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In his summer economic update to the House of Commons, delivered today, Rishi Sunak warned the UK is facing “profound economic challenges” as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

But he promised to turn the national recovery “into millions of stories of personal renewal” as he announced a package of measures to MPs worth over £30b.

These include:

  • a £1,000 bonus for each worker that companies bring back from furlough and employ through to January next year;
  • a “kickstart scheme” to directly pay firms to create jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds;
  • cash for businesses to take on trainees and apprentices;
  • an eight-month temporary cut in stamp duty, with no charge on property transactions below £500,000;
  • a cut in VAT on food, accommodation and attractions from 20% to 5% until 12 January;
  • an “Eat Out to Help Out” discount of up to £10 per head to get Britons back to restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Sunak powerfully quoted “We will not be defined by this crisis, but by our response to it.”

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