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Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Matthew Weaver.
Today we will be focusing mostly on what is being described as the chancellor’s “summer economic update” – a quasi budget that will set out a range of coronavirus economic recovery measures. (Although technically not a budget, which means that it won’t be accompanied by the normal set of forecasts from the OBR, in spending terms it will dwarf a routine budget.)
Here are the key timings.
12pm: Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs.
12.30pm: Rishi Sunak delivers the summer economic update.
Boohoo to launch review
The online fashion retailer Boohoo has announced it will launch an independent review of its UK supply chain after recent allegations that some factories in Leicester that sell clothes to Boohoo pay workers below the minimum wage and failed to protect them from coronavirus.
Boohoo, which owns brands including PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal, said the review will be led by Alison Levitt QC, and said it would initially invest £10m towards “eradicating malpractice” in its supply chain.
The company said in a statement that the board was “shocked and appalled by the recent allegations” and was committed to working to rebuild the reputation of textile manufacturing in Leicester.
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