Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. ‘Poll tax 2.0’ will harm jobs and families, Treasury’s own experts admit

Boris Johnson’s National Insurance increase could result in the breakdown of families and deter companies from hiring new staff and increasing wages, according to the Government’s own analysis.

A bombshell impact assessment produced by HM Revenue and Customs for the Treasury warned that one effect of the 1.25 percentage point tax increase "may be an impact on family formation, stability or breakdown as individuals, who are currently just about managing financially, will see their disposable income reduce". Read the full story.

2. She did it! Emma Raducanu holds nerve to beat Leylah Fernandez in US Open final and achieve immortality

Emma Raducanu is the queen of New York after the most improbable major campaign ever staged. The schoolgirl of June is the major champion of September, and the youngest grand-slam winner since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.

Even Tim Henman swore in disbelief as Raducanu came through a magnificent tussle with her contemporary Leylah Fernandez of Canada to win by a 6-4, 6-3 scoreline. They could almost have been playing in the junior event, so tender are their years, but their game faces were ferocious. Read the full story.

3. Pen Farthing’s staff escape from Kabul with help of UK officials

Dozens of civilian staff working for a British animal charity have made it safely out of Afghanistan in the biggest UK-aided evacuation since troops left Kabul.

The 67 staff, who worked for Pen Farthing’s Nowzad animal rescue charity in the Afghan capital, reached safety in Pakistan two weeks after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. Read the full story.

4. Pfizer initially rejected Covid vaccine as it didn’t think virus would amount to much

Pfizer initially turned down the offer of developing a coronavirus vaccine because its executives thought the virus would be rapidly contained.

Dr Ugur Sahin and his wife, Dr Özlem Türeci, the founders of BioNTech, were told "guys, this is not going to work” by the pharmaceutical giant as the virus was starting to sweep the globe in January 2020. Read the full story.

5. Prince Andrew’s representatives will not attend pre-trial hearing in sexual assault case

The Duke of York will not be represented at a pre-trial hearing in his sexual assault civil case on Monday as his legal team maintains its policy of “stonewalling” the claims, The Telegraph understands.

Prince Andrew has appointed a US-based lawyer, but no one from his legal team is expected to participate in the telephone conference. Read the full story.

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