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Cara Delevingne has opened the doors to her quirky Mad Hatter-inspired Los Angeles home, revealing an array of off-the-wall decor, from a ball pit to a pink ‘vagina tunnel’.  

The Suicide Squad actress welcomed cameras into her ‘adult playhouse,’ and revealed that her home includes a ‘pink p****y palace’ featuring a swing and a stripper pole, as well as a secret passageway crafted in the style of a woman’s private parts. 

The 28-year-old model showed off the unique features of her home in a new video for Architectural Digest, taking viewers through a tour of Alice in Wonderland-inspired abode.

It comes as she  candidly discussed her sexuality on a podcast, revealing she’s ‘taken pride’ in her enjoyment of sex and wants to ‘take away the stigma’ around orgasms.

Interior design: Cara Delevingne has a cozy 'vagina tunnel' inside her Los Angeles home

Interior design: Cara Delevingne has a cozy ‘vagina tunnel’ inside her Los Angeles home

Stimulating: The actress has thrown open her doors for Architectural Digest, showing off the pink hideaway with a white ball seemingly meant to represent the clitoris

Stimulating: The actress has thrown open her doors for Architectural Digest, showing off the pink hideaway with a white ball seemingly meant to represent the clitoris

'I come in here to think, I come in here to create. I feel inspired in the vagina tunnel,' she explained

She explained, showing how she can come out on the other side through a washing machine door

‘I come in here to think, I come in here to create. I feel inspired in the vagina tunnel,’ she explained, showing how she can come out on the other side through a washing machine door

Back there! The tunnel is in her living room, and can be hidden behind a mirrored door

Back there! The tunnel is in her living room, and can be hidden behind a mirrored door

Sexy: She also has a 'pink p****y palace' featuring a swing and a stripper pole

Sexy: She also has a ‘pink p****y palace’ featuring a swing and a stripper pole

Play room: The room has plush walls and seems like a good place to relax

Play room: The room has plush walls and seems like a good place to relax

The home was designed with architect Nicolò Bini of Line Architecture, whom Cara describes as the Mad Hatter to her Alice in Wonderland.

It includes lots of color, patterns — and a vagina tunnel, which the magazine describes as ‘a secret passageway concealed behind a low, painted panel, which leads from the living room to an adjacent bunk room.’ 

Tucked away behind a mirrored door in the living room, the tunnel has a pink cushion on the inside of the door and nearly-closed pink drapes on either side. Between the fabric are darker pink feathers, as well as a hanging white ball seemingly meant to represent the clitoris.

‘One enters the so-called rebirth canal through a vulval soft sculpture (think Judy Chicago on acid) and then proceeds to crawl out of a round washing-machine door suggestive of a rectum,’ the piece reads.

Cara explains: ‘I come in here to think, I come in here to create. I feel inspired in the vagina tunnel.’

Creative: The home was designed with architect Nicolò Bini of Line Architecture, whom Cara describes as the Mad Hatter to her Alice in Wonderland

Creative: The home was designed with architect Nicolò Bini of Line Architecture, whom Cara describes as the Mad Hatter to her Alice in Wonderland

Artsy: Cara's home is full of statement pieces, from Gucci wallpaper to a James Turrell art piece (pictured)

Artsy: Cara’s home is full of statement pieces, from Gucci wallpaper to a James Turrell art piece (pictured)

'I love slipping into these various characters, so I wanted my home to reflect lots of different themes and moods,' she said

‘I love slipping into these various characters, so I wanted my home to reflect lots of different themes and moods,’ she said

Not so understated: She certainly had fun with colors, patterns, and statement pieces

Not so understated: She certainly had fun with colors, patterns, and statement pieces

Music to our ears! The living room has a see-through Wurlitzer piano, which is though to be worth upwards of $20,000

Music to our ears! The living room has a see-through Wurlitzer piano, which is though to be worth upwards of $20,000

In the nude: Cara said she likes to play the piano naked

In the nude: Cara said she likes to play the piano naked

Showing off: She was excited to show off all of her bold wallpaper, calling this one her favorite

Showing off: She was excited to show off all of her bold wallpaper, calling this one her favorite

In the video tour, Cara then shows ‘where this lovely labia leads,’ taking the camera into the room on the other side, exiting through a washing machine door.

