Is Liz Truss right to say no one will get an energy bill over £2,500? | UK cost of living crisis

Liz Truss has faced calls to correct publicly her comment that households will not have to pay more than £2,500 for their energy bills this year after government intervention. It is less than a month since she announced the energy price guarantee, designed to insulate Britons from the worst of the energy crisis caused by … Read more

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: man, 40, arrested in connection with nine-year-old’s murder | UK news

Police have arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel. Nine-year-old Olivia was shot in the chest at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on 22 August. Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured as the gunman chased the convicted burglar Joseph Nee into their property. On Friday, Merseyside police said a … Read more

Safeguarding teenagers online is about more than removing self-harm material | Letters

As a 15-year-old girl, I see countless videos and comments on social media that contain suicidal themes (Meta executive apologises over inappropriate content seen by Molly Russell, 26 September). Most are not directly concerning, but are simply open thoughts and honesties about the trials of teenage life. Scrolling through these can feel like a warm, … Read more

French government ‘worried about Britain’, Macron’s finance minister says

The French government is “worried” about the economic situation unfolding in Britain, Emmanuel Macron’s finance minister has said. Bruno Le Maire, chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s opposite number across the channel, said the UK was paying the price for leaving the EU. And he said the reaction to Friday’s budget showed the danger of making “dramatic” economic … Read more

Why Liz Truss is right to go to first meeting of Macron’s ‘shadow EU’

What on Earth is the Prime Minister doing getting enmeshed in one of Emmanuel Macron’s grand visions for Europe? Liz Truss joining the first meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) of EU and non-EU nations isn’t betraying Brexit –  it is common sense and good politics.  The French president’s pet project was dismissed by … Read more

Minister issues warning as government energy support package kicks in to cover huge spike in bills | Politics News

Consumers are being warned they may be targeted by scammers as the government’s energy price guarantee comes into effect. Messages asking for people to provide personal or financial details to receive support should be treated as fraudulent activity, as no applications are required, the business secretary has said. The £400 Energy Bill Support Scheme will … Read more

Truss admits mini-budget caused ‘disruption’, but says there is ‘clear plan’ | UK news

Liz Truss has admitted that the mini-budget delivered by her government last week did cause “disruption”, after it was followed by a series of economic shocks, including the pound falling to an all-time low against the dollar. The prime minister said the government had a “clear plan” and acknowledged that the policies may be unpopular. … Read more

Gas price plunge predicted to slash cost of energy bailout by half

Plunging gas prices will mean that Kwasi Kwarteng’s massive support package for energy bills costs £30bn instead of £60bn, according to new forecasts that predict he will balance the books within three years. The blow to the public finances from the Chancellor’s mini-Budget could be far smaller than feared as Treasury costings on tax cuts … Read more