak, which have only been redeemed by the successful vaccination programme. Science Editor Sarah Knapton explains what they found. Meanwhile, experts say the rush to see the James Bond film could be behind a new spike in Covid infections.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a bisexual superhero

A director once described Superman as the "most heterosexual character". That view is evidently not shared with the writers at DC Comics, who have given him a male love interest. The bisexual "man of steel" has a modern makeover in upcoming comics, with foiling school shootings and refugee deportations among the challenges confronting the superhero. Ewan Somerville reports on Superman's coming-out.

Daily dose of Matt

Today's cartoon | View Matt's latest cartoon as he imagines how a Whitehall row is being handled in No 10.

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Video: Key points from UK Covid Government briefing (Evening Standard)

Investigation | GP telephone consultations are being incorrectly classed as "face-to-face" appointments in official statistics, NHS chiefs have admitted. Before the pandemic, about 80pc of consultations took place in a doctor's surgery, but the latest monthly figure is just 58pc, with little change since officials vowed in May to give all patients the right to an in-person appointment. Now we can disclose that even this figure exaggerates the number of consultations actually taking place in person.

Around the world: Friends reunited in Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu, the ex-Israeli prime minister, and his wife Sara, right, applaud at the Knesset alongside Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump during a visit to Jerusalem by the couple to celebrate the signing of the Abraham Accords, which were brokered by the Trump administration. For more striking pictures of the day, view our world gallery.

The group at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, yesterday - AFP/GETTY © Provided by The Telegraph The group at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, yesterday - AFP/GETTY

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Sport briefing: Mount's Covid reality check

Mason Mount, the England midfielder, has revealed how his European Championship isolation helped convince him to get the coronavirus vaccination. It has been reported that at least five England players are yet to be vaccinated and, before Mount, only one other had agreed to reveal his vaccination status. Meanwhile, Manchester United have refused to sack a board member who was fired from one of the biggest jobs in sport following serious accusations about his conduct.

Business briefing: Original barbarians at the gate quit

Two of the founders of KKR, who kicked off a private equity revolution immortalised in the book Barbarians at the Gate, have stepped down after nearly half a century in charge. Henry Kravis and George Roberts became the most high-profile corporate raiders of their generation. Separately, Ryanair is accused of "outrageously" blocking customers from flights unless they repay money refunded for cancelled trips.

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And finally... for this morning's downtime

Visualisation, scanning and 'SoccerBots' | Norwich City believe SoccerBot360 will put them ahead of the curve. Sam Dean explores the technology that is being dubbed the future of football training.

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