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Tuesday newspaper round-up: Energy price cap, Palantir, Newport Wafer Fab

(Sharecast News) - The energy price cap could reach nearly £3,000 in the Britain at the beginning of October, with the planned increase possibly being more than £1,000 according to a new forecast. It is expected to rise to £2,980.63 for the next period, which runs between October and December, after another spike in wholesale demand prices last week. - Guardian For a company tipped to provide the NHS's new overarching data platform, it is appropriate that Palantir Technologies is named after an all-seeing orb. Palantir, which draws its name from the powerful crystal balls deployed in JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, is the favourite to win a £360m contract for the NHS's Federated Data Platform (FDP). Covering everything from individual patients' data to vaccination programmes, waiting lists and medical trials, the FDP will aggregate data from multiple sources and different formats on to a single platform. - Guardian

The Bank of England must prop up the pound with a rapid increase in interest rates or risk a further surge in inflation, a senior policymaker has warned. Catherine Mann, a member of the Bank's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), said that Britain is falling behind the US after the Federal Reserve embarked on a vigorous round of rate increases. - Telegraph

The Government could be forced to pay a compensation bill as big as the entire defence budget if a legal challenge launched today over the rejigging of the retail prices index succeeds. Analysts estimate that the Treasury could in theory be forced to pay compensation of as much as £40 billion to holders of index-linked government bonds tied to the RPI if the Government loses. - The Times

The owner of Britain's largest microchip manufacturer has rejected suggestions that it is controlled by China. The takeover of Newport Wafer Fab by Nexperia, a subsidiary of the Chinese smartphone maker Wingtech Technology, is the subject of a national security investigation which could potentially lead to the £63 million takeover being unwound. - The Times

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(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
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(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian
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(Sharecast News) - Rachel Reeves has said an incoming Labour government would launch a £5bn crackdown on tax avoiders to close a gap in its spending plans exposed by Jeremy Hunt scrapping the non-dom regime to finance tax cuts. Warning households and businesses that Labour was prepared to adopt tough measures to tackle tax fraud and non-compliance, Reeves said the funding would be used to pay for free school breakfast clubs and additional NHS appointments. - Guardian
Monday newspaper round-up: Boeing, rent rises, e-scooters, Santander UK
(Sharecast News) - US airline regulators have launched an investigation after an engine cowling on a Boeing plane fell off during takeoff and struck the wing flap. The Southwest Airlines flight 3695 rose to about 10,300ft (3,140 metres) before returning safely 25 minutes after takeoff to Denver international airport at about 8.15am local time on Sunday. It was towed to the gate after landing. The Boeing aircraft with 135 passengers and six crew members aboard had been headed to Houston. No one was injured. - Guardian

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