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Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise - The Guardian

Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson

The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.

Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, wants to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

Council tax rises on the way as local authorities try to stay afloat - The Guardian

95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services

A council tax bill

Local authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Surrey, UK’s richest county, hit by £100m cash crisis - The Times

Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget

Surrey’s usable reserves have been vastly depleted since 2013

Britain’s richest county is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation has found.

Surrey county council has one of the worst financial shortfalls in the country, according to research seen by The Times. The disclosure came as nearly every part of England warned of tax rises to make ends meet and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments

Number of council homes sold off under Right to Buy increases five-fold in six years after Tories lift cap - The Independent

Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted

The rapid loss of social housing because of the Right to Buyscheme has been laid bare after new figures revealed more than five times more homes are being sold now…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments

Finsbury Park attack: man 'brainwashed by anti-Muslim propaganda' convicted - The Guardian

Darren Osborne is found guilty of terrorist killing outside mosque, triggering review of extreme right threat

A man “brainwashed” within a month by anti-Muslim propaganda has been found guilty of a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque, triggering a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right.

A jury took less than an hour to be convinced that Darren Osborne, 48, drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Christmas ambulance delays led to 40 patients dying or being seriously harmed, says whistleblower - The independent

Serious cases could affect as many as 80 patients according to ambulance trust source, after MPs warn delays caused 20 deaths

Forty people are thought to have died or been seriously injured as a result of lengthy delays at one ambulance trust which meant patients were left waiting hours for emergency responders, a whistleblower has said.

On Wednesday, Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis told the House of Commons that a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country - The Guardian

The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment

Carillion cranes in Manchester

Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments

Esther McVey becomes DWP minister: Four alarming statements she's made about people on benefits - The Independent

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.

Esther McVey's appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary has been met with a backlash from MPs and campaigners over previous comments she has made in the past about benefit claimants.

The former TV…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments

A million callers to universal credit helpline get no answer - The Times

Universal credit was also at the centre of controversy when users were charged 55p a minute to use the helpline

More than a million calls to a helpline for the government’s universal credit benefit scheme were abandoned without being answered, new figures have shown.

A Labour MP suggested that many claimants were giving up and going without the means-tested welfare payments because staff were unable to cope with the volume of calls.

Almost one in eight calls to the helpline ended without the caller receiving an answer. Some claimants may have called several…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:07 — No Comments

Theresa May faces investigation after 'misleading Parliament about scale of homelessness' - Independent

Prime Minister accused of 'using spin rather than understanding and solving the problem'

Britain's statistics watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa May following complaints that they misrepresented the extent of homelessness.

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) confirmed concerns had been raised after the Prime…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:50 — No Comments

Families with stable jobs at risk of homelessness in Britain, report finds - Guardian

Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog

Doors to rooms at a temporary accommodation block in Lambeth, south London

Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has warned.

Michael…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments

Persimmon chair resigns over chief executive's 'obscene' £128m bonus - Guardian

Nicholas Wrigley quits in recognition of his failure to cap housebuilder’s pay scheme, believed to be most generous ever in UK

A construction worker lays bricks at a Persimmon residential property construction site in Cranfield.

Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Patients hit by shortage of drugs as prices soar - The Times

Mental illness and cancer sufferers forced to wait

Shortages of at least 100 drugs have forced NHS officials to approve temporary price rises

Cancer patients and people with severe mental illness are going without essential medicines because of shortages that have cost the NHS £180 million in six months, The Times has learnt.

At least 100 drugs have been affected by supply problems, forcing health officials to approve temporary price rises of up to 4,000 per cent to boost stocks. The NHS is…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:45 — No Comments

NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacity - The Guardian

Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak

Hospital bed

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments

Labour demands Commons vote on 'secret' plan for NHS - The Guardian

Party says ministers are trying to push through changes that could lead to greater privatisation and rationing of care

A hospital ward

Labour is demanding that MPs be allowed to debate and vote on “secret” plans for the NHS that they claim could lead to greater rationing of care and privatisation of health services.

The party says ministers are trying to push…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:40 — No Comments

Woman who reported rape to police arrested over her immigration status - The Independent

Campaigners warn 'hostile environment' could be preventing victims and witnesses of crime from coming forward

Police have admitted arresting a woman for immigration offences after she went to them to report being raped.

The unnamed woman, in her 20s, attended a police station in London to report being kidnapped and abused during time she spent in …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:18 — No Comments

Survey reveals impact of proposed funding cuts on women fleeing abuse - The Guardian

Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system

On one day this year, 94 women and 90 children were turned away from a refuge.

More than 4,000 vulnerable women and children fleeing domestic abuse will be unable to access a refuge if government plans to remove guaranteed funding for the service go ahead, an emergency survey has found.

In a survey of refuge services in England by …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments

Britain to pay EU bills for decades - The Times

May agrees deal worth up to €50 billion

Theresa May will make the improved offer when she next meets Jean-Claude Juncker

Britain will pay EU bills for decades after the government bowed to demands from Brussels to meet its long-term financial liabilities to the bloc.

Theresa May will make an improved offer next week in which she will promise to pay the costs of all existing EU projects and pensions signed off while Britain was a member.

The cost, likely to be between €40 billion and €50 billion in total,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 8:47 — No Comments

'No unemployed' gaffe adds to budget pressure on Philip Hammond - The Guardian

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show.

Philip Hammond will face a fight for his political life at this week’s budget after he was accused of being hopelessly out of touch for claiming there were “no unemployed people” in the UK.

The chancellor found himself at the centre of a damaging row over the gaffe as he prepares for a difficult budget on Wednesday at a time of worsening economic forecasts and uncertain …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 15:07 — No Comments

No 10 policy chief George Freeman quits with warning - The Times

George Freeman MP says that “ambitious” internal reform is needed to help the government to reconnect with young voters

The chairman of Theresa May’s policy board has left in an attempt to lead internal reform of the party, he said yesterday.

George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, said that he was quitting to focus on grassroots work. He called for Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory chairman, to step down and said that “ambitious” internal reform was needed to help the government to reconnect with young voters after its “ill-conceived” election campaign.

Mr Freeman,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments

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