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The papers are dominated by news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the furlough scheme until the end of September when he delivers his Budget on Wednesday. The Guardian says the announcement – meaning employees who are not currently working because of the pandemic will continue to be guaranteed 80% of their salary – was an unexpected move. But Labour said the extension should have been announced months earlier, rather than allowing businesses to operate with uncertainty.

Guardian Front Page 12th of July 2024

Policymakers and campaigners have condemned proposed water bill increases for England and Wales, criticising the water industry for showing “contempt” towards customers through alleged poor service, sewage dumping, and leakage issues.

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Guardian Front Page 11th of July 2024

The government’s proposed release plan for over 20,000 prisoners to address overcrowding in jails has been criticised as inadequate and politically influenced, leading to concerns about public safety and the eligibility of violent offenders.

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