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LONDON: Russian Oligarch Charity Donates to Hospital Used by Queen & Royal Family

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#AceBreakingNews – Charity inquiry into oligarch Viateschlav Kantor, donor to royal hospital: A Russian oligarch’s charity, which donated to a private hospital used by the Queen and the Royal Family, has had its bank accounts frozen.

By Sean Coughlan
Royal correspondent

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Viatcheslav Kantor, pictured with President Putin, donated to hospital used by the royals and Prince Charles’s charity

The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into charities connected to Viateschlav Kantor, a billionaire sanctioned by the UK over Ukraine.

Mr Kantor donated £9m to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

One of Prince Charles’s charities, The Prince’s Foundation, had also been promised £3m.

The Russian-born billionaire had been made a “life governor” of the private hospital in Marylebone, of which the Queen is patron.

But Mr Kantor has stepped down from that role and as a trustee of the hospital, which is known for its links to royalty.

Assets frozen

The King Edward VII recently opened the “Kantor Medical Centre”, a new wing built with Mr Kantor’s support, but in the wake of the sanctions, his name has been removed.

Donations were paid through the Kantor Charitable Foundation, whose bank accounts have now been frozen by the charity regulator: Queen’s hospital donor on UK Russia sanctions list

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The King Edward VII’s private hospital is used by members of the Royal Family

A King Edward VII’s Hospital spokesman said: “In the light of the difficult position [Mr Kantor] now finds himself in, he has decided to step back completely from all charitable activity in the UK.”

The spokesman said the action was “out of respect for the important and valuable work of the many charities he has supported” and that Mr Kantor had agreed that his name would no longer be attached to these projects.

Charles’s charity

Mr Kantor’s charity also made donations to The Prince’s Foundation, an education and training charity set up by the Prince of Wales. 

Charity records show £600,000 was paid to the foundation over two years, as part of a pledge for £3m, intended to be paid in stages until 2028.

Mr Kantor’s charity remains listed as a patron of the foundation.

The Prince’s Foundation says it won’t comment on individual donations, but it is understood that donors would have been subject to a process of due diligence, based on what was known at the time.

Among other causes supported by the sanctioned oligarch are the Thrombosis Research Institute, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Anna Freud Centre and the Royal Opera House.

The Charity Commission inquiry will decide whether charities linked to Mr Kantor – which also include the Kantor Foundation and the World Holocaust Forum Foundation – can continue to operate.

“We are committed to protecting the integrity of the charitable sector and are clear that an individual sanctioned in the UK cannot act as a trustee,” said Tim Hopkins, Charity Commission assistant director.

Earlier this month Mr Kantor was added to the list of oligarchs facing UK government sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Kantor was described by the UK government as the “largest shareholder of fertiliser company Acron, with vital strategic significance for the Russian government”.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said when announcing the further sanctions: “We are showing the Russian elite that they cannot wash their hands of the atrocities committed on Putin’s orders.”

A 2020 report on Russian influence, by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, had warned of UK charities being “willing beneficiaries of Russian money” and enabling a “reputation-laundering process”.

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BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion Activists Scale Buildings Calling it Climate Change ?

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A large banner was unfurled after two people climbed Marble Arch

Six people, including two Olympic athletes, were detained for scaling and gluing themselves to an oil tanker near Hyde Park on Saturday, police said.

Seventy people were arrested during a spate of Extinction Rebellion protests across London.

Dozens more were arrested at Marble Arch as demonstrators climbed the structure to attach a green banner reading “end fossil fuels now”.

Protesters also blocked the road and surrounded a car.

Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and sailor Laura Baldwin were among those who glued themselves to the oil tanker.

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Olympian Etienne Stott joined the protest on top of a Shell oil tanker

The action came as activists gathered in Hyde Park and then marched the capital’s streets. 

Protesters waved flags, set off flares and danced in the street before settling in the road at Marble Arch.

A group of eight activists later locked themselves to a car in the road, while two glued themselves to the roof.

Some protesters glued and locked themselves to a car in the road at Marble Arch
Some protesters glued and locked themselves to a car in the road at Marble Arch

The Met said officers had imposed a public order direction on the group to clear the road by 18:00. 

It covered an area from Marble Arch gyratory and along Park Lane, Oxford Street, Tyburn Way, Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Cumberland Gate.