Announcing that she’s ‘rebirthed an cleansed,’ she shows off a bedroom featuring a full-size bed bunk bed tossed with a Christian Dior throw blanket. The bedroom also had bold wallpaper, something Cara used throughout the house.  

She told the publication: ‘My work requires me to put on many different hats and costumes. I love slipping into these various characters, so I wanted my home to reflect lots of different themes and moods.’

Cara’s home is full of statement pieces, from Gucci wallpaper to a James Turrell art piece.

The model’s close friend Kendall Jenner has her own $750,000 James Turrell sculpture, which was made with computer-programmed LED lights. While Cara didn’t reveal the price tag on hers, it was sure to have cost a pretty penny.

Empty house: Though she has a nice setup in the dining room, the pandemic has prevented her from entertaining

Empty house: Though she has a nice setup in the dining room, the pandemic has prevented her from entertaining

Bright spot: The dining room has eight bright yellow chairs

Bright spot: The dining room has eight bright yellow chairs

Loving it: She gushed over the shade of blue in her kitchen and pointed out a rotisserie chicken oven

Loving it: She gushed over the shade of blue in her kitchen and pointed out a rotisserie chicken oven

For the birds: This Gucci wallpaper, which costs $510 for two panels measuring 2.25ft x 11.5ft each, was another favorite for Cara, who also loves the latticework on the ceiling

For the birds: This Gucci wallpaper, which costs $510 for two panels measuring 2.25ft x 11.5ft each, was another favorite for Cara, who also loves the latticework on the ceiling 

Her fave! One of her bathrooms is a shrine to David Bowie

Her fave! One of her bathrooms is a shrine to David Bowie

Memorabilia: She even has a guitar signed by the late rock legend

Memorabilia: She even has a guitar signed by the late rock legend

Sleepover! For guests, she has this full-size bunk bed in a room with more bold wallpaper

Sleepover! For guests, she has this full-size bunk bed in a room with more bold wallpaper

‘I just tend to kind of stand in front of it and stare at it,’ she says. ‘But don’t stay too long because you might start to hallucinate.’

In her main sitting room, Cara has a unique lattice ceiling, Gucci wallpaper featuring herons, which costs $510 for two panels measuring 2.25ft x 11.5ft, potted plants, and a light fixture that is one of the star’s ‘favorite pieces in the room.’

‘It reminds me of being in England,’ she says.

The kitchen is painted blue with gold fixtures, and contains a ‘massive pantry’ and a rotisserie chicken oven built into the wall, which Cara admits she hasn’t been able to do much entertaining in her home due to the pandemic. 

Other interesting touches throughout the home include a Chanel surfboard, a guitar signed by the late David Bowie, Japanese puzzle boxes, and a see-through Wurlitzer piano — which she likes to play naked — and which is thought to be worth upwards of $20,000.

The model says that while her whole house embraces a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party feel, each room has a different theme, from jungle to old English to Beverly Hills hotel. 

Her game room has arcade machines include a Playboy pinball machine, and Cara admits that 'Hugh Hefner is a big inspiration for this house. This kind of feels like my Playboy mansion'

Her game room has arcade machines include a Playboy pinball machine, and Cara admits that ‘Hugh Hefner is a big inspiration for this house. This kind of feels like my Playboy mansion’

Playing around: She even has a ball pit built into the house, which she gamely uses

Playing around: She even has a ball pit built into the house, which she gamely uses

High stakes: The star likes to play games and showed off her poker table

High stakes: The star likes to play games and showed off her poker table

Hangout spot: She has a screening room with a projector and screen that descends from the ceiling

Hangout spot: She has a screening room with a projector and screen that descends from the ceiling 

Rack 'em up! Also among her games is this vintage pool table

Rack ’em up! Also among her games is this vintage pool table

She also keeps a scooter to scoot around the house because the hard floors hurt her feet.

The model clearly likes to embrace her inner child, and says that having a costume cupboard, a pool table, a poker tent, and even a giant ball pit can help her to maintain a ‘childlike innocence’ and ease stress.

‘The meaning I have from this house is just never grow up, you know?’ she says. ‘Always kind of maintain some sort of childlike innocence or joy or just the need for fun. They’re really great for stress. You can’t cry in a ball pit. I’ve tried.’

