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21 July 2020 12:40

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What is in the Russia report?

Public sector workers on the front line of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic will be given a pay rise, the Chancellor has announced. Here's a breakdown of the public sector professions that are getting a pay rise Making the announcement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them. Each award is recommended by independent pay review bodies, and this year the government has accepted the suggested rise for each workforce. Police, prison officers and National Crime Agency staff will be given a 2.5% rise in pay as a result and members of the armed forces will receive a 2% uplift. Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said the pay rise was "good news" but claimed it would not make up for a "decade of real-terms pay cuts" for frontline workers.

Ms O'Grady added: "The government should urgently announce a pay rise for social care workers". Policing minister Kit Malthouse said social care workers would have to rely on increases in the minimum wage to improve their pay levels. Mr Malthouse said: "The vast majority of social care workers are paid in the private sector so our ability to influence pay rates there is limited." Public sector pay rise 2020: Who the workers getting a wage increase are, from teachers and doctors to police officers Chancellor Rishi Sunak called the pay increase a reward for the 'vital contribution' frontline workers have made during the coronavirus pandemic Almost 900,000 public sector workers, including doctors and teachers, will get an above-inflation pay rise, the Government has announced. "These past months have underlined what we always knew – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them," he said. School teachers, doctors, dentists, police officers, members of the Armed Forces, senior military, prison officers, senior civil servants, judiciary and National Crime Agency workers will all see their pay increased above inflation.

School teachers (England only): 3.1 per cent pay rise Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds said: "Many other public sector workers – including those working on the front line in social care – won't get a pay rise out of this at all because the Tories haven't made good on their promises to boost local authority funding. The long-awaited report into Russia's involvement in UK politics has finally been released following months of delays, revealing Moscow did not interfere with the Brexit vote in June 2016 but did meddle in the Scottish independence referendum two years earlier. The findings come as part of a long-running investigation into the threats Russia poses to Britain, carried out by MPs and peers on the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). They explore suspicions of Russian interference in UK elections and referendums, Russia-linked donations to political parties, Russian money in the City of London, cyber attacks, espionage and even assassinations. Russia report: The inquiry reveals Moscow did not interfere with the Brexit vote in 2016 But the says: "It is nonetheless the Committee's view that the UK Intelligence Community should produce an analogous assessment of potential Russian interference in the EU referendum and that an unclassified summary of it be published." Top officials from spy agencies, as well as a number of expert witnesses, gave evidence to the committee.

In his testimony to the committee, he wrote: "My understanding, arising partly from personal experience with the 'Trump-Russia dossier', is that this Government perhaps more than its predecessors is reluctant to see (or act upon) intelligence on Russian activities when this presents difficult wider political implications. "Examples of this include reporting on the Kremlin's likely hold over President Trump and his family/administration and indications of Russian interference in and clandestine funding of the Brexit referendum." READ MORE: UK sends EU dire ultimatum - before rivals share 'poignant moment' Russia report: The inquiry said Moscow did meddle in the Scottish independence referendum The 18-month inquiry also reveals Russia may have meddled in the Scottish independence referendum from 2014 and was "the first post-Soviet interference in a Western democratic election". The ISC says: "There is credible open source commentary suggesting that Russia undertook influence campaigns in relation to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014." The report criticised the way successive British Government had not done enough to respond the way Vladimir Putin has dramatically shifted Russia relations with the West. The committee adds: "Russia's cyber security capability is a matter of grave concern and poses an immediate and urgent threat to national security." The report also questions whether the country has done enough in clamping down on the offshore wealth of Russian oligarchs and imposing tough sanctions on those linked to the Russian President. Russia report: Several questions have been asked around Russian interference in UK politics Russia report: Dominic Raab said the Government is "almost certain" Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 general election No-one in Government wanted to touch the issue of Russian interference with a "10-foot pole", Intelligence and Security Committee member Stewart Hosie said.

Speaking about the probe into alleged Russian interference in British democracy, Mr Hosie said that no-one in Government knew if Russia interfered or sought to influence the 2016 referendum "because they did not want to know". According to Committee member Kevan Jones is "no evidence" that Russia sought to influence the EU referendum, but only because the Government did not seek to find out if it had. Asked for the committee's views on whether Russia did influence the 2016 referendum, Mr Jones told journalists on Tuesday: "There was no evidence that we saw. London (CNN) The UK took its "eye off the ball" in relation to Russia's attempts to meddle in British politics and failed to investigate allegations of a Kremlin-sponsored influence campaign during the Brexit referendum, a long-awaited report says. The findings are the result of an eight-month investigation into Russia's influence in UK politics and public life.