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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.

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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

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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

Universal credit boss wins ‘project management’ award despite evidence that claimants are plunged into hardship - The Independent

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 …

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:10 — No Comments

Summary of Budget 2017: Key points at-a-glance - BBC

Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his speech.

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Housing

  • Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000
  • In London…
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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Council housing numbers hit lowest point since records began - The Independent

New figures come days before Autumn Budget in which Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce raft of new housing policies

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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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 10:15 — No Comments

Budget predictions: what's at stake for pensions, savings, house purchases and tax? - the Telegrpah







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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:56 — No Comments

Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns - The Guardian

National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of house building to be doubled across a swath of central England

Construction workers on a building site

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Brexit, the ministers, the professor and the spy: how Russia pulls strings in UK - Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian

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

The Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, left, with Joseph Mifsud at the Russian embassy.

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:34 — No Comments

Everything we know about the Paradise Papers: The super-rich whose financial details have been leaked - The Telegraph

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…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 8, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

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