The force said 213 people had been arrested since the latest spate of protests began on 9 April. 

On Friday protesters also blocked four of London’s busiest bridges and blocked entrances to major insurance marketplace Lloyd’s of Londonearlier this week.

Protesters moved to the road by Marble Arch after meeting in Hyde Park
Protesters moved to the road by Marble Arch after meeting in Hyde Park
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LONDON: Court Report: Man Found Guilty of the Murder of Sir David Amess MP

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#AceBreakingNews Court Report: A man has been found guilty of the murder of Sir David Amess MP, and of plotting to commit a terrorist attack in the UK: Published: 11 April 2022 13:15

[Sir David Amess]

Ali Harbi Ali, 26 (1.02.96) of Kentish Town, NW5, attacked Sir David with a kitchen knife shortly after midday, on 15 October 2022, during a constituency surgery event in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Following his arrest and during interview, Ali explained to officers that he had long held a desire to attack a Member of Parliament who had previously voted to support airstrikes in Syria.

He also told detectives that he had researched other political figures as possible targets, with his planning stretching over a period of more than two years.

An investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command uncovered evidence of Ali carrying out hostile reconnaissance around the Houses of Parliament weeks before the murder.

Detectives found evidence and CCTV footage showing that in 2019, he also visited the home address and the constituency surgery of two other MPs. Officers also found attack planning notes on his phone, as well as extremist content he had accessed.

Ali was found guilty of murder, and of preparation of terrorist acts on Monday, 11 April following a trial at the Old Bailey.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, 13 April.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dominic Murphy, Head of Operations for the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:

” Sir David Amess was a dedicated public servant who was greatly respected and admired by everyone in his local community, and amongst his peers. His senseless murder shocked and appalled the nation.

“Sir David’s family have been left utterly devastated, but they have shown remarkable courage and dignity throughout the investigation and this trial.

“I want to give a special mention to the two Essex Police officers who were first to respond to the 999 call, and brought what was a terrifying incident under control. They showed immense bravery in walking into this situation unarmed, and their decisive actions ensured no-one else could be hurt.

“I also want to highlight the incredible bravery of the members of the public who tried to help Sir David.

“Following the murder, our officers worked extremely hard and at pace to firstly ensure there was no existing threat linked to the attacker, and then to put together a compelling package of evidence which showed his extremist mind-set, and the lengths he went to in order to plan and commit the attack.”

The investigation found that Ali took an early morning train to Leigh-on-Sea from north London on 15 October 2021, to attend an appointment at Sir David’s constituency surgery being held at Belfairs Methodist Church in Southend-On-Sea. 

Ali pre-booked a meeting with him the previous week, after falsely posing as a future resident of Sir David’s Southend West constituency.

Upon being brought into Sir David’s meeting room and in the minutes before the attack, Ali’s attention had been focused on his mobile phone. 

From the subsequent investigation, detectives found that Ali was sending a message apologising to his family, and detailing his motive for what he was about to do, to a number of contacts.

Ali’s phone then started ringing, and at this point he took out a 12-inch kitchen knife and said “sorry” before stabbing Sir David in the stomach, and inflicting further wounds.

Immediately after, a member of the public asked Ali why he had done it, to which he replied: “I wanted to kill David and every MP who voted for bombings in Syria, I wanted to die, be shot and be a hero.”

Two officers from Essex Police attended the scene within minutes of police being called. When they arrived, they encountered Ali who was in the main church hall holding the knife.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dominic Murphy, added:

After an exchange of words and ordering Ali to drop the knife, he eventually complied and was arrested.

A post-mortem examination the day after the murder gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the chest. 

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command were handed the investigation in the hours after the murder, and the incident was later formally declared as terrorism.

Detectives analysed Ali’s devices, and found that Ali had downloaded extremist Daesh propaganda online as early as 2016 – when he says he had become radicalised and wanted to travel to Syria to fight for terrorist groups there.

He then decided to commit an attack in the UK against an MP, and began to research possible targets in 2019.

Over several months in 2021, and as the COVID restrictions began to ease, Ali carried out hostile reconnaissance on two Members of Parliament – one at their home address on six separate occasions, and the other at their constituency surgery. 

He also travelled to the Houses of Parliament on three separate occasions to see whether there were opportunities to attack an MP that he might have come across around the Parliament buildings, but he was deterred by the presence of armed officers.

