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Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have stressed the need for "fiscal discipline" on wages. Yet, despite the Government telling workers to accept a real-terms pay cut, the state pension and benefits are set to rise in line with double-digit inflation
The Treasury confirmed that the pension triple lock would be reinstated after it was put on pause during the pandemic – taking the annual payout for retirees beyond £10,000 for the first time. 
Benefits will also rise in line with inflation for about six million people. The two decisions will cost taxpayers as much as £20bn. 
However, Downing Street insisted the working population should accept pay rises below inflation, which this morning reached a 40-year high of 9.1pc – and is expected to hit 11pc this year. This piece explains what the triple lock is and how it works. 
It comes as Tom Rees reports that Britain’s economy is poised to benefit from a "brain gain" thanks to a jump in the number of highly skilled workers from outside the EU.
Rail unions have been accused of bringing the country to a standstill over archaic working practices that mean menial tasks such as "changing a plug socket" would take a team of nine workers.
Industry sources shed new light on inefficiencies that are costing taxpayers billions of pounds. 
Demanding "walking time allowance" of 12 minutes for a one-minute walk, specialist teams refusing to share vans, and engineers being unable to stray 500 yards from their dedicated patch are among the working practices they claim union chiefs are determined to defend. 
Chief business correspondent Oliver Gill has more on the host of outdated practices. It came as the country’s train services all but stopped when railway workers walked out for the first of three days of industrial action over pay, with more strikes coming tomorrow and on Saturday
Today, commuters will face a Sunday service with around 40 per cent of trains not running. See which trains are operating in your area.
Meanwhile, more than 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers have joined RMT union leader Mick Lynch’s call for a "co-ordinated" general strike "across every town and city in Britain". 
The Communication Workers Union said last night that it expected members to go on strike at the start of August, coinciding with the next wave of industrial action on the railways. 
As chief reporter Robert Mendick reports, it is standing in "full support" of railway workers over the first national strike in 30 years, ahead of what ministers fear could turn into a "summer of discontent".
Stand on one leg, right now – with the toes of your free foot touching the heel of the fixed one. Stare straight ahead, and keep your arms by your side. How long can you manage it, without putting the other foot down? 
If you manage fewer than 10 seconds, and – if you are a midlifer – it is bad news, according to new research. 
Charlotte Lytton looks into how it is one of many simple methods that can quickly assess just how healthy you are. See how you fare with four other easy at-home tests.
In today’s cartoon, Matt pokes fun at Labour over the rail strikes. For a weekly behind-the-scenes look at his work, sign up for Matt’s newsletter.
Human rights | A new British Bill of Rights will give the UK powers to overrule European judges on issues involving migrants. Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, will today unveil a major overhaul of human rights laws that will make Parliament and the UK’s Supreme Court the "ultimate arbiters" on European court judgments. Charles Hymas explains how it will impact the removal of migrants to claim asylum in Rwanda.
The Prince of Wales has landed in Rwanda, where he is expected to outline his vision for the future of the Commonwealth in an address to presidents and prime ministers. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Kigali last night ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, his first since being chosen in 2018 as its next head. Although officially representing the Queen, royal correspondent Victoria Ward says he will use his speech to leaders of the 54 nations to set out his own stall – insisting they are better and stronger together.
It had been 357 days since Serena Williams had last set foot on a competitive tennis court. But her win with Ons Jabeur at Eastbourne last night proved that, when you are as good as 23 major singles titles, the muscle memory never goes away. She wore an unusual accessory – curious patches of face tape on her right cheek – which she was reluctant to discuss post-match. Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s past four chairmen have launched an extraordinary attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board on the eve of the Headingley Test, denouncing its handling of the club’s racism scandal and demanding an independent inquiry into the whole affair. Ben Rumsby reports on their dramatic intervention.
A nuclear power start-up is seeking to create clean energy out of 140 tonnes of waste plutonium stored in Cumbria as Britain scrambles to wean itself off fossil fuels. Newcleo hopes to use spent fuel deposited in Sellafield in a pioneering reactor design that will rival the small nuclear generators being developed by Rolls-Royce. The proposals come as Boris Johnson seeks to usher in a nuclear revolution for Britain after vowing to triple capacity with eight additional reactors by 2050.
Sea bass with tomatoes and olives | Keep this versatile sauce by Georgina Hayden in your arsenal and serve with any protein.
Wales is not short on natural beauty, but while Gower and Snowdonia draw crowds, things are quieter on Anglesey. Even on summer weekends, parts of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path retain their solitude. At 125 miles long, it passes through dunes, heaths, sandy beaches, rolling farmland and cliffs offering seaside walks aplenty – and a fair few other adventures besides, as travel writer James Litson discovers.
Absurd Person Singular | The sheer, outrageous power of Alan Ayckbourn’s most notorious play, which turns 50 on Sunday, could easily make it prey to modern pieties. Dominic Cavendish explores whether or not the black comedy could have been written today.
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