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

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Thursday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Households face squeeze from inflation and flat wages

Britain faces a double squeeze on living standards as two decades of stagnating wages and spiralling inflation conspire against household finances, experts warned after Rishi Sunak’s big-spending Budget.

Inflation is expected to reach 4.4 per cent next year, fuelled by post-pandemic supply chain shocks and soaring energy prices, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned. The Consumer Price Index could climb to 5.4 per cent, the highest level since March 1992. Read the full story.

2. The drinks are on me, declares Rishi Sunak in Budget spending spree

Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced plans for Government spending at levels not seen since the late 1970s as he declared that the Conservatives were now the "real party of public services".

The Chancellor used improved economic figures to increase spending in every government department in a £150 billion spree that moved the Tories into traditional Labour territory. Read the full story.

3. Two million to gain £1,000 a year as Rishi Sunak cuts Universal Credit taper

Almost two million people will receive an annual pay rise of £1,000 as the rate at which Universal Credit payments for those who work are cut is reduced, Rishi Sunak has announced.

The Chancellor said the taper rate – which governs the speed at which state support is removed from people who earn money through work – will be reduced from 63 per cent to 55 per cent. Read the full story.

4. Travel red list and hotel quarantine set to be scrapped

The travel red list and hotel quarantine are set to be scrapped under plans, to be considered by ministers on Thursday, to ease restrictions in face of the declining Covid threat from abroad.

Ministers will meet to consider removing the final seven countries from the red list. Any traveller returning from them is currently required to quarantine in a UK hotel for 10 days at a cost of £2,285 per person. Read the full story.

5. It’s up to all men to end sexual violence, says Duchess of Cornwall in wake of Sarah Everard murder

The Duchess of Cornwall has called on all men to tackle a “deeply disturbing” culture of sexual harassment in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, saying “rapists are not born but constructed”.

The Duchess, who is campaigning to lift the shame and stigma surrounding violence against women, condemned the notion that harassment was “part and parcel of being female” and “just one of those things”. Read the full story.

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