Detectives were able to obtain Oyster Card data and CCTV footage which confirmed that he made these trips.

He told officers during interview that he bought the murder weapon in 2016, with the intention of carrying out a terrorist attack with it.

” This senseless murder was a stark reminder that terrorism very much remains a threat. Counter terrorism officers across the UK are working around the clock to deal with this threat, and the help of communities remains vital to the efforts of police and other agencies involved in public safety and national security.”

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BREAKING: LONDON: MET Detectives Investigate Murder of a Woman in Newham

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A man remains in custody as detectives continue to investigate the murder of a woman in Manor Park.

Police were called at 09:56hrs on Saturday, 2 April, to a report of a woman with stab injuries at an address in Landseer Avenue, E12.

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. Despite the efforts of emergency services, 80-year-old Shotera Bibi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms Bibi lived at the address in Landseer Avenue. Her family have been informed, and a post-mortem examination will commence on Sunday, 3 April.

An urgent investigation was launched and officers searched the surrounding area. A man in his 30s was detained nearby a short time later. He has been taken into police custody.

The arrested man was known to Ms Bibi. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

The Met’s investigation is led by detectives from Specialist Crime (Homicide).

Any witnesses or anyone with information that may assist the investigation are asked to call 101, ref 2126/02apr.

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LONDON: Murder Investigation Launched in Bethnal Green After Suspicious Death

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#AceDailyNews says police were called at 16:06hrs on Thursday, 24 March, to concerns for the welfare of a woman at a residential property in Globe Road, E2: The alarm was raised by staff at a school after she did not arrive to pick up her children: Published: 25 March 2022 19:10

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Officers attended the address along with London Ambulance Service and found a 40-year-old woman with stab injuries. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. She is yet to be formally identified. 

The death is being treated as suspicious and detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating. 

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26 March. 

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, leading the investigation, said:

At this early stage of the investigation, no arrests have been made. A crime scene is likely to remain in place over the coming days as police examine the scene. Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A dedicated team of officers is working around the clock to trace the person responsible for this and my thoughts are with this woman’s family as they come to terms with their tragic loss.

“It is heart-breaking that yet another woman has been killed. All women and girls have the right to feel safe, at any time, day or night, in public or at home, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible for this. Tackling violence against woman is one of the Met’s top priorities. Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene. We will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries and local people will also see additional police in the area.

“We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact us. No matter how insignificant you think your information might be, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. It could be key to this investigation.”

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LONDON: Press Release: Spring Statement 2022 Speech Chancellor Rishi Sunak

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Press Release GOVUK – The Spring Statement 2022 speech as delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak according to

Mr Speaker,

As I stand here, men, women and children are huddled in basements across Ukraine seeking protection.

Soldiers and citizens alike have taken up arms to defend their land and families.

The sorrow we feel for their suffering, and admiration for their bravery…

…is only matched by the gratitude we feel for the security in which we live.

And what underpins that security…is the strength of our economy.

It gives us the ability to fund the armed forces we need to maintain our liberty.

The resources we need to support our allies.

The power to impose sanctions which cause severe economic costs.

And the flexibility to support businesses and individuals through crises as they emerge

But Mr Speaker, we should be in no doubt, behind Putin’s invasion is a dangerous calculation:

That democracies are divided, politically weak, and economically insecure.

Incapable of making tough long-term decisions to strengthen our economies.

Mr Speaker, this calculation is mistaken.

What the authoritarian mind perceives as division – we know are the passionate disagreements at the heart of our living, breathing democracy.

What they see as chaos – we know is the freedom to be dynamic and innovative.

What they call the inherent weakness of open societies and free economies – we know is the source of our strength.

We will confront this challenge to our values not just in the arms and resources we send to Ukraine…

…but in strengthening our economy here at home.

So when I talk about security, yes – I mean responding to the war in Ukraine.

But I also mean the security of a faster growing economy.

The security of more resilient public finances.

And security for working families as we help with the cost of living.

Mr Speaker,

Today’s statement builds a stronger, more secure economy for the United Kingdom.

We have a moral responsibility to use our economic strength to support Ukraine and…

…working with international partners…

…to impose severe costs on Putin’s regime.

We are supplying military aid to help Ukraine defend its borders.

