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Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.
The former TV…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:07 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:50 — No Comments
Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog
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.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments
Nicholas Wrigley quits in recognition of his failure to cap housebuilder’s pay scheme, believed to be most generous ever in UK
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments
Mental illness and cancer sufferers forced to wait
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:45 — No Comments
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments
Party says ministers are trying to push through changes that could lead to greater privatisation and rationing of care
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…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:40 — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:18 — No Comments
Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system
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 …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments
May agrees deal worth up to €50 billion
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,…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 8:47 — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 15:07 — No Comments
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.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments
Neil Couling has also tweeted pictures of cakes to celebrate the new benefit - which many people blame for forcing them onto the breadline
Critics of the troubled universal credit shake-up have reacted with disbelief after its boss won a “project management” award.
Neil Couling, the …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:10 — No Comments
Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his speech.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments
New figures come days before Autumn Budget in which Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce raft of new housing policies
The number of council homes in Britain has fallen to a new record low, with fewer properties to rent from local authorities than at any point in almost 50 years, analysis of official data by The Independent has revealed.
Stock of council houses across England, Scotland and Wales has dropped to…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 10:15 — No Comments
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:56 — No Comments
National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of house building to be doubled across a swath of central England
Philip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade local authorities to build the first new towns in half a…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments
The charges filed against a Trump aide shocked the US – but also shed new light on the complex connections that link Russia to Brexit and the Foreign Office
On “or about” 25 April 2016, a member of Donald Trump’s campaign team emailed his line manager with good news. His efforts to make contact with the highest levels of power in Moscow had borne fruit: “The Russian…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:34 — No Comments
When the Panama Papers were released in 2016, they thrust a spotlight on the tax affairs of the rich and powerful.
Some 18 months later, the so-called Paradise Papers have yet again brought the matter under global scrutiny - and feature high-profile players from much closer to home.
The disclosure of 13.4million previously-secret documents…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments