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Britain sends £5m foreign aid to Caribbean to teach FISHING… Whilst British families have their Tax Credits cut.

Britain sends £5m foreign aid to Caribbean to teach FISHING… Whilst British families have their Tax Credits cut.

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

Cam Force One? British PM orders £10m ministerial jet.. Whilst working families have their tax credits cut !

Cam Force One? British PM orders £10m ministerial jet.. Whilst working families have their tax credits cut !

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/

Jeremy Corbyn confronted the Tories with the poverty they’re creating at PMQs – and all they could do was laugh

Jeremy Corbyn confronted the Tories with the poverty they’re creating at PMQs – and all they could do was laugh

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

DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant’s Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant’s Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

Posted by Welfare Weekly

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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.

Unemployed young people will be sent to work boot camp, says minister

Unemployed young people will be sent to work boot camp, says minister

Guardian: Rowena Mason and Frances Perraudin

Matt Hancock says plan for jobseekers between 18 and 21 to be placed on intensive activity programme is not a form of punishment

The senior Conservative, who heads David Cameron’s earn or learn taskforce, will set out plans for jobseekers aged between 18 and 21 to be placed on an intensive activity programme within the first three weeks of submitting a claim.

They will get an initial three-week intensive course of practising job applications and interviews, which will then be regularly reviewed by a dedicated job coach.

The new requirements, outlined on Monday, will be in place by April 2017

Proposals To Stem EU Migrants Could Hit Welfare Payments To Young People In Britain

Proposals To Stem EU Migrants Could Hit Welfare Payments To Young People In Britain

 |  By Aubrey Allegretti
 Tens of thousands of young people could lose their right to claim benefits for four years as part of radical new proposals to curb payments to EU migrants.
Under the changes, benefit claimants would have had to reside legally in the UK for four years to receive them.
The time threshold will only start once a Briton turns 18, though, meaning native-born citizens or those who have lived here all their lives will have access to benefits, largely tax credits and housing benefit, cut completely until age 22.
Hypocrisy of the first order’: Outrage as Europe fines UK £642m for poor accounting

Hypocrisy of the first order’: Outrage as Europe fines UK £642m for poor accounting

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

Greece Offered “Temporary” Grexit

Greece Offered “Temporary” Grexit

Here’s the actual draft proposal

There’s an alternative version

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2015/07/20150712_EUR2.jpg

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-12/alternative-interpretation-eurozone-strategy

 

The reality:

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:

http://loucollins.uk/2015/06/28/greek-referendum-to-be-held-on-july-5/

 

The damning verdict on Osborne’s ‘regressive’ Budget: Destroying 13M Families… Old agenda being played out well there Mr Osbourne

The damning verdict on Osborne’s ‘regressive’ Budget: Destroying 13M Families… Old agenda being played out well there Mr Osbourne

A staggering 13 million families will be worse off by an average £260 a year due to the four-year freeze in working-age benefits and tax credits announced by George Osborne, according to an in-depth assessment of yesterday’s Budget by an influential thinktank.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the benefit cuts will not be offset by the new compulsory national living wage, which will rise to £9 an hour by 2020.

It described the overall changes to benefits in the Budget as “regressive” and predicted the next five years of austerity would take “much more from poorer households than richer ones”.

Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, said households receiving tax credits would be “significantly worse off” by the changes unveiled by the Chancellor, even taking into consideration a boost in wages.

The IFS estimated that the four-year freeze to tax credits will hit around 3 million families, making them worse off by an average of £1,000.

Read more  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/budget-2015-live-george-osbornes-benefit-cuts-set-to-make-13m-families-significantly-worse-off-10378031.html

Mega street party on The Mall will celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday.. Whilst families strugle to put food on the table !!

Mega street party on The Mall will celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday.. Whilst families strugle to put food on the table !!

The Queen will be joined by 10,000 guests for one of the world’s biggest street parties to celebrate her 90th birthday next June, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Members of the public will have a chance to take part in the event on The Mall in London through a ballot system, joining invited guests from more than 600 charities of which the Queen is Patron.

The event was dreamed up by the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, who is director of a global events agency. He hopes thousands of other street parties will be organised up and down the country to celebrate the Queen’s landmark birthday and her 63 years of service.

He said: “We are aiming to inspire as many people as we can to host street parties of their own for the direct benefit of their community. I hope that people in Britain and across the Commonwealth dust off their picnic tables and join us in celebrating this very special occasion.”

Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/11727154/Mega-street-party-on-The-Mall-will-celebrate-Queens-90th-birthday.html