Providing around £400m in economic and humanitarian aid…

…as well as up to $0.5bn in multilateral financial guarantees.

And launching the new ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme…

…to make sure those forced to flee have a route to safety here in the UK.

And we are imposing sanctions of unprecedented scale and scope:

We’ve sanctioned over 1,000 individuals, entities, and subsidiaries.

Frozen the assets of major Russian banks.

Imposed punitive tariffs on key products.

Restricted Russia’s access to sterling clearing…

To insurance.

To the UK’s capital markets.

To SWIFT.

And we’ve targeted the Russian Central Bank, too.

Be in no doubt: these sanctions, coordinated with our allies, are working.

The Russian Rouble plummeted to record lows.

The Moscow stock exchange has been largely suspended for a month.

And the Central Bank of Russia has been forced to more than double interest rates to 20%.

We warned that an aggressive, unprovoked invasion would be met with severe economic costs – and it has.

I’m proud to say – as the whole House will say:

We stand with Ukraine.

But Mr Speaker,

The actions we have taken to sanction Putin’s regime are not cost free for us at home.

The invasion of Ukraine presents a risk to our recovery – as it does to countries around the world.

We came into this crisis with our economy growing faster than expected…

…with the UK having the highest growth rate in the G7 last year.

But the OBR has said specifically:

“There is unusually high uncertainty around the outlook”;

It is too early to know the full impact of the Ukraine war on the UK economy.

But their initial view, combined with high global inflation and continuing supply chain pressures, means the OBR now forecast growth this year of 3.8%.

The OBR then expect the economy to grow by 1.8% in 2023, and 2.1%, 1.8% and 1.7% in the following three years.

The House will take comfort that the lower growth outlook has not affected our strong jobs performance:

Unemployment is now forecast to be lower, in every year of the forecast.

It is already at 3.9% – back to the low levels we saw before the pandemic.

But Mr Speaker, the war’s most significant impact domestically is on the cost of living.

Covid and global factors meant goods and energy prices were already high:

Statistics published this morning show that inflation in February was 6.2%…

…lower than the US and broadly in line with the Euro area.

Disruptions to global supply chains and energy markets…

…combined with the economic response to Putin’s aggression…

…mean the OBR expect inflation to rise further, averaging 7.4% this year.

As I said last month, the government will support the British people as they deal with the rising costs of energy.

People should know that we will stand by them, as we have throughout the last two years.

That’s why we’ve announced a £9bn plan to help around 28 million households…

…pay around half of the April increase in the energy price cap.

And people should be reassured that the energy price cap will protect their energy bills, between now and the autumn.

But I want to help people now.

So I’m announcing three immediate measures.

First, I’m going to help motorists.

Today I can announce for only the second time in 20 years, fuel duty will be cut.

Not by 1, not even by 2, but by 5 pence per litre.

The biggest cut to all fuel duty rates – ever.

And while some have called for the cut to last until August, I have decided it will be in place until March next year – a full 12 months.

Together with the freeze, it’s a tax cut this year for hard-working families and businesses worth over £5 billion.

And it will take effect from 6pm tonight.

Second, as energy costs rise, we know that energy efficiency will make a big difference to bills.

But if homeowners want to install energy saving materials…

…at the moment only some items qualify for a 5% VAT relief…

…and there are complex rules about who is eligible.

The relief used to be more generous but from 2019 the European Court of Justice required us to restrict its eligibility.

But…thanks to Brexit…we’re no longer constrained by EU law.

So, I can announce for the next five years…

…homeowners having materials like solar panels, heat pumps, or insulation installed…

…will no longer pay 5% VAT– they will pay zero.

We’ll also reverse the EU’s decision to take wind and water turbines out of scope – and zero rate them as well.

And we’ll abolish all the red tape imposed on us by the EU.

A family having a solar panel installed will see tax savings worth £1,000.

And savings on their energy bill of over £300 per year.

And Mr Speaker, this policy highlights the deficiencies in the Northern Ireland Protocol…

…because we won’t immediately be able to apply it to Northern Ireland.

But we will be raising it with the Commission as a matter of urgency.

And I want to reassure Members from Northern Ireland…

…that the Executive will receive a Barnett share of the value of the relief until it can be introduced UK-wide.

And the Prime Minister will bring forward further measures to reinforce our long-term energy security, in the coming weeks.

