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Sunak says pensions triple lock remains policy as he faces £4bn bill

The pledge ensures that pensions rise annually by the highest out of average earnings growth, inflation or 2.5%.
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Inflation soars past Bank of England target to 2.1% in May

It represented an increase on the 1.5% reported by the ONS for April.
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Covid-19 deaths rise slightly as bank holiday affects registrations

Statistics officials said the figures should be interpreted with caution.
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Long Covid services launched for children

Reports have suggested that young children have had long-term effects after infection.
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The data behind the likely delay in ending England’s lockdown

Cases, infections and hospital numbers are rising, while just under a half of adults are still not fully vaccinated.
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One in eight adults planning trip abroad this summer – ONS

Younger age groups were more likely to be planning a trip, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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Almost half of students who went out met friends or family indoors

The figure was more than double the proportion who reported the same in March, the ONS said.
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‘Early signs’ of potential rise in people testing positive for Covid in England

The ONS said figures show a ‘mixed picture’ of infection levels across the UK this week but stressed rates remain low.
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Retail sales soar as shoppers welcomed back to stores

The ONS said sales rose 9.2% in April as non-essential retailers opened their doors again, with strong growth in clothes sales.
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Lockdowns led to 9% drop in knife crime

The ONS said decreases in overall crime were mainly driven by ‘substantial falls’ of 15% between April and June 2020 during the first lockdown.
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Impact of virus crisis on young people’s job prospects confirmed

Employment rate among young people fell last year, an ONS study found.
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Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales lowest since mid-September

Deaths have now been below the five-year average for eight successive weeks.
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Covid-19 infections in England and Wales lowest for eight months

Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of people of any region in England likely to test positive.
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One in seven ‘did not always or often’ socially distance over past week – ONS

Some 85% of adults reported always or often socially distancing while meeting up with people outside their household, support or childcare bubble.
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90% of people followed self-isolation rules, new data shows

The official statistics looked at people who had been in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
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Calls to end coronavirus restrictions wrong, Government adviser says

An open letter from scientists said: ‘It is more than time for citizens to take back control of their own lives.’
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Retail sales boosted ahead of lockdown easing

The ONS said total retail sales in March beat pre-pandemic levels for the first time – up 1.6% compared with February 2020.
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Covid cases drop as virus no longer leading cause of death in England

Case rates have fallen in nearly all regions of England except the South West.
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Covid deaths remain at six-month low as Easter affects registrations

There were 379 deaths registered in the week ending April 2 in England and Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
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Kent Access Permits scrapped

Traffic management measures were introduced in the county amid fears that the withdrawal from the EU could lead to disruption for lorries and freight.
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UK population growth ‘slowest since 2003’, early figures suggest

Covid-19 travel restrictions are likely to have caused negative net migration in the early months of the pandemic.
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Easing lockdown restrictions will inevitably lead to more deaths – Johnson

The Prime Minister urged people to continue to ‘exercise restraint’ as beer gardens and some shops reopened in England.
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Disabled people more likely to feel lonely and burden on others – ONS

About two thirds of disabled people said the coronavirus pandemic was affecting their wellbeing, the Office for National Statistics found.
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Covid deaths fall by 92% since second wave peak – ONS

A total of 379 Covid-19 deaths in the 80 and over age group occurred in England and Wales in the week ending March 19.
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Vaccine hesitancy in black adults in Britain halves – ONS

About a fifth (22%) of black or black British adults reported vaccine hesitancy, the highest level in all ethnic groups.
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Report rejects ‘common view’ that ethnic minorities have worse health outcomes

The review claims that for some key health metrics, ethnic minority groups had better outcomes than the white population.
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Vaccination rates for over-70s ‘markedly lower’ amongst certain groups – ONS

Vaccination rates in England were lower in the over-70s who identify as black African and black Caribbean, Muslim, and disabled, the ONS said.
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Booster coronavirus vaccines may begin for over-70s in September, minister says

Asked when the booster programme would begin, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told the Telegraph ‘the most likely date will be September’.
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Government remains confident in UK vaccine supply, minister says

The Government has pledged to offer a first dose of a vaccine to all adults by the end of July.
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Study: 14% of self-isolating adults who tested positive did not adhere to rules

More than one in three adults found self-isolating had a negative effect on their wellbeing and mental health, the ONS found.
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Average UK house price edged down by £1,000 in January

Across the UK, the average property value in January was £249,000, which was down from a record high of £250,000 in December.
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Covid deaths in care homes ‘could rise without key funding beyond March’

The social care sector will be put under ‘severe pressure’ if three funding streams run out at the end of March, Professor Martin Green has warned.
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Care home resident Covid deaths fall by more than three quarters in month – ONS

The figures cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just in care homes.
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Rapid increase in first jabs before the end of March, says minister

Nadhim Zahawi said there would be a ‘big uplift in supply’ expected before the end of the month.
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Parents of dependent children aged 0-4 ‘more likely to be vaccine-hesitant’

Younger adults, black and black British adults, and those living in the most deprived areas are also more likely to be hesitant, the ONS found.
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Waiters, bricklayers and air cabin crew ‘worst hit by pay cuts’ during pandemic

Carpenters and pest control officers are also likely to have seen a drop in wages.
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Taxi drivers, chefs and security guards ‘more at risk of Covid death’

– Men make up two-thirds of coronavirus deaths among workers in England and Wales

– Lower-paid people are at ‘much higher risk’ of dying from Covid

– Sales assistants and social workers are at higher risk of death among women