Her game room has arcade machines include a Playboy pinball machine, and Cara admits that ‘Hugh Hefner is a big inspiration for this house. This kind of feels like my Playboy mansion.’

She even has at least one secret door that blends into a wall and leads upstairs.

Drinks, anyone? The star has several elaborately-decorated bars

Drinks, anyone? The star has several elaborately-decorated bars

Ommm! She said her bedroom makes her feel calm

Ommm! She said her bedroom makes her feel calm

Kick back! The master bathroom has a huge tub and a television for relaxing

Kick back! The master bathroom has a huge tub and a television for relaxing

Dressing up: The star has a large closet for her clothing and accessories

Dressing up: The star has a large closet for her clothing and accessories

‘I love things like escape rooms,’ she says.

Upstairs, Cara has a whole shelfing system for hats, which she encourages guests to wear. 

Meanwhile, her bedroom features more bold wallpaper, a purple duvet, and a huge mirror in place of a headboard.

‘Every time I walk in here I feel calm,’ she says. 

‘We also have these lovely bouquet vagina flowers,’ she adds, gesturing to a vagina-shaped floral arrangement. ‘It’s vagina appreciation.’

A door in her bedroom leads to a large walk-in closet, which has racks of clothes along all four walls and a dresser in the middle.

Nearby, the master bathroom features a steam shower, a large tub, a big-screen TV — and a door to her shoe cupboard, a closet just for footwear like trainers, boots, and ‘one or two pairs of heels.’ 

Another room boasts a pull-down screen for watching movies, a luxe bar, and a range of musical instruments.

Outside, Cara’s backyard boasts a swimming pool and two trampolines.

‘It still feels like a home,’ she says. ‘There’s a proper dining room and living room and a great kitchen. But it’s also a kind of journey. The deeper in you go, the more treasures you discover.” 

Extra space: She even has an entire shoe cupboard for more casual footwear

Extra space: She even has an entire shoe cupboard for more casual footwear 

Goofing around: Upstairs, a whole shelving system is dedicated to hats

Goofing around: Upstairs, a whole shelving system is dedicated to hats

Lookin' good! She encourages friends to wear them when they come over

Lookin’ good! She encourages friends to wear them when they come over

Chill: Outside, Cara's backyard boasts a swimming pool with fun pool toys

Chill: Outside, Cara’s backyard boasts a swimming pool with fun pool toys

Her revelations about her graphic home comes as she appeared on Josh Smith’s Make It Reign podcast and explained she believes people still find the topic of sex ‘unbelievably uncomfortable’ and she wants to ‘open up the conversation’ around self-pleasure.

Cara, who admitted her own sexuality changes like a ‘pendulum swinging,’ added that it’s ‘important’ to discuss the taboo subject of women taking pleasure from sex, as it’s something she unknowingly ignored for many years.

She explained she’s changing the stigma around the topic by launching her own line of sex toys, saying: ‘It’s not trying to alienate men and women or how you identify, it’s about opening the conversation of self-pleasure and what it means to you.’ 

‘It’s really taking pride in my sexual identity, my sexuality and taking pride in my sexual needs as well, to take ownership of my orgasm.’

Cara went onto add: ‘It’s so much easier to tell a partner what you want if you know what you want. We’re taught that men are hornier creatures — it’s just not true.

‘It’s still there, just a bit more under the surface, but the needs are very much the same. We’re not taught to honour that, or think about that. It comes last, the pleasure part.

‘The amount of times I’d have sex and that wasn’t even a thought — ”Oh I could have an orgasm right now” — it was just sex. That wasn’t even on the list of things during sex. It’s important to talk about these things.’

During the interview Cara said the way she ‘defines’ herself ‘changes all the time’ and spoke about how much more ‘comfortable’ she is now with her sexuality than what she used to be.  

The actress also revealed when she was younger she would ‘self-shame’ because of her sexuality,  but has now learnt to embrace who she really is. 

Getting a tan: There's plenty of room to lay out in the sun with friends

Getting a tan: There’s plenty of room to lay out in the sun with friends

Safety first! She also has two trampolines built into the ground

Safety first! She also has two trampolines built into the ground

Do it all! The yard has plenty of space to exercise and relax

Do it all! The yard has plenty of space to exercise and relax

Most important! Of course, there is also another stocked bar

Most important! Of course, there is also another stocked bar

Cara has had a string of high profile romances over the years. She split from Ashley Benson in April last year following a two-year relationship. 