And finally, I want to do more to help our most vulnerable households with rising costs. They need targeted support.

So I am doubling the Household Support Fund to £1bn with £500m of new funding

Local Authorities are best placed to help those in need in their local areas.

and they will receive this funding from April.

Mr Speaker,

We can only afford to provide this extra support because of our stronger economy…

…and the tough but responsible decisions we’ve taken to rebuild our fiscal resilience.

Today’s forecasts confirm even after the measures I’m announcing today, we are meeting all our fiscal rules.

Underlying debt is expected to fall steadily from 83.5% of GDP in 2022-23 to 79.8% in 2026-27.

Borrowing as a percentage of GDP is 5.4% this year, 3.9% next year, then 1.9%, 1.3%, 1.2% and 1.1% in the following years.

At a time when the OBR has said that our fiscal headroom could be …

…“wiped out by relatively small changes to the economic outlook” …

…it is right that the central fiscal judgement I am making today is to meet our fiscal rules with a margin of safety.

The OBR have not accounted for the full impacts of the war in Ukraine…

…and we should be prepared for the economy and public finances to worsen – potentially significantly.

And the cost of borrowing is continuing to rise.

In the next financial year, we’re forecast to spend £83bn on debt interest – the highest on record.

And almost four times the amount we spent last year.

That’s why, Mr Speaker, we have already taken difficult decisions with the public finances;

And that’s why we will continue to weigh carefully calls for additional public spending.

More borrowing is not cost or risk free.

I said it last autumn, and I say it again today: borrowing down; debt down

So Mr Speaker,

Our response to the immediate crisis in Ukraine has been unwavering.

But we must be equally bold in response to the deeper, and more fundamental challenge Putin poses to our values.

We must show the world that freedom and democracy remain the best route to peace, prosperity, and happiness.

We will do so by strengthening our economy here at home.

To that end, we are helping families with the cost of living;

Creating the conditions for accelerated growth and productivity;

And making sure the proceeds of growth are shared fairly.

That is not the work of any one statement.

But it does begin today – and with one of our most important levers: the tax system.

I told the House last Autumn my overarching ambition was to reduce taxes by the end of this Parliament.

And we will do so – in a way that is responsible and sustainable.

Today, I am publishing a Tax Plan.

We will take a principled approach to cutting taxes:

Maintaining space against our fiscal rules – as I have done today.

Continuing to be disciplined, with the first call on any extra resources being lower taxes, not higher spending.

And, of course, carefully considering the broader macroeconomic outlook.

With those principles in mind, our new Tax Plan will build a stronger economy by reducing and reforming taxes over this Parliament, in three ways:

First, we will help families with the cost of living.

Second, we will create the conditions for higher growth.

And third, we will share the proceeds of growth fairly. Ensuring people are left with more of their own money.

Let me take each in turn.

Mr Speaker,

There is now a dedicated funding source for the country’s top priority – the NHS and social care.

Providing funding over the long-term, as demand grows.

With every penny going straight to health and care.

If it goes…then so does the funding.

And that funding is needed now.

Especially as my RHF the Health Secretary’s plans to reform healthcare, will ensure every pound of taxpayers’ money is well spent.

When I said we were a government for public services, a government for the NHS, I didn’t just mean ‘when it was easy’… it is a total commitment.

So, it is right that the health and care levy stays.

But a long-term funding solution for the NHS and social care is not incompatible with reducing taxes on working families.

Over the last decade, it has been our mission to promote tax cuts for working people and simplify the system.

That’s why the government raised the income tax personal allowance from £6,500 in 2010 to the new level of £12,570.

But the equivalent thresholds in National Insurance – which define how much people can earn NICs-free – are still around £3,000 less.

The Prime Minister pledged in the 2019 election we would increase those thresholds.

We made a big step towards that goal in my first Budget in 2020, increasing the National Insurance threshold to £9,500.

Today, we take the next step.

Our current plan is to increase the NICs threshold this year by £300.

I’m not going to do that.

I’m going to increase it by the full £3,000.

Delivering our promise to fully equalise the NICs and income tax thresholds.

And not incrementally over many years, but in one go, this year.

From this July, people will be able to earn £12,570 a year without paying a single penny of income tax or National Insurance.

That’s a £6 billion personal tax cut for 30 million people across the United Kingdom.

