Luxury, sought-after holiday islands including the Seychelles, Barbados, the Maldives and St Lucia, are among the 25 small islands set to benefit from the Commonwealth cash.
Downing Street announced the £5.6million cash injection will be used to improve fishing, tourism and shipping.
The countries are set to receive the windfall next year and David Cameron, speaking from Malta, who is is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, said he wanted the countries to be able to make the most of their natural maritime resources.Mr Cameron announced the handout while unveiling a £26million aid package to help tackle global warming ahead of a meeting of world leaders in paris on Monday.
Read more http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/622765/Britain-5m-foreign-aid-Caribbean-teach-FISH
Prime Minister David Cameron and senior ministers are to get their own £10-million version of the US presidential jet Air Force One to whisk them around the world on official visits, despite a fresh round of austerity measures from Chancellor George Osborne.
An RAF Voyager A330 will be transformed into an Air Force One-style jet, allowing the PM to travel in style and security on long-haul flights. The conversion is reported to cost around £10 million.
The aircraft, which will also be available for the Royal Family to use, is expected to carry 160 passengers and have secure communication links, according to the Times.
It will also be equipped with missile detection technology, permitting it to fly over warzones where normal airlines cannot travel.
The VIP jet could be in service as early as next year.
Cameron and Osborne will announce the move as part of a security and defense review on Monday.
Read more https://www.rt.com/uk/322699-cameron-private-jet-government/
As Jeremy Corbyn stood for his second PMQs today, the mocking Tory laughs told us everything we need to know about their enduring Bullingdon Club-style politics. Old habits die hard, it seems. But Corbyn opened strongly, with an issue that unites the Labour party: the cuts to working tax credits which penalise the lowest earners, known colloquially as the Tory work penalty.
Again, the Tories laughed at the name ‘Kelly’, so apparently unbelievable do they find the first names of Corbyn’s constituents; they soon fell silent, however, as they heard of her struggle as the mother of a disabled child earning minimum wage in a 40.5-hour-per-week job. Corbyn tackled the bullyboys by pausing at their laughter this time. ‘Some may find this funny,’ he said, as he continued to talk about mass inequality and the housing problem in London. It was a subtle highlight of something glaringly obvious: for millionaires protected by Tory policies, inequality bolstered by unfair taxes and buy-to-let properties really is hilarious.
Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-corbyn-confronted-the-tories-with-the-poverty-theyre-creating-at-pmqs-and-all-they-could-do-a6693756.html
Government officials have admitted that claimant’s comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were “for illustrative purposes only”.
The revelation comes in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from Welfare Weekly, in which we questioned whether the comments used in the leaflet were of a genuine or fake nature.
The response to our Freedom of Information request reads:
“The photos used are stock photos and along with the names do not belong to real claimants.
“The stories are for illustrative purposes only.
The draconian financial punishment was imposed because Brussels bean counters claimed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had failed to properly administer EU farm payments.
The huge fine was last night (Mon) branded “hypocrisy of the first order” as the European Court of Auditors has failed to give the EU a clean bill of health for the past 19 years.
Details of the fines were uncovered by Whitehall’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO).
“Disallowance penalties” imposed by the European Commission on payments made to farmers in England had cost £642 million since 2005, the NAO said.
Overall, it said that the UK had the sixth worst record of the 28 EU member states with 2.70 of every 100 received under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) being returned to Brussels in the form of fines.
Only Greece, Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria and Cyprus had sustained higher rates of penalties.
Defra is considering investing up to £45 million, which it believes could save future penalties for England of between £215 million and £370 million in the period to 2021.
However the NAO warned that a new system of CAP payments introduced earlier year was more complex than its predecessor and was expected to result in a higher rate of fines – at least in the early years.
Read more http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/590887/Europe-fines-UK-accounting
Here’s the actual draft proposal
There’s an alternative version
Meanwhile, it is crystal clear that Germany has sponsored policies hoping to bring down Tsipras’ government in Athens.He has decided he wants a deal after all, a very poor decision, in my opinion, especially after the resounding “no” he campaigned for.
One of the demands Germany has placed for a deal is Greece put up €50 billion collateral for further loans, no doubt islands and state-owned enterprises at bargain-basement prices. Greek citizens are upset, and riot police have been called out, but so far the situation is calm. It won’t be if Greece agrees to this deal.
Imo these two scenarios are still possible: