UNIVERSAL Credit's five week wait for delays HAS pushed people to foodbanks, Amber Rudd admitted today. The DWP boss said there had been problems with people not being able to access their cash quickly enough and having to seek help for food. Previous Tories had denied there was a link between food banks and benefits waits. But Ms Rudd honestly told MPs today: "It is absolutely clear that there were challenges with the initial rollout of Universal Credit . "And the main issue that led to an increase in food bank use could have been the fact that people had difficulty accessing their money early enough. "We have made changes to accessing Universal Credit so that people can have advances, so that there is a legacy run-on after two weeks, of housing benefit, and we believe that will help with food insecurity." Brits can access some of their money upfront in an advance, but they then have to pay it back starting from the next month. The Sun is campaigning to Make Universal Credit Work - … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd admits crippling five-week wait for Universal Credit cash HAS pushed people to food banks
IT isn’t hard to imagine the outrage if a newsagent started to stock a glossy magazine called “Practical Self-Harm” with the strapline: “This month – some of the goriest ways to cut yourself”. It would quickly be removed from the shelves, and the police would make their enquiries to both publisher and newsagent. Yet that was the sort of material that 14-year-old Molly Russell was able to access on Instagram, the photo-sharing social media site that is owned by Facebook. After viewing no end of material glorifying self-harm and suicide, she later killed herself. But what has happened to Facebook, which last week announced record profits of more than £5billion for the last three months of 2018. Virtually nothing. None of its executives have been hauled in by the police for questioning. Its head of global affairs, Sir Nick Clegg, who as Deputy Prime Minister made such an issue of mental health, has been asked to appear … [Read more...] about It’s time for adolescent social media giants to grow up and take responsibility
WHEN the Queen starts commenting then you know it’s getting serious. Across the country people who voted different ways in the Brexit referendum are becoming bored and irritated by the silly games at Westminster. The truth is that a large majority of MPs are Remainers in their hearts and souls and are struggling to bring themselves to recognise the reality of the situation. It was us MPs who voted to give you, the people, the say on leaving or remaining in the European Union. And you voted, in higher numbers than you have ever bothered voting for any of us. Manifesto promise Yet the same MPs who gave you a say are coming up with every excuse for why your views should not be listened to. Of course there are Remainer MPs whose constituencies voted heavily to remain. "It is time to stop the shenanigans and work across the political divide to bring our country and our people together"John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw There are MPs with, I have to say it, courage, who … [Read more...] about Why it would be catastrophic if Remainers Dominic Grieve, John Bercow, Keir Starmer and Amber Rudd succeed in delaying or halting Brexit
TORIES have been bickering over whether or not the UK should opt for a a soft Brexit since the referendum. Negotiations between the Government and the EU began on June 19 - but what is the difference between a soft and hard Brexit? What is a soft Brexit? As six senior Conservatives argued for closer links between Britain and the EU they also said Labour and other parties should have a say in the final deal. The Tory manifesto vowed to withdraw Britain from the single market and the customs union, so that we can end free immigration and quit the EU court. But Labour has not signed up to that approach, raising the prospect that cross-party talks could lead to a softer form of Brexit which might anger many Leave voters. A soft Brexit would see the UK have a similar membership of the European Economic Area to that of Norway. This would mean the country would still have access to the single market, while being able to make deals without the rest of the EU. It would also see the UK stay … [Read more...] about What’s a soft Brexit and how is it different to a hard Brexit?
CRUSADING MP Frank Field has blasted Amber Rudd's latest U-turn on Universal Credit, saying the entire scheme stinks of "appalling incompetence". The head of the powerful Commons Work and Pensions committee took aim at the flagship benefits policy, saying that "common sense seems to be in desperately short supply". It comes after the DWP boss said last week she would scrap extending the two child benefit cap to more families, and would trial paying people more often on the new system. She insisted she wanted Universal Credit to be "compassionate" - and she even said that the benefit freeze was set to end next year. But the Birkenhead MP told The Sun in an extraordinary attack that it didn't go far enough: “The appalling incompetence in the design and delivery of Universal Credit has been laid bare, but still common sense seems to be in desperately short supply. "It feels like we have all had to fight tooth and nail for every obvious change needed to begin to better the lot of the … [Read more...] about Crusading MP Frank Field blasts ‘appalling incompetence’ of Universal Credit and says Amber Rudd’s changes are too late