A tax cut for employees worth over £330 a year.

The largest increase in a basic rate threshold – ever.

And the largest single personal tax cut in a decade.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has called it: “the best way to help low and middle earners through the tax system”.

It creates what the Centre for Policy Studies has called a “universal working income”.

It is a tax cut that rewards work.

And, Mr Speaker, around 70% of all workers will have their taxes cut by more than the amount they’ll pay through the new Levy.

Once again showing it is this government delivering for hardworking families and helping with the cost of living.

So, Mr Speaker,

The first part of our Tax Plan for a stronger economy is to support families with the cost of living.

But as I set out in last month’s Mais lecture…

…to lift our growth and productivity we need the private sector to train more, invest more, and innovate more.

People. Capital. Ideas.

That’s how we’ll create a new culture of enterprise – the second part of our Tax Plan.

The plan sets out tax cutting options on business investment and innovation, with final decisions to be announced in the Autumn Budget.

But these are significant and complex questions, so we will work with businesses over the summer to get the answers right.

Let me explain to the House the direction of travel.

First, people.

We lag international peers in adult technical skills:

Just 18% of 25-64 year olds’ hold vocational qualifications, a third lower than the OECD average.

And UK employers spend just half the European average on training their employees.

So, we will consider whether the current tax system, including the operation of the Apprenticeship Levy…

…is doing enough to incentivise businesses to invest in the right kinds of training.

Second, ideas.

Over the last fifty years, innovation drove around half the UK’s productivity growth.

But since the financial crisis, the rate of increase has slowed more than in other countries.

And our lower rate of innovation explains almost all our productivity gap with the United States.

Right now, we know that the amount businesses spend on R&D as a percentage of GDP is less than half the OECD average.

And that is despite us spending more on tax reliefs than almost every other country.

Something is not working.

So we’ll reform R&D tax credits so that they’re effective and better value for money.

We’ll expand the generosity of the reliefs to include data, cloud computing, and pure maths.

And we’ll consider, in the autumn, whether to make the R&D expenditure credit more generous.

Third, capital.

Weak private sector investment is a longstanding cause of our productivity gap internationally:

Capital investment by UK businesses is considerably lower than the OECD average of 14%.

And it accounts for fully half our productivity gap with France and Germany.

Once the Super Deduction ends next year, our overall tax treatment for capital investment will be far less generous than other advanced economies.

We’re going to fix that.

In the Autumn Budget, we will cut the tax rates on business investment.

And I look forward to discussing the best way to do that with businesses.

People. Capital. Ideas.

Three priorities for business tax cuts this autumn.

But, Mr Speaker, I want to help smaller businesses right now.

So let me remind the House of our plan:

Our business rates discount will take effect in April for retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses.

They’ll get a 50% discount on their business rates bill, up to £110,000.

A typical pub will save £5,000.

That’s a tax cut for hundreds of thousands of small businesses worth £1.7 billion.

Taking effect in just one weeks’ time.

Our Help to Grow: Management scheme offers businesses mini-MBAs, 90% funded by government – a benefit worth several thousand pounds.

And Help to Grow: Digital gives businesses a 50% discount on buying new software worth up to £5,000.

We’ve also increased the Annual Investment Allowance to £1 million;

So that all small and medium sized businesses will feel the benefit of full expensing.

But Mr Speaker, I want to respond to the specific calls from small businesses, with one further announcement today.

The Employment Allowance cuts small businesses’ tax bills, making it cheaper to employ workers.

In my first Budget two years ago, I increased that allowance.

Today, I am going further.

From April, the Employment Allowance will increase to £5,000.

That’s a new tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses – starting in just two weeks’ time.

So, Mr Speaker,

Future tax cuts on business investment and innovation.

A business rates discount worth £1.7 billion.

Help to Grow schemes worth thousands of pounds per business.

An annual investment allowance worth up to £1 million.

And a new tax cut on the costs of employment worth £1,000 per company.

Once again, Mr Speaker, it is this government delivering for British business.

Mr Speaker,

The tax plan I’ve announced today will help people and businesses deal with rising costs.

Will help raise the future growth rate of this country.

But we want the proceeds of growth shared fairly – the third objective of our tax plan.

The knowledge you can keep more of what you earn is a powerful incentive for people to work hard.

It means greater economic security, and we know that individuals spend their money better than governments do.

