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Sort out free school meals policy and end food poverty, government told by Rashford and chefs
As far as I know The bedroom tax, the two child rule, and the benefits cap all apply in Scotland.
I should add - in England everyone however poor has to pay at least 20% of their council tax - private sector tenants on benefits seldom get all their rent paid so have to use money for food to pay the difference
Northern Ireland govt to give £1000 to company directors excluded from UK schemes applications open 21 January. Detailed rules here
@salliemonkey @StuartBenSmithAs many people hav found out, you can have three or more children when in a good job but suddenly find yourself out of work or on v low pay and need UC. People on UC with large families have not been on benefits all their lives. Divorce, redundancy, illness all reduce income.
@JamesDidge Most people on benefits are on it through no fault of their own and often after deciding to have children they could afford. Aug19-Aug20 parents with child/ren rose from 900,000 to 1,720,000. Should they have predicted the pandemic when they conceived a child 2 or 5 years ago?
Drug firm owned by private equity firm raises price of Lithium tablets for people with mental health issues from £3.22 to £87 a packet.
Iain Duncan Smith gets a knighthood - as long as he applies online at a public library, declares his and his wife’s income and capital, gives up two of his four children, and then waits six weeks for it. If he fails to meet targets his award is downgraded to a CBE for 12 months.