She has also been previously linked with Paris Jackson, musician St. Vincent, actress Michelle Rodriguez, Jake Bugg and Harry Styles. 

Cara said: ‘The way I define myself still changes all the time, whether it’s pansexual, bisexual – I don’t really know.

‘It’s like a pendulum swinging, but almost now I feel far more comfortable being bisexual than I used to. I’ve kind of felt because I was lacking in my desire for women or love for women that I kind of just went one way and now it changes a lot more.

‘I feel a lot more free and being more comfortable in it because before I was like, “oh, I’m gay”. That comes with self-shaming.’  

Pansexuality is defined as ‘sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity’. 

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The number of homes bought and sold in Britain rose by two thirds in September compared to August, with experts believing buyers are seeking to get ahead of a potential rise in mortgage rates. 

There were nearly 161,000 property transactions in September on a seasonally-adjusted basis, a 67.5 per cent increase on the previous month, according to latest figures from HMRC. 

They also increased by 68 per cent compared to September 2020, and 63 per cent compared to the ‘normal’ market average in September 2017 to 2019.

The cost of a mortgage could be set to increase, if the Bank of England base rate rises

The cost of a mortgage could be set to increase, if the Bank of England base rate rises

Experts say the sharp rise was only partly a result of the Government’s stamp duty holiday, which has fuelled price growth of around £25,000 in the last year but finally ended on 30 September. 

It initially allowed buyers to save up to £15,000 in taxes as they did not need to pay stamp duty on the portion of their property purchase under £500,000. 

But in September, the tax break would have had a more subdued effect.

In England and Northern Ireland, it was tapered down between July and September so that buyers could only save £2,500.

And the holiday had already expired in Scotland and Wales, on 31 March and 30 June respectively. 

Given that the impact of the stamp duty holiday was lessening, some suggest that other factors have become more important in maintaining high levels of activity in the housing market. 

There are a number of things at play, according to Lawrence Bowles, senior research analyst at Savills.

‘There’s more to this activity than a stamp duty holiday: record-low mortgage rates, desire for more space, and a core of unmet pent up demand all continue to push up transaction volumes,’ he says. 

Although it is one of several reasons why the housing market remains hot, the desire for a cheap mortgage has become more of a pressing issue for buyers in recent days and weeks. 

This is because speculation about a rise in the Bank of England’s base rate has threatened an increase in the current super-low rates.

At the moment, rates are available as low as 0.89 per cent – but they are already rising. At its lowest, the cheapest fixed rate on the market was 0.84 per cent.

Major lenders including NatWest, HSBC and Barclays have all moved to increase rates on some mortgages, after months of sustained falls. 

With a base rate rise being predicted by some for December, experts are suggesting that the threat of mortgage rates going up is the ‘new stamp duty holiday’ and that the rush to complete sales before rates rise is now keeping the housing market buoyant.

Simon Bath, chief executive of technology company iPlace Global which created the property advice app Moveable, says: ‘We have reached another crossroads in which following the stamp duty holiday, there is another potential deadline for Brits to prepare for.

‘It seems likely that house prices will continue to rise before demand slows down, as Brits race to obtain lower mortgage rates.’

Rising costs: Those buying homes have seen the typical sale price increase by £5,000 in the last month alone, according to data from the property platform Rightmove

Rising costs: Those buying homes have seen the typical sale price increase by £5,000 in the last month alone, according to data from the property platform Rightmove 

Early statistics back his price rise theory up. According to Rightmove’s latest house price index, which covers the first half of October, the average house price jumped £5,000 compared to the previous month. 

In addition, every UK region broke asking price records for the first time since March 2007.

The property portal noted in its report: ‘The continued fast turnover of property for sale and a window of opportunity to buy before a potential interest rate rise seem to have overcome the final expiry of all stamp duty incentives and are keeping activity robust.’

This trend is keeping the market buoyant for now, but could it really lead to another buying frenzy? Iain McKenzie, chief executive of The Guild of Property Professionals, says so. 

