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Price of residing fee information: Pensioners to obtain power invoice assist at present



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Greater than 11.6 million pensioners will start to obtain as much as £600 from the federal government at present to assist them with their power payments.

To alleviate the rising strain from the cost of living and power disaster, pensioners will obtain the Winter Gas Cost over the following two months as a part of the federal government’s £37bn value of residing bundle.

This 12 months’s funds have been boosted by an additional £300 per family Pensioner Price of Residing fee and must be robotically paid by mid-January.

Elsewhere, Rishi Sunak has been pressured to delay planning reforms amid vital pushback from Conservative MPs, demanding an finish to the necessary goal of constructing 300,000 houses a 12 months.

The prime minister was as a result of face a significant check of his management subsequent Monday when parliamentarians have been set to vote on the flagship Levelling Up Invoice.

However practically 50 backbenchers and former cupboard ministers have signed an modification that may ban councils from taking housing targets into consideration whereas deciding on planning functions.

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Authorities stays dedicated to impose minimal service ranges throughout strikes, Mel Stride says

The federal government stays dedicated to plans to impose minimal service ranges throughout strikes by transport staff, Cupboard minister Mel Stride stated, though no timetable had been set out for the laws.

The Work and Pensions Secretary advised Sky Information: “The federal government has commitments in that space and to minimal service provision.

“Sooner or later, I’ve little question that can come ahead and I do assume it’s essential, as a result of we shouldn’t be left ready with sure companies – equivalent to railways , the place we have now such an acute dependence upon them for a wide range of causes – the place the plug will be pulled on the entire thing.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 November 2022 08:06

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Tens of millions to get newest value of residing fee from at present

Tens of millions of individuals will begin to obtain as much as £600 from at present in further cost of living assist.

Greater than 11.6 million pensioners will obtain the winter fuel payment over the following two months to assist with their power payments.

This 12 months’s funds have been boosted by an additional £300 per family pensioner value of residing fee.

The overwhelming majority of funds might be computerized so pensioners will obtain the cash of their financial institution accounts. Anybody who has not obtained their fee by 13 January ought to contact the federal government’s Winter Gas Cost Centre.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley studies:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 November 2022 08:01

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Extra relaxed immigration insurance policies might win over swing voters, evaluation finds

Public opinion on immigration has warmed “at a putting fee” and adopting a extra liberal strategy would assist each Labour and the Conservatives win over extra swing voters, new evaluation suggests.

Standard knowledge in Westminster has lengthy been that more durable border insurance policies are rewarded on the poll field, with Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer profitable reward from Ukip founder Nigel Farage on Tuesday after claiming the UK should finish its “immigration dependency”.

However voters’ views of immigration have develop into more and more optimistic since previous to the Brexit referendum, with Ipsos discovering for the primary time this 12 months that – of these with an opinion on the matter – a majority now imagine immigration ranges ought to both improve or keep the identical.

My colleague Andy Gregory has extra:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 November 2022 07:51

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Tens of millions of pensioners to obtain value of residing power invoice assist at present

Greater than 11.6 million pensioners will start to obtain as much as £600 from the federal government at present to assist them with their power payments.

To alleviate the rising strain from the price of residing and power disaster, pensioners will obtain the Winter Gas Cost over the following two months as a part of the federal government’s £37bn value of residing bundle.

This 12 months’s funds have been boosted by an additional £300 per family Pensioner Price of Residing fee and must be robotically paid by mid-January.

(PA)

Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 November 2022 07:40

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Jeremy Corbyn: We’ve heard loads about immigration – however we is not going to finish low-cost labour by dividing staff

“To at the present time, generations of those that have migrated right here proceed to maintain this nation going. With out immigration, this nation wouldn’t perform. It saddens me to see their ongoing contributions taken without any consideration, Jeremy Corbyn writes.

“Lately, much has been said about British reliance on migrant labour. A lot of this migrant labour – because it has been identified – is affordable, which undercuts and lowers wages for all. Nonetheless, we is not going to finish low-cost labour by dividing staff and belittling migrants’ numerous contributions.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 November 2022 07:35

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Matt Hancock sings ‘I wish to break away’ throughout karaoke session

I’m A Superstar… Get Me Out Of Right here! campmates mused over whether or not Matt Hancock was “making an attempt to inform us one thing” throughout a karaoke session within the newest episode of the ITV present.

The previous well being secretary gave a rendition of the Queen hit I Need To Break Free, because the contestants loved a session on the Jungle Arms pub yesterday evening.

Regardless of stumbling a few instances with missed cues he was praised for “going for it” throughout his efficiency.

Campmates have been served alcoholic drinks in addition to pizza, chips and Twiglets, earlier than every of them took to the stage for particular person performances.

Former cupboard minister Matt Hancock

(PA Wire)

Following Mr Hancock’s efficiency, comic Seann Walsh advised the Bush Telegraph: “I believe Matt was making an attempt to inform us one thing when he sang I Need To Break Free… be free Matt.”

Cleaning soap star Owen Warner added: “No matter you’ve acquired to say about Matt Hancock, he completely went for it tonight and completely cherished it, everybody went for it.”

Different contestants have been much less impressed, with comic Babatunde Aleshe saying: “Lord have mercy, what was Matt doing?”

The West Suffolk MP, who beforehand admitted on the present he was a fan of Ed Sheeran, described his karaoke expertise as “sensible”.

“I’m an enormous Queen fan however I might have sung anyone equally badly however that was sensible,” he advised the Bush Telegraph.

Namita Singh23 November 2022 07:20

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Is Keir Starmer’s Labour making peace with voters on Brexit and immigration?

There are a number of snags in wooing crimson wall voters again to Labour on the matter of migrant staff, says our affiliate editor Sean O’Grady:

Namita Singh23 November 2022 07:05

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Hancock broke authorities guidelines over I’m a Superstar look, watchdog guidelines

The previous well being secretary – already stripped of the Tory whip for flying off to earn a reputed £400,000 within the jungle – didn’t seek the advice of the Advisory Committee on Enterprise Appointments (ACOBA).

Its chair, former Cupboard minister Eric Pickles tore into Mr Hancock for claiming he didn’t want to hunt permission as a result of many weeks on a actuality TV present constituted a ‘one-off’ exercise.

Namita Singh23 November 2022 06:50

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UK ‘to face worst downturn of main economies’ in 2023, says OECD

The federal government was at present accused of sending the nation into an financial “doom loop” after new forecasts recommend Britain will rank backside of the expansion league desk for main economies for the following two years in succession.

Britain’s prospects have been sharply downgraded by the intergovernmental assume tank, which forecast GDP will shrink by 0.4 per cent in 2023 and develop by simply 0.2 per cent in 2024. As just lately as September, it was anticipating the UK economic system to flatline subsequent 12 months.

Learn the small print on this report from our political editor Andrew Woodcock:

Namita Singh23 November 2022 06:35

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Additional £800m lower in UK abroad assist spending ‘snuck out’ by ministers

An additional £800m is being slashed from the UK’s overseas aid spending, days after Jeremy Hunt pledged that the nation would stay a world chief “in tackling world poverty”.

The 30 per cent lower in direct assist to needy international locations – for the following two years – follows these tasks being hit by a steep funds lower final 12 months, a senior MP warned.

Sarah Champion, chair of the Commons worldwide growth committee, additionally accused the overseas secretary James Cleverly of burying the unhealthy information as he introduced {that a} “pause” on non-essential spending was being lifted.

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick studies:

Namita Singh23 November 2022 06:20

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