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Climate change: Don’t raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers

Climate change: Don’t raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers

Science
Getty ImagesMPs are complaining that the Treasury is set to claw back money from a mismanaged government scheme to help people insulate their homes.The Green Homes Grant scheme is in such chaos that a huge majority of its £1.5bn budget for this year is unspent. The government has said it will pocket that money, rather than rolling it over to next year’s £320m fund.But the Environmental Audit Committee says that would be a “deeply retrograde step”.Conservative MP Philip Dunne, who chairs the committee, told the BBC: “We need a long-term commitment to helping people insulate their homes – at the very least until the end of this Parliament.“We (Conservatives) promised £9.2bn for energy efficiency in our manifesto – and we have to deliver that or we won’t reach our climate change targets.”The ...
Brexit: Ministers unveil next steps in England’s farming policy

Brexit: Ministers unveil next steps in England’s farming policy

Science
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Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Business
Ministers are in talks to extend a moratorium aimed at preventing a deluge of company insolvencies amid fears that renewed trading restrictions will tip thousands of businesses beyond the brink of collapse.Sky News has learnt that officials are discussing an extension of the ban on statutory demands being used as the basis for winding-up petitions, which has been in place since late April. The move is expected to be finalised within a matter of days, given that the moratorium expires at the end of the month.Sources said this weekend that an extension was not yet guaranteed but was "overwhelmingly likely".The measure was one of several included in the government's Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, which became law in June. ...
Ministers quit as violent protests grip Beirut after blast

Ministers quit as violent protests grip Beirut after blast

World
Two Lebanese government ministers have quit following the devastating explosion in Beirut that killed more than 150 people, as violent protests gripped the city for a second straight day. As protesters called for a sustained uprising to topple the country's leaders, police fired tear gas and clashed with hundreds of people attempting to breach the heavily guarded parliament. A fire broke out at an entrance to parliament square as rock-throwing protesters tried to break into the cordoned-off area, Lebanese TV channels showed.In the political fallout of the blast, information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said she was resigning "given the magnitude of the catastrophe" and "in response to the public will for change". ...
Coronavirus: Ministers urged to end face coverings ‘confusion’

Coronavirus: Ministers urged to end face coverings ‘confusion’

Health
The government has been accused of mixed messaging over where people will have to wear face coverings when new rules come into force.They will be compulsory in shops in England from Friday - but full guidance is yet to be published.Trade bodies and opposition MPs said confusion remained over takeaways.Minister Brandon Lewis said face coverings would be mandatory when purchasing takeaway food and drink, but not if you are eating at the premises."If you are going into a takeaway and you are eating in somewhere that's got a takeaway, then that is like hospitality. You are eating - it's not practical to wear a face mask, we recognise that," the Northern Ireland Secretary told BBC Breakfast."But if you are going in to buy a product an...