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1. Cars and flights to be hit with green taxes

New green taxes on motoring and flying are likely to be introduced as part of proposals to reduce Britain’s transport emissions, the Government has suggested.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, unveiled his transport decarbonisation plan on Wednesday, pledging that every vehicle on the roads would be zero emission within decades. Read the full story.

2. Restaurants, pubs and bars urged to consider using Covid passports

Covid passports could be used in restaurants, pubs and bars, as new government guidance for businesses urged their wider rollout.

On Wednesday, ministers published delayed advice for businesses on how to operate when the country moves to step four of the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday. Read the full story.

3. Public won’t accept your sky-high salaries, charity bosses told

Charity bosses have been warned about high pay as research finds that the public do not accept that they should receive private sector salaries.

The Charity Commission has found that trust in the third sector grew during the pandemic but said that there was “no room for complacency”. Read the full story.

4. Levelling up ‘not about making rich parts poorer’, Boris Johnson to say

Boris Johnson will on Thursday promise voters in the South that his flagship strategy to "level up" the nation will not make them poorer.

Mr Johnson will frame his vision to boost the North and the Midlands as beneficial for all regions, relieving pressure on the "overheated" South. Read the full story.

5. Ireland opposes end of Troubles prosecutions

Dublin has warned that Boris Johnson’s plans to end the prosecution of Troubles veterans are “not a done deal”, amid fears that Ireland’s opposition could increase the chances of a legal challenge.

After Brandon Lewis announced the Government would legislate to end prosecutions for all sides involved in the conflict, Simon Coveney, Ireland’s minister for foreign affairs, said the plans were not a “fait accompli”. Read the full story.

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