Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Households face the largest fall in real income on record

The Bank of England has warned households will suffer the worst income squeeze ever as rising energy prices plunge the UK economy into a year-long recession.

Governor Andrew Bailey said families had received a “very big” shock to their finances when interest rates were hiked to 1.75 percent, the highest since 2008. Read the full story.

2. Rishi Sunak insists he will not stand by Liz Truss

Rishi Sunak has insisted he will not drop out of the Tory leadership race, despite opinion polls showing Liz Truss has twice as much support among party members.

When asked during a Sky News debate on Thursday night whether he would give up the race, the ex-Chancellor said: “The quick answer is no”. He stressed that he would continue to “fight”. Read the full story.

3. Thames Water is accused of hiding problems with emergency facilities

The Environment Agency (EA) on Thursday accused Thames Water of hiding problems at its back-up system, which is designed to protect thousands of homes from drought.

Thames Water only informed the EA that its desalination plant was not working on July 20, the day after Britain hit a record 40C temperature, Whitehall sources told The Telegraph. Read the full story.

4. AA President hides keyless car fob in microwave to thwart hackers

The AA president has revealed he keeps his keyless car fob in a metal box in his microwave oven after hackers stole his wife’s Lexus.

Edmund King went to unprecedented lengths to prevent thieves from intercepting the key’s signal and stealing his car by putting it in a Faraday bag – a leather bag lined with chicken wire – in a red metal box. It is then placed in the microwave in the back of the house, away from the street. Read the full story.

5. The BBC received allegations from Tim Westwood while the current chief executive was radio chief

The BBC received allegations of sexual misconduct from Tim Westwood while Tim Davie, the director-general, was radio boss at the time, an internal review has found.

The internal review came as the Metropolitan Police said they were investigating four sexual offense allegations dating back to 1982, 1985, 2010 and 2016, although they did not refer to the DJ by name. Read the full story.

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