New No 10 team take on Cummings’ legacy of chaos and acrimony | Civil service

A subtle signal was sent across Whitehall last week when Tom Scholar, once identified by aides loyal to Dominic Cummings as on the notorious “shit list” of senior civil servants, was reappointed as permanent secretary to the Treasury. It appeared that the war once waged against opinionated mandarins was over, and the threats of a … Read more New No 10 team take on Cummings’ legacy of chaos and acrimony | Civil service

Scrap benefits cut to stop millions falling into poverty, Boris Johnson told | Universal credit

Boris Johnson cannot claim to be “levelling up” the UK if he persists with a planned cut in universal credit for 6 million families, an influential thinktank has said, as pressure mounts on the prime minister over the issue from within his own party. The Resolution Foundation joined opposition parties, anti-poverty campaigners and many Conservative … Read more Scrap benefits cut to stop millions falling into poverty, Boris Johnson told | Universal credit

NHS in most precarious position in its history, says chief executive | World news

Dealing with the deadly second wave of Covid has left the NHS in the most precarious position in its 72-year history, chief executive Simon Stevens has warned, as ministers said they were aiming to get all adults in the UK vaccinated by September. Stevens said the NHS was now giving 140 jabs a minute, as … Read more NHS in most precarious position in its history, says chief executive | World news

Dominic Raab calls QC acting for Hong Kong government ‘mercenary’ | Hong Kong

David Perry QC, the barrister acting for the Hong Kong government in its efforts to jail pro-democracy activists, is behaving in “a pretty mercenary way” and providing the Chinese government with a PR coup, the foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday. Perry has agreed to represent the Hong Kong government in prosecuting nine activists, … Read more Dominic Raab calls QC acting for Hong Kong government ‘mercenary’ | Hong Kong