Planning laws sped up and red tape cut in ‘once in a generation’ shake-up | Politics News

Moves to slash red tape and hand automatic planning permission to some homes – and projects like schools and hospitals – are being unveiled by Boris Johnson.

A radical blueprint hailed as a “once-in-a-generation reform” is being published by the government with the aim of sweeping away “slow and complex” planning laws.

The shake-up, a key part of the prime minister’s “build, build, build” agenda, also includes automatic planning approval for new homes on land earmarked for growth.

The housing revolution comes in a government consultation paper, Planning For The Future, published by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick just weeks after he became embroiled in a planning row.

Mr Jenrick has faced calls to resign after helping former newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond avoid a £45m tax bill on a housing development by rushing it through after Mr Desmond lobbied him.

Robert Jenrick says it will mean ‘better quality neighbourhoods and
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Boris Johnson promises major public sector recruitment campaign | Politics News

A major public sector recruitment campaign is being promised by the prime minister for the fight against coronavirus and beyond.

As the government reveals latest recruitment figures for police officers and teachers, Boris Johnson is also calling on people to apply for jobs in the NHS and prisons.

And after the Tory election pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers, the PM and Home Secretary Priti Patel are visiting a police force to meet new recruits.

PM warns of signs of second wave in Europe

Ministers are also announcing plans to recruit 1,000 new probation officers and 9,000 extra university places for engineering, science and nursing, including 3,800 for nurses.

“We have seen more clearly than ever the heroic efforts of our public workers during this pandemic,” the PM said ahead of the latest recruitment numbers.

“The fantastic teachers, police officers and NHS workers truly are the pride of the nation

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Coronavirus: Online sales tax considered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in bid to save the high street | Politics News

A new tax on goods sold online is being considered by the chancellor in a bid to save the high street post-coronavirus, Downing Street has revealed.

It could be a 2% levy on online sales, which would raise £2bn a year, or a charge on deliveries, as part of a campaign to cut congestion and emissions.

The move comes after Rishi Sunak highlighted concerns that business rates are effectively penalising high street stores and giving internet retailers an unfair advantage.

Rishi Sunak wearing a mask – after not wearing one while serving food to promote his jobs speech

“Last week, as we set out in the budget and manifesto, we published a call for evidence to look into all aspects of the business rates system,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.

“And as part of this we will consider the case for introducing alternative taxes as part of the review,

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Brexit: UK must ‘face possibility’ of no deal on future relationship with EU by end of transition | Politics News

The UK must “face the possibility” that it will not agree a deal on its future relationship with the EU by the end of the year.

Chief negotiator David Frost said that with less than six months to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK must “continue preparing for all possible scenarios” for once that deadline passes.

His EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, said an agreement “at this point” is “unlikely”.

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The assessments came after the conclusion of the latest round of talks in London.

Mr Frost said in a statement that “considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas” – the so-called level playing field and fisheries.

“We have always been clear that our principles in these areas are not simple negotiating positions but expressions of the reality that we will be a fully independent country at the end of the

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