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1. Rishi Sunak tells workers to get back to the office
The Chancellor is rallying Britons to return to the office as soon as the Government’s “work from home” guidance lifts, declaring it “really important” for younger staff.
Rishi Sunak conceded that operating remotely via Zoom during the pandemic had been “not great” for workers at the beginning of their careers, who find face-to-face interaction particularly “valuable”. Read the full story.
2. Final bill for Brexit is £40bn, as EU demands £2bn more than expected
Britain’s final bill for leaving the EU is £40.8 billion, according to accounts filed in Brussels, a greater sum than previously forecast.
Officials had estimated the final cost would be £39 billion – £1.8 billion less than the EU amount contained in the EU’s consolidated budget report for 2020. Read the full story.
3. Gareth Southgate: This is an incredible country and I have never been more proud to be English
Gareth Southgate has declared he “couldn’t be prouder to be an Englishman” as he prepares to lead The Three Lions into their first major final in 55 years.
The England manager said the historic achievement has been made extra “special” because of what everyone has been through in the past 17 months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story.
4. Delta variant is reinfecting people who have already had Covid-19
People who have previously caught Covid are now more likely to be reinfected because of the delta variant, a study has found.
Laboratory analysis revealed that the mutation that originated in India is four times more able to overcome protective antibodies from a previous infection compared to the UK’s alpha variant. Read the full story.
5. Go easy on hungover staff if Euro celebrations go into extra time, says Number 10
Employers need to be flexible to allow staff nursing hangovers to go into work late on Monday or even take the day off if England win Euro 2020, Downing Street said on Thursday.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said businesses that could cope with absences should cater for staff who had enjoyed a late night of celebrations. Read the full story.
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