‘With demand for properties still high, and a potential mortgage rate rise on the horizon, this could be the perfect storm to see another frenzy to buy, so long as the shortage of stock doesn’t continue,’ he says. 

There is also the simple fact that people who were trying to meet the September stamp duty deadline, but failed, are unlikely to abandon their purchases, and will continue to add to the totals over the coming months. 

But others are less sure about talk of another buying boom. With the base rate rise only tipped to be from 0.1 per cent to 0.25 per cent, the difference in people’s mortgage payments may only be a few pounds per month. 

For example, for someone with a £120,000, two-year fixed rate mortgage on a £200,000 home, the difference between a 0.89 per cent rate and a 1.04 per cent rate would be just over £8 a month, or just under £200 across the fixed period. 

Office for National Statistics data showing house price increases over the past 15 years

Office for National Statistics data showing house price increases over the past 15 years

Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says: ‘People will still move without stamp duty holidays and will continue to refinance their homes, whether mortgage rates are below 1 per cent or around 2 per cent.

‘Borrowers are keen to secure these historically-low mortgage rates but if the right property comes along, they are still likely to buy even if they have to pay say 15 basis points more and won’t qualify for a stamp duty holiday.’

But as the stamp duty holiday proved, the psychological impact of thinking you are saving money can be powerful, even when the actual cash saving is negligible. 

While buyers did indeed ‘save’ up to £15,000 in tax, house price rises during the stamp duty holiday were upwards of £20,000, eclipsing the actual saving.   

The true impact that the mooted rise in mortgage rates will have depends on myraid factors, including whether there is further clarity on if and when the base rate change might actually happen, and how mortgage lenders continue to respond to the situation. 

All eyes will be on the October transaction statistics and house price indices to see whether the market is remaining buoyant. 

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Hospitals are struggling to cope as Covid-19 sweeps through large unvaccinated populations in central and eastern Europe, where low levels of trust impeded acceptance of inoculation programmes.

Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and others have teamed up to send oxygen supplies, medicines and ventilators to Romania after it appealed for help from the European Union to cope with a crushing fourth wave of the pandemic.

Just 36 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated in the country, according to EU figures, the second-lowest level in the union after Bulgaria, where the rate is just one in four adults, far below the pan-EU rate of 75 per cent.

Both countries are suffering a brutal surge of infections, hospitalisations and deaths. Romania has seen an average of more than 400 deaths a day for the past week, in a population of 19 million, the highest rate in the EU according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In Bulgaria, in a population of seven million, more than 100 people have died on average each day for the past week.

Romania on Monday imposed a night-time curfew, shut schools and introduced mandatory Covid-19 passes for most public venues in a bid to curb the soaring infections as its intensive-care wards ran out of beds.

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Infections are also soaring in the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia, which became the first European country to reimpose sweeping restrictions last week by shutting schools and all non-essential shops, and imposing a curfew from 8pm to 5am for a month. Restrictions were also tightened in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.

In neighbouring Russia, daily Covid-19 infections reached a record high of 37,930 in 24 hours on Monday, and some regions shut workplaces in response.

World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that with 50,000 Covid-19 deaths a week the pandemic was “far from over”, but he said it would end “when the world chooses to end it”.

“It is in our hands. We have all the tools we need,” he said. “Unlike so many other health challenges, we can prevent this. Complacency is now as dangerous as the virus.”

 In Austria, where 73 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated, chancellor Alexander Schallenberg warned that restrictions could be placed on the unvaccinated if Covid-19 patients began to take up the country’s ICU capacity.

“The pandemic is not yet in the rear view mirror,” Mr Schallenberg said. “We are about to stumble into a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

He warned that if Covid-19 patients took up a quarter of national ICU beds, then only the vaccinated or people who had recovered from the virus would be allowed entry into restaurants and hotels. If the percentage reached a third, the unvaccinated would be allowed to leave home only for specific reasons.

Vaccination rates have reached above 90 per cent for those eligible in several countries in western Europe including Ireland, though coverage is lower in some cities and particular populations.

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This is helping to keep hospitalisations under control, but infections are still rising and many countries have opted to continue with some precautions including mask-wearing, working from home recommendations, and mandatory Covid-19 passes in public settings. Last week, Italy made the passes mandatory for workplaces.