We’ve already announced today the equalisation of personal tax thresholds, giving over 30 million workers a tax cut worth over £330.

And, over time, I want to go further.

But tax cuts must be paid for.

They must be prioritised.

And they must fit the economic circumstances of the time.

A clear goal for previous Chancellors… … has been to cut Income Tax…

The fact this has happened only twice in 20 years tells you how hard it is to do.

Covid and the war in Ukraine have only added to the difficulty of achieving this by the end of this Parliament.

I am sure all Members of the House recognise and understand those challenges.

It would clearly be irresponsible to meet this ambition this year.

And yet…I refuse to let that ambition whither and drift.

By 2024, the OBR currently expect inflation to be back under control, debt falling sustainably, and the economy growing.

Our fiscal rules are met with a clear margin of safety.

And so my final announcement today is this:

I can confirm, before the end of this Parliament, in 2024, for the first time in sixteen years…

…the basic rate of income tax will be cut from 20 to 19 pence in the pound.

A tax cut for workers, for pensioners, for savers.

A £5bn tax cut for 30 million people.

Let me be clear with the House: It is fully costed and fully paid for in the plans announced today.

Last year, I told the House I would cut taxes for hardworking families…

…but I would do so in a responsible and sustainable way…

…and today, I am delivering on that promise.

So let me say this …

Cutting taxes is not easy, it requires hard work, prioritisation…

…and the willingness to make difficult and often unpopular arguments elsewhere.

It is only because this government has been prepared to make those difficult but responsible choices to fix our public finances…

…that I can stand here and tell this House that not only are taxes being cut…

…but that debt is also falling…whilst public spending is increasing.

This doesn’t happen by accident Mr Speaker…

We can deliver for the British people today and into the future…

We have a plan.

A plan that reforms and improves public services.

A plan to grow our economy

A plan to level up across the United Kingdom.

A plan that helps families with the cost of living.

And yes, a tax plan…

…that cuts taxes on working families by over £330.

Cuts taxes on fuel by 5p per litre.

Cuts taxes on business.

And yes… for the first time in a long time…

Cuts income tax.

Mr Speaker, let me end by simply saying this:

My Tax Plan delivers the biggest net cut to personal taxes in over a quarter of a century.

And I commend it to the House.

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BREAKING: Julian Assange Marries Stella Moris in Belmarsh Prison Ceremony

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Julian Assange and his partner, Stella Moris, got married on Wednesday at Belmarsh high-security prison in south-east London.

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The WikiLeaks founder, 50, was granted permission last year to marry Moris – with whom he has two children – at the prison where he has been held since 2019 after the US took legal action to extradite him to face trial on espionage charges.

Moris arrived at the jail wearing a floor-length corseted lilac dress designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler, and an elaborate veil embroidered with messages from friends.

After the wedding, Moris made an emotional speech to a crowd outside prison. Fighting back tears and wearing her wedding dress, she said: “I’m very happy but I’m very sad … I wish he were here … What we’re going through is inhuman.”

She added: “He’s the most amazing person in the world and he should be free. But our love will carry us through.”

Supporters said the couple were allowed six guests, including Assange’s two brothers and his father.

Moris said she and Assange had been locked in a dispute with the Ministry of Justice and prison authorities, who she said rejected their proposed witnesses because they were journalists. A proposed photographer was also denied access because he worked for the press, even though they would all have attended in a private capacity, she added.

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In an article for the Guardian, Moris described the wedding venue as “the most oppressive high-security prison in the country”.

“The prison states that our wedding picture is a security risk because it could end up on social media or the press,” she wrote. “How absurd. What kind of security threat could a wedding picture pose?”

Belmarsh regularly permits photography, according to Moris, who added that the far-right activist Tommy Robinson and other prisoners had been interviewed on camera when ITV filmed inside the prison. Moris added: “But for Julian, who isn’t even serving a sentence, there appears to be a different set of rules …They fear people will see Julian as a human being.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “All weddings in prisons must meet the requirements outlined in the Prison Service policy.”

They said photography for weddings in prisons was facilitated by prison staff in line with established national policy on photographing prisoners, and that policy made clear the governor could block images if it was believed they would be shared publicly – which could compromise prison security. As a result, photographs were taken by staff, they said.

