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1. Pensions raid to pay for Covid pandemic
Treasury officials are drawing up plans for a pensions tax raid in the autumn to help pay for heightened public spending during the Covid pandemic, The Telegraph understands.
Three different reforms to the way in which pension contributions are taxed are being considered amid pressure on the public finances, according to well-placed Whitehall sources. Read the full story.
2. Boris Johnson: Vaccine ‘miracle’ must be launchpad for UK science boom
Boris Johnson has said Britain must harness the spirit that created the "miracle" of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to achieve the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow.
The Prime Minister announced a turbo-charging of the Government’s attempts to help find solutions to major challenges facing humanity, including climate change and dementia. Read the full story.
3. Foreign holidays back on from end of July under new double vaccination travel plans
Family holidays to Europe will be back on from the end of July under plans to be considered by ministers as early as this week.
It comes as official data revealed government scientists found no evidence of Covid variants in more than 23,000 people tested after arriving from amber list countries including Europe. Read the full story.
4. Duke of Cambridge kicks off half marathon at Sandringham with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
The Duke of Cambridge kicked off Father’s Day celebrations by counting down the start of a half-marathon on the Sandringham Estate on Sunday with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The royal trio arrived just before the start of the first-ever Run Sandringham, a community event aimed at raising thousands of pounds for charitable causes. Read the full story.
5. Police force refers itself to watchdog after death of model ‘harassed by stalker’
A police force has referred itself to a watchdog after the family of a murdered model said she was being harassed by a stalker before her death.
Gracie Spinks, 23, was found dead with stab wounds on Friday morning in a suspected murder-suicide in the village of Duckmanton in Derbyshire. Read the full story.
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