The WHO warned last week that Europe region was the only region in which Covid-19 cases were rising, led by surges in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Emergencies chief Dr Mike Ryan appealed for the unvaccinated to come forward for jabs, and said the rise in infections came as restrictions were dropped in many countries, coinciding with “the winter period, in which people are moving inside as the cold snaps appear”.

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£2billion to build more homes: Rishi Sunak is to announce cash injection for 160,000 new houses on brownfield land in England

  • Fund to transform developed land equivalent to 2,000 football pitches 
  • He will unveil plans to create more than 100 ‘pocket parks’ in towns and cities 
  • Settlement for Gove’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • About 160,000 homes are expected to be built in England as part of the scheme 










Tens of thousands of homes will be built on derelict sites as part of a near-£2billion drive by Rishi Sunak to target brownfield land instead of the countryside for housing.

The Chancellor will announce the fund to transform previously developed land equivalent to 2,000 football pitches in Wednesday’s Budget.

In addition, he will unveil plans to spend millions on creating more than 100 ‘pocket parks’ in towns and cities across the country. 

Tens of thousands of homes will be built on derelict sites as part of a near-£2billion drive by Rishi Sunak to target brownfield land instead of the countryside for housing

Tens of thousands of homes will be built on derelict sites as part of a near-£2billion drive by Rishi Sunak to target brownfield land instead of the countryside for housing

The Budget will focus on ‘looking to the future and building a stronger economy for the British people’, Mr Sunak said last night.

He will also allocate the money available to individual Whitehall departments for the next three years in his Spending Review.

A £1.8billion fund to turn brownfield land into homes will be part of the settlement for Michael Gove’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

About 160,000 homes are expected to be built in England as part of the scheme.

As well as preparing sites for development, the money will be used to provide transport links, schools and public spaces so they can become thriving communities. 

The Chancellor will announce the fund to transform previously developed land equivalent to 2,000 football pitches in Wednesday¿s Budget

The Chancellor will announce the fund to transform previously developed land equivalent to 2,000 football pitches in Wednesday’s Budget

About £300million will be spent by local authorities and regional mayors.

Alongside this, the Chancellor will announce a £9million Levelling Up Parks Fund that will enable local authorities to transform more than 100 neglected urban spaces into ‘pocket parks’ roughly the size of a tennis court.

These green spaces are aimed at improving the physical and mental health of communities by providing a safe place for children to play in as well as somewhere adults can relax. 

More than 2.5million people in the UK live more than a ten-minute walk from a green space.

Mr Sunak said last night: ‘We are investing in better quality, safer, greener and more affordable homes to create thriving places where people want to live.

‘One of my favourite pastimes is to go for walks in the park with my family, and I want to make sure everyone has green space on their doorstep to enjoy too.

‘Transforming our unloved and neglected urban spaces will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces, while improving the physical and mental health of our communities.’

Mr Sunak will also confirm a previously announced £11.5billion pot for affordable housing to provide another 180,000 homes, some of which will go on brownfield sites.

The Government has a target of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, with 244,000 constructed last year, the highest since 1987.

At the Tory party conference earlier this month, Mr Gove signalled a huge shift on planning policy as he vowed to focus housebuilding efforts on ‘neglected brownfield sites’. 

A £1.8billion fund to turn brownfield land into homes will be part of the settlement for Michael Gove¿s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

A £1.8billion fund to turn brownfield land into homes will be part of the settlement for Michael Gove’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

He has also pledged to conduct a review into how a planned shake-up of housebuilding rules can be improved in an attempt to placate Tory MPs.

The Chancellor faces a number of challenges as he prepares his Budget, not least a warning from the Bank of England’s new chief economist that inflation could rise above 5 per cent.

Mr Sunak said yesterday that it would ‘certainly feed into my thinking about what the right approach to the country is’.

He also confirmed public sector workers will discover on Wednesday if they will get a pay rise.

Despite raising national insurance to pay for social care, Mr Sunak said he wanted to be a tax-cutting chancellor – although no major giveaways are expected on Wednesday.

The Daily Mail revealed last week that the Chancellor will use the Budget to slap a tax of between 3 and 5 per cent on the profits of Britain’s biggest housebuilders to recoup some of the costs of fixing the cladding scandal – marking a victory for our campaign on the issue. 

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