Earlier this month, Assange moved a step closer to a US trial on espionage charges after the UK’s highest court refused to hear his appeal against extradition. He was attempting to appeal against a judgment by the high court in December that ruled he could be extradited after assurances from the US authorities with regard to his prison conditions there.

The supreme court said it had refused permission to appeal “as the application didn’t raise an arguable point of law”. The case is expected to be formally sent to the home secretary, Priti Patel, to approve the extradition.

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LONDON: Chay Bowskill Receives Increased 12yr Sentence for Kidnap of Angel Lynn

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#AceDailyNews GOVUK Appeal Court Report: Chay Bowskill has received an increased sentence following the kidnapping of Angel Lynn after the Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC MP referred the case to the Court of Appeal according to the

A Leicestershire man has received an increased sentence following the kidnapping of Angel Lynn after the Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC MP referred the case to the Court of Appeal.

Chay Bowskill, 20, was in an abusive relationship with Angel Lynn, 21, which culminated in Bowskill kidnapping Lynn on 17 September 2020. The victim was forced into a van, which she subsequently exited while it was travelling at speed on a dual carriageway. This resulted in her suffering a traumatic brain injury which has left her dependent on carers and unable to live independently.

In addition to the kidnapping, Bowskill was also convicted of engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.

On 26 January 2022, Bowskill was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months’ detention at Leicester Crown Court.

Following the sentencing, the Solicitor General referred Bowskill’s sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

On 23 March the Court found his original sentence to be unduly lenient and increased his sentence to 12 years’ imprisonment.

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC MP said:

Angel Lynn was subjected to prolonged abuse by her partner, Chay Bowskill, which culminated in her suffering devastating and life-changing injuries.

No sentence can repair the damage caused by the cowardly actions of Bowskill, but I welcome the decision of the court to increase the punishment for his crimes.

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BREAKING: UK: Firearm & Rambo Knife Seized After Officers Arrest 15- Yr-Old-Teen

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#AceBreakingNews says a loaded firearm has been recovered by Met officers who chased a group of youths seen tampering with a moped: Published: 22 March 2022 12:00

Firearm and Rambo knife seized after officers arrest 15-year-old boy

At around 17:00hrs on Saturday, 19 March, officers were called by a member of the public reporting that around eight youths were attempting to steal a moped.

Officers attended the location in De Havilland Road, Burnt Oak. On seeing police, the group ran from officers.

A chase resulted in a 15-year-old boy being detained. The boy was arrested and taken into custody before being bailed. Enquiries are ongoing in respect of the other youths.

During a search of the area, officers found a bag believed to have been discarded by one of the group. This bag contained a loaded firearm, a large Rambo knife and a quantity of Class A and Class B drugs. The firearm and drugs will be analysed in the coming days.

DS John MacLeod, Specialist Crime, said:

” This case shows how officers will respond to information received from members of the public.

“The age of the youth arrested, and in all likelihood the other suspects, is significant. Officers often hear from those critical of the police that stopping and searching young people whose behaviour has caused suspicion is not acceptable. However cases such as this clearly demonstrate why officers must continue to protect our communities by investigating and challenging suspicious behaviour, even if the suspected offenders are very young.

“We need to build young people’s confidence in the police. And I hope that taking a firearm, a large knife and illegal drugs out of the hands of children is exactly what the vast majority of young people and all communities in London expect of the Met as we work to keep people safe and continue reducing violent crime.”

To raise issues and concerns about criminality in your neighbourhood, please call police on 101 or speak with local officers. In an emergency dial 999.

To provide information anonymously, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information Young people can visit www.fearless.org

For inspiration on living your life without carrying a knife, please see https://www.knifefree.co.uk/

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UK: BREAKING: MET: Three Teens Arrested in Connection with Stourbridge Stabbing

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#AceBreakingNews – UPDATE: Three people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing that took place in Stourbridge on Tuesday (15 March): Three boys aged 16, 15 and 14 were arrested yesterday on suspicion of serious assault and robbery and have since been released on police bail as enquiries continue: Published: 19th March 2022

A 14-year-old boy remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

We have spoken to a number of witnesses but would urge anyone who has not yet spoken to us, to get in touch.

Officers will be in and around Stourbridge Town Centre over the weekend offering reassurance to the local community and visitors.

Anyone with information is urged to contact us quoting log 3351